Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sunday Salon - August 15

I hadn't intended on taking an almost week long break from blogging, but some how that's just what happened this week. I've been reading like crazy and trying to keep up to some extent with your blogs but I just haven't had the time or ability to focus on actually putting together a post.

My youngest headed back to school this week. Which means that I had to start getting up earlier in the morning and that's taking some getting used to! Theoretically that would mean I would get off work earlier but that didn't happen until Friday when I came home early, packed a van load of stuff and headed off to help my oldest move. In another week, Mini-me will head off to college. Well, not so much head off since he'll still be living at home and going to the university here but it still means getting books, back to campus activities and figuring out transportation (there's a great bus system to get him there). Needless to say, my house has been in a state of flux this week!

In bookish news, I'm getting excited about the news coming from Dreamworks Studios about the 2011 release of the movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's "The Help." A recent press release says that Allison Janney, of West Wing fame, has now been cast as Skeeter's mother, Charlotte Phelan. The website shows the official cast as:

Emma Stone - Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan
Viola Davis - Aibileen
Octavia Spencer - Minnie
Bryce Dallas Howard - Hilly

Short notice but there's still time, through today, to register with iVillage to a chance to visit the set and meet the cast. Check it out at:

To Enter:;
For Official Rules:

Buttery Books is a great site for book clubs that really like to celebrate the book they're talking about. The site offers suggestions for drinks, food and decor for quite a few different books, including The Help, The Art of Racing In The Rain, and Eat, Pray, Love. For The Help the ladies started with mint juleps and ended with, what else, chocolate pie!

I have no idea what those little boxes are that are appearing on the finished post--can't see them as I compose and can't seem to get rid of them.


  1. We have one more week and then things will be all a flurry around here too. My daughter will be heading off to college this year too, and will also still be living at home, so it will be interesting to me to see if things feel different, or if it's just like she's still in high school.

  2. Sorry things have been a bit chaotic for you Lisa, but glad u are getting a lot of reading done. I am excited about The Help; the movie.

  3. those boxes are weird.
    I guess they've snuck into the html with something you've pasted into the post.
    They look like borders for piccies that aren't there.
    I've spotted them looking at your source code, but it's a bit hard to show you how to cut them from here.
    Sorry that isn't much help is it? :-(

  4. Buttery Books looks great! Thanks for the link!

  5. Sounds like a busy time in your house, Lisa! The school year rush begins . . .

    I guess I'd better put The Help on my must read list if I want to get to it before the movie comes out. I'll probably catch it on DVD, so I suppose I have a little time. It'll be here before we know it!

    Have a great week, Lisa!

  6. That is a most anticipated movie for me! can't wait to see how it turns out... great cast so far...

  7. How exciting that you have one going to college (even if they are still living at home)! We still have three more weeks until school starts here. I promised the boys we'd go shopping for school supplies next week though, so they're very excited about that.

  8. My stepdaughter went back to school the first week of August, and we too have been slowly getting back into our normal schedule.

  9. I haven't been blogging or reading much this summer and visiting/commenting at other blogs. I'll be adjusting to a new schedule also as my son starts middle school and I start a new part time job. Good luck with your transitions!

    I loved The Help and am excited about a movie version also. Buttery books sounds interesting, I'll check it out.

  10. I am excited to hear that The Help is going to be a movie, though I still haven't read the book yet! I have heard amazing things about it though. My kids have one more week before school starts, and this weekend has been a rush to buy supplies and clothes. It has been crazy!

  11. You have had a busy week!

    Chocolate pie! I don't know if I'll ever be able to eat it again after reading The Help!

    Enjoy your week!

  12. I feel like August has been a tough month to sit down at the computer.

    Glad to hear everyone is getting back to school. AWP also starts school next week (at the same university, different campus). It will be nice to have everyone back in school and normalcy in the house (for you). AWP left today and I have been in tears all day! :)

  13. I know it is hard to get used to getting up early! And you have so much going on! I hope you have a less stressful week ahead!
    I have not read The Help, but I do hope i get to it soon :)Buttery books looks like a gr8 site :)

  14. I better get going and read The Help with the movie coming out! Fortunately, a friend gave me her copy so I have it on the shelf.

    Hope this week is a little less chaotic!

  15. Took our baby to college in Manhattan yesterday - that's 5 hours from home - so I understand a household in flux. Hang in there!