Sunday Salon: November 25th

Finally I had made a new Sunday Salon post. I've been missing deadlines all over the place with the blog the last few weeks. It's pathetic, actually, but what can I say but oops?

Past Week - Personal Stuff

Of course, first and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope it was a good one. I went shopping with my mom Tuesday night for the big event. Thursday I cooked for seven people and then cleaned and tried to stuff the remains in the fridge. We had turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet yam casserole (my mother made this and the stuffing), gravy, mashed potatoes, corn casserole, broccoli and cheese casserole, baked apples, and grilled onions. We also had appetizers of black olives ( a tradition), my mothers chocolate pie, my aunts pumpkin pie, my mothers rice pudding, and I baked them two loaves of homemade raisin cinnamon bread. 

It turned out delicious and was a fun time had by all. Left me sleepy afterwards though as we had a later one.  We still have some leftovers left, which can be the best part.

Besides this I had a job interview Tuesday morning. It's for a  great job but I don't know if I got it or not. The interview was going well but then seemed to get strange at the end, so I have no idea. I won't be surprised if I didn't get it, but I won't be shocked if they call back either. We'll have to wait and see but I won't put all my eggs in that basket and will keep looking in the meantime.

I was so sad to hear about the passing of Larry Hagman Friday. RIP Larry. I grew up watching Dallas with my father when I was a kid every Friday night. I started re-watching Dallas in my twenties. He will always be one of  the best conniving villains on television. My parents took me through a tour when I was young of the Dallas ranch. I don't remember it but we had a clipping souvenir. I haven't had the chance to catch the new Dallas show yet, I'm sure it won't be the same with Larry Hagman gone. 

I still haven't done any Christmas shopping, and it was my goal to get it done early this year. Yikes.

I finally got the residency cleared up at college and my tuition paid for January classes. I was starting to fear I'd have to promise my second born child or something to get it done.

The last episode of Walking Dead was brilliant. My fiance has read the graphic novel (I haven't yet, pity cry) and said he's surprised they're doing "the phone thing." Once upon a time has really kicked it up the past few episodes, but I sadly haven't been up to date with this week's episode. The same for the Vampire Diaries. Such a shame too as that's my favorite.


I have been in SUCH a Harlequin drama-laden mood. I have several currently reading anthologies to finish, but was bit by this romance bug while browsing the Harlequin forums on Goodreads. Woe is me. Now I keep reading them like they're candy. I read four this week:

  • Deadline for Love by Leigh Michaels
  • One Girl at a Time by Roberta Leigh
  • Married to a Mistress by Lynn Graham
  • When May Follows by Betty Neels
  • No Place Like Home by Leigh Michaels

The week before I read:
  • Valentine's Night by Penny Jordan
  • Vision of Love by Elizabeth Graham

I finally finished Real Men Don't Eat Quiche by Bruce Feirsten

I also have made progress and am almost done with:
  • Tales from the Hollows and Beyond by Kim Harrison
  • Night Shift by Stephen King
  • Fear and Trembling by Robert Bloch (this took a backseat)

I also joined the Thanksgiving reading event. Since I planned to get some relaxed reading done this week anyway, it seemed perfect. 

I also joined up with a Winter Reading Challenge that ends on January 31st. Not sure how far I'll get with this one but I anticipate at least half way through. Here's the post about Semi-Charmed Winter Challenge 2012.

Site Progress

I have done very little with the blog this past week. In fact, I missed doing ANY dailies except one Booking Through Thursday

There was a site FAIL too. The post signatures sharing tool messed up so I had to completely remove it. Not sure why some peoples works and some doesn't, but it glitched mine out so bad I don't even want to reuse it, despite how much I liked it. So I will have to redesign that as well.

Since the last Sunday Salon, here are the very few reviews posted:

I plan to be much busier, though. I have a good Mailbox Monday to put up for a few weeks, and also some ideas for some future events - weeklies and otherwise.

Yesterday I put up November's Where In The World are you Reading Event: Reading Companions Go check out some more darling pictures of my cat and animals :) You know you want to...

I also have a new feature in mind for Harlequins, so picked up the graphics yesterday and been busy designing them by season. Time to get more festive! Now if I only got the ambition to remove the Halloween banner from the Paperback Stash's Facebook page. SIGH....

Here are the Harlequin Mini Recaps for the new Monthly Feature. I just cropped them into a collage so they're a bit cut off:

Also, you may or may not have noticed, but the above Sunday Salon is also new for the Winter Season.

I've also designed a Halloween and a Winter Themed Tune-In Tuesdays:

And now leaving everyone off with a new E-Card I found that completely sums up reading and the holidays. Will be slapping it up with the Reading E-Card Collection. I added it to where it's now 5 pages (15 cards/graphics per post for slower connections and faster loading.) Didn't realize I had found THIS many until now.