The Sunday Salon – February 16, 2014

sundaysalon2Time: 10:03 p.m., Saturday evening. Listening to the kids finishing up their video game upstairs before getting ready to go to bed. I just got back from a wonderful Father-Daughter Date Night at church. Kevin took Natalie, and Dad and I went, and we had a wonderful dinner served by some of the young men from church, and then we watched Epic. It was a lot of fun. Dad and Kevin even got Natalie and I corsages. :)

Thankful for: My best friend. For almost seven years now, Michelle and I and our boys have gotten together every Friday afternoon. I am fully convinced that God brought her and her family over here from the coast just for me. This week, I got an e-mail on Friday morning canceling our get-together, as her oldest was sick. I responded, and mentioned that I’d been stressing out over some things this week. Within minutes, she called and suggested we meet for lunch so we could still get our weekly talk-time in. It was just what I needed, and the immediacy of her response touched my heart.

Reading: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan and White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse

Recently finished reading: The O’Connor stories! Woo hoo! I also finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen this week.

Listening to: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier and The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry

Watching: Last Sunday’s movie was my pick – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It was o much fun watching that with my kids, and enjoying them enjoying the movie. We’ve also been watching the Olympics.

Blogging recently:
~ Mini-reviews: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult; A Thousand Cuts by Simon Lelic; and Allegiant by Veronica Roth
~ Book Review: The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

What are you doing today? Are you watching the Olympics? Reading anything good?

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20 Responses to The Sunday Salon – February 16, 2014

  1. That date night sounds so fun! I’m going to suggest it for my husband and his daughter!

  2. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks
    says:

    We are headed to a birthday party for my father-in-law today! Have a great week and happy reading!

  3. So now we’re wondering what you thought of O’Connor’s stories? I have a feeling, from what you were saying, though, that you didn’t enjoy them as much as I did. Either way, I’m interested in hearing what you thought.

    Today, I’m planning on doing a bit of reading and watching Downton Abbey with The Wife later. She has a few days off, because of President’s Day and her regular days off so we ought to be able to finish off Season 4, which we have on DVD from the library over the next few days.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – no, I didn’t like the O’Connor stories. I thought they were well-written, but so dark and full of the worst of humanity that I simply didn’t enjoy them. We’ll be watching Downton tonight, too, but only one episode as we watch on TV. :)

  4. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    Good friends are the best. I’m listening to Under the Wide and Starry Sky now. Interesting, but a few writing flaws have annoyed me.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Candace – I guess I haven’t noticed those flaws, but I don’t read as carefully when I listen to an audiobook, I don’t think.

  5. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Friends like Michelle are such treasures!

  6. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I know my sanity truly depends on the availability of my BFF. I think every woman needs one, just to talk us down from our ledges. You are blessed to have her! And who doesn’t love Ferris Bueller? SO much fun. We’ve watched it so many times, and we never get tired of it. We’ve also been watching a lot of Olympics…it has chipped away at our Game of Thrones and House of Cards watching.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I agree! The weirdest thing was that I couldn’t really figure out why I was so stressed and anxious, it was just this ambiguous feeling of doom. But after talking to her about some stuff that’s going on, I was able to identify where it was coming from. It didn’t get rid of the problems, but at least made me feel like I did have a reason to feel this way and wasn’t completely losing my mind! lol

  7. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    Michelle sounds like an amazing friend. I’m glad you guys found each other. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a movie I’ve shared with my kids too. I think everyone would love a day off similar to Ferris’s. :-) Have a good week.

  8. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    It has been so long since I watched Ferris; I really must watch it again soon. So funny.

  9. Kailana says:

    Yay for finishing the O’Connor stories!!! I haven’t even picked them up in ages. haha.

  10. Susan says:

    Yeah I’m O’D-ing on the Olympics but it’s hard not to. This week will be the hockey finals which should get interesting. I look forward to your thoughts on the Horan book and the Morse novel. I just read John Green’s YA blockbuster “The Fault in Our Stars” and really dug it. Cheers. http://www.thecuecard.com/

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Susan – I’m not a big hockey fan, but will be happy if the US wins. :) I’m definitely more into the skiing, snowboarding, and figure skating.