The Sunday Salon – September 30, 2012 (plus, September reading wrap-up)

It was a mostly good week. 🙂 Here are a few bullet points:

~ I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m loving our art curriculum, Meet the Masters! So far, we’ve learned about Van Gogh and done our own version of “Starry Night” with oil pastels on black paper; learned about Monet and did a painting of a tree in his style with Q-tips and poster paint; and learned about George Seurat. Next up – a method of coloring that will give the effect of pointillism without the huge time commitment. Did you know it took him three years to finish “Sunday in the Park…”?

~ Friends and family are amazing. Sometimes, it has to feel very dark for you to realize how bright the people in your life truly shine.

~ I can handle my own disappointment and fear and worry and stress most of the time – but when I see it weighing on my children, I break down. Josiah, my ten-year-old, has had a rough week. He’s the only one of the four kids who has never lived in another house, and he’s having a very hard time with the idea of moving. Unfortunately, he’s also the type to internalize his emotions, and so I thought he was doing just fine. Then he had a blow-up with his brother resulting in sobbing, gasping tears, and I realized that this was a lot more than his brother annoying him. As I held him on my lap and asked what was going on, he said, “I just feel mad and sad all the time and it makes me want to blow up at everyone!” Tore my heart out. 🙁 We talked a long time about not trying to keep it all inside, but talking to Kevin and me when things get bad, even if it’s not a specific question or topic, even if it’s just to crawl up on my lap and say, “I’m feeling bad today.”

~ Looking forward to a movie night with Michelle tonight; I was sent a review DVD of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This is definitely the type of movie that calls for a Mom’s Movie Night, and so we will be eating finger food (and chocolate), drinking wine, and enjoying the brilliance of Maggie Smith and Judi Dench.

~ I finished two books this week. Sense and Sensibility was amazing on audio! I’ve never tried Austen on audio before, but I will definitely be doing it again. This edition was read by Wanda McCaddon, and she was perfect. I also finished reading The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan aloud to the boys – and we jumped right into the final book in the series on Friday.

~ If I have time to read today, I have plenty of books to choose from. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how many books I am in the middle of! When I finished a bunch last week, I started Remarkable Creatures by Tracey Chevalier (the only title on my shelves that could help me fulfill the “creepy, crawly” category in the “What’s in a Name Challenge”); The Candidate by Paul Harris; Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery; and Under the Dome by Stephen King. But then three books came into the library for me: Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry; Seeing by Jose Saramago; and The Human Factor by Graham Greene. I’ve already dipped into two of them. Plus, I’m listening to Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks and The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch on audiobook. See why I was embarrassed to list them all? My husband just shakes his head at me.

What are you doing today? Watching any football, TV, or movies? Reading any good books?

On the blog this week:
~ Safe vs. good books
~ Audiobook Review: The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
~ Book Review: Need by Carrie Jones
~ Book Review: Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

Books completed in September:

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke – 5 starsmy review
Impossible by Nancy Werlin – 5 starsmy review
Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene – 4 starsmy review
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review
Need by Carrie Jones – 4 starsmy review
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio – 4 starsmy review
Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos – 5 stars
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (audiobook) – 5 stars
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan – 4 stars

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20 Responses to The Sunday Salon – September 30, 2012 (plus, September reading wrap-up)

  1. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads

    I am struggling with the Creepy crawly category too! I also need to watch Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Maybe I can kick the boy off the TV and watch it later tonight.

    I hope that your son is feeling more settled soon!

  2. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    It is rough when your kids are hurt or disappointed but, in the long run, the hurt or disappointment usually makes them stronger.

    I enjoyed The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and think you will too.

  3. Arti
    Twitter: Arti_Ripples

    You sure have had a busy week. Hope your son will be feeling better soon. That art curriculum sounds so interesting… so are all your reads. Marigold Hotel is wonderful, a surprise I think, much better than the trailer. I still have one more book to finish my Ireland and Graham Greene reading challenges. Lots on my plate too in the middle of Anna Karenina. Yes, I’ve a few books started too. 😉

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Arti – You’re doing fantastic on your challenges! And Anna – I love that book. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  4. unfinishedperson
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn

    I’m shaking my head too…are they all that bad that they don’t hold your attention? 😉

    Maybe you should try to be a monogamous reader like me and you wouldn’t have that problem.

    I didn’t realize you were moving. I really need to pay better attention on Facebook, don’t I? 🙂

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – Yes, we’re moving in with my parents, so it will be a big adjustment. And they’re all keeping my attention – just not for long periods of time. I think it has more to do with my state of mind than the books. I don’t think I could go back to book monogamy!

  5. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    That Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend was all the talk at SIBA this year. I couldn’t even get my hands on a copy, but yes audio is exactly what I should do. And I did listen to Pride and Prejudice on audio and I LOVED it. I think I tried to get S&S on audio and something went wrong. I don’t remember. I’m so sorry that you are struggling to make this transition easier on your kids and they are struggling through it too. God bless you all. You are such a good mom, I know that you will come out the other side OK.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Thanks, Sandy. 🙂 Memoirs is interesting – I’m hooked on the plot, but haven’t quite decided if this method of telling the story is too cute for its own good. I do love the narrator, though, which helps.

  6. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow

    I received Blackberry Winter in the mail this week; and Falling Together is from an author I’ve previously enjoyed.

    It’s good that you’re able to sit down and share thoughts and feelings with your son.

    My reading week was kind of “meh,” with one fabulous book and one that wasn’t. I’m currently about ready to review another one that started off “not so good,” but got better.


    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Laurel-Rain – I adored both Blackberry Winter and Falling Together – you’ve got some good reading ahead of you!

  7. aw, I’m sorry to hear about your son. :/ I hope he adjusts well.

  8. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    What?! You feel embarrassed telling us how many books you’re in the middle of? It’s us, we understand! 🙂 That Meet the Masters curriculum sounds fantastic. I really should get something like that for my kids. There’s no art lessons of any kind for my kids this trimester. Poor Josiah. I hope he comes and tells you when he’s feeling bad more often. Enjoy the rest of your day.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Thanks, V! I bet your kids would LOVE Meet the Masters – it really is a great resource.

  9. Susan says:

    Have fun watching “Marigold Hotel” tonight — it’s an enjoyable movie. I’m watching a bit of football — go Denver! and will check out the season opener of “Good Wife.” cheers!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Susan – I’ve never watched The Good Wife – but have been tempted a few times! Maybe I’ll have to catch up with Netflix.

  10. Michelle says:

    I’ll have to go back and see how I completed the Creepy, Crawly category.

    I feel your pain about your kids. We went through that with Connor and Holly. Just when I would think they were handling the move well, something would tip me off that they were not quite as okay with it as I thought. I think we are finally settling down now, but it is not easy and takes a lot of time and effort. Good luck!