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Sunday Salon : December Edition

Posted 6 December, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging

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Time // 3:37 EST

Working // On Christmasing the house for The Girl. Personally, Christmas is one of my least favorite holidays, but you know… it’s for the kids, etc. Yesterday we put of the tree and today I put up the sixteen foot Darth Vader in the yard. It. Is. Fabulous. See: Instagram. Child for scale.

Reading //  Like a fiend! Fates and Furies really was a slump buster, and currently I’m four books behind in my Goodreads challenge, but I’m busting my hump to get to my goal of 105 before the year ends.

Attending // The local Bar Association’s Christmas party next Friday. Networking… it’s the best worst. But I have a pretty green dress to wear, so there’s that.

Thinking // …of lots of things, but my desire to get back to the books seems to have driven what I was going to say out of my mind.

Looking Forward // The hubs 50th birthday is at the end of the month so I’ve planned a trip to New York City to celebrate. We have some tickets to Hamilton, which I’m super psyched about and we’ll be there for New Year’s Eve, with a hotel that overlooks Time’s Square. So we can check that off the bucket list. Note: We have no intention of going IN TO Time’s Square on NYE, just to overlook it from the roof of our hotel which is offering an open bar from 9 pm – 2 am.

What plans do you have for the holidays, Reader? 

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Sunday Salon: Where I’ve Been Busy

Posted 11 October, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in blogging

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Time // 9:30 AM EDT

Excuses // I’ve been away for a hot minute y’all. Which I know is what I say in every Sunday Salon post that I write after a prolonged absence. I’m clearly not blogging, I’m not doing much reading anything that requires my eyes, but what am I doing you might ask? Moving, working, general adulting. I refuse to join the cult of busy for the sake of busy… but I’ve been busy.

The House // Is moved into and in order. Painters are coming tomorrow on the U.S.’s ‘Subjugation of Indigenous Populations Day‘ I mean, Columbus Day. But since it’s a federal holiday and I work for the county, I will work on this most noble of holidays. (I mean seriously, how come we haven’t done away with Columbus Day yet? I don’t get it.) Anyway.

Work // Is what is keeping me away.

Exhibit A: My Active Caseload

Exhibit A: My Active Caseload

I know that John Oliver (who I adore) did a whole segment about the problems we have in the U.S. with the lack of public defenders — and I agree, but I really felt that the segment was one sided. It’s true that 90 – 95% of cases will plead out before going to trial and while I am in whole-hearted agreement that there are people who are unfairly targeted by the police and who are indeed innocent of the crimes they have been arrested/indicted/accused of – I’ve also seen enough evidence, even in the backwoods south that many that plea out are guilty of what they’ve been charged with. The unfortunate truth is that the U.S. justice system would collapse without plea bargaining, we don’t have the infrastructure or the manpower for every case to go to trial. Right, wrong, or otherwise – this is the case. I’m not claiming our system is perfect, but to paraphrase Winston Churchill, it’s the worst justice system in the world, except for all the rest.

Lately // I did finally start Furiously Happy and it’s furiously amazing. AnnaSaurus Rex and I went to see Jenny Lawson read and get book signed and I had her sign as Stephen King just like last time. I’m still wending my way through Rev. Weber-Bolz’s essays in Accidental Saints. Expect a write-up soon on how fabulous she was to meet again.

Next Up // I’m going to start Fates and Furies as soon as I finish off these two essay collections. That’s coming up for Socratic Salon pretty soon.

Playing // Deck building games! Largely on my iPhone. Anyone play Tanto Cuore, Penny Arcade: The Game, or Dominion? If so – hit me up, I’m often looking for a game!

Okay, it took me all day to write this post, Readers. How was your week?

April

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Sunday Salon: Where She is Moody

Posted 27 September, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in memes

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Time // 12:03 PM EDT

Feeling // Odd. This is often the word I use when I’m feeling a little depressed with no discernible reason – so maybe more accurately, I’m feeling a little depressed for no discernible reason.

