The Sunday Salon – July 29, 2012

What an awesome week! Last Sunday, after church, Kevin announced he was taking the kids camping this week, and giving me my annual mom break. I spent Monday and Tuesday getting camping stuff ready and shopping. Wednesday, I picked up my nephews and drove them to the lake, where we spent the day. After dinner at the camp site that night, I headed home – and had Wednesday evening, all day Thursday, all day Friday, and Saturday morning ALL. TO. MYSELF. Ah, bliss………

For a mom who homeschools her kids and whose husband works from home, alone time is just not something that happens very often. I am so blessed to have a husband who understands that I need those occasional times to recharge and provides me with them.

So, what did I do with my time? Let’s see…I finished four books: Black Heart by Holly Black on audio, and We Only Know So Much by Elizabeth Crane, All the Truth by Laura Brodie, and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys in print. Loved all of them except one, but you’ll just have to wait to find out which one. ;)

I finished watching season one of Revenge – what a finale! I went on a UK film binge and watched Billy Elliot, Brassed Off, and The Camomile Lawn. Most amazing of all, I resisted tearing into the brand new complete first season of Game of Thrones that a totally awesome old (in how long we’ve known each other, not his age) friend sent in the mail after I complained on Facebook about how I was still waiting on overdue discs from an irresponsible library patron. I drooled over that cover featuring Sean Bean, but was patient and waited for Kevin to get home from camping. :)

Thursday night, I had a fantastic meal and drinks with Michelle – our local Stephani’s Oak Street Grill has the best Lemon Drop Martinis in the world! – and gabbed for three hours straight. Friday night, I went to the theater and saw The Dark Knight Rises, which was brilliant and everything I was hoping it would be. I should have listened to Sandy, though, about not drinking too much pop, as I spent the last half hour of the very long movie desperate for a bathroom but not wanting to leave and miss anything.

I did do a bit of lesson planning, too – and spent a lot of time keeping our cat occupied, as he goes nuts when his kids are gone. But all in all, it was a restful, refreshing time, and I am so much the better for it. My Saturday ended with our annual church picnic, which was a ton of fun. I love our church!

This morning, I’m leading worship at church, and then will come home to tackle the mess that comes home from a camping trip. I’m also hoping to get some reading done, too, from one or all of my current reads.

In print:
~ Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll
~ The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
~ Heat Wave by Richard Castle
~ Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery
~ Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry

On audio:
~ Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
~ The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

What are you doing this last Sunday of July? Any bookish plans?

On the blog this week:
~ August read-along: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
~ Six-by-Seven – a borrowed meme
~ Book Spotlight: The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson
~ Swedish author Camilla Lackberg discusses the appeal of Scandinavian crime fiction

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22 Responses to The Sunday Salon – July 29, 2012

  1. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn
    says:

    Whoa. It looks like you’ve had a busy week…and a fun one too.

    What is Revenge?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – Revenge is an ABC series about a young woman seeking revenge on the people who made her father the fall guy for an atrocious crime. Highly addictive television!

  2. irene says:

    Sounds like a perfect time. You sure get a lot of reading done in spite of your many commitments. Have a great family reunion when they get back.

  3. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I don’t home school, so I DO get breaks when the kids are at school, but still I am so envious of this time you had. Holy crap, I wouldn’t know what to do with all that time. I’m so glad you got to see the latest Batman, and I do understand about the need for a bathroom. When you do dash out though? I didn’t want to miss anything. Drat those large cups of drink they give you. I think you were wise to read the Sepetys novel in print. I had issues with that audio.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I remember your issues about the Sepetys audio – so that’s one reason I chose the print version. And I have no problem running out to the bathroom during a film if I’m with someone, and can ask, “What did I miss?” when I get back – but when I’m by myself? I just grit my teeth and hang on!

  4. What an awesome thing! I never had anything like that when the kids were young. You made great use of your time. But I know you will be thrilled when they come home even with all the mess :)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Lori – yes, I am glad to have them home – and I know how blessed I am to have a husband who will do that for me!

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow
    says:

    Alone time is awesome! I remember wishing for more of that….I have a lot more these days, but still have weeks crammed with kids…(grandkids).

    Here’s MY SUNDAY SALON POST

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Laurel-Rain – I think everyone can use some alone time, some down time to refocus and decompress, no matter what stage of life they’re in!

  6. Aarti says:

    Isn’t it so funny how sometimes you can be SO productive when you have a limited amount of time to get through things? Looks like you made the most of your hours to yourself!

    Camping out for a week sounds EXHAUSTING, I must say – very impressed with your husband :-)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Aarti – I know – he LOVES camping. Me? Not so much. But he and the kids had an absolute blast, came home tanned (a few slight sunburns) and exhausted. :)

  7. Beverly S. says:

    I know exactly what you mean about never having any “alone” time and when “mom breaks” rarely come around what a treat they are. :) In fact, I’ll be getting one of those next week and I am already looking forward to it. My daughter asked me, “mom what will you do?” Which I replied, “I will do WHAT I want, WHEN I want to do it.” Wink. :)

    I loved Revenge too. I kept up with it on Hulu. I was surprised at how much I loved that show. :) In the process of watching Games of Thrones too (we have HBOGo)….I haven’t read any of the books but I’m enjoying it. (My youngest daughter is reading the books…on her second one now). I also read Shades of Gray back in December which I thought was a great book. I talked so much about it, my 16 year old daughter read it too (and loved it).

    I’m doing a big supper tonight so hoping I’ll get out of the kitchen this afternoon and sneak in some reading. My oldest daughter is moving next week to Texas and I’m trying to fix some of her favorite “mom cooked” foods….plus tried a new pie recipe (Strawberry Sour Cream). :) I’m trying to get “Fieldwork” finished plus I’m reading “Wool.” :)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Beverly – so cool that you’re reading Fieldwork – I love that! And what a great mom to make a feast for your daughter before she moves. I hope you enjoy your mom time when it comes around!

  8. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Oh man, several days of alone time sounds heavenly! It sounds like you made the most of it!

  9. Susan says:

    Good for you to get some time to yourself!! Is “Dark Knight Rises” really nearly 3 hours long? Yikes. I want to go but now I’m tied up with the Olympics ….

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Susan – it is a long one, but pretty much perfect the entire way through. :)

  10. Time alone sounds heavenly! I am glad you were able to enjoy some. That’s so nice of your husband to give you that time, Carrie!

    My Sunday was a rather lazy day. We set up Mouse’s pool and all got in to stay cool. I am reading a few books right now–one of which is The Baker’s Daughter. I’m so excited to finally be reading it.

    Have a great week! Happy Reading!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – I have The Baker’s Daughter sitting on my to-read shelf, too – can’t wait to hear what you think of it! And spending time in the pool with Mouse sounds perfect. :)

  11. Michelle says:

    What a great husband! It sounds like you made the most of your free week. I’ll be curious what you thought of THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle- I really enjoyed Language of Flowers – it was awesome on audio!