The Sunday Salon – February 23, 2014

sundaysalon2Time: 7:30 p.m., Saturday evening. Watching Matt Damon, Hugh Bonneville, and Billy Murray talking about The Monuments Men on the Graham Norton show.

Thankful for: Time with the family this week. On Thursday, Kevin and I took Mom and Dad and all the kids, plus Noah’s girlfriend and Natalie’s boyfriend, out to Mexican food. Afterward, I took all the kids swimming at the indoor pool up in Colville. We haven’t gone in a year, since we moved. (We only moved a 1/2 hour south, but it just hasn’t worked out to go up before this, for some reason.) Anyway, the kids and I started reminiscing about how we have been swimming there since Josiah was still in swim diapers – so for about ten years. I was going to run through McDonalds afterward for milkshakes, but the kids wanted to go get ice cream from the same place we always used to. On the way home, we listened to some mix CDs Kevin had made when they were younger and not too cool to listen to their parents’ music. We sang along to John Denver, Billy Joel, Men at Work, Matchbox Twenty, and the Bee Gees. It was so much fun.

Then, Friday night, I took Natalie to Spokane to see Pompeii on opening night. I have “known” one of the screenwriters online for a few years through blogging and Facebook, and wanted to support her by seeing it the first weekend. While the movie wasn’t totally perfect, it had some good moments, some great special effects, and a really hot guy. I know that she mentioned something on Facebook about being tempted to go back and read the original script and imagine the movie they could have made, if they hadn’t changed so much. I imagine that would be very frustrating. But, I digress. The point was that I had a fantastic time with my daughter. We got the hysterical giggles at a totally inappropriate time of the movie (lots of dead people) and I think we annoyed the other movie-goers, but it was one of those times where you can’t stop laughing if your life depends on it. Then we had a real, dig-deep conversation on the way home.

Reading: Believe it or not, I only have two print books going at the moment! One Hundred Names by Cecilia Ahern is my bathroom book (don’t judge me!), and I’m also still reading White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse. I am planning to start Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell at some point today.

Recently finished reading: Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan and The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley – reviews on both coming up this week.

Listening to: The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry

Recently finished listening to: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Watching: Last Sunday’s movie was U-571 – Kevin’s choice. Plus, I’ve been watching bits and pieces of Foyle’s War, which my folks have been binge-watching. Also, the Olympics.

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~ Book Review: Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

I hope you have all had a wonderful week. Tell me something you’re thankful for, or reading, or watching – I want to know! :)

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16 Responses to The Sunday Salon – February 23, 2014

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    Your family time sounds wonderful – you are so smart to treasure that time.
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  2. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422

    A good case of the giggles every now and again is, I think, very very healthy. :)
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  3. Tobi says:

    I’m thankful for coffee, a quiet morning and the snow falling outside my window. I just finished reading the second installment in the “Uglies” series and started, “Someone’s else’s Love Story” by Joshilyn Jackson. I have been watching “Pretty Little Liars” on Netflix and have become totally engrossed. I loved Eleanor and Park it is a fast emotional roller coaster of a read.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Tobi – I ended up starting Eleanor and Park last night and didn’t want to go to bed! I have a feeling that will be a very quick read. I enjoyed the Uglies series, and I LOVED Someone Else’s Love Story. Jackson is one of my favorite women’s fiction authors.

      Enjoy your snow! Hopefully it won’t make things difficult for you to go to work tomorrow. I am SO over winter – really ready for spring over here!

  4. Margaret says:

    I love your Sunday Salon posts. Thanks for taking the time to share your life and your musings with us. :-)

    I am thankful that after eight weeks, I have finally been cleared by my spine surgeon to drive again. I cannot adequately express how looooong this winter has been, both in terms of weather and isolation. I hope I always remember that if a friend or family member is ever stuck at home recovering from an illness, a surgery, a depression, a job loss, etc., one of the best things I can do to lift his/her loneliness and spirit is to take him/her *out of the house* for a ride in my car. It doesn’t matter if it’s just to the grocery story or to McDonald’s or to the mall — just rescue that poor person for his/her imprisonment! I was one not rescued, and I suffered for it.

    As for reading, I always have about a dozen books going at the same time, but my latest ‘new’ book is “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by H. B. Stowe. I’m not too far in yet, but so far I love her writing style. I’m familiar with the story, just never actually read the classic.

    As for watching, I think maybe I need to get a life, LOL, since four of my favorite shows start new seasons this week: The Amazing Race, Survivor, The Voice, and Revolution. Just in time to fill in the gap left by the finale of Downton Abbey season four! I don’t get out to the movies much (too expensive for our budget), but the last movie I rented from Netflix was Ender’s Game — good acting, interesting story, but not enough substance, so I give it a 6 out of 10.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Margaret – I’m glad to hear you’re on the mend! Not driving would be really hard. I’ve never read Uncle Tom’s Cabin – maybe that should be a challenge pick next year. And I am looking forward to the Downton finale, but sad that it will be gone again until next year. :)

  5. Kailana says:

    Sounds like you had lots of great moments over the last week. :)
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  6. JoAnn @Lakeside Musing
    Twitter: lakesidemusing

    I’ll be curious to hear what you thought of The Last Runaway. I enjoyed it, but almost seems like it could have been YA.
    JoAnn @Lakeside Musing´s last post ..TSS: Downton Day

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      JoAnn – I never thought about that with The Last Runaway. I guess it could be, although the details of her sexual relationship with her husband might be a little much for that, depending on the reader. I did enjoy it very much – and the audio narrator was excellent.

  7. You’re the second blogger that I have seen mention Eleanor & Park…and I’ve already considered reading it. This might be a sign.

    I love Foyle’s War. I only have one left to watch on Netflix and I’ve been saving it for a rainy day.
    Bryan G. Robinson´s last post ..Refocus: Blogging Mission Statement

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – I plan to go back and watch Foyle’s War from the beginning some time when I have free days. My folks have more time to sit and watch TV than I do – plus they don’t read nearly as much. ;)

  8. stacybuckeye says:

    What fun family time! We saw the previews for Pompeii but don’t think we’ll be seeing it. We did see Monuments Men and thought it was ok. Loved the cast, but was hoping for more.
    stacybuckeye´s last post ..Mailbox Monday – February 24

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