Weekend Links and Reads


This has been the week of my partially finished to-do list.  Actually, that would describe most weeks.  The first thing I need to do is set the date for the next book club.  I’m hosting this time.  I did pick the book – Labor Day by Joyce Maynard.

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Labor Day is coming out as a movie soon.  I thought the previews looked really good, so when I saw the book I decided to choose it for book club.  I finished it quickly and really enjoyed it.  The characters are wonderful and the story just sucked me in.  Food features prominently in this story.  There’s a scene where they make a peach pie that is written so beautifully, it’s just pitch-perfect.  I may have to make peach pie for our book club night.  I’m interested to see the movie now that I’ve read the book.


Another thing on my to-do list all week has been to make hotel reservations for our first night in Orlando.  We’re heading to Disney World this summer, 13 of us all together.  We always drive straight through and stay at an off-site hotel for our first night.  It’s nicer than trying to find a place to stay somewhere on I-75.

I’ve also been reading up on how they are taking all the old fast pass machines out of the parks.  Things are changing, but I can’t wait to go!

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The few things I’ve gotten checked off of my to-do list have been because of the site [email protected].  The website (they have an app too) is free.  They play one hour of music that has been specially selected to help you focus.  And it works!  When I start playing that music, then I start writing or working down my inbox or any other task I need to complete.  The music keeps me focused and working.

I’ve even used it for Mia while she’s doing school work.  It works for her too!  Once I put the music on, she buckled down and completed her assignment, even though she had said she thought the [email protected] music made her tired.  It obviously doesn’t, it helps her focus.

I first heard about this from Amy from Blogging with Amy in her weekly email Useletter.




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Potato Bar


Finally, I loved this idea for the Ultimate Baked Potato Bar from Jen at Beauty and Bedlam.  I love baked potatoes and they are easy to do for a crowd.  And all the topping possibilities make it a fun dinner for everyone.

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