The Sunday Salon: Why Can’t It Be Like The Brady Bunch?

011809-0936-thesundaysa1.pngWhy, oh why, do the twins fight so much?  It’s constant, unrelenting torture for me.  I mean, is there anything that they DO NOT argue about?  Would it be the impossible for them to make it through just ONE DAY without fighting about something?  I wish that I knew some ancient Chinese “torture the children” secret that I could use in retaliation!  If you have any ideas, please leave me a comment below.  It’s time for revenge of the MOM!

I watched an episode of The Brady Bunch today.  It was the one when Marcia kept getting in trouble for breaking the rules when she was writing the letter to the newspaper as an entry for the “Father of the Year” contest.  Mike Brady never lost his cool with Marica, even when she destroyed his plans in the study, neglected to do her chores and was caught climbing in the window.  Marcia always took her punishment without YELLING at her parents… it was “Yes, Sir” or “No, Sir.”  And, all of the bad stuff that Marcia did was all for the love of her parent. 


I want that!  Kids who acknowledge me when I ask them to do something…  Kids who don’t think that the home is their personal war zone…  Kids who say “Yes, Mom” or “No, Mom…”  Kids who play nicely together without attempting to kill one another… Kids who keep their rooms clean (3 girls in that Brady House and their room is spotless)… and Kids who aren’t constantly trying to figure out a way to “get around” the rules!

I’m going on a mission this week.  It will be Mission: Make the Twins Miserable Week.  Now, I have to be a complete slob, hit people for no reason, have an attitude that my world sucks beyond belief and that it is totally against me, make myself the center of the universe, and insist on being lazy and watching television at any and all costs.  Yes, that’s what I’ll do… I’ll be like them.  Maybe they will go into shock and it will miraculously transform them from the fighting terrors to lovely, pleasant daughters.  One can only hope!

This Week’s Reads

This week, I read and reviewed: 



In My Mailbox for Review

Easy On The Eyes by JANE PORTER!  Wooooo-WHOOOO!!


I have a new contest going on that started last week!  I’m giving away 3 copies of Who Made You a Princess AND a GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win the entire series plus a t-shirt.  I really enjoyed this YA Fiction book and so did my daughter.  It’s faith based and has a really positive message for teens/tweens.  Love that!

I have read two of the four books… for the reviews click HERE and HERE. 

Reading Challenges 

It’s done… The Just For The Love Of It Reading Challenge is over!  For those of you who have completed it, congratulations!  Did you read books that you wanted to read???? NOT JUST ARCs?  If you go to this post, you will see that I accomplished my original list, deleted what I decided against, and added books that I wanted to read.  (Smile)

This is what I was able to accomplish for this challenge:

  1. Desire & Deceit by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
  2. Peony In Love by Lisa See
  3. The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer
  4. This One is Mine by Maria Semple
  5. This is Water by David Foster Wallace
  6. Keeper of Light and Dust by Natasha Mostert
  7. Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Sanders
  8. Follow Me by Joanna Scott
  9. 8th Confession by James Patterson
  10. B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras
  11. Up At The College by Michele Andrea Bowen
  12. The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
  13. Disquiet by Julia Leigh
  14. The Prosecution Rests by The Mystery Writers of America and Linda Fairstein
  15. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  16. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
  17. Edgewiseby Jan Stites
  18. Fire Meby Libby Malin
  19. Who Made You A Princess?  by Shelley Adina
  20. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 
  21. Atonementby Ian McEwan
  22. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  23. The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein
  24. Finding Grace by Donna VanLiere
  25. Mrs. Perfect by Jane Porter
  26. The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
  27. Cradle and All by James Patterson
  28. Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham/Bill Surie

I think that I’m going to host this again next year, however modify it slightly… 10 books in 3 months.  All the books have to be ones that you’ve always wanted to read and you will read despite the review copies at the doorstep and temptations at the library!

On J. Kaye’s 100+ Reading Challenge…  I’m at 57 books done.  Therefore, my statistical update for this challenge is that I’m 57% completed with 33.88% of the year completed.  This puts me ahead of schedule by 23.11%.  I’m still solidly progressing.

