The Sunday Salon – January 26, 2014

sundaysalon2Time: 7:23 p.m., Saturday evening

Thankful for: Almost three full days away with Kevin! Kevin and I took off Thursday morning and didn’t get back until a few hours ago. We went down to Spokane, stayed at the Oxford Suites, ate out, watched movies, talked our heads off, played Skipbo, and just enjoyed being alone together. We needed it so much after Kevin’s crazy work schedule the past few months.

Looking forward to: Super Bowl, baby! I know it’s not for another week, but it’s all we’ve been talking about, and it’s the main thing I’m looking forward to. I have a very busy week to get through first, with dentist and eye doctor and orthodontist appointments, a board meeting for Royal Family Kids Camp, school, and leading worship next Sunday, but that afternoon will find me planted in front of the television with Dad, ready to scream my head off.

Reading: I still seem to be in a bit of a reading slump. I did manage to finish one book while we were away, but I haven’t been reading as much as normal. I am enjoying A Star for Mrs. Blake but it isn’t a page-turner. The Flannery O’Connor stories have been verrrrrrry slow-going. And I just got Allegiant back from the library; I had to turn it in before Christmas, even though I was 2/3 of the way through it. Hoping to finish all of these by Friday, but who knows?

Recently finished reading: A Different Sun by Elaine Neil Orr – review goes up tomorrow

Listening to: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and Sold by Patricia McCormick

Recently finished listening to: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Watching: While we were away, Kevin and I watched Last Vegas (It had some funny moments, but wasn’t great.) and Captain Phillips (Amazing. I do not understand why Tom Hanks wasn’t nominated for an Oscar.)

Blogging recently: Audiobook Review: What We Lost in the Dark by Jacquelyn Mitchard

What are you reading, watching, looking forward to, or thankful for today?

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26 Responses to The Sunday Salon – January 26, 2014

  1. JoAnn @Lakeside Musing
    Twitter: lakesidemusing
    says:

    Glad you enjoyed your time away… sounds heavenly!
    JoAnn @Lakeside Musing´s last post ..The Sunday Salon: Trying to Stay Warm

  2. Reading: Your blog post right now. :P Watching: Later, Downton Abbey, Season 4, Episode 2, maybe 3. Looking forward to: Watching Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day with wife when everybody else is watching that game (rolling eyes ;) ). Thankful: For being inside where it’s warm.
    Bryan G. Robinson´s last post ..My double take on Benedict Cumberbatch and Downton Abbey

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – you’re not watching the game? I’m shocked, I tell you! Love Groundhog day, though.

  3. Kailana says:

    I am thinking the Flannery O’Connor is going to be an all year read for me. I like the stories, am very happy I am reading it, but it is not a page-turner!
    Kailana´s last post ..Week in Review (4)

  4. julie
    Twitter: aprilmom00
    says:

    That sounds great to get away for a bit. I adore Maggie’s Books. Yeah my dd is reading Allegiant and its been slow going for her too.
    julie´s last post ..Anatomy of a Boyfriend & Anatomy of a single Girl Book Reviews

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Julie – I really just want to hurry up and finish Allegiant so I can find out what all the fuss about the ending is for.

  5. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    I love the image of you in front of the TV next Sunday screaming your head off!! :-) It seems like so many bloggers are going through reading slumps right now. This week I’m thankful for the great homeschooling week I had with the kids. I’m currently reading Labor Day by Joyce Maynard. It’s slow-going so I’m not sure if I’m going to finish it. Have a good week.
    Vasilly´s last post ..Thoughts: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      V – I’ve been thinking about reading Labor Day. I loved her book After Her, and the trailers for the Labor Day film look really good. And I really do scream my head off. My kids find it ridiculous.

  6. Michelle says:

    Yay for weekend getaways! They are so necessary sometimes, aren’t they?

    I too am very excited about this Super Bowl. Two great teams, lots of Wisconsin connections. It really is a win-win for audiences this year. I hope it is a fantastic game.

    Good luck getting through your busy week!
    Michelle´s last post ..Audiobook Review – Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – they are vital! I can only hope we don’t have to wait three years to do it again.

  7. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Your little get away sounds like so much fun!
    bermudaonion (Kathy)´s last post ..Review: Flowers in the Attic

  8. Melissa
    Twitter: avidreader12
    says:

    I just watched Captain Phillips too and Hanks was amazing!

  9. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Tom Hanks was excellent, you are right. But I swear, these other guys hit it so far out of the park. Stiff competition this year. So much that even Hanks can’t touch it. I’m so glad you got time with your hubby! Our time together (thanks to my parents) has always kept us sane. I have friends who have teenagers and have never taken a vacation by themselves. Time without the kids is HEALTHY. We’ve got a handful of days coming up in late February, with a conference in South Florida. He always asks me “Well, I’ve got a day or two of meetings. Are you going to be OK?” I think that is HILARIOUS!!! Oh, I think I’ll manage.
    Sandy´s last post ..Sunday Salon: Check

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – no kidding! Two years ago, Kevin and I had booked a similar package, and he got the flu. Because it was a special deal, it was non-refundable, and so I went by myself. Although I missed the time with him, the alone-time was absolutely blissful!

  10. Susan says:

    I’m thankful that the Broncos made it to the Super Bowl too. My team plays your team, gulp. I didn’t know it would work out that way. But it has. I will likely be yelling too. Enjoy yourself. I just reviewed the Joyce Maynard book Labor Day. So that’s what I was reading. Cheers.
    Susan´s last post ..Labor Day

  11. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    Yay you for finding some time alone! Sounds like just what you needed.
    Beth F´s last post ..Review: The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

  12. Yay for trips away. We just went to a wedding in Wenatchee and had a great weekend. I think the car time is my favorite. I love conversations that have room to ramble and amble and backtrack. About an hour from home, Curt asked me, “What do you think our lives will be like in ten years?” and that discussion took us home.

    Flannery. Whoa. I want so badly to like her. I don’t question her skill or ability. But the honest truth is that if someone handed me a story with no name and asked me how I liked it, the clear answer would be “Not so much.” Boys drowning themselves, grandmas getting murdered…doesn’t make for cozy or comfortable reading.

    And. yet. She is brilliant. No question. I feel like there is a message but I don’t have the code book.

    I read Brad Gooch’s autobiography and that helped a lot. I dipped in and out of the collection of FOC’s letters, but I think I will read straight through them. But the biggest help for me in this Flannery baptism has been audiobooks. I’ve downloaded several on Overdrive and hearing a Southern voice tell a story made such a difference.

    I have swirling thoughts I would like to collect into a blog post soon.
    Carol in Oregon´s last post ..Flannery O’Connor and Downton Abbey

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Carol – I feel exactly the same way! I am really beginning to think that early 20th century American lit is just not my genre. Last year I tried Faulkner and Steinbeck – ugh. The year before, I read The Great Gatsby – double ugh. And now, I am not liking the O’Connor. Admittedly, her writing is brilliant, and she puts you right into the story, but I come away feeling like I’ve just been exposed to the sheer worst of humanity. So far, I can only say that I’ve truly enjoyed one story out of the collection, and I’m more than 2/3 of the way through.

  13. I am so glad you two had some time alone like that. It seems like you both needed it! And it sounds like you spent the time just as I would have in the same situation. LOL

    I really liked Captain Phillips too!
    Literary Feline´s last post ..Mouse’s Corner: Birthday Planning, Shoes & Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna

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