Reading // My reading of words on paper or e-screens is still relatively stalled, but I’m making it through essay by essay on Accidental Saints, which is fabulous. I finished Falling Man on Audible, which was breathtaking (see review tomorrow), and I’m loving Franzen’s Freedom on CD, which I so generously received from Darlene at Lost in Literature. Also, before I go to bed I’m still working on ‘re-reading’ the last volume of King’s magnum opus The Dark Tower, also on Audible. So. Good.

Planning // On getting to Fates and Furies for an upcoming Socratic Salon discussion along with the thousand other books that I need to read.

The Move // Is pretty much completed… things are organized. Other than that, we need to paint the interior and a few walls knocked down and we’ll be set.

I’m going to stop this Sunday Salon before my mood gets too… moody. How’s your week, Readers?! 

April

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Sunday Salon: Sainthood Edition

Posted 9 August, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in memes, musings, Reading

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Time // 9:22 AM EDT

Place // The doghouse. I pulled what I like to refer to as ‘a man’, but what is more accurately described in my relationship as ‘an April’ and made a major purchase of a new phone without consulting The Mister. While lying in bed next to him… … I promise it was less sneakiness and more thoughtlessness. When the iPhone6 came out last year I was an idiot and used my upgrade to only get the one with 16 gigs of storage, I had to have more… like 112 gigs more. The man really should be a candidate for sainthood for putting up with me. He doesn’t even read this, so you know I must mean it.

Reading // Finishing up the audio for Jo Nesbø’s The Son, a decent enough Scandinavian thriller I guess. Also about to finish up reading Atwood’s upcoming The Heart Goes Last, as I suspected it is basically the entirety of the published Positron Serials in one book, expanded, and with (I hope!) an ending. I’m not sure what’s next up though, I got a recommendation from a co-worker that looks pretty intriguing. Huzzah for free-range reading!

Happenings // Went to a birthday party with friends on Friday night at a local establishment resembling a Dave and Buster’s with an indoor go-kart track. It’s been a million years since I went go-karting, played skee-ball, or arcade games in general. To end the night a group of us ended up in the parking lot behind a Krispy Kreme at midnight just goofing off and eating doughnuts. (The dining room was closed, okay?!)  Ah, to be sixteen again. Good times. (…and another example of why The Mister is a damned saint, he stayed home with The Girl so I could pretend I was sixteen.)

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We’re terminating machines.

Family // The Girl started her new Montessori school this week. We had some hiccoughs because I pulled an April and never opened the ‘Welcome Letter’ email that the school sent. I mean… seriously, ‘welcome letter’ sounds like there’s nothing at all substantive in it. Well, there was and it was Wednesday before I hunted down the required white cloth napkins we were supposed to be sending with her lunchbox. I thought The Mister was going to have a stroke. But that’s all sorted out now.

Trying to buy // a house. We’re putting in a bid today on house number four (we’ve already bid and lost on three prior houses), this is important because we got an email this morning from our ridiculous landlords saying they’ve sold the rental that we’re living in and would like to close ASAP. (We weren’t even aware it was on the market and if they’ve been showing it we haven’t known.) Fingers crossed.

Confessed // to much of the office that I have a blog. I’m terrible at keeping my own secrets, but great at keeping secrets that belong to others. Hi Office!! *waves*

Edit //  I also wanted to share this post from some dear IRL friends about dealing with scary things during pregnancy. Get your tissues out.

What about you, Reader? Have you had an eventful week? Tell me!

April

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Sunday Salon: Where She’s an Exhausted Reader

Posted 12 July, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in memes, musings

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Time // 8:27 AM EDT

This Week // Started my new job. I think it’s going to be a great fit, outside of the commute. I love prosecuting – largely because it doesn’t require me to bill hours or bring in new clients. Oh, and the whole justice for all thing being in my hands is fulfilling as well.  Yesterday Mr. SFR and I went to look at houses closer to the job site, but since he works in the opposite direction the whole thing is going to be tricky. Especially with Atlanta traffic.

