The Sunday Salon – July 31, 2011 ( the “ups and downs” and “I wanted to hit a stranger” edition)

It’s been a week of ups and downs at my house. Up? My blood pressure. Down? My spirits. I’ve been working hard to get it back down, but it just doesn’t seem to budge as much as it needs to. It’s discouraging. I need to find a way to deal with the stress of Kevin being unemployed and the constant financial juggling so that it doesn’t make my BP sky-rocket.

Now for the “I wanted to hit a stranger” story. Monday afternoon, I took the kids to the local indoor pool, my bag of school books in hand to get some planning done poolside while they swam. We do have an outdoor pool in our town, but Monday was cool and rainy. Anyway, I was sitting at a table by the pool, working on grammar lessons, and the kids were having a blast. A man came into the pool with his grandson, who was there for a private lesson to be held in the lap lane. The man sat down at one end of the pool with his book. Jonathan, playing with his brother, inadvertently splashed the man’s shoes with a couple drops of water. The man yelled, “Thanks a lot for splashing me!”

So, I wasn’t paying attention to my books anymore, I was looking at this guy, unable to believe what I was hearing. Jonathan looked up at him, his face scared and embarrassed, and said, “I’m sorry.” I said to the man, “Sir, I don’t believe it was intentional.”

He stood up and said, “Well, it was still rude. He should have been paying attention to things around him.”

At this point, I could feel my blood pressure surging – literally feel the adrenaline climbing into my face. I said, “Well, I don’t understand how someone can sit next to a pool and expect not to get splashed.” He gave me a rude grunt and walked off, but at that point, the afternoon was shot. Noah was so angry he was shaking, and Josiah didn’t even want to get back in the pool, so we headed home. I have not been so angry at a total stranger – well, ever, I don’t think. Not a good day for the old blood pressure.

Tuesday and Wednesday were better, then Thursday I got hit with a migraine. Ugh. Friday and Saturday were much better days, and we have a fun day planned today. My folks are visiting our church this morning and then taking us out to Mexican food for lunch. Then Kevin is taking Josiah on a father-son camping trip. It’s time for the old “birds and the bees” talk. Kevin has done this with each of the boys, and this is the last one!

After lunch, I plan to do more lesson planning, and hopefully some reading. I am almost finished with The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To by DC Pierson, which is highly original and very entertaining. I just started two audiobooks: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan, and Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinksy.

Are you spending any time reading today? Which books?

Reviewed this week:

~ Blackout by Connie Willis
~ The Last Days by Scott Westerfeld
~ Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

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22 Responses to The Sunday Salon – July 31, 2011 ( the “ups and downs” and “I wanted to hit a stranger” edition)

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I would have been just as furious with that guy. He was obviously in the WRONG PLACE if he thinks splashing is rude! What an ass. That definitely does not help your bp. I know things must be stressful for you right now. I hope you are able to find time for yourself to stay calm. I just got The Last Werewolf on audio as well. I can’t wait to start it!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I LOVE the reader of The Last Werewolf – Robin Sachs. His voice sounds very familiar, but I can’t remember what I’ve heard him read before. I’ll have to look it up, or it will keep bugging me. :)

  2. diana mack says:

    i totally agree…don’t go to a pool, water park if you don’t plan on getting wet!
    will be interested in your review of the last werewolf…i am reading it now and it is taking forever…..i am 1/2 way and it is just now getting to a new angle that has piqued my interest……judging from what i have read i don’t think i could listen to it
    enjoy your mexican!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Diana – I’m not very far into it at all, so just getting used to the story. It helps that the narrator is excellent. :)

  3. irene says:

    I’ll be starting my Enemy Women challenge today. After all the rest of the stuff. My house is in a major uproar with painting. All I started out to do was clean one wall up, and it snowballed. I NEED to do laundry. Have a better week next week.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Irene – I hope your painting project gets finished quickly! And have a wonderful Sunday. :)

  4. Elisabeth says:

    Hope this coming week is better and your BP comes down!

    I am listening to Delirium on audio, it reminds me of The Giver. I am really hoping to finish The Gin and Chowder Club today which takes place on Cape Cod.

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow

    OMG, what a rude a..h…! I cannot believe the gall of some people. And those kinds of reactions from people can totally ruin a fun day.

    I see that you’re listening to Not My Daughter…hope you enjoy it. I did, although mine was a print book.


    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Laurel-Rain – Not My Daughter on audio is read by Cassandra Campbell, one of my all-time favorite narrators. I’m already loving it!

  6. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Twitter: debnance

    When people act in ways that disappoint me, I silently repeat something attributed to Plato, “Be kind for everyone is fighting a hard battle.”

    My other mantra is, “This, too, will pass.”

    I hope you have a better week this week.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Deb – good thoughts to keep in mind! I did say something to my kids at home about “we don’t know what’s going on in his life, he could be having a really hard time.” Then my 13-year-old said, “But, Mom, you said we’re not supposed to take our bad things out on other people!” He got me there. :)

  7. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn

    Yep. Reading today: What’s So Funny? and Get Real by Donald E. Westlake. Probably going to listen to some music too…will stay away from computer later today as wife will take laptop with her to work….and off Netflix. :)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – Netflix is tempting, no? I’ve had it on in the background for the past couple of days while doing lesson-planning, nothing like brainless TV like Army Wives to keep it from begin completely boring.

  8. Sheila (Bookjourney)
    Twitter: bookjourney

    This would fall into my people crack me up category. What was that man’s issue? I would have been angry too. Dont give him another thought Carrie – he isn’t worth it.

    I love the tradition you mention here with your husband taking each son for a camping “Father to Son” talk. That is awesome and what a great memory for each of them!

    Read on friend and have a better week :)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sheila – Kevin loves the camping part, and does his duty with the other, but I think he’s glad it’s the last time he’ll have to have that particular talk. LOL

  9. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    Some people are unbelievable – what did he expect your kids to do, just stand in the water? Good luck with your blood pressure.

  10. Stephanie says:

    Sorry to hear about your blood pressure situation. I love how doctors tell you to “avoid stressfull situations” but as you know that is virtually impossible!!

  11. Alita says:

    I hope this week is a better one for you. It sucks that one grumpy person can ruin the day for so many people.

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