Author Archives: Vasilly

About Vasilly

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

Sunday Salon

Good morning! It’s early Sunday morning and the whole family’s already up and about. I have a quiet baby in my lap and a cup of coffee next to me. The sun is shining and pancakes are being made. Heaven. … Continue reading

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon!

2nd Update- Hour 14 Mid-Event Survey: 1. What are you reading right now? I started Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg pre-readathon, so I think I’ll finish it now. 2. How many books have you read so far? 2 I … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon – April 17, 2016

  Time: // 11:39 a.m. The scene: // It’s a quiet Sunday morning as half the house has gone shopping and the baby is asleep. It’s been so long since my last post, but that’s just life right now. At … Continue reading

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World Poetry Day

Moments There are moments that cry out to be fulfilled. Like, telling someone you love them. Or giving your money away, all of it. Your heart is beating, isn’t it? You’re not in chains, are you? There is nothing more … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon

The scene: // It’s a windy and wet Sunday morning. The sun is out, but not for long as rain is in the forecast. I’m typing up a quick post before I start on our Sunday dinner of short ribs. … Continue reading

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Review: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #5: The Undergorund Abductor

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales #5: The Underground Abductor Nathan Hale 128 pages First published in April 2015 by Amulet Books Where did I get this? From my local library Growing up, I didn’t read much nonfiction. As a kid and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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