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My big girl, fancy pants office that I’m quite pleased with.

Now // I brought some case files home that I need to work on a bit to get ahead for next week. I don’t anticipate every weekend being this way, but since I inherited a ton of files – well, it’s catchup time.

Needing // Time and inclination to write and schedule a ton of reviews in advance! My poor comrades at The Socratic Salon are always waiting on my to make my menial contributions to our discussions. Obviously the blog is in the pits as well.

Reading // Okay… well listening… I’ve been making some serious headway into Vanity Fair during my commute and while that time period is definitely far from my favorite — I’m kind of loving it. It’s smart, sassy, and I don’t care what people say about Becky Sharpe, she’s one smart cookie. Amelia makes me want to barf. Before I go to sleep at night I’m listening to Wizard and Glass still. I get home and I’m just so tired that audio is really working well for me all the way around.

Though, I have read the first fifty pages of the new Matthew Quick novel, Love May Fail, and it’s pretty arresting too. Hopefully it won’t take me a decade to finish it.

Good week here, Reader! How was yours? 

April

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Sunday Salon: Twas the Day Before Work

Posted 5 July, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in memes, musings

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Time // 6:07 PM EDT

Happenings // Just got back from Nashville for a weekend with the family. It’s left me exhausted. On the way up I discovered (probably to my professional and blogging detriment) Periscope. It gave me some amusement on the drive up to Nashville.

We went to see The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson and I basically learned he was a pretty big dick. Who okayed putting his face on the twenty dollar bill? Endorsed slavery? Expanded the role of the presidency? TRAIL OF TEARS? I THINK WE CAN FIND SOMEONE BETTER TO PUT ON OUR MOST USED PIECE OF PAPER CURRENCY. Ahem. Just saying.

Tomorrow is the first day of a new job with a considerable commute. I’m going to get to listen to so many audio books. I don’t know what this commute might mean for the blog – but – I’m not making any decisions yet. Naturally I’ll still be active over at The Socratic Salon. But let’s just wait and see.

Reading // Still working my way through the audio of Wizard and Glass.

Watched // Jurassic World, by far it’s the best Jurassic Park film since the original but – and I’m gonna get some haters here – outside of Parks and Rec, Chris Pratt couldn’t act his way out of a wet paper bag.

Okay Readers! How was your week? What do you anticipate for next week? 

April

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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Sunday Salon: Love Wins Edition

Posted 28 June, 2015 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in memes, musings

Time // 1:50 PM EDT.

Watching // Somehow I’ve gotten sucked into a Naked and Afraid marathon on The Discovery Channel. It’s like a train wreck that I can’t look away from.

Reading // I’m looking. I finished The Beautiful Bureaucrat this week and I’m looking for something as satisfying and readable as that.

Celebrating // The inevitable Supreme Court decision that makes marriage equality the law of the land in The States. The best summary of the 103 page opinion and dissents can be found in Haiku format at McSweeney’s.  I also love what Twitter did with the love wins hashtag.

The fact that SCOTUS left the ACA in tact is also a decision that shouldn’t be overlooked. I won’t say my faith in SCOTUS was restored, but I’m feeling better about them.

I’m also starting a new job, the bad part is that it’s going to be a fifty mile commute – and getting outside of Atlanta is going to be a bitch, but the good part is that it’s going to give me plenty of time to listen to audiobooks, oh, and more money.

Listening // I’ve started on the fourth volume of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower on audio. It’s a re-read, so far so good. I’m less familiar with the fifth through the seventh books so if things are going to be challenging that’s where the challenge is going to be.

Waxing // The gouda! Instead of waxing it in a wheel I cut it into fourths and learned why this isn’t traditionally done, it takes three times as much wax and twice as much time. But at the same time I found with my last batch that once I cut into the wheel it started to turn fairly quickly. The wheels are about five and a half inches in diameter and 3 inches thick, so it’s a lot of cheese.

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Looking ‘gouda’!

What happened in your week, Reader?

April

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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