I really am going to join in on the Classics Challenge and I need to get my post up. 

Lainey Grace Update

Lainey Grace was finally able to go home from the hospital towards the end of the week.  She has to head back for another round of chemotherapy on Tuesday.  Thankfully, the Lord restored her white blood cell count to where is needed to be.  Lori says that Lainey’s hair is falling out.  I tried to remind her that it doesn’t bother the kids as much as it disturbs the parents.  Lori’s remaining very positive and has hats and stuff for her.  She also gets a neat wig.  Super cool! 

The back and forth to the hospital, the doctor’s appointments, the homeschooling… it’s really too much for Lori with her baby girl so sick.  I don’t know how she does it without complaint.  I am just praying that the Lord will provide her with some rest, peace, and patience to continue to tackle what is ahead. Also, Lori’s 40th Birthday is on Monday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TO MY VERY BEST FRIEND! But, just remember… you are 40 and I AM NOT! Hee Hee!

If I may be so bold as to ask for more prayers… PLEASE?  This little angel couldn’t get enough!  I’ve posted Lainey Grace’s photo in my sidebar and also one of her family.

In case you hadn’t read Lainey Grace’s story, you can access it by clicking HERE.  

At Home & On TV 

Now Chuck and Julianne have been voted off.  I’m so happy it was them and not Melissa and Tony.  Julianne has been in the headlines a lot lately making comments about not returning to dance and focusing on her music.  This makes me sad.  I mean, I will survive without her dancing and that’s not a problem.  However, she would have NEVER had the leg up that she needed without Dancing With the Stars.  It was her fame there that opened the doors for her music career.  Dancing is a wonderful art and I hope that she honors her roots and never quits dancing completely.  If you’re into it, you can catch up on my goofy gossip (HERE).       

Dye-job update:  My blonde highlights let go of the dark brown color.  Then, I was looking like a skunk.  Back to the hairdresser, I soaked my head in a vat of dye and left it there for 2 hours! I actually just left the salon and went home. I wanted that stuff to soak in those folicles come heck or high water! Then, I washed my hair, but am afraid to wash it again for fear that the yellow streaks will re-appear.  Me no likey being a skunky. So, in the interim my hair looks terrible! 

I started exercising again this week. My friend Danielle and I took Princess Paddywaddle on a 3+ mile walk on Thursday night. My hip joints were screaming at me on Friday. I also did 3 miles at the gym plus weights. I’ve made a commitment to myself – 3 times per week at the gym NO MATTER WHAT so I can lose some of my arm fat, back fat, stomach fat, and the dreaded chin fat!

I have finally decided on my major for college.  I’m working towards becoming an English major.  I’m signing up for classes this week for my accounting certification and then I start my English Major work in the fall.  I’m working on scholarship applications and Federal Aid forms.  This may be a great new beginning for me!

Today is BOOK CLUB MEETING DAY!  Yippee.  We’re discussing The Invisible Wall.

There’s a poll in the sidebar… a report card for the President.  I’d love it if you would vote (and, its anonymous).

Well, the big yellow dog beside me is dropping silent-but-deadlies… I need to sign off.  Happy Sunday!

As always, my thanks to all of you for reading not only this post, but the others as well.   Your readership means the world to me!  AND, your comments are invaluable to me!

P.S.  I just saw that some of my hyperlinks aren’t working right on the book review posts.  I will be working on repairing them, however if you hit a link and it doesn’t send you where it is supposed to… I’m sorry.  I’m working on correcting it.


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12 Responses

  1. Mishel

    May 3rd, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Aw, good luck with the twins Sheri! You’re definitely in my thoughts =D

  2. Kathy

    May 3rd, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Thanks for the update on Lainey. We didn’t watch The Brady Bunch when I was growing up – my dad called it “The Bratty Bunch.” Keep in mind that things will get better with your daughters. I know it’s hard to believe some days, but it’s true.

