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Sunday Salon

Time: // 5:44 a.m.

The scene: // It’s been a while since I’ve been able to get up early and write a post while the family sleeps. Keeping up (or trying to) with a seven month old is pretty much a full-time job. Before Gigi came along, my youngest was ten years old, so I’m starting all over again, relearning parenting lessons that I should’ve remembered. Like the fact that you almost have to have laser-beam focus on very young kids. Turn your back and your kid will find something to put in their mouths. Since Gigi doesn’t really believe in daytime naps, I’m usually one of the first to go to sleep and sometimes I’m still not the first to wake up.

Drinking: // nothing right now, but after this post I’m putting on some coffee.

This week: // I actually finished two books! I don’t know how it happened, but it needs to happen more often! The first book I read was Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale. The book is an engaging and fast-paced graphic biography about Harriet Tubman. The intended audience is middle school readers, but don’t let that stop you from picking it up. If you read the Goodreads reviews for this, you’ll see that even adults love it.

Luckily for me, this isn’t the only history-based graphic biography that Hale has published. Before I finished The Underground Abductor, I went online and put all of his other graphic nonfiction on hold.

The second book I read this week was Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story about the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. This is another excellent middle grade nonfiction read that adults can also enjoy.

Reflecting on: // Lent. Every year Bryan writes a post about Lent and what he’s going to give up or add to his life. His posts always makes me want to make a change. This year, I jumped in and decided to give up sugar for Lent. Sugar is such a big thing in my life. I love sweets. It’s been hard and there have been occasions where I ended up eating something sweet without thinking. It’s making me realize how sugar is in so many foods.

Now I’m off to: // make pancakes. The family’s up so it’s time for me to start my day.

What are you up to today?

18 thoughts on “Sunday Salon”

  1. I’ve read some of Nathan Hale’s books, but didn’t know about the Harriet Tubman one — thanks! I just requested it from the library

  2. I saw Nathan Hale at the Texas Book Festival (I was his official escort!) and he talked and drew….it was wonderful!

    I gave up sugar for Lent. Miss it so much.

  3. I have given up sugar as well for Lent. So far, one week without it feels amazing. My cravings have reduced and I am finding it easy to pass the cookie when offered. We’ll see what it will be like when Lent ends or I give up, whichever happens first. 🙂

  4. Good luck giving up sugar! I’ve started paying more attention to nutrition labels and — wow — sugar is in everything! At least, you’ll get to celebrate you accomplishment with all the delicious Easter treats.

  5. I’ll have to look into the Nathan Hale books for Z’s school library! The librarian and I are constantly trying to build up the collection of diverse reads.
    As for me today, I was going to go for a walk but just as I was about to change out of my pjs, it started raining. So, instead I wrote a blog post and am now visiting others. Silver lining? 😉

  6. Oh you were up early today! Hope you’ve been enjoying your Sunday and good luck continuing with cutting out sweets. Do you think you’ll continue even after Lent?

  7. Oh the Nathan Hale book sounded so wonderful I used a gift card I had to order it! I read the sample online and loved it! Thanks for sharing! Unfortunately no little ones to share it with here, but I love children’s books!

    Enjoy your week and nice to see your post!

  8. Don’t pancakes have sugar in them? 😉 Kidding. I love pancakes.

    I gave up buying alcohol for Lent. Not drinking alcohol, mind, just buying it. :p

    1. Luckily I enjoy eating pancakes without syrup. (I know it’s weird.) When you said you gave up alcohol, my eyebrows almost flew off my face! 🙂

  9. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales sounds great!!! Thanks for tipping me off to this one. I hope our university library has it. With Greyson being five now, I look back on those early days and shudder at how much WORKKKK it is with a little one in the house. I hope you’re taking care of yourself and getting rest when you can! ❤

  10. Sugar is hard to give up totally. I try to reduce it as much as I can but it does seem to be in everything. Harriet Tubman and Typhoid Mary in a week, very cool subjects.

  11. Ah, yes, the laser focus for the little ones. I admit I don’t miss those days, lol 🙂 Good luck giving up sugar – that’s a tough one. I did it for a few months years ago and had so much more energy, BUT the minute I tasted sugar I started gorging again.

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