Sunday Salon – November 27, 2011 (the “what I did on my Thanksgiving break” edition)

What I did on my Thanksgiving break:

~ Read.

~ Finished season 5 of Ally McBeal on Netflix.

~ Played Guitar Hero – drums AND guitar – with my kids.

~ Watched Larry Crowne with Kevin.

~ Read.

~ Made a cherry cream cheese pie.

~ Listened to Christmas music.

~ Spent a wonderful Thanksgiving with my folks: great food, lots of laughter, and a killer game of Scattergories.

~ Decorated our Christmas tree.

~ Watched Prep & Landing with my boys.

~ Read.

~ Watched The Princess Bride with the whole family.

~ Went to see The Tower Heist with my folks.

~ Finished three books: Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition by Wendell Berry; Enclave by Ann Aguirre; and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline on audio.

What I did not do on Thanksgiving break:

~ Go anywhere near a shopping center, mall or Walmart on Black Friday. Or Saturday. Or today.

~ Think about school.

~ Worry about finances.

All in all, it was a fantastic break – and I’m not ready for it to be over! I still have today, though, and I plan to suck every ounce of joy and relaxation that I can from it. This morning, we are heading to church for a Thanksgiving brunch. This afternoon, I will be spending with the family – maybe more Guitar Hero? And some reading from my current in-progress titles:

In print:
~ A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France by Caroline Moorehead
~ The Neighbors Are Watching by Debra Ginsberg

On audio:
~ Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
~ The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason

How was your Thanksgiving? Did you do anything fun? Anything new? Read anything good?

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28 Responses to Sunday Salon – November 27, 2011 (the “what I did on my Thanksgiving break” edition)

  1. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn

    Cherry cream cheese pie….ummmm. After that, I didn’t hear a thing you said. 😉

    Admittedly, I didn’t go anywhere near any malls on Friday…and I feel so much better for it.

    I have done quite a bit of reading over the weekend, though.

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow

    Kudos to you for staying away from Walmart, et. al.! I hate shopping madness, anyway, and avoid all Black Friday events.

    I like how you spent your break, with books and movies. You can’t go wrong there. I also enjoyed Larry Crowne when it was in the theater, and I’m looking forward to the DVD.

    I’m very curious about The Neighbors Are Watching…I’ll be checking that one out.


    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Laurel – The Neighbors is Watching is intriguing so far – high on the suburban drama. 🙂

  3. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    You did so much in just a few days. I can barely remember what I’ve done plus I didn’t read that much. 🙁 Too bad you can’t stretch your break out for a few more days! Have a great Sunday.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      V – well, I did take the whole week off, so I had a little more time than most. 🙂 I’m so not ready to go back to school in the morning!

  4. Kailana says:

    It sounds like you enjoyed your break!

  5. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    It sounds like the perfect way to spend your holiday!

  6. Melissa
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks

    Sounds like an absolutely perfect way to spend a holiday!!

    Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

  7. Patti Smith
    Twitter: PattiRSmith

    Sounds perfect to me as well…there are people still alive in the mall because I wasn’t there 😉

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Patti – I know – I can’t believe some of the stories on the news about the Black Friday sales!

  8. Laura
    Twitter: hawscarlet

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I didn’t get any reading done, so I am really jealous of these posts where everyone else did.

    I love putting up my Christmas decor over Thanksgiving weekend. Although I remember working in retail and dreading the beginning of the Christmas season, which meant months of Christmas music during work time. I still cringe a little.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Laura – I remember – I used to work retail, too! And now, a lot of the stores start playing Christmas music on November 1st!

  9. Elisabeth says:

    I am so jealous, very little reading for me. You are so lucky!

  10. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    Sounds like the perfect weekend! I could watch Princess Bride a million times. Oh wait! I have. 😀

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Candace – the last time we tried to watch it as a family, the kids were too young to appreciate it. This time, they loved it!

  11. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Twitter: bookjourney

    It sounds like your Thanksgiving break was pretty balanced – reading and family time and a little baking too.
    I did the crazy Good Friday thing and while part of it was fun…. my experience at WalMart was not….

  12. Kathleen says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. I managed to avoid the malls too!

  13. stacybuckeye says:

    Looks like you had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I miss Ally McBeal.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Stacy – I did! And I miss it, too, especially the season with Robert Downey, Jr. 🙂

  14. Nicole/MadlabPost
    Twitter: MadlabPost

    My Thanksgiving was pretty laid back, but fun nonetheless. I watched two movies on DVD that my relatives had on hand, including “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” and “Not Easily Broken,” one of which I probably would have never considered watching and the other, I can remove from my Netflix rental list, now, lol. I ate well and learned that people are serious about their Black Friday mania. I also read a book called “How to Be Black” by Baratunde Thurston. I’m on the street team for it, so it was required reading and the book surprised me. Currently, I’m working on finishing a book called “Everyday Matters” by Dan Gregory. It’s an inspiring story, complete with nice illustrations but I’m having trouble getting through the chapters due to the handwritten style of the text.

    A lot of it is difficult to read, so I may be working on that one particular book for weeks on end.