Author Archives: Vasilly

About Vasilly

Mother, daughter, sister, college student, bookworm, lover of chocolate and coffee.

Sunday Salon

Time: // 8:27 a.m. The scene: // I’m currently sitting at my kitchen table, holding Gigi, and drinking a cup of coffee as I type this post. The sun is shining brightly into my window and I still can’t believe … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Thoughts

It’s been over three months since I last wrote a post. Three brutal months that have left my family and I changed–but for the better. There have been many times that I found myself composing a blog post in my … Continue reading

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is here!!!!

Okay, I wasn’t going to join today’s read-a-thon, but changed my mind at the last minute. It’s not easy missing this event and I can’t help but miss Dewey more on read-a-thon day. She was such an amazing person.  So … Continue reading

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Looking Forward to October and #15in31

Well I was looking forward to October. I received some bad news yesterday, so we’ll see what happens with the rest of the month. September had its good moments. My oldest son, Oliver, decided (at the last minute) to go … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: What’s Your Story?

Time: // 7: 37 a.m. The scene: // ALL of my kids are up right now. It’s Sunday and they act as though it’s a school day! I was hoping to get some work done this morning. It’s going to … Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s been too long since my last post. I’ve missed you all so much! The baby’s sleep, so let’s see if I can write and post this before she wakes up. I actually read a book last week! It’s such … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time and scene: // It’s 7:53 am and already it’s 73 degrees. It feels hotter than that. Fall needs to come already. I’m ready for pumpkin muffins, stews, and El Niño. Most of the house is asleep, so I’m taking … Continue reading

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Back to Basics

It was exactly a month ago that I gave birth to Gigi. Life is taking on a new normal as my family adjusts to Gigi and she adjusts to the world around her. I feel so grateful to my mom … Continue reading

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She’s Here!

Time: // 9:03 a.m., Sunday morning The scene: // I’m sitting at my desk, holding my newest arrival. Ms. Gwendolyn a.k.a. Gigi was born a few days after my last post. After 19 hours of labor, she was in my … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: My favorite books of June

Time: // 2:05 p.m. The scene: // For the first time ever, I am days past my due date. I’m calm about it, while the rest of my family are on eggshells waiting for the new arrival. She’ll come when … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 5:13 a.m. The scene: // I’m sitting in bed as the house sleeps. Insomnia has hit me pretty hard in the last few weeks, so as usual, I’ve been up for several hours. Drinking: // water. Reading: // … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: On Recovery

Time: // 5: 23 a.m. The scene: // The house is quiet as I listen to the birds chirp outside. I’m sitting here with my thoughts and there’s so much to try and process. I named this post “On Recovery” … Continue reading

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Short review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste 240 pages Published in April 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers Source: Public Library The other kids in Corrine La Mer’s small Caribbean village may believe in jumbies, but she doesn’t. Who would really believe in fairy-like … Continue reading

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Currently

Time: // 5: 43 a.m. Tuesday morning. Everyone is asleep and the house is so quiet. It’s such a rare thing to experience. The scene: // I’ve been trying for the past two days to write a post, but to … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 8:04 a.m. The scene: // As usual, I’m sitting at my desk in the living room. I spend a lot of time at this spot, doing research, reading, or just watching my kids play outside. Drinking: // coffee. … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: It’s finally summer!

Time: // 8:28 a.m. The scene: // It’s a cold and cloudy Sunday morning, not your typical setting when you think of summer but it feels good. The last day of school was Friday, so I’m spending the weekend packing … Continue reading

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#BoutofBooks 13 Master Post and Goals

I’m usually not someone who dislikes Mondays, but today is starting off a bit rough. Insomnia kicked in last night and I didn’t get much sleep. One of the best things about today is that it’s the first day of … Continue reading

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Bout of Books 13

I did pretty well with Dewey’s Readathon and now I’ve decided to participate in Bout of Books, the week-long readathon. Hopefully, it’ll help me get through May’s tbr pile. Want to know more about the event? The Bout of Books … Continue reading

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Looking forward to May

Usually, I’m the type of person who changes the calendar on days before the month ends, always eager for a new start. Nowadays, all the months look the same as I count down until my July due date. For May, … Continue reading

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National Poetry Month: Poem in Your Pocket Day

Love Poem #137 I will wake you up early even though I know you like to stay through the credits. I will leave pennies in your pockets, postage stamps of superheroes in between the pages of your books, sugar packets … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 9:26 a.m., four hours after the readathon ended. I didn’t stay up reading the whole time. I’m too pregnant to do that! I stayed up until hour 18, woke up around hour 22, read a bit more, then … Continue reading

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Rah Rah #Readathon

It’s here! Dewey’s Annual 24 Hour Readathon! If you don’t know, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon* has been going on for eight years now. A dear friend, Dewey, was the original host of the event before passing away. She was a … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Happy Easter!

Time: // 9:00 a.m. The scene: // It’s a cold Easter morning as I sit at my desk, regretting the fact that I didn’t start cooking Easter dinner yesterday. I’m a big believer in cooking the day before, so I … Continue reading

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Happy National Poetry Month!

Bless the notebook that I always carry in my pocket. And the pen. Bless the words with which I try to say what I see, think, or feel. With gratitude for the grace of the earth. The expected and the … Continue reading

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Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Marie Kondo Translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano 213 pages Published in 2014 by Ten Speed Press Source: I bought it English artist William Morris once … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 4:16 p.m. – Saturday afternoon The scene: // Since California has decided to skip winter AND spring, it’s a hot summer day. The kids are outside enjoying themselves while I’m sitting at my desk and feeling a little … Continue reading

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Bloggiesta!

Bloggiesta’s finally here! If you don’t know, Bloggiesta is a yearly blogging event where bloggers come up with a to-do list for improving their sites while having fun with mini-challenges and Twitter or Google chats. For the first time ever, … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 7:36 a.m. The scene: // Sitting in my living room with my son as he watches Steven Universe. I was trying to get some alone time to just read, but that’s okay. I love spending time with my … Continue reading

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It’s spring. What I’m looking forward to reading. . .

I’m a winter person, but for some reason I am happy that spring is here. The new season is bringing a sense of renewal and the belief that better things are on the horizon. At least, it certainly feels that … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

Time: // 8:35 a.m. The scene: // sitting at my kitchen table while being surrounded by books. Drinking: // water and my first cup of coffee. I know that’s a little odd, but I wake up sometimes thirsty. Eating: // … Continue reading

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