Good morning everyone!  I am up bright and early today, and although I have a lot going on today, I’m happy that it’s Sunday.  My favorite day of the week. 🙂  I’m gearing up for a busy week at work – I’m working every day (which includes Saturday, so no day off until next Sunday) and it’s going to be a little crazy.  Luckily for me, they are required to pay me overtime if I work more than 40 hours, so the paycheck will be a little nicer than usual.  Today is Superbowl Sunday, and we are having my sister-in-law and her boyfriend over.  I am planning to make this taco dip and these cookies and order a pizza.  I don’t much care about football, to be honest, so I plan to do some reading and blogging while everyone else is watching the game.  We may also play a few hands of euchre.  It’s bound to be a fun and relaxing evening!

I have to admit that I’ve been very, very sad this week.  Everyone is talking non-stop about BEA and the Book Blogger Convention.  Unfortunately, for multiple reasons, it is truly impossible for me to go.  One reason has to do with finances – we just spent a LOT of money to move our lives across the country, we don’t have anything extra right now.  And the other reason is work – where I work, we can only have one person off every week of the year, and someone with more seniority than me already has the week of BEA off.  The finances thing I might be able to finagle something with, but the work thing is not possible to get around.  So, it’s not happening.  And I am SO SO SO jealous of all of you who get to go!  After two+ years of blogging, I STILL have not met a blogger in person and I really wish I could take this opportunity to do so.  Who else is not able to go?  Please speak up so we can wallow in self-pity together. 😦

Okay, now that my crying is out of the way, let’s talk a little about books, shall we?  This week I managed to get in five reviews.  I wrote about Commencement, Love in the Present Tense, A River Called Time, Candor, and The Hobbit.  Would you believe that with all that, I am AGAIN five reviews behind?  I tend to kind of forget about blogging during the week and do almost everything on Sunday, which is how I end up in this predicament every weekend.  If I could just get into the habit of writing reviews during the week… oh, well.

I’m currently in the middle of a few different books.  I’m still working on East of Eden, but you’re probably tired of seeing that cover every week, so I’ll just display the other ones. 🙂

How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth edited by John Wade II – this one is a series of short essays by prominent members of society on what we can each do to make this life just a bit more heaven-like.  The essays are about all different kinds of things – recycling, being more accepting of religious differences, encouraging democratic societies around the world, etc.  I am dipping in and out of it because it’s so easy to pick it up, read an essay or two, and then put it down for a day or so.  I’m enjoying it so far.

Home Repair by Liz Rosenberg – I just started this one during my elliptical workout yesterday, and I got about thirty pages in.  I think I’m going to read it just while working out and on my lunch breaks, so like thirty minutes at a time.  It seems good enough so far – an easy, entertaining read – so I think I’ll end up enjoying it.

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris – Everyone has been raving about this book, so when I saw that my library had it on audio, I couldn’t resist.  I am definitely liking this read, although it’s different from what I was expecting.  I will have to wait to make my final judgement on it until the end – I have heard the ending is amazing.  We’ll see!

Okay, that’s about all I got this Sunday folks.  I’m off to start my day – to the gym for a quick workout, then back home to tackle my endless to-do list before tonight.  Happy Sunday, everybody!  And thanks for stopping by today. 🙂