Weekend in Review: Sunshine and Motivation

Photo Sun Through Trees With SnowIt’s no secret, when the sun is out, my motivation is limitless. But if it’s dreary and overcast, well, let’s just say it takes all my natural willpower to get stuff done. Does that make me a solar-powered mom? Possibly.

So I took advantage of the solar-powered motivation to:

  • catch up on three baskets of laundry;
  • finish the first draft of a short story;
  • outline 15 blog posts;
  • troubleshoot the missed schedule problem on my blog – none of the solutions have worked…yet;
  • begin the inventory of my personal library that I’ve wanted to do for two years;
  • begin a painting project with my daughter – I’m no painter but it’s still fun;
  • discuss classic literature with my daughter and order our first set of “complete book with study guide” for such gems as Frankenstein and Great Expectations. She also wants to read Shakespeare and she selected Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to get started there. Oh, and she begged for H.G. Wells and Jules Verne so, of course, I caved and ordered a box set and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, respectively.

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Sunshine – Book Review

I borrowed Sunshine by Robin McKinley from the Logan County Library on 11/6/2009 and I started reading it on 11/13/2009. I finished it on 12/6/2009. Now, let me tell you, I am a fast reader. Normally I finish 250 pages in a few hours max. Sunshine is 389 pages and it took me nearly three weeks to force my way through it. Needless to say, I was disappointed by my first experience with McKinley.


2 1/2 stars out of 5

Robin McKinley’s name came up during my hunt for fairy tale retellings. I actually wanted to read Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of the Beauty and the Beast, but the day I went to the library, there wasn’t a copy available at the library. So I went with Sunshine because it was available, the cover boasted a review from Neil Gaiman that it was “pretty much perfect,” and the story sounded interesting. …continue reading