Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Salon


It is becoming very clear (this week anyways) that Spring is close by here in New England. Last week snow, this week lovely lovely lovely.  Yesterday, we took a  ride to a great college town, and many of the young girls were in tank tops waiting in line outside the Irish pubs.  People were everywhere (after all it was 58 degrees here --nearly a heat wave).  My husband and I had the best window seat in the house at a favorite restaurant of ours, and we had the best time--people watching (that's why I love the beach so much).  Are you a people watcher?

This week I have an interview for a full-time library position (it's been 10 years since I worked full-time, and (10) months since I worked at all.  I'll share more info about this when I know more.  I do have a pressing question though to those of you who work outside of the home.
  • If you work outside of the home, how many hours do you work, and on average, how many hours do you get to read on work days?  (You see what my concerns are about this job)...LOL

Speaking of reading, how was your week in books? The last (2) books I read this week were non fiction, and they more than satisfied the "animal lover" in me.
Here is what I read:
Books Completed This Week
Tentative Wishful Reading Plans for This Week
 Did You Here About This New Challenge?
The Non-Fiction Five Challenge of 2010 is hosted by Trish at Trish's Reading Nook
(Thanks Trish)

 
(I Can't Help Myself - I Love Non- fiction too)!

Well, That's about all she wrote -- Have a great Sunday and a terrific week as well!

42 comments:

  1. That possible job sounds exciting!I work full time (first grade teacher). I'm at work 10 hours a day (M-F) and I bring home a couple of hours of work each night. I usually go into my classroom for a few hours on the weekend and I have a few more hours of work at home on the weekends too. I try to read about a 1/2 each weeknight, but sometimes I just can't.I do more reading on the weekends. I do love summer vacation when I read a lot more books!

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  2. Diane, congratulations on your interview. And good luck with it. It's nice your library is hiring. Having just left a full-time position at the library, my answer to your question is that I read about 1-1/2 to 2 hours a day when I worked. Depending on if I watched TV any and more importantly how much time I spent on the computer. Now that I am home, I am spending way more time on the computer and a bit more time reading. My day seems to be pretty full though with regular home duties. I had worked full-time for the last 6 years and have been in and out of the workforce, working mostly part-time, since our daughter was 5. Prior to that, I worked full-time as well.

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  3. I'm back to working and can't find the time to read as much as I used to! It does cut down a lot on your time and energy! Good luck tho on that library job. I'm sure they won't mind seeing you with your head in a book every now and then!

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  4. Good luck with the interview! I won't even tell you how little I get to read, or you wouldn't want the job. But hey, it's a library...maybe they won't mind if you peek at your book now and then!

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  5. I always chuckle when I see kids dressed in shorts and flip-flops when the temperature hits 55 degrees!

    I love to people-watch and can't think of any better place to do it than at the beach. What a great way to spend a Saturday.

    I am undecided about what to read this week as well. It is certainly NOT from a lack of choice, however.

    Good luck with the interview! You must tell us all about it.

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  6. Yes, I'm a 'people watcher' and it sounds like your day was just lovely. Will look forward to hearing about your job adventures...

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  7. It has warmed up here in NY too - what a relief!

    Good luck with your interview this week!

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  8. I work 40 hours/week, but I work 4 ten hour days. So I don't read much during the week, but I do manage to fit it in. I read on the treadmill in the morning for about 20 minutes, and I read anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours in the evening, depending on how much time I spend on the computer. I walk during my lunch break, but I do take a book to work with me, just in case. But having three days off means lots of time for reading on the weekend!

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  9. A library job...I hope you get it! I am a high school teacher librarian so am at work from 7:30 to 3:something each day. I work at home, but not horrible hours like when I was in the classroom since I have no grading. I sometimes read only half an hour, but other work nights an hour or more (depends on the book). But, as a librarian, you might even find time to read if things get slow; when that happens I feel like I am setting a good example (and testing the merchandise, so to speak).

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  10. Oh, I see that you have House Rules! I just received that one this week...can't wait to read it!

    I also recently finished Letter to my Daughter.

    I am definitely a people watcher!

