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Where did my weekend go?  I know that we “fell back” today and gained an hour, but I don’t feel it.  In fact, i feel more like I lost a day or two or three, maybe more?  Seriously, I had big plans for productivity this weekend.  I’m actually on duty all weekend, which prevents me from going out and doing much of anything.  Staying in can be boring, but it can also be productive.  But I haven’t been productive.  Granted, I did get around to visiting a good number of blogs and attempting to catch up on what was going on in the blogosphere, but I haven’t gotten much reading or homework done.

So I am dedicating this wonderful Sunday to research on Coleridge and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, some light blogging, some heavy reading (I hope I can finish Mercury in Retrograde today or tomorrow) and maybe a light nap.   It’s a very ambitious plan, but you have all inspired me.  I know that many of you do so much more than I do and still manage to read a couple books a week.  This really makes me feel like a slacker.  Like, HELLO!  Jennifer, you can do so much more if you just concentrate and stop procrastinating!  So here’s to ending procrastination in the month of November!  After all, I need to pop out a 50,000 word novel by the end of the month for NaNoWriMo.  I know that I failed the RIP challenge miserably, but I’m not going to fail anymore!  It’s time to push my way to success!  And I’m not taking the RIP challenge of my list either.  I will complete the challenge even if it is way past the deadline!

Yes, I’m feeling motivated and energized.  I have my coffee and I’m ready to rock and rumble!

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I can’t believe it’s Sunday already.  My mini-vacation at home is coming to an end so soon.  It greatly saddens me.  I didn’t get much leisurely reading done while I was hiding away in my room at home.  The weather was surprisingly warm and I found it difficult to concentrate much on anything.  Still, I began to dive into Mercury in Retrograde by Paula Froelich.  Let me tell you, it has been a treat.

This week I have been in paper writing mode.  I’m a huge procrastinator and as midterms are approaching, more and more papers are due around the same time.  It was pretty brutal but I got through it.  Still, I finished my last paper for the week on Thursday at 3 AM.  Not idyllic.  Now I’m behind on my reading on all fronts so I plan to lock myself in my room today and work on wading through Wordsworth and selected readings on Latinos and political power.  Fun stuff.

Have a great Sunday!

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Happy Sunday everyone!  I am hoping that today will be a productive day for me as yesterday was not.  I got halfway through Austenland after watching Bridget Jones Diary.  I think watching a movie with Colin Firth really got me in the mood for this book because once I started reading it, I found it really difficult to put down.  I basically fell asleep with the book in hand.  I should finish it sometime this morning so expect a review either today or tomorrow.

While attempting to catch up with my google reader, I came across something that really got me thinking: in her BBAW post about goals, Sophisticated Dorkiness mentioned guest posting somewhere.  Now, I’m not really interested in doing too much guest posting myself because I hardly make the time to post on my own blog every day, but I think it would be great to have some guest posts on my blog to make up for the fact that my ability to read and review has slowed down tremendously since school started.  If you are interested, please shoot me an e-mail (JLesnick@scu.edu) or leave a comment below.

Short Sunday Salon today as I have much to do!  How’s your Sunday going?

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Sunday Salon 9/20

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Happy Sunday again everyone.  Sorry I have been extremely MIA this last week.  My excuse this week?  Preparation for move in, which was this weekend.  Yes, my residents are finally here!  Preparing for their arrival has been BRUTAL.  I have gotten very little sleep as I checked their rooms, did heaps of paperwork, prepared bulletin boards, and began planning programs.  Due to all the work I’ve had to do, I was not able to read much.  I’m still working on catching up with all of you – my google reader is full beyond belief, but I’m trying to remain patient as I pace myself through the remnants of BBAW.

I wish I could have participated more in the wonderful week of celebration.  I was hesitant to add too many new blogs to my reader because I am so busy already.  Still, I gave into temptation on numerous occasions.  There are just way too many amazing people out there!

Classes start tomorrow.  I’m not ready at all.  I’ve been putting all my energy into being a CF and preparing the halls for people.  Being a CF is definitely a full time job and once school starts I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for anything else, but things are bound to slow down a bit once everyone is busy with school.  I’m very excited to finally be back in classes.  I’m finally focusing on my major (English) and minor (Political Science) so my classes are bound to be full of really interesting reading and discussions.  I don’t want to bore anyone, but I will probably be posting on some of the things I read in class – maybe it might open some people up to new reading topics?

Well, this has been a busy weekend and I’m looking forward to tonight when I’ll finally get some free time to read and blog – look for me to catch up on some of your older posts.  Sorry it’s taken me so long, I really do appreciate all your opinions and love that you take the time to read and tell all of us about it!

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Happy Sunday everyone!  This last week has been incredibly busy.  I’ve hardly had any time to sleep!  Still, I’ve been doing some light reading here and there.  I finished my Young Adult piece of the Dog Ear Reading Challenge, and the review will be up tomorrow.  I tried branching out to something different, but it turned out to be a little disappointing to say the least.  Still, it’s nice to try new things every now and then – reading the same kinds of books all the time ends up being quite boring.

BBAW is coming up.  Not sure what the extent of my participation will be (next week is bound to be busy for me as it is the last week of summer).  I’m currently jumping into a nonfiction book that ticked my interest (Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women).  I have been running through hours and hours of diversity training as part of the CF formation process.  The conversations have been enlightening and incredibly informative, but there are certain things that I wanted to learn more about.  The first and foremost being a more in depth look at women and feminist issues, which this book obviously does explore quite in depth.  It should be a great week for me and all my fellow bloggers.

As always, Happy Reading!

