The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, take a look ahead, and showcase our new treasures – I mean books!
The concert was great, and the house didn’t burn down.
Let me explain. Last Sunday’s concert went really well. I was very proud of my singers, both the children and the teens; they sang well, watched the director (me) and sounded beautiful together. The adult chorus also sang well; I’m in that one, rather than directing it. I ended the evening feeling incredibly proud and happy.
Fast forward to Tuesday night. I was blogging while I waited for the frozen casserole to cook, when suddenly the smoke alarm went off. I rushed into the kitchen to discover the oven was way too hot, there was an acrid burning smell, and the oven display said “Locked”. . . which it does on the self-cleaning cycle. I am certain I didn’t start the self-clean cycle (which takes hitting more than one button anyway) so apparently something went haywire in the controls and it heated up all on its own. I turned it off, called Mr. Bookwyrm at work, and ran down to throw the breaker. Then I raced around the house, opening windows and turning on fans to try to clear out the smoke and the smell. The oven stayed locked; it was hot enough to burn your hand on the ceramic cooktop (which should not get that hot.) Once Mr. Bookwyrm got home and the stove cooled off enough, we took it outside and continued airing the house. The consensus was that it would cost a lot to replace the controls, and that the oven insulation was probably burnt now anyways, so. . .
We spent Wednesday looking for and buying a new stove, but it couldn’t be delivered until Friday, so . . . no Thanksgiving dinner. Or at least, not a home-cooked one. Luckily, I hadn’t yet picked up my turkey, though I’d already bought everything else. So we changed our plans, went out on Thursday afternoon to see The Martian (great!) then got take-out from Cracker Barrel (meh.) Friday the new stove was delivered. Saturday I went shopping and discovered turkeys on sale. . . so today, I’m cooking a First Advent dinner instead of a Thanksgiving dinner. Same food, different date.
And we’re very, very thankful that the new smoke detector worked, that it detected the smoke before the fire was able to get out of the oven cavity, and that no one was hurt.
Last Week on the Blog
- Mon. 11/23: COYER Goals – challenge sign-up
- Mon 11/23: Willow Brook Road (Sherryl Woods) – review
- Tues. 11/24: Seven Characters I’d Invite for Thanksgiving Dinner – Top Ten Tuesday
- Wed. 11/25: In the Dragon’s Eye: Lord Dashwood Missed Out – W.O.W.
- Thurs. 11/26: Happy Thanksgiving!
- Sat. 11/28: News & Notes – 11/28/15
- Sun. 11/29: Sunday Post – 11/29/15
Upcoming on the Blog
- Mon. 11/30: Classic Children’s Books
- Tues. 12/01: A Cold Creek Christmas Story – review
- Wed. 12/02: In the Dragon’s Eye: Secret Sisters – W.O.W.
- Thurs. 12/03: By Winter’s Light (Laurens) – review
- Fri. 12/04: The Last Chance Christmas Ball – review
- Sat. 12/05: News & Notes – 12/05/15
- Sun. 12/06: Sunday Post – 12/06/15
What I’m Reading/Watching
I think I’m well and truly over the reading slump of early November. I finished Cathy Maxwell’s The Match of the Century, then read The Martian (Andy Weir), Stars of Fortune (Nora Roberts), and Crucible, an anthology of stories set in and around Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar. I also squeezed in a few older Christmas romances by RaeAnne Thayne, and started A Desperate Fortune (Susanna Kearsley.) Dreamer’s Pool (Juliet Marillier) is still on hold while I get through some more ARCs, but I definitely want to get back to it.
I got a bit further listening to The Night Circus, which is really gorgeous. And we saw The Martian and watched both tribble episodes from Star Trek and ST:DS9.
New Additions to the Hoard
Cover links take you to Goodreads.
For Review Consideration
Purchased or Free for Kindle