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Sunday Salon: July 23, 2023

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz hosts The Sunday Salon. 

My birthday week was fun even though I think day time events just didn't work with people's schedules; Thursday night had the most people show up.

Monday--I had breakfast at a local (aptly named and super yummy) bakery with a couple friends. In the afternoon my boss and I drove down to Los Angeles to meet with a school superintendent to see if we could get him to implement our platform in his district. Ben used to work in our school district so it was great to see him again. And we were rewarded with a lovely sunset on our drive home. The funny thing is when we drive home from Los Angeles, we are on the 101 North, but we are driving right into the setting sun.... how does that work, you ask. Between LA and Santa Barbara, California's coastline curves west so my reality is that beaches are to the south (instead of the west) and mountains are to the north (instead of the east) and the freeway runs east/west even though it is labeled north/south. 🤣

Tuesday--In the afternoon a friend and I went for a beautiful walk on More Mesa, a nature area above the beach. With just two of us we really got to delve into our current work situations and bounce ideas off of each other so it was good.

Wednesday--Today was BYO lunch at the Rose Garden by our Mission (I think our mission is beautiful even though I have serious issues with its history of enslavement--and more--of the local Chumash). It was a glorious day and the roses were out in full bloom. The three friends who were able to join me didn't know one another, but it turned out really well. 

Thursday (my actual birthday)--In the morning my mom and I hit our local Bed, Bath, and Beyond since they are closing down. Everything is 90% off so that's tough to resist (I bought a spatula, not so exciting 🤣). Mid afternoon I had a round one job interview with a local tech company (fingers crossed!). I had dinner with my parents at a new Italian restaurant that they like, but I hadn't tried before. After dinner I met friends at a local bar/lounge for drinks, which was really fun. About 12 people from different parts of my life hung out for hours just talking (and there was lots of laughing, which is always a good thing).

I watched the movie The Mauritanian about a man who was held in Guantanamo for 14 years without being charged. It made me so angry to see the way he was treated, the torture, the misinformation, and more. I know some who were there were guilty (of the 779 prisoners, only 5 were found guilty), but that is no excuse for the human rights violations that took place. It is such an embarrassing time for the US. I just don't know how the people who did the torture and those who ordered it live with themselves. My happier watching was Dumplin'. I loved the book and the movie is fun.

I officially joined Book Crossing! And this week I released 7 books into the wild. I look forward to seeing if anyone who picks them up bothers to register them.

Here is is the current state of my 2023 challenges. At this point, I am counting individual books for multiple categories in each challenge, but I'll replace them with other books throughout the year.


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