    Here's my Salon:

    http://laurel-rainsnowsaccidentallife.blogspot.com/2010/03/sunday-salon.html

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  12. Nan, Harve, Kay, Lise, Joanne and Booksnyc,Molly, Helen, Softdrink, thanks for all your good wishes about the job. I do want the job but you can see it will be a big change for me (cutting down on my reading and computer time big-time).

    I hope you all have a terrific week.

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  13. Congratulations on your interview! I work (for pay), online, from home. Honestly, I have no idea how many hours a day I work and whether it qualifies as "full time" (though parenting young'uns is, by definition, a 24/7 position) :-) But I think your concern about your new job shows that your priorities are in order!

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  14. Best wishes for you interview:) No doubt about it, there was always less time for reading while I was working outside the home. But the comforting thing about a library position is that, even though you may not be able to read them, you will be surrounded by books. We are warming up here too but I am still bundled up...no tank tops here.

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  15. Congrats and good luck on your interview! As a working girl, 40 + hours a week, I slip in reading during the day and after work. It's hard sometimes fitting it all in and writing my blog, but somehow I work it all out! :) Now that the nice weather is starting to appear, I will also be adding gardening and birding to all of that!

    Have a great week!

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  16. Wow, it was almost as warm there as it was here yesterday! Good luck with the interview.

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  17. Such great books coming up this week! I just finished Wench and really enjoyed it, and I can't wait to hear what you think of House Rules!

    Good luck on our interview! On workdays, depending on what's on TV and how late I get home, I usually end up reading for anywhere from 1-3 hours. I also squeeze in reading during my commute. Hope all goes well!

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  18. Good luck with the job. I work full-time and I managed to get about 2 hours of reading in per work day. About an hour at lunch and an hour in the evening when the kids hit the sack.

    On the weekend, I read for 3-4 hours per day, off and on. I think your reading may drop off when you first start, but you'll find ways to fit it in.

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  19. Good luck with the interview! I would like to work at a library when my kids get older. I have been volunteering in their school library for many years.

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  20. I LOVE to people watch!

    Good luck on the interview! I work about 40-50 hours per week outside the home. I love the camaraderie that working outside the home brings and library job sounds really fun. However, I am pooped when I get home so I read in bed for about an hour a night and then a little more on the weekends.

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  21. Just dropping by to echo everyone's wishes for a good result from your interview. Even tho you might not have as much spare time to read, don't forget that you'll be able to fit in audio books if you have any kind of commute...

    Perhaps you could lead a book discussion at the library...

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  22. What do you think of, House Rules?

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  23. Hope you get the job. You'll make the reading thing happen, for sure! It's all in prioritizing. You see, I am still on the same novel I started in November, though I've read a couple others and many magazines during this time...priorities!
    SB


    not too serious i hope

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  24. Wow... this is the second beach post I have read today... I need to make it a point to see some ocean!! Maybe next week!

    Have a great week.

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  25. I'm envious of the number of books you can read in a week. I am a bit of a slow reader so I'm lucky to get through one or two.

    I'm currently job hunting as well so my reading time has significantly gone up lately but amazingly enough I still have a hard time sometimes squeezing it in - between cooking, cleaning, and crafting.

    Jamaica Inn was one of my beach reads a couple of years ago. I enjoyed it. Hitchcock made a movie version (though he completely changed the ending)which is also worth watching.

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  26. Congratulations on the interview and good luck! How exciting! I do work outside of the home and typically work nine to ten hours a day. I usually only get an hour of reading done a day, but I bring a book with me in case I get some unexpected free time during the day. I try to read more on the weekends, but even that seems like an impossibility these days! LOL!

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  27. The New England weather is definitely amazing today. I highly recommend The Wife's Tale, I really enjoyed it. As far as work goes, I work 40 hours a week at a college in Boston. I read to/from work on the train, and usually on my lunch break and before I go to bed. Good luck, I hope you get the job!
    Alayne - The Crowded Leaf

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  28. Stephanie, Suzanne, Ti, Sb, Toni, Michelle, Alayne, Kathy, Janel, Tina and anyone I've missed. Thanks for all your good wishes, and I guess if you guys manage this whole blogging, reading an work routine -- I'll adjust as well.

