The Sunday Salon – August 18, 2013

sundaysalon2Time: 9:25 p.m., Saturday evening. I am sitting here in the living room, completely exhausted. We had a surprise retirement party for Mom at church tonight. Do you know how hard it is to keep a secret like that from someone you live with? Not only was it a surprise, but it was a “This Is Your Life” theme party, and I had arranged for her best friend from high school to come be the mystery guest. It was amazing to me that the whole church knew about the party, and yet Mom still had no idea what was going on. It went perfectly, and I’m glad I don’t have to try to keep it secret anymore!

Eating: Nothing. We had a Mexican food potluck at the party. Needless to stay, I did not count Weight Watchers’ points.

Drinking: Water

Reading: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett – yes, still. This book is huge! Also, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright – well-researched and very distrubing; The Lady’s Maid by Dilly Court – not exactly thrilled with this one, but will persevere because I’m reading it for a tour; and City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte – loving it.

Recently finished reading: The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison – loved it and was disturbed by my reaction to it.

Listening to: May the Road Rise Up to Meet You by Peter Troy – very good so far; and Death Cloud by Andrew Lane – loving this.

Recently finished listening to: Once by Morris Gleitzman – extremely well-written, but seemed like part one of a longer book, not a complete story

Blogging recently: Nothing! I took a mini-break this week without really intending to. I finished all my lesson planning, so I did a lot of reading this week, but just didn’t feel like blogging, I guess.

Thankful for: Secrets kept, two more weeks of summer break, and cooler weather – in the 80s instead of the 90s.

What are you reading, listening to, or thankful for today?

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14 Responses to The Sunday Salon – August 18, 2013

  1. Bryan G. says:

    You didn’t feel like blogging?!!? Whaatt? 😉

    I can relate…sometimes. Lately, for the most part, I’ve been on a blogging tear.

    But it looks like you’ve been on a reading tear and that’s important too. If not more important. What will you blog about otherwise? 🙂

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – exactly! The problem is that sometimes too much time goes by between the reading and the blogging, and I have a hard time remembering what I wanted to say. 🙂

  2. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    It sounds like the party was a great success! How fun!!

  3. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks

    Good job with the party! Sounds like it went fantastically! Have a great week!

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I just bought The Silent Wife on Kindle based on Ti’s review. If I could only get through my commitments in print, then I could dig in. I am intrigued at your response…

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – it is a creepy, almost surreal kind of read. I think what disturbed me the most was how much I found myself empathizing with the wife.

  5. Serena
    Twitter: SavvyVerseWit

    Sounds productive…even without the blogging?! I’ve been on an Irish reading roll!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Serena – You’re making me feel guilty! I’m hosting the Ireland challenge, and failing miserably this year, for some reason.

  6. irene says:

    GREAT JOB keeping a secret. You’ve piqued my interest in The Silent Wife.

  7. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    How great that you were able to keep the secret! Despite party planning and school planning, sounds like you’re keeping up with your reading.