Thursday, August 27, 2009

Time Warp?

I think blog time goes by faster than real life time. I thought I'd just posted on my account a couple days ago, but apparently it's been a whole week!

Not that much is going on right now to talk about...

So I'll just leave it at this picture of us with Victor and Courtney during their visit a couple weeks ago.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Look What I Made...Kinda...

Just ordered two swatches (8"x8" fabric squares) of this. It's free swatch day at Spoonflower. What will I do with the fabric? Send it to someone who can do something with it. I'm thinking a tote bag or something would be great.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I'm so excited about the Green Swap! I went to Hobby Lobby last night and picked up a couple little things to add to my pile at home. Can't wait to send it off!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What am I reading?

Gone are the days of reading one book at a time. I seem to be back in the habit of reading several things at once...

Garden Spells - (Fiction, audio book in the car) Sarah Addison Allen won a SIBA award for best fiction for this book in 2008. I read her book The Sugar Queen on the last trip up to my parents' and really liked it. They're not fantasy, but contain a few magical elements that are pretty charming.

The African Queen - (Literature, reading at home and carrying it around) I grew up loving the movie with Humphry Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. So far the movie is pretty true to the book, but of course I love the way we really get to know the characters better in the book. Not too hard of a read.

Don Quixote - (Literature, reading at the Byron bookstore) This has forever been my dad's favorite book. He reads almost all theology and history and then there's Don Quixote. He even has several paintings, wooden carvings, etc. of Don Quixote and Sancho Pancha. So I finally started reading it the day our store opened in Byron- July 11. After one solid month, I am proud to say I'm 1/10th of the way through the book. Right. Not exactly easy reading. But I am enjoying taking my time with it.

Packaging Girlhood - (Non-fiction, reading in WR bookstore) I probably won't read it cover-to-cover, but makes several good points about what girls (young and old) are exposed to and influenced by in our society, especially in the media. Hopefully it will help me become more aware of how I view myself and help me be a good mommy in the future.

The E Myth Revisited - (Business, reading in WR bookstore) Hopefully this business book will help me know how to turn our bookstores into stores that can function well without Shane or I being here all the time. I have to make myself duplicatable so that I'm not the only one who can do my job. Would probably help more if I read it more often.

I'm sure I'll start several more books before I finish all these but we'll see how it goes with them, especially the nonfiction.

I am probably going to add a book into my box for the green swap, I just gotta figure out how to choose one!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Last week was a bit of a blur. Courtney and Victor came in Tuesday afternoon right on schedule and we had the ribbon cutting at 4:00. I think we had about 50-60 people here, including church family, friends, customer, and Chamber of Commerce members from Byron and Warner Robins. We had a great time!

We also had GREAT, AMAZING, WONDERFUL cake -

See the little bookworm? How adorable is he?

Victor and Courtney went with me to the Warner Robins store Wed, Thurs, and Fri and then I took them up to the airport Friday evening. We had a great visit with them and are already looking forward to seeing them at Christmas.

Today is a rainy, catch-up Monday (since I got basically just the bare essentials done at the store last week) but I do have something to look forward to, because my birthday purse is on its way. I ordered it from Etsy and am so pleased about the style, price, and seller. In fact, the girl I bought it from has a blog where she does all sorts of giveaways, so I'm not entered to win this amazing apron:

Check out her blog at She's also doing something called a Green Swap I'm going to try out. Connecting with new people is just too tempting! (As is an excuse to shop and get free stuff!)

Monday, August 10, 2009

New Schedule

Transition time again...

We're in the process (again) of getting used to a new schedule. Shane started teaching Thursday. He teaches from 8:00-9:45 and then drives out to Byron to open the bookstore by 10:30.

We are also training Hope and getting ready to say goodbye to Lyssa. Lyssa is working her last two weeks with us, as she will begin homeschooling her sons next month. Hope just moved down with her husband and two sons. Jeremiah is teaching with Shane at school and we are so blessed to have Hope with us at the store! She will be a great help. We will also be adding Kay to our staff shortly, she is finishing out her final week and a half at her current job now.

Tomorrow we will have our ribbon cutting for the new Byron store at 4:00. Victor and Courtney should be arriving via Groom Transportation from Atlanta in the early afternoon. I can't wait!