Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday Ramblings 07-29-12

Not a bad first few days of work, though there's a lot to do (as usual) before teachers and students arrive in the next few days.  I fully expect to be bombarded with parent requests for assistance and information starting this upcoming week, so I'm mentally trying to approach things in such a way as to be able to do that efficiently while still getting the prep work done for two school programs (I had a full time job with one school last year, now I've been given a second school to take care of, oh, well - life is always interesting for those of us in education).

Finished Lynne Olson's "Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England" yesterday.  The review is up at Goodreads, and of course over at my book review blog "Coach's Reviews" as well.  Presently reading "The Shoppe of Spells", a paranormal fiction fantasy romance by local (Coweta county, Ga.) author and friend Shanon Grey.  I'm enjoying quite a bit.  Shanon is pretty good at turning a deft phrase for a debut novelist.  I'll pen a brief review hopefully by the end of the week, depending on how much time I can devote to my reading when I'm home in the evenings this upcoming week.  As I say, I expect my school work dance card to be full, so I may have some days I get in pretty late.

Anyone who knows me is aware that I usually have at least one fiction and one non-fiction book going at a time (and usually way more than one of each) but I'm trying to stay focused on only one of each for the time being.  Since I've finished "Troublesome Young Men" as noted above, I'm staying with my English history/Churchill kick I'm on and am also re-reading (for the 3rd time if memory serves" William Manchester's "The Last Lion: Visions of Glory 1874-1932" which is the first volume of his life of Winston Churchill.  The 2nd volume "The Last Lion, Winston Spencer Churchill: Alone 1932-1940" came out in 1988.  Manchester died before he could complete the 3rd volume of the biography, but it has recently been completed by Paul Reid and should come out in November, 2012.  It will definitely be on my Christmas wish list.

Took the youngest (the animal whisperer) to her job at the local Waffle House eatery this morning.  The sainted spouse has a much deserved day off, and the vegetarian moralist has promised to help out around the house today, if he can tear himself away from writing his dystopian nihilistic fiction and from playing Skyrim.  We'll see...

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