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Sunday Salon

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Oh boy has it been a busy week.  Luckily, I have The Sunday Salon to look forward to for reflecting on my busy week and talking about my favorite subject: books!  I’m going to fill you all in a little on my life since it is pertinent to my currently disrupted reading schedule.  I’m currently in the midst of CF formation.  Now everyone is probably wondering what a CF is and how one is “formed.”  There’s a rather simple answer to both those questions.  A CF is a community facilitators also known in other circles as a resident adviser or RA.  My job is to not only ensure that residents in my hall are following the student code of conduct but also plan programs to promote community.  Pretty awesome, right?  Since school hasn’t started yet for me, I’m currently in a three week program to learn about my job responsibilities and all the tools I have at my disposal to fulfill them.   This includes some extensive training and a lot of team building.  The days are jam packed but usually also really fun.

To clear my mind a bit I just started to dig into the first book of Melody Carlson’s Diary of a Teenage Girl series.  It fulfills the Young Adult requirement for the Dog Ear Reading Challenge and should be a light and easy read.  I started it last night and didn’t get much farther today because I have spent the morning attempting to get through my google reader list (which was approaching 300 new posts!).  I did a decent job – got through about half – while having a movie marathon with my family.  We watched: An Affair to Remember, The Way We Were, The Lion King, and Aladdin.  Diverse group of movies – all a wonderful way to kick back and relax.

Tomorrow I plan to spend my holiday having fun and reading!  The boyfriend and I have planned a morning adventure up to Castle Rock (I will read while he drives) where we plan to rock climb for a couple hours.  Then in the afternoon, we’re hitting the climbing gym (hopefully with my sister) and then I’m going to spend the night working on some CF duties and reading some more.  I think it will be the perfect end to my long weekend.  I’ll be able to head into formation on Tuesday feeling well rested and relaxed.  No more stress for me!

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This marks my very first Sunday Salon.  For a couple weeks, I have been reading all your wonderful Sunday discussions and decided that I would give it a shot.  After all, we all have book-ish topics on our minds.  Some come up in our reading, others come up just because life throws them our way.

This Sunday I’m coming to you from my campus library, where I work.  We have an pretty cool automated retrieval system and right now I’m manning that.  Luckily, since school is not in session, the back room is quiet and calm leaving me some free time to catch up with all the posts piling up in my google reader and hopefully (later on) some reading.  This week has been insanely hectic leaving me little time to read.  I’ve had work, rock climbing, moving, and social obligations all week that left me with very little spare time.  Because of my hectic schedule, I’ve fallen horribly behind on my reading schedule.  Currently, I’m about halfway through How to Buy a Love of Reading.  I hope to make the time to finish it tonight after I finish unpacking all my stuff.

My hectic schedule along with the book have led me to think about people’s excuses for not reading.  Sure, we all lead hectic lives with insanely busy schedules, but does that really mean that we don’t have time for reading?  Or does it just imply that we don’t make time for reading?  Some might say the two are the same, but I beg to differ, I believe they are very different.  Last year, I claimed I was too busy to do any reading aside from what was assigned to me in class.  After all, I was taking four classes, participating in a research project on the side, and working two jobs.  Some days, I barely had time for sleeping.  When I was complaining about this to a friend and co-worker, she insisted that I could make time for reading since it is something I enjoy.  She suggested setting aside time every day for reading even if it was only half an hour.  This summer, that is exactly what I have been doing.  If I don’t have time during the day to delve into a book, I read for half an hour before bed (frequently longer because I just can’t put the book down, who needs sleep anyway, right?).  After all, reading slowly is better than not reading at all.

Another wonderful thing I have to share with you (which I’m incredibly excited about!) are some awards!  Yes, I have received some blogging awards.  Can you believe that people are actually reading this and enjoying it?  I can’t!  Nevertheless, I am grateful and excited to both accept and pass on the awards I have gotten this week.

I received the Kreativ Blogger Award from Amy Reads Good Books.  After getting this award, you have to name seven favorite things and pass the award on to seven awesome bloggers.  This sounds both fun and easy!

Seven Favorite Things

  1. Starbucks Grande Nonfat Vanilla Lattes
  2. Summer sun
  3. Long nights of staying up and reading
  4. That wonderful feeling you get when you get things done
  5. The beach
  6. Freshly backed chocolate chip cookies
  7. Long walks along the Santa Clara campus

Seven Awesome Bloggers ( although really, you’re all awesome bloggers!)

  1. Kay @ The Infinite Shelf
  2. Megan @ Write Meg
  3. Natalie @ Book, Line, and Sinker
  4. Simon @ Savidge Reads
  5. Jenny @ Take Me Away
  6. Rebecca @ The Book Lady’s Blog
  7. Stephanie @ Stephanie’s Written Word

I received the My Top Blog Commenter Award from Take Me Away.  I find this award to be very important because I so deeply appreciate any and all comments that I get from you. So I’m passing this on to:

  1. Kathy @ Bermudaonion’s Weblog
  2. Megan @ Write Meg
  3. Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness
  4. Amy @ Amy Reads Good Books
  5. Lahni @ Nose in a Book

The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all…

I received this rather amusing award from Take Me Away and am excited to pass it on to the following bloggers:

  1. Amy @ Amy Reads Good Books
  2. Becca @ Bookstack
  3. Jennifer @ Book Club Girl
  4. Simon @ Savidge Reads
  5. Matt @ A Guy’s Moleskin Notebook

Happy Sunday, Happy Reading, and Happy Blogging friends.  I’d love to hear about your favorite blogs, your excuses not to read, and your Sunday plans, reads, and thoughts.

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