The Sunday Salon – August 28, 2011

Is it really the last Sunday of August? Our summer is almost over, and I’m just not ready. I always feel like I need a week of break between fair and the start of school, but we’re only going to get a couple days. We start our homeschooling year on Wednesday, and I’m trying not to freak out that I am still waiting on two books for Natalie, as well as the log-in information for her online courses. She isn’t going to be very happy if she has to work on Washington State History all day long for the first few days!

Our weekend went well. Natalie performed at fair on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, making it to the third round for the Grand Revue. Noah received a red ribbon for his photograph, Jonathan received a blue for his painting, and Josiah received a blue as well for his Lego creation. It was a good weekend – but hot. Close to 100 degrees all three days – I’m glad it’s over.

After church today we are headed south to my folks’ house for a sleepover/movie marathon weekend. This will be a good way to end our summer vacation – and also give Kevin a couple of days in a quiet house. We’ll be watching all four Indiana Jones films this time – which still means less movie minutes than last time, when we watched the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, with extended editions!

I am in the middle of so many books right now. Normally that doesn’t bother me, but with school starting on Wednesday, I’m feeling a bit stretched thin.

In print:
~ Forbidden by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee (very good so far – I’m about halfway through)
~ The Beach Trees by Karen White (2/3 done; loving this as much as I loved On Folly Beach)
~ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (not very far in; reading for Florinda‘s read-along)
~ The Sherlockian by Graham Moore (a lot of fun so far)
~ While I Live by John Marsden (I’m loving finding out more of Ellie’s story)

On audio:
~ The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (good, but a bit long – could have done with some editing, in my opinion)
~ The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin (adoring this one!)

As you can see, I have my work cut out for me if I want to finish these books in time to start the books I have scheduled for September! What are you reading this last Sunday of the month?

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22 Responses to The Sunday Salon – August 28, 2011

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I have such fond memories of the County Fair when I was growing up. My kids think they have been deprived by being city dwellers. But from a parent’s perspective, I’m sure it is hectic. Good luck with the back to school…that first week or two is the hardest I think, just getting back into groove.
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – Fair is a lot of fun, but it is a huge time commitment – and the temps were close to 100, so it was three days of being very, very sweaty.

  2. irene says:

    Enjoy your weekend. We already know it’s fall here, it’s down right cool today. I too am starting back to work on Thursday, yuk for the work, but yeah for the pay. I don’t know how to read more than one book at a time, it’s an age thing I’m sure. Good luck with your reading. ENJOY
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Irene – I could use some of your cooler weather – the high 90s are getting a bit old!

  3. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    I’m finishing Lemons Never Lie by Richard Stark, a pseudonym for Donald E. Westlake, and then? I don’t know yet. I might just continue my Wire in the Blood marathon on Netflix or nap or both or neither. :)
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  4. Marie says:

    I love our county fair; it happens in October so I have a ways to wait! Enjoy your books- I hope you like THE HANDMAID’S TALE, a favorite of mine, as well as everything else you’re reading! :)
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Marie – I remember reading Handmaid’s Tale in high school, but don’t remember what I thought of it. That was about 20 years ago, after all!

  5. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Congratulations on all the success at the fair! I hope y’all have a great school year!
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  6. Dana Huff says:

    We have been back to school for a couple of weeks. I have no idea why Georgia has to start so early. Most northern states start after Labor Day, don’t they? I hope your books come in.
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  7. Janny says:

    With so many books to read, to me it looks like you don’t have any time to go to school at all :-)
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Janny – I’m actually not going to school, I’m homeschooling my kids! And my reading time definitely takes a downturn during school days. :)

  8. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    I’m doing a reread of The Handmaid’s Tale, too, (for 3 Rs Blog), but I haven’t made much of a dent in it yet. Right now my Kindle (where I have the book) is recharging.

    I loved The Beach Trees, and since one of the plot lines is about post-Katrina Louisiana, it seems quite timely now, doesn’t it?

    Have a great week!

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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Laurel-Rain – I finished Beach Trees yesterday – oh my gosh, I loved that book! And yes, it felt very timely.

  9. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    Sleep over movie marathon? FUN!!! I am starting Forbidden this week and taking it with to the cabin for the holiday weekend.
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    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sheila – we love our movie marathons – this is our third one. We did all six HP movies before part one of Deathly Hallows came out, and then in the spring we did Lord of the Rings, extended editions. I think we’re doing the Mummy movies next. :)

  10. Alyce
    Twitter: athomewithbooks
    says:

    I hope all of the school materials arrive on time! Your sleepover/movie marathon sounds like a lot of fun. :)
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  11. Kailana says:

    I can’t believe how fast the summer went. We didn’t have the nicest weather for most of it, so it was a bit depressing…
    Kailana´s last post ..Week in Review (30)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kelly – I know what you mean – our summer weather didn’t really start until almost August.

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