The Sunday Salon – November 18, 2012 (Better late than never!)

It’s still Sunday, right? I didn’t have a post ready to go this morning because I was too busy having fun last night. 🙂 Normally, I put my Sunday Salon post together Saturday evening, but last night, Natalie and I were at my friend Lori’s house for a mother-daughter movie night. Natalie and Lori’s daughter, Kari, are best friends, and the four of us had a great time together. Lori went all out on a three-course fondue dinner, and we watched Snow White and the Huntsman. So fun to have some girl time.

The other big news at our house is that, as of today, Kevin has been tobacco-free for ten days! I am so very proud of him. It is such a hard habit to kick, and it has definitely not been easy.

In book news, I finished Lola’s Secret by Monica McInerney (there’s a link to my review at the bottom of this post) and Birthmarked by Caragh O’Brien in print (review on that one still to come) and Abdication by Juliet Nicolson on audio (also to come). It was a good reading week.

We went to church today, and then I’ve just been visiting with Mom and Dad and doing dishes, catching up, etc. I have some blog catching up to do, not only reading all of yours, but getting links to Ireland Challenge reviews posted. I got behind during the move, and people have been adding reviews to the Mr. Linky left and right!

If I get a chance to read, I’ll be spending my book time with An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd and The Map of Lost Memories by Kim Fay in print. My audio time will be split between Daddy’s Little Girl by Lisa Scottoline and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’m rereading the last one because I assigned it to Noah for 8th grade lit and he’ll be starting it next week. I wanted to refresh my memory on that one so I could discuss it with him.

We have a half day of school tomorrow and then are taking the rest of the week off. I’m looking forward to it – we jumped right into school after the move, and it will be nice to have some time to get other stuff taken care of. Then a big family Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday! Hard to believe it’s that time of year already.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful Sunday, and reading lots of good books. Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you’re reading.

On the blog this week:
~ Book Review: Lola’s Secret by Monica McInerney
~ Ten-word movie reviews #20
~ Audiobook Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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22 Responses to The Sunday Salon – November 18, 2012 (Better late than never!)

  1. Deb Nance
    Twitter: debnance

    Glad you got a chance to jump in here at the Salon. Enjoy your week.

  2. Unfinished Person
    Twitter: unfnshdprsn

    Was wondering where you got to. So did you like the movie?

    And congratulations to Kevin. Tell him we’re pulling for him too (well, I am anyway).

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – thanks – I’ll pass on your thoughts to Kevin. 🙂 I did like Snow White and the Huntsman, in spite of Kristen Stewart’s (lack of) acting ability.

  3. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    Congratulations to Kevin! Tell him to keep up the good work!

  4. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    I was wondering if you were going to write a post or not! I missed your Saturday links post. 😉

    Tell Kevin that I said congratulations! Smoking is just an easy habit to have but one that’s really hard to break. He’s going to always have cravings but his body will thank him for quitting.

    I’m not really reading right now because of the flu and classes but I did pick up The Worst Hard Time about The Dust Bowl. I hope you have a great week.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      V – I didn’t have time to do my links post yesterday – still trying to get used to new routines in the new house. 🙂 Nice to know I was missed, though! And I’m sorry you’ve got the flu – hope you feel better soon!

  5. Patti Smith
    Twitter: PattiRSmith

    Nothing like girl time 🙂 I too am looking forward to a week to ourselves and then family, family and more family along with food, food and more food this Thursday :):)

  6. Michelle says:

    I love mother/daughter time! I always have so much fun with Holly whatever we do together. Your night sounds truly wonderful.

    Congratulations to your husband on being tobacco-free for ten days! It is a painful process – I’ve seen two of my friends kick the habit. One was successful, and one was not. I saw them both struggle. I hope your husband will continue to be successful!

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving week! You definitely deserve some downtime after the move and everything else!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – I am continually amazed at how much I enjoy time with Natalie -and especially am grateful that she continues to enjoy spending time with me. 🙂 Daughters are such a huge blessing!

  7. Kailana says:

    Congrats to Kevin!!!!

  8. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    Way to go to Kevin, and I’m glad you were able to get some down time after all this stress lately. Emma and I saw that movie at the theaters, and it was entertaining even though Stewart was laughable. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the audio for The Book Thief. It is simply the most precious thing.

  9. Just finished reading The Midwife of Hope River (soooooooo good) and now on The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. Loving it too (it’s one of those that reminds me of Angela’s Ashes, The Glass Castle which I loved). I want to read The Book Thief….so many books, so little time. 🙂

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Beverly – Oh, I’m glad you’re enjoying the Defiance, Ohio book – I loved that one! And yes, there are always too many books left to be read.

  10. Susan says:

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving! I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the Charles Todd book Unmarked Grave. Havent read it. thanks

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Susan – It is very, very good so far – having a hard time putting it down!

  11. stacybuckeye says:

    Hope you have a yummy Thanksgiving.