    I'm a believer in what is meant to be, will be so we will see what happens.

    Princess H...I have not read House Rules yet, but hope to sometime soon.

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  29. Good luck with the job interview! I don't work outside the home, so I don't know about how reading and work would balance, but I'm sure you'd figure out something after a while.

    I'll be joining the non-fiction challenge sometime soon too. I had fun with it last year.

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  30. I work 40 hours a week and it really does mess up my reading time :) Good luck with your interview!

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  31. Aren't you so thrilled that spring is finally making a comeback? I couldn't be more excited at the prospect of warmer weather.

    And six books last week! I've read FIVE for the entire year. :) LOL--partially why I haven't been blogging much lately.

    Thanks for the shoutout Diane! Hope you have a great week.

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  32. I love your concerns ... but a job in a library would probably require you to read, right? : )

    Good luck with it!

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  33. Fingers crossed for you, Diane!

    With snatching some time here and there, I get to read 1/2 hour to an hour each work day.

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  34. Sounds like a great job! Good luck with that!

    I work a 40.5 hour week. Don't ask about the .5, it's rediculous. I have no family, so theoretically I could have a lot of reading time, but I usually just fall asleep in the evenings if I read, so maybe 5 min. before bed, a half an hour if the book is really, really good. Weekends are better. Sometimes I can read for 2 hours at a time, depending on tiredness levels, but I often fall asleep even on the weekends. This is why I love audiobooks. I can read while walking the dog, cleaning, driving and sometimes even while I'm working (boring filing and billing work that requires no brain to do). Love them, would no longer like to do without.

    Isn't it odd to walk outside when it's 32°F out and think, Oh, it's really warm today!?

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  35. Congrats on your job interview and best of luck with it!

    I work full-time (40 hours per week) outside the home and with my husband currently deployed, am single parenting in addition to preparing a cross-country move. My reading time has been seriously depleted! I do try to read during my lunch hour and I also try to catch some reading time in the mornings after my son has gone to school and while I'm eating breakfast. If I had more energy in the evenings, I would probably pick up a book then too. So I won't lie, you probably will find your reading time will lessen with work - - but what a fabulous place to work!

    BTW, I read "Buckley's Story" back in December and loved it! Ingrid King is a fabulous lady as well.

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  36. Good Luck on the interview! I envy anyone who could land a job where reading could be construed as part of the job description!

    I work 40+hours at my full-time gig, with a 1.5 hour commute (combined). In addition, I help my husband with his (our) photography business to the tune of 10-20 hours a week. So... while I would love to be one of those readers who can log 100+ books a year, I'm doing well hitting 40 or so.

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  37. I wish you a lot of good luck with the job and will be hoping that you get it! When I worked outside of the home, I got about 1 to 2 hours of reading done a day. Usually I read on my lunch break and after I had gotten home. There wasn't a whole lot of time for reading because I had to get up pretty early, but I bet if you are creative, you could make a bit more time than I did!!

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  38. Good luck on your job interview. I do work full time and it seriously cuts into my reading time. A job at a library would most likely fuel my passion for reading and send my TBR pile toppling over! Good luck and hope you get it!

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  39. Alyce, Yvonne, Trish, Jenners, Stephanie, Lori, Kathleen, Heather , Liz, Black Sheep....

    Thanks for your well wishes for my job interview this week, and for sharing your thoughts/reading experiences as a working woman and book lover :0 appreciated.

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  40. Good luck on getting the job! I haven't worked full-time in quite a while, but do still occasionally fill in at the library. It's nice to be surrounded by books.

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  41. Good luck on the job interview! I hope you get it! Library jobs are the best, I think (No experience, just my opinion). I think you will the chance to read on the job too!

    And the warm-spell continues here in VA too!! I hope this is it - this is Spring!

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  42. One of these days I will get caught up...but when I worked 40 hours a week I still had plenty of time for reading. I got through 130 books last year. It's my baby that has taken up all my reading time now!

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