The Sunday Salon – January 5, 2014 (plus, wrapping up December’s reading)

sundaysalon2Time: 5:38 p.m., Saturday evening. Waiting for friends from church to get here in about an hour to play cards.

Thankful for: A wonderful last week of Christmas break! We all loved The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Apparently, I read the book so long ago that I no longer have any idea what happened in the book, and what they added. I think I am happier that way. Noah and Jonathan noticed a lot of changes, but didn’t seem to be bothered by them. Then, of course, I was pleased to watch the Seahawks beat the Rams and clinch a first-week bye for the playoffs, plus home-field advantage for both playoff games. šŸ™‚

I spent Monday afternoon visiting with my friend Michelle, and then her boys spent the night. Tuesday morning, I took them home and then braved Walmart to do my shopping. Oh. my. goodness. Talk about a packed house – everyone preparing for New Year’s Eve, plus all of us people who get paid at the end of the month doing stock-up shopping. I was very glad to get out of there! I came home and made bacon-wrapped Little Smokies and my Mexican dip to take to a New Year’s Eve party at a friend’s house. We had so much fun! I played two new-to-me board games: Wits & Wagers and Things. Both were a lot of fun. Kevin bought a few fireworks and entertained the kids outside. We both stayed up way too late – 1:30 a.m…..

….which made it very difficult to get up to meet friends for breakfast the next morning. I made it, though, and it was delightful. Then the boys and I and Noah’s girlfriend Meghan watched Despicable Me 2, which was awesome. That evening, Kevin and I took the whole family, plus Meghan, Natalie’s boyfriend James, and James’ mom out to dinner. It was a really fun day.

All in all, it was a terrific week, and a good way to wrap up our break.

Looking forward to: Leading worship at church this morning, then going to Spokane for the kids to roller skate and celebrate James’ 17th birthday. Plus, we get back to our normal routine on Monday. I’m partially dreading it, but know that things will seem more normal when we’re on a schedule again. Plus, it will be easier for me to get back on plan for Weight Watchers.

Reading: The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor; A Different Sun by Elaine Neil Orr; Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield; and A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith. Oh, and I need to catch up on my Lord of the Rings reading, now that we’re going back to school.

Recently finished reading: The Cure by Douglas E. Richards

Listening to: The Ghost Writer by John Harwood and The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Blogging lately:
~ Book Review: The Colours of Corruption by Jacqueline Jacques
~ First Book of the Year 2014
~ 2014 “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge – Check out this post for the winning titles and read-along schedule.
~ The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
~ 2013 End of Year Book Survey
~ First lines of 2013

What did you do to ring in the New Year? What book did you choose as your first read of 2014? Are you cheering on any football teams in the playoffs?

Books completed in December:
Relic (The Books of Eva 1) by Heather Terrell – 3 starsmy review
Paperboy by Tony Macaulay – 4 starsmy review
The Secrets of a Fire King: Stories by Kim Edwards – 4 starsmy review
The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani – 3 starsmy review
A Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor – 3 stars
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro – 5 starsmy review
The Diviners by Libba Bray (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb (audiobook) – 4 starsmy review
The Colours of Corruption by Jacqueline Jacques – 4 starsmy review
Perfect by Rachel Joyce – 4 stars
After Her by Joyce Maynard – 4 stars
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon – 3 stars
The Cure by Douglas E. Richards – 3 stars

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16 Responses to The Sunday Salon – January 5, 2014 (plus, wrapping up December’s reading)

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed the second Hobbit movie, but I’m not going to lie that I have no interest in it because my wife and I both thought the first one was boring and we believe they’ve added too much to the book. The action might be good, but I don’t think I can stomach the changes, plus making it into three movies, just a crass attempt at making into a cash cow, imnsho. (Not so humble opinion. šŸ˜‰ )

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – I agree – they are definitely trying to milk it as much as possible!

  2. hillarypat says:

    I really enjoyed the Hobbit too when I saw it recently!

    Anyway, I’m just stopping by to say thank you for having the ‘I always meant to read that book challenge’ this past year! I fell off track towards the end but I did read a fair few. I found some great books that I loved thanks to the challenge so thank you for that!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Hillarypat – You’re very welcome! I hope you can join us for some of the read-alongs in 2014.

  3. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    You’ve been on a blogging roll, Carrie! šŸ™‚ I rang in the new year by going to bed around eight that night. Ha!

  4. Kailana says:

    It does sound like you had an excellent week!

  5. I haven’t seen The Hobbit movies, but I know exactly what you mean about being happier not remembering the books!!!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Amy – I find I’m that way with a lot of book to movie adaptations – the longer that goes by between reading the book and seeing the movie, the happier I am.

  6. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    It sounds like a great way to spend the week. Vance and our nephew saw The Hobbit. Our nephew loved it and Vance liked it – the changes in the story bothered him.

  7. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    It hasn’t been that long ago that the kids and I listened to The Hobbit on audio, and seriously they are taking some HUGE liberties with the story. Way too much filler, angry orcs and such. But, you know, Hollywood needs to suck every dollar out of us that they can! That book was NOT a three-movie book. It sounds like you had a very busy week. I’m not sure if I’m excited or not about school starting tomorrow. It will be nice to get them back to their routine, but with it comes headaches.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I know what you mean; that seems to be Hollywood’s modus operandi lately – look at them making Mockingjay into two movies!

  8. Michelle says:

    I have no desire to watch The Hobbit movies, but I’m glad you are enjoying them with your family. My family tried to watch the first one, and we all agreed after the first 30 minutes that we didn’t want to watch it anymore.

    Enjoy your week!