Sunday, July 11, 2010

TSS: Boilermaker Sunday Edition

Good morning! The heat wave has finally lifted and it's a beautiful, sunny morning in upstate New York - perfect weather for the Boilermaker Road Race that kicks off as I type. No, I'm not running, but my husband is one of nearly 13,000 in the 15K race that winds through the neighborhoods of Utica and ends with a big party at the Saranac Beer brewery. My morning plans are a little quieter - another cup of coffee, a Sunday Salon post, visiting a few of my favorite blogs, and walking the dog.

It has been a productive reading week, for a change. I finished A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg, The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper (my review here), and even read a couple stories by Emile Zola.

Today I'll spend time with The Last of Cheri by Colette and listen to the audio version of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot while I walk the dog. Later this afternoon, most of us will celebrate my niece's sixth birthday. I'm assuming hubby will be tired after the race, but maybe I can convince him to watch Gigi with me later tonight. Did I mention how much I'm enjoying Paris in July?

I hope you're all having a good weekend. Will you be spending any time with a book today?


  1. Looking forward to your thoughts on The Last of Cheri, JoAnn. I'm hoping to fit some more Colette into July for Paris in July.

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was chosen for one of my book groups but it hasn't arrived in my library in time for me to read it for the discussion.

  2. Nice European books and movie. Enjoy your reading.

  3. Sounds like you have a great Sunday planned! Good luck to your husband in the race!

  4. You have certainly dived into Paris reading this month! I am hoping to finish my first Zola novel this month - and of course, I loved Luncheon of the Boating Party.

    Wouldn't it be grand if we could actually visit Paris next July rather than just read about it?!

  5. I'll check out your review! When do you plan a trip to Paris? :)

  6. I've never read anything by Collette, I need to. I had a Paris reading month in May. This month it is the American South. I do miss Paris though

  7. All this talk of Colette lately has me convinced that I need to read her. She's been in my TBR stack far too long.

  8. I'm wanting to read something by Colette...can't believe I haven't yet!

    A Homemade Life looks appealing...

    I like the sound of your Sunday plans. I'm planning to be "lazy," because the week ahead of me will be very chaotic! When you read my salon and if you click on the link to my A Bit of Me post, you'll know. Plumbing issues...broken pipe.

  9. I'm reading "One Day" and I'm hoping to get some time with it today. But I also want to watch the World Cup final, and perhaps make some maybe only bedtime reading.

  10. I'm in the Adirondacks right now, unfortunately. I would have loved to take part in the Boilermaker (I run three miles every weekday) but the lake and the boats were more inviting. Good luck to your husband!

  11. I just uploaded Henrietta on my iPod, because of somebody's rave audio review a couple of weeks ago. I'm hoping to get to it over the next few months (I don't even want to tell you how many audios I have loaded at this point, and I am in the middle of a biggie - The Passage). I did a double-take at your post title. Purdue University, which is right around the corner from my parents' house, are called Purdue Boilermakers!

  12. Paperback Reader - I'm really enjoying this time with Colette! Just started HeLa yesterday, but can tell I'm going to love it... you may want to read it even if the discussion has passed.

    Book - Thanks for visiting. I'm enjoying my time in France!

    Melissa - This is my kind of Sunday. Hubby finished the race, but complained that he didn't win again this year ;-)

    Molly - Last summer it was Italy for your challenge and now Paris. I would LOVE an actual trip next summer... Bloggers go to Paris???

    Book Bird Dog - I am really hoping to visit next year. My daughter will be studying abroad in London next spring. We will visit if all goes as planned.

    Bookmagic - These themed months are a lot of fun! I won't get through all the books I've set aside, so I'll have to do this again.

    C.B. James - This is my first experience with Colette. Cheri was a beautiful book, and The Last of Cheri is just as good.

    Laurel-Rain Snow - A Homemade Life was excellent! I hope to get the review written this week. Oh, no... plumbing issues??

    Beth - The weekend hours fill up so quickly!! Making jam is on our agenda, too...but it won't happen today.

    E.L. Fay - It must be a perfect weekend in the Adirondacks! There were over 13,000 in the race today... poor guy lost again ;-)

    Sandy - The race starts at the old Utica Boiler plant. They may have even been the sponsor at some point, but the race has long been known as the Boilermaker. Probably confuses quite a few people from Indiana...

  13. Despite not "actively" participating in Paris In July, I do want to read some Colette, as well as some Zola. However, don't think I'll have a chance to read either this month :(

  14. I'm so hapy to hear the heat wave has broken by you. I am hoping it happens here in the next day or so! Good luck to your husband in the race! Love that it finishes up at a brewery!

    You have been reading some wonderful books. I'm looking forward to your review of The Last of Cheri. I haven't read anything by Colette yet but plan to soon.

    Enjoy Gigi!
    ~ Amy

  15. Enjoy your lovely day. Sounds like hubby's run will end in the right place...

    Hoping to pick up a book. Right now, it's the laundry basket. Sigh.

  16. I love how they run 15K and then end at a bar!! I'd certainly need a drink after that. Your day sounds lovely and I hope that your hubby will join you for the movie!

  17. I used to do quite a bit of running and the Boilermaker is legendary! I never ran that one but met lots of runners who raved about it! Hope you husband had a good race!

    Enjoy the week!

  18. Sadly I didn't get much reading done at all during the weekend :\ But I did clean the house :P

    Looking forward to your thoughts on Colette!

  19. I've been enjoying London Belongs to Me in the shade of our pergola...hasn't the heat been brutal!

    Congratulations to your husband on his road race. Sounds like a terrific community event!

  20. I liked The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks a interesting.

  21. There is still a heatwave over here and I didn't get anything done this weekend, no readin, no study-related work. It was simply too hot to move at all.

  22. Anothercookiecrumbles - Even if you can't read them in July, hope you enjoy them both as much as I have!

    Amy - Any race that ends at a brewery is sure to draw a lot of runners, lol! We didn't get to watch Gigi Sunday night, but we will one of these evenings. It's here from Netflix.

    DS - Today it's my turn with the laundry basket... that's one of those jobs that is never done. *sigh*

    Staci - We got back from the b-day party too late to start the movie, but he gets credit for offering to watch it with me!

    Colleen - They used to advertise the Boilermaker as the largest road race in America, but I'm not sure if it still is. Either way, it's quite an event - lots of fun even as a spectator!

    Nymeth - I didn't get much reading done last weekend either... at least you have a clean house ;-)

    Darlene - Welcome back! Reading under a shady pergola sounds heavenly...

    Diane - Glad you liked HeLa, too. I'm already thinking about recommending it to my book group.

    Iris - Oh dear, I hope you've had some relief from the heat by now. It's so hard to get anything done when it's so hot!

  23. I would really like to read Colette at some point.

    Did you say some stories by Zola? I wasn't even aware he'd written stories...

  24. Amanda - Yes, I found collection of Zola's stories called Dead Men Tell No Tales. Most were written before his novels, but it's easy to see his style emerging. Have only read a few, but look forward to the others. I just posted about Zola today. Colette is wonderful, too!


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