The Sunday Salon – April 29, 2012

Six more weeks until summer break – and it can’t come fast enough! We are all at the point in our school year when we simply want to be done, to have a break from systems of equations and dividing fractions and dangling modifiers and persuasive essays. Things will ease up a bunch in three weeks, when their enrichment classes through CVA are finished, although the end of those classes will bring a round of performances to attend.

As far as the non-homeschooling part of my life goes, everything is pretty much the same, so I don’t like to dwell on it. Kevin is still unemployed – not for lack of trying! – and our future as homeowners is still up in the air. Most days, I’m able to place it in God’s hands and walk away. Other days, I’m wringing my hands or having stress-induced dreams. I know there are people in much worse positions than we are, and so I try to be grateful for what we have and not borrow worries from the future. I’ll let you know how that’s working! ;)

I finished two “me” books this week: An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd on audio (the second in the Bess Crawford mystery series), and The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan. I really liked one of them; the other – not so much. You’ll just have to wait for my reviews to find out which is which. (Or you can cheat and look at the ratings on my Books Read in 2012 page.) The boys and I also finished our current read-aloud: The Midnight Gate by Helen Stringer. It was a huge hit all around.

Today, after church, I am attending a Demarle at Home party hosted by a friend. After that, I hope to come home and get some reading time in, but we’ll see how it goes. I may just veg out in front of Frasier episodes on Netflix instead. If I do read, these are my current choices:

In print:
~ Pure by Julianna Baggott
~ Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
~ Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry (my bedtime book)
~ Fear by Michael Grant (our new read-aloud)

On audio:
~ The Replacement Wife by Elizabeth Goudge
~ Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (a re-read)

What are you reading this last Sunday of April?

On the blog this week:
~ Book Review: The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
~ Film Club: Babette’s Feast
~ Mini-reviews: The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters and Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
~ Confession time: I hate ambiguous endings

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22 Responses to The Sunday Salon – April 29, 2012

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Carrie, I am SO OVER school. Over it. The projects, the sports, the events, the teachers. I get like this every year though, then I soothe my irritated soul over the summer and come back for more. This year Emma will be going to high school so it will be a whole new set of issues come August. I did want to tell you that I ordered the Taylor Stevens books on audio and have them loaded. I’m excited to get started.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – oh, yes, the high school adventure begins! LOL I’m glad you’re going to listen to the Taylor Stevens books – I think you’ll really like them.

  2. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I used to always be so glad when the end of the school year rolled around, so I have an idea of how you feel. At least the end is in sight.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – it is – and with how quickly the weeks have been flying by, summer will be here before we know it!

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    I just downloaded The Red Book this week…I hope that’s the one you liked…lol

    I want to read The Replacement Wife and The Shoemaker’s Wife.

    Enjoy your last few weeks until the break.

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Laurel-Rain – Um, I didn’t really care for The Red Book. But I know a lot of people on Goodreads seemed to enjoy it, so it might just be me. :)

  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz
    Twitter: debnance
    says:

    It is always stressful when unemployment lurks for a long time around one’s home, I would imagine. Keep breathing.

    Here’s my
    Sunday Salon.
    I hope you will stop by!

  5. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    You’re going to have translate for me today: CVA? Demarle at Home?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – LOL – sorry about that! CVA stands for Columbia Virtual Academy, which is a public school alternative learning program – basically, I homeschool my kids under the umbrella of the public school system. That way we have access to yearly standardized testing, our curriculum costs are subsidized, and the kids are able to attend fantastic enrichment classes for fine arts, science, PE, etc. Demarle at Home is a bakeware company that does home parties – kind of like Pampered Chef.

  6. Kailana says:

    It is a bit hard to believe for me that it is 6 weeks until the end of the school year. Where does time go? I hope things get better for you, Carrie!

  7. Susan says:

    Sorry to hear of the stress. Keep believing … and something good will come. Especially summer break!!

  8. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Tuck Everlasting. It’s such a beautiful book. I always like to reread it the first week of August. :-) I’m so sorry things are so stressful for you right now. I know exactly what you mean about those stress-induced dreams. They’re the worst. I’m praying for you guys.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      V – this is my first time through Tuck Everlasting, can you believe it? And I’m trying to focus on the positive. Thanks for the prayers. :)

  9. irene says:

    I too couldn’t wait until the summer break, now it’s not so exciting. My guys are men, and summer break means they will be working weirder hours, and I’ll hardly see them, be careful what you wish for. I’d give my right arm to take them to swimming lessons again. I just finished reading a Charles Todd, and truly enjoyed it. I have written my review yet. I’m betting that’s the one you liked. Try to have a good day.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Irene – I can see that things change so much as your kids get older! Right now, I’m happy to have them home with me for the summer, but with Natalie turning 16 in December, I imagine she’ll be working next summer.

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

    I just read a review this morning about An Impartial Witness and it sounded quite fascinating so now I am hoping that is the one you liked, but I will wait for your review. :)

    I also need to get it is gear and start watching Babettes Feast, I really wanted to join you on that one!

  11. Kathleen says:

    I’ll be praying for you and your family Carrie and hoping that as I catch up with the posts in my Reader that I will find good news from you in a future post!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Thanks, Kathleen – nothing so far, but we’re hanging in there!