Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Sunday Salon ~ June 17, 2012

Hello! Happy Sunday!
I hope you’re having a good weekend! I think it’s been a few weeks since I’ve written a Sunday Salon post. Life’s been quiet but busy here. I’ve been writing more and also doing a little cooking. I’m usually bake rather than cook but I haven’t baked since the holidays. I found this cool cookbook at a Salvation Army store, Backstage Pass: Catering to Music’s Biggest Stars by John D. Crisafulli, Sean Fisher and Teresa Villa. The authors are the owners of the Behind the Scenes Catering Company. I read the book cover to cover first. beginning with a great introduction. Every chapter or section is about a specific music group or musician and the caterers experience cooking for and serving them. Each section ends with some favorite recipes of the musicians. The authors also include interesting, funny, or eye-opening story about the musician(s) as well as their dressing room requirements! It’s a fascinating, fun book. I’m going to try some of the recipes. I plan to post about my cooking experiences and promise to include any interesting info about the musician(s) and their entertaining and eating habits.

I didn’t attend BEA this year. It kind of snuck up on me and I also had a few appointments that would have been difficult to reschedule. I admit, too, I’m a little shy and a bit of a chicken. I used to be so outgoing and gregarious growing up but in my ‘old age’ I’ve become self-conscious and a bit awkward meeting people in person. A good bit of that is my wheelchair and oxygen. Still, it’s a little bizarre and aggravates me. But, I’ll get over it! I’ve already left notes for myself about next year’s BEA so I remember not to schedule anything that week!

I have been better about writing reviews of the books I’ve read. (yay!) I haven’t posted many yet but will soon. I’m trying to draft enough reviews so I can always post one or two and not worry that I have no more reviews written and ready to be posted. I should have done this long ago but I’m sometimes a little slow to clue-in! I still have a lot of work to do on my blog, too. I’m also still working on SEO, what it is and how to use it. I’m almost finished except for one issue that I’m having some trouble over...but I’ll get it soon!

I’m reading several books right now, including a few lighter ones in tribute to summer, the sun’s warm rays and the beach. I'm enjoying all of them in different degreees (so far, anyway) I’m about halfway through Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo which is captivating and intense. I’m almost finished Goodbye For Now by Laurie Frankel, a fun and interesting book and I just started The Girl Below by Bianca Zander. I wanted to join in the readalong of A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway hosted by Serena and Anna for War Through the Generations reading challenge. I’m behind already so when I was right next to B & N on Friday and stopped in to buy a copy...they were out! I was gobsmacked. (I just read this British slang term and it cracked me up!) But how annoying that B & N was out of this book! I am going to read it but I don’t think I’ll be participating in the read-a-long. I am going to join the casual read along of The City and the City by China Mieville. I’ve wanted to read something by this author for a long time and love being able to share the experience with a great group of bloggers including Care, Nymeth, Iris and Ti!

Are you Reading anything good today?
Enjoy your Sunday, I hope you’re having beautiful weather, too!


  1. Good luck with the SEO. I've tried reading up on it and the tips I've tried haven't done anything as far as I can tell.

  2. Pre-scheduling posts is the way to go. It takes all the pressure off, and allows you to write your reviews when you are inspired, not because you have to. Of course, my "buffer" has all but dwindled away because of the summer.

  3. That cookbook sounds great Amy--what a nice find. Sounds like you have plenty keeping you busy lately. Hope all the books you are into are great reads. Have a good week.

  4. I've been pre-scheduling too!! Makes the entire process so much easier. Now, I no longer dread writing the review because I have bit more time to ponder my thoughts.

    Yay! on City & The City!! I am about 10 chapters in but on my Kindle, it's hard to tell how many chapters there are.

  5. I haven't really looked into SEO very much. One of these days I will get around to it!

  6. Pre-scheduling is great, though I am so behind in reading that I have nothing to pre-schedule. LOL

    Too bad that you won't be joining us for the read-along for the Hemingway book.

  7. That cookbook sounds like fun … I'd love to get the inside "dish" HAHA! on the musicians. And I'm shy and a chicken too … hence no BEA for me yet. One day though … one day.