The Sunday Salon – November 11, 2012

We’ve been in the new house a week, and things are feeling more settled. They will feel even more settled when Kevin joins us tonight! He stayed behind at the other house, packing up last minute stuff, and taking care of some other things. It will be nice to have the whole family together tonight.

The kids are adjusting remarkably well – I am amazed at how resilient children are. It seems like God is shaking up all areas of our family life right now, and I’m so proud of the way the kids are handling things. I’ll be glad when everything stops changing and settles in to our new routine.

I had a wonderful 40th birthday – thank you so much for all of your wonderful birthday wishes. I was spoiled – two of my sisters sent book money; my folks got me the Chess in Concert CD; Michelle got me Ballistics: Poems by Billy Collins, as well as The Best Cigarette, a CD of Collins reading his poems live; and another dear friend got me a Starbucks gift card. The kids all made me sweet cards. (And before you think Kevin is a schmuck, we agreed not to exchange birthday or Christmas gifts this year in order to save money. πŸ™‚ )

The boys were at a sleepover all weekend, and so I was able to get some reading time in Friday night and yesterday. I also got caught up on my TV watching. Did anyone see Castle‘s sci-fi convention episode Monday? Hysterical! I loved all the Firefly in-jokes. I’m still a week behind in Once Upon a Time, but I can’t wait to watch it, because Hurley from Lost is in it.

I also had some time to read, although not as much as normal. I actually had to take a book back to the library unfinished! I was only about 50 pages into The Twelve by Justin Cronin before I realized that there was no way I would finish it in the five days I had left until it was due. I couldn’t renew it, because too many people were waiting on the hold list behind me. So, I turned it back in – and then discovered that the audiobook, read by the delicious Scott Brick, is also available at the library, so I put that on hold. I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor on audio, and it was really good – a completely original YA paranormal series. Who knew?

In print, I am reading Lola’s Secret by Monica McInerney and Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien – both enjoyable. I just wish I had more time to read!

Today, Natalie and I are going to Mom and Dad’s church with them, and then I am heading to the movies with my dad to see Looper, so look for that in a future Ten-word Movie Reviews post. We will DVR the Seahawks game to watch when we get back, so no spoilers in the comments, please!

What are all of you doing today? Reading anything good?

On the blog this week:
~ Book Review: The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister
~ 40!
~ Book Review: Under the Dome by Stephen King

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18 Responses to The Sunday Salon – November 11, 2012

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Twitter: laurelrainsnow

    I have always hated moving…the unsettled part of it. The starting over in a new space is exciting, though. Hope you find that “settled” feeling soon.

    Happy birthday (late!).

    I have enjoyed the Castle episodes this season more than ever; probably because I like the developing relationship between Castle and Beckett.


  2. Kailana says:

    I am glad you had a great birthday!! And that you are settling in well. πŸ™‚

  3. Laurie C
    Twitter: baystateRA

    I’m in the last 50 pages of The Twelve and should finish it tonight. I’ve heard lots of good things about Daughter of Smoke and Bone on audio. I think I may have waiting for me, but I can’t remember! Happy belated birthday!

  4. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422

    I’m one of those weirdos who loves moving (as long as I have a handful of worker bees to boss around). Glad the kids are adapting so well!

  5. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Happy birthday Carrie! I was in la-la land most of this week on a field trip, so I missed it. And kids ARE so resilient. Generally I heave a sigh when they show signs of being self-absorbed, but that also works in their favor. When things are turned upside down, they often stay happy in their own little world! On our field trip in Boston, it was like 35 and snowing and raining, and you should have heard the parents complaining. But the kids were just happy to hang out with each other and play in the snow. I JUST got The Twelve on audio from the library. I’ll be looking to start that fairly soon.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I am trying not to have unrealistic expectations about The Twelve – The Passage was so amazing, but this is a second book, so I’m trying to temper myself.

  6. Lisa Salazar
    Twitter: Booksintheburbs

    I hate moving…just the whole prospect of it is unnerving. So, I admire your diligence, especially with the holidays upon us πŸ˜€ I do love the whole notion of starting somewhere new with an opportunity for new memories, new adventures, and a new beginning. Just wish I could blink my eyes and poof~ everything is where I need it to be~ like on Bewitched πŸ˜‰

  7. irene says:

    I’m so glad you had a great birthday, my husband and I don’t exchange gifts either. I’m dying to hear what you think of Looper. We’ve had a warm front come through, so I took this opportunity to clean up my yard, I’m so tired, not sure I can even read. Oh Hey, I have to make supper.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Irene – Looper was a okay – wonderful acting, but a bit confusing and very dark.

  8. Melissa
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks

    Castle was pretty funny this week…and I too love their chemistry! Hope the audio for The Twelve is available soon…it’s an awesome sequel…and I’m sure Scott Brick does an amazing job…I loved The Passage and almost decided to go the audio route for The Twelve but then decided that I didn’t have the patience to wait 1.5 months to get to the end! (I only listen to audio while commuting so books can take 2-6 weeks depending upon size)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Melissa – yes, my audio time has been drastically cut down, too, with the move. Hopefully I will find time for that one, though – Scott Brick’s voice is like velvet!

  9. susan says:

    Glad your first week went okay. Hope you got to see the Seahawks game πŸ™‚