    Kathy´s last blog post..Review: The English Patient

  3. Marie Burton

    May 3rd, 2009 at 8:19 am

    Thanks fo visiting my blog and commenting, I appreciate it. As for your post, I wish kids would understand that we really do not ask a lot from them, and yet it seems we are still mean ogres to them.. my daughter is 7 and it is the end of the world if I do not purchase something for her or if I say no to something else she wants… Where did they get the sense of entitlement from, because it certainly did not come from me!
    And I am glad Lainey is home.. I hope that she continues to respond to the treatment, I could not imagine being in her mom’s position!

    Marie Burton´s last blog post..The Sunday Salon

  4. Stephanie S.

    May 3rd, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for the update on Lainey.

    Let us all know how the plan with the twins goes! I tried something similar a long time ago, but couldn’t keep it up, I caved.

    Congrats on the college plan!!

    Stephanie S.´s last blog post..The pigs are making me stressed/scared/angry

  5. Molly

    May 3rd, 2009 at 8:51 am

    There is always so much to comment on :)

    First of all the kids. Brings back memories, let me tell ya. I did not have twins, but Megan and Brian are 2.5 years apart and as different as night and day. Every year for my birthday they would ask me what I wanted and my standard answer was “cooperators for a day.” They still joke about that and they are now 22 and 20.

    You should never ask if you can be bold to ask for prayer — just be bold :) Thank you so very much for keeping us informed of Lainey’s progress. I hope that Lori has a wonderful 40th birthday despite the family’s struggles.

    Good grief woman — look at all the books you read!!!! Absolutely positively amazing!

    And finally — CONGRATULATIONS for making the commitment to exercise. I really need to do that, but just have not found the motivation. It sounds like you have set very attainable goals – which is the secret for staying on task.

    I hope you have a great week.

    Molly´s last blog post..Bought Indie

  6. debnance

    May 3rd, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Yes, we should always be reading for the love of it. I will resolve to do that!

    debnance´s last blog post..TSS: What to Read This Summer?

  7. claire

    May 3rd, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Thank you for the Lainey update, and congratulations on the challenge. You’ve read some really great books there.

    As for your children, I have the exact same problem! They usually very good boys and love each other to death (my two older ones), but they always bicker and I can’t stand it! They are kind and obedient and etc but when it comes to each other they just don’t stop. I’ve told them that it makes me sad to see them fighting and they know that it’s the thing I hate the most. I hope this is just a phase because in the end they always remain each other’s best friends. I’m hoping your twins will outgrow that, too. Hang in there! 😀

    claire´s last blog post..Emily Dickinson and Poetry Month Winners

  8. Marie Burton

    May 3rd, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I came back to tell you that I have left you an award on my post here, do with it what you will; but I hope you like it.
    Take care,

    Marie Burton´s last blog post..Awards and Giveaways

  9. Alyce

    May 3rd, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I hope that things get easier for you with the twins. If it makes you feel any better my sisters and I fought a lot growing up. Well, I guess that won’t make you feel any better, but what I meant is that we get along great now and are friends. I think it’s just something that all kids go through.

    I’m glad to hear that Lainey got to go home, and I hope things continue to go well there.

    Alyce´s last blog post..The Sunday Salon – May 3

  10. Menagerie

    May 3rd, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    So far, only a few fights today.

  11. Darlene

    May 4th, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Hmmmmm, I don’t think the BRady Bunch exists anywhere. I know I drove my mother crazy and I was just one kid. It’ll pass. Hopefully you don’t crazy until then. Hope this week will be more settled.

    Congrats on making a decision about college and committing to exercise. I really need to do that as well. I did make a committment as of yesterday to really watch what’s going through my lips.

    I’m glad Lainey got to go home. Home just feels safer to her I imagine. She has been in my prayers throughout this and will continue to be…

    Have a great week!

    Darlene´s last blog post..Book Review: ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes – Year 1 by Susan Helene Gottfried

  12. Lisamm

    May 6th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for posting about Lainey. I forgot to ask you about her on Sunday. Also congrats on the commitment to exercise, and for deciding what to study!! Finally, I feel your pain with the girls.. you know what I’m dealing with- anyway it’s nice to have someone to commiserate with on that. I may not be a single parent, but I’m still one who wishes for a more involved partner in parenting, one who doesn’t leave it all to me.

    Lisamm´s last blog post..To Rate, or Not to Rate

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