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Sunday sipping at the airport bar

5 May

It’s Sunday! I am in the airport in Charleston after an amazing, but too short weekend. I’m linking up with Neely and Ashley for Sunday Social and then heading to the airport bar for some final vacation libations before it is back to reality. Since today the Sunday Social is all about the number four, I might just have to have four drinks for good luck!

4 favorite things to do on a weekend

Weekends are my favorite part of the week. You too? Crazy! They tend to either be extremely busy or extremely lazy. I need a mix of the two. When they are busy it is usually because I am traveling or attending some sports event or concert (favorite things one and two). When they are lazy I can usually be found snuggled up on the couch cleaning out my DVR or having a long dinner with plenty of wine (favorite things three and four).

4 favorite things about your best friend

You all got to hear the story of how I met my best friend. She is so special because she is one of the only people I can truly be myself around and sometimes I think she can even read my mind. She and I will drop anything to be there for the other and we can have fun doing anything from a big night out to playing Scrabble in our pajamas.

4 things you would do with $100,000

If I had $100,000, I’d put half in the bank and use the other half to pay off my debts, put a hefty down payment on a condo, hand some over to my family and take everyone I love on vacation. It really isn’t that much money when I think about it that way. The bank might get less than half!

4 favorite books you’ve ever read

There is no way I could pick just four favorites. I’ll recommend four recent reads instead: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, Defending Jacob by William Landay, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and for old time’s sake Summer Sisters by Judy Blume.

4 favorite snack foods

I love Cape Cod Potato Chips, especially the Jalapeño flavor. Potato skins and mozzarella sticks make me happy. And once I eat one clementine I have a hard time stopping- those big bags go fast!

4 things that you must do daily

Every morning, I wake up and make my bed. I hate coming home and having my room a mess and feel like a made bed makes a difference. I always put on my watch and the ring I got for Christmas- feel naked without those two things. I usually crack open a Diet Coke for breakfast (so bad, I know!!). And, of course, check all my E-mails, Gchat, etc. I would have a hard time with a screen-free day!

So honored to have been called out by Jess at Blogging on the Brink in her A-Z reflections post. Seriously flattered! Check out her great blog! I learned so much about music and the industry reading her posts. 

Thanks to Jules at A Dose of Jules for calling me out in her reflections post. This lovely lady managed to write a poem for every day of the challenge. I’m not kidding. AND they were great poems. She is talented!

Also, a big thanks to Creative Mysteries for my latest Liebster Award!

Kate sig

Literary Junkie

16 Apr

I have always been a reader. I used to read constantly. In fact, I read in the car so often that when I got my driver’s license, I didn’t remember how to get home from the mall! So, when the Literary Junkies group was brought to my attention, I couldn’t help but join their bandwagon. Nothing makes me feel more at ease than being lost in a book.

I am currently reading The Tender Bar, by J.R. Moehringer. I started a book club in my office and my boss chose this book. It is a fairly dry memoir which a lot of my coworkers found difficult to read, but she is the boss so nobody would disagree. Essentially, it is the story of a man who grew up without his father so he turned to a local bar and the men who were regulars there for guidance. While it is definitely not a book that has you itching to get home so you can read some more, it doesn’t have me giving up on finishing it altogether.

Two books that recently did have my hooked from start to finish were Defending Jacob by William Landay and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. If you haven’t read these yet, please go pick them up. You won’t regret it!

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Thank goodness for my Kindle or I would have nowhere to keep them all!

Reading Habits
Amazon or brick and mortar? Amazon- they closed the book store near my office, otherwise I would be spending most lunch breaks there.
Locally owned bookshop or big name chain store? Whatever is most convenient
Bookmark or dog-ear? Dog-ear
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random? I try to group by author, but I have so many it would be a project to alphabetize.
Keep, throw away, or sell? Give away. I give to my friends or leave in my building lobby for my neighbors to take old books.
Keep dust jacket or toss it? Keep
Read with dust jacket or remove it? Remove
Short story or novel? Novel
Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)? Collection
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks? I sometimes will keep reading until I finish!
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”? Once upon a time…
Buy or borrow? Buy, should be better about borrowing though. Kindle makes it so easy to spend money without thinking. I’ve also given away a couple hundred every time I have moved. Books are not fun to move!
New or used? New- old books creep me out. Someone read that while picking their nose or sitting on the toilet.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse? Reviews and recommendations
Tidy ending or cliffhanger? Tidy ending
Morning, afternoon or nighttime reading? All of the above!
Single volume or series? Series
Favorite series? I can’t pick one!
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard? What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge- it is a children’s book 🙂

What are you reading now? What should I read next? The next Literary Junkies choice is Diamond in the Rough by Shawn Colvin. Have you read it?

Kate sig

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