Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dallas, Distractions, Half Price Books, and James Taylor


I am in Dallas this weekend ( for a training of trainers’ session on assisting beginning teachers), visiting Katherine (daughter #3) , and after my favorite breakfast (at Cafe Brazil), as well as multiple cups of Brazilian coffee, we headed to my favorite place- Half Price Books.


Although I became distracted by the blooming magnolia tree at the store’s entrance (does distraction hit anyone else?), once inside, I wallowed in the choices of affordably priced books.


So… I bought a box of books.

Disclaimer#1:  I did NOT buy Tete-a-Tete.  I did however buy multiple gardening books- seeking the answer to keeping my plants alive in 110 degree heat and drought, and I replaced my misplaced versions of Alexandra Stoddard’s books on design, but more importantly, LIVING.

Disclaimer #2:  To my English department colleagues from years past, I know the previous sentence is unashamedly a run-on, but I have been set FREE of such rules.

You will be too.  It is AMAZING.

Katherine bought Tete-a-Tete, Black Elk Speaks, and The Glass Castle.

She is making her way through a list of books that she feels she should read.  She is a high school English teacher.


My next distraction was at the check-out counter.

Yes, I need to feed my brain.

While driving to Dallas (no small feat after last week’s mishap- it took 11 hours instead of just 9), I realized I know every single word to James Taylor’s Fire and Rain, but I can’t necessarily remember what happened yesterday.


And then in the parking lot of Half Price Books, I became distracted by my new Yellowbox flip flops and my new red nail polish.



Everyday is a NEW DAY!



Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love books and can spend hours in a books tore. Sounds like you got some great books!

Vera @ Cozy Little Cabin said...

What a coincidence! I was in the DFW area this weekend and I too went to Half Price Books! I just love the place & grand daughter & I go most of the time I'm there.

You got a lot of great finds. . . .happy reading!

Stacey said...

Your brain works just like mine, Laura. Bounces from one thing to another. Each moment is a new discovery....or a new opportunity to try and remember what I was just doing.

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

I'm still laughing Laura!
You are so funny with the who-hoo flip-flops and toes...
Great feet by the way!
Love going into the discount book stores...
sometimes have a hard time emerging from there...
Hours of fun,
Have a special time with your daughter ,
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Karen said...

You ARE having so much fun... you and Katherine. Gosh.. reading what she thinks English teachers should read. Where did all this maturity come from?? The years passing by so quickly. Does she go outside and hit that tennise ball against a brick wall where she lives? I hope so. She was so much fun to watch. David would come in and say, "Katherine is at it again". (Sigh) I can hear Katherine giggling now... as only a Harrison girl can.
Y'all have fun!!
Ladybug Creek

Wren Barrett 2011 said...

Nice pedi and awesome sandals Laura!

Anonymous said...

Reminds me that I need a pedicure!! BIG TIME!!


Charlene said...
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Charlene said...

Love those toes; love Half-Price Books; love James Taylor! (His "Sweet Baby James" album is one of my all time favorites--although I was a mere child when it came out(!))

donna baker said...

Love the shoes and feet. I called them thongs the other day and was quickly corrected. They are not thongs, but flipflops. Never got a pedi before, but I might just do it.

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Love Half Price Books - and unfortunately for my budget I found out at my last trip, the one near me allows dogs inside. My typical excuse for not stopping is that I have Jackson with me!!

Theresa said...

I love books, run-on sentences, your flip-flops and red nail polish:) Oh wait, I was distracted! Sounds like you are having a wonderful time and I know all of the James Taylor songs!

Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

trash talk said...

P.S. You know I'm the poster child for Yellow Box! Gotta get me a pair like yours.

Olive said...

It is delicious what retirement does for you. Freedom. Your feet are eight kinds of awesome. My Joe says I retired so I could read and go to yard sales...haha. Enjoy it all dear Laura and break the rules you wish along the way:-}

Rustydiva said...

Lovin those sandles. They are on my wish list!

Claudia said...

Half Price Books sounds like my kind of place! Love your flip flops!

And yes, isn't it nice to let the old run-on sentence rule go?


Lorilee said...

Hmm, I am glad that I am not the only one that gets distracted. Love the flip-flops. I don't wear them anymore-foot issues.

Deb said...

cute sandals...gotta love half price books...can spend hours in there...have fun in Big D....

Tanna said...

ALL those things are wonderful distractions!! =)

Lisa said...

Half Price Books is da bomb! It totally justifies the book/mag addiction, at least until I can get to rehab.:)
So glad you're on the mend. Your pedi looks mah-velous dahling!!!

Privet and Holly said...

First, I MUST say, that I'm loving this song!!!
Next, I am a BIG Alexandra Stoddard fan and so happy to see that YOU must be, too!
I was an English minor, so major kudos to your daughter! And, she selected The Glass Castle, one of my favorites.
Loving magnolias, too. And gardenias!
I wish we could have coffee together. I
can just tell that we'd be good friends.
Hope you are having a ball on your trip!
xx Suzanne

Pondside said...

What a gorgeous colour!
Today I walked by a bin of new books marked $2. How could I resist? I bought a Joanne Harris - Sleep Pale Sister - and a book of gardening essays by Elisabeth Sheldon. What a treat!

Anne Lorys said...

Half Price Books is one of my favorite stores!
And you were in my hometown, eh? Sniffle, I miss Dallas so much!


Pamela said...

LOVING your new bling and toes!! I just purchased my first pair not too long ago and I just love them! They twinkle and sparkle so nicely!


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