The Sunday Salon – May 27, 2012

It’s been a week full of family-togetherness! It has been so nice to spend time with my sister, Marni, and catch up, after two years of being on opposite ends of the country. I discovered a few things this week:

~ Five boys make a TON of noise, no matter how big the house you are in.

~ A violin, playing without amplification of any kind, is very, very loud.

~ Family get-togethers can bring lots of laughter, but they can also bring tension and high emotion. The best thing about family – at least mine – is that we can have misunderstandings, during which opinions and hurts are loudly expressed, and still enjoy the rest of the evening, and hug and kiss each other goodbye when we part.

~ Not having outside classes didn’t mean the week was less busy or hectic. Even fun things that are outside of our normal routine can make things seem stressful.

~ Even when everything seems to go wrong, God has a way of working things out.

Today is going to be busy, but normal busy. I’m leading worship at church this morning, and then we have a production team meeting. Later on this evening, I’m taking Noah on a Movie Date with Mom – we’re going to see Men in Black 3.

Not sure yet what we’re doing for Memorial Day. We talked about getting together with Mom and Dad for a BBQ, but they’re having major plumbing work done at their place – collapsed sewer line major – so things might be too nuts. I know we do need to do school during the day, as we took Thursday and Friday off so my nephew could sleep over and hang out with my boys.

As far as reading goes, I finished three books this week: Fear by Michael Grant – a read-aloud with the boys; My New American Life by Francine Prose – review coming Tuesday; and Delirium by Lauren Oliver – a reread on audio so that I can listen to the second book in the series.

Here’s what I’m currently reading:

In print:
~ Lottery by Patricia Wood – This one is for a read-along with Kelly.
~ A Collection of Essays by George Orwell – This is my bedtime book.
~ The Annotated Emma by Jane Austen and David M. Shapard – Review copy.
~ Being Flynn by Nick Flynn – Review copy.

On audio:
~ The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
~ Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

What are your plans for Memorial Day?

On the blog this week:
~ Giveaway: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
~ Mini-reviews: Fear by Michael Grant; and Delirium by Lauren Oliver
~ Audiobook Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
~ My hypothetical book festival gift bag
~ Ten-word movie reviews #16

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20 Responses to The Sunday Salon – May 27, 2012

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Whew, you’ve been busy. All that family togetherness can get wearing. My husband will be working tomorrow so we have no special plans.

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    Wow, you’ve had a very busy, yet wonderful week! Thanks for sharing….and I’ll be checking out your reviews.

    Loved The Undomesticated Goddess. Enjoy the rest of your weekend…and here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

  3. Kailana says:

    Sounds like you have been busy, but lots of fun was had!

  4. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    What a busy weekend! Five kids make a ton of noise. I go through it every day! ;-) Now I want to see Men in Black 3! Maybe I’ll wait until after the weekend when everyone is back at work and school. We’re not doing anything for Memorial Day, just enjoying each other’s company. Enjoy your day.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      V – MIB 3 was really, really good – I hope you get a chance to see it!

  5. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I see my parents all the time, and we get along great. But it is rare (maybe once a year) when we are together with my sister. The only trouble that ever comes up is with the moody children. Having family around you is really really wonderful 99% of the time. I was PLANNING on barbecuing and floating in my pool and reading tomorrow, but we have Tropical Storm Beryl looming down on us, so it may be a rain day tomorrow.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I hope you don’t get stormed on too badly! And the tension wasn’t between my sister and I, or even the kids. In-law relationships can be tricky sometimes. ;)

  6. Arti
    Twitter: Arti_Ripples
    says:

    Have enjoyed reading your posts this week. Looking forward to your review of My New American Life and The Annotated Emma. Have a good long weekend! (not for us though)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Arti – thank you. :) That reminds me, I need to finish my review of My New American Life!

  7. Unfinished Person
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    I forgot MIB3 was coming out, but I do want to see it. I’ll be interested in hearing what y’all thought.

  8. Patti Smith
    Twitter: PattiRSmith
    says:

    I totally agree about the family thing…I love mine too but there’s always that tension after a certain amount of time. Everybody’s comfortable with their own tastes and schedules and usually at some point those things collide. Day visits are best for some family members :)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Patti – it also didn’t help that half of us were fighting a nasty cold bug. :)

  9. irene says:

    Sounds like you had a wild week. Hope you enjoy your weekend.

  10. Nose in a book
    Twitter: Nose_in_a_book
    says:

    Agreed, family togetherness is great but hectic! I’ve had a fair bit of that lately, and am now glad to be home for four days with only minimal plans. Bliss.