Sunday 28 June 2009

Sunday Salon - A long weekend

This weekend has become a bit of an unofficial long weekend as the children's school is closed for inset day on Monday. For my American and Canadian readers, inset days are when the schools carry out training for the teachers and the schools normally have about 5 or 6 a year. As my previous job was teaching, I never really enjoyed these days as I was always uncomfortably aware that everyone else with children would be taking advantage of this impromptu day off and I would have to find childminders for the day as I would have to be in school. Though this year, as I am no longer teaching, the shoe is on the other foot and I get to take my children out to places which are normally far to busy to visit during the holidays. Though in saying that, I haven't a clue how we are going to spend the day off.

Today is planned as a calm day at home, as both my girls attended a science course yesterday down by the harbour. Hubby is out fishing, so the kids and I are just going to take it easy. I am hoping they will be keen to visit the park, so I can take my book and read.

This week I finished three books.

1) Voodoo Season by Jewell Parker Rhodes - to be reviewed later this week.
2) The Funny Thing Is.. by Ellen Degeneres -reviewed here.
3) Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr - also to be reviewed later this week followed by a giveaway.

I am presently reading two books.

1) Getting to Manana by Miranda Innes
2) Housekeeping by Marilynn Robinson

I also hope to start reading.

1)A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton
2) Angels in My Hair by Lorna Fitzgerald Byrne.

So that is my week of reading planned. Not sure how I am going to fit it in, as this really is a busy week, but I shall give it a go.

Happy Sunday Salon!


  1. Inset days are called in-service days where I live in California. I'm not sure if the rest of the U.S. uses the same terminology. They weren't in style when I was in school, but I know my mother, who is a teacher, has to attend them now and then throughout the school year. She probably feels the same way you used to when you were teaching--except that my brother and I are both grown now. :-)

    I'll have to watch for your review of Wicked Lovely. I have a copy on my shelf I've been meaning to read. I never have read Hamilton's Merry Gentry series, but I do follow her Anita Blake series.

    I hope you have a great week! Enjoy the free day tomorrow with the children!

  2. Looks like you had a good week, with some more good books coming up :-) Enjoy the "holiday" with your kids!!

  3. Enjoy the extra day off with your girls! I look forward to those days, too - we call them superintendent's conference days.

  4. I work at a school in the Human Resources department. We call those inservice days. Most of the teaching staff are not happy on those days :)

    Good luck with your reading this week.

  5. We call them teacher training days. Eldest loves them as she is not liking school at the moment - middle daughter hates them and would go to school all through the holdays and every weekend if she could will be interesting to see what the youngest feels about school when she starts :)

    Looking forward to your reviews - I noticed the piccies in your sidebar and thought the books looked interesting!

    The trailers for the film of Time Travellers Wife have been released now - are you looking forward to that one? I loved the book but it seems to have a marmite effect on a lot of people. What did you think?

  6. Our summer vacation should have ended on the 30th JUne. But due to the horrible heat it has been extended until 7th July. However, we teachers have report on duty a usual!

    I am hating the very though!


  7. Here in Washington DC, they are known as professional development days. And I always feel the same as you about my own children. Like I have missed something with my own as I try to meet the needs of the students. But what to do?

    And lucky you with Housekeeping to read. Love that book as I do all of Robinson's work.

    Today I am reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Happy reading!

  8. I hope you have a wonderful day off tomorrow with the kids! You've gotten a lot of reading done this week--my numbers are shamefully low. :( Look forward to hearing what you think of Housekeeping. I read Gilead a few years ago and it fell flat for me.

  9. I'll be looking for your Wicked Lovely review since I have Fragile Eternity (by the same author) in my TBR pile. Have fun with your kids tomorrow!

  10. Have a great day tomorrow! Today was the last day of my vacation, so I will be heading back to work tomorrow - Yuck.

  11. Hope you enjoyed your Sunday! Can't wait to hear your review of Voodoo Season. It's on my shelf waiting to be read! :))

  12. I can't remember for the life of me what we call those days here in Canada although it's on the tip of my brain. I hope you enjoyed your Sunday!

  13. That's a great reading week, Viv! I want to read the Ellen Degeneres one. :D


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