I can’t believe it’s been four weeks since I’ve done a Sunday Salon post! My blogging break went on a little bit longer than I expected, and I’m still not quite sure if I’m ready to go back to regular posting. I seem to be a little ambivalent about blogging – though not about reading, either books or other blogs. Not sure if that means I should soldier through or take a little longer break. If I disappear again for a while, you’ll know why.
Lots of good things going on. Kevin likes his job, which is a really good thing, because his hours are brutal! On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, he is gone from 5:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, he is gone from 5:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. – unless they add afternoon appointments, which has happened. He’s not on the clock all of that time, so he’s not getting as much overtime as it appears, but he is getting some. We are very grateful that he is working, but it is hard having him gone so much – especially since he either telecommuted or was unemployed for the past four years. I got a bit used to having him around all the time.
The kids are doing well, but are definitely looking forward to spring. The boys always end up spending too much time on video games this time of year, simply because the weather is horrible for being outside. Our weeks have gotten very busy again, with Natalie taking Driver’s Ed in the afternoons, and the boys taking a couple of extra-curricular classes.
I didn’t talk about it on the blog, but when we moved from Colville, we also left our church, for reasons I won’t go into here. It was very painful – and I am still hurting over some of the things said or done – but I now feel able to forgive and move on. We have been attending Mom and Dad’s church, and while we thought that it might be just a temporary place to lick our wounds, so to speak, we have come to absolutely love the people. It is a multi-generational church, and I love the family feel. The kids are getting plugged in there, too, and making friends.
Mom and Dad have gotten me hooked on a couple of new (to me) TV shows: Elementary and Person of Interest. I was one of those who refused to try Elementary when it first premiered, on principle. Watson is a woman, after all! But I was wrong – I love their incarnation of Holmes, and I’ve found that Watson’s character transcends gender. The writing is sharp, the mysteries clever, and there is a lot of humor.
I have also been watching season three of Downton Abbey, of course. It’s been a heart-breaking season, and I fear there is more tragedy to come, as I haven’t been able to completely avoid spoilers.
Since I last did a Sunday Salon, I have finished the following books:
~ More Baths, Less Talking by Nick Hornby
~ My Antonia by Willa Cather
~ Promised by Caragh O’Brien
~ The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma
~ The Lion Is In by Delia Ephron
~ Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins
~ Ballistics by Billy Collins
~ Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
~ Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
~ Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
~ The Blood Binding: A Belladonna Johnson Story by Helen Stringer
~ White Horse by Alex Adams
~ Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
~ Dark Magic by James Swain
I have a ton of reviews to catch up on! You can find links to the few I have reviewed on my Read in 2013 page.
Lately, my reading has been bleak. As in Bleak House, our choice for this month’s “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge. I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew with assigning this over 900 page book to the shortest month of the year. I know some of you warned me, but I figured, “What’s 40 pages a day?” The problem is that 40 pages a day of Dickens is very different – and reads much more slowly – than 40 pages of a modern author. I’m still holding out hope that I will have it finished in time but I am about 100 pages behind as of now. Are any of you reading along with me? What do you think of it so far? Do you think you’ll have it finished by the end of the month?
I am dipping in and out of two other print books when I need a break from Dickens: Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, a reread; and Small Damages by Beth Kephart. On audio, I am currently listening to The Host by Stephenie Meyer, a reread; and What We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard.
Well, I think that basically catches you up. I’m hoping to post some reviews this week, but time will tell. What has been going on with all of you? Reading anything I need to hear about?