The Sunday Salon – March 9, 2014

sundaysalon2Time: 8:04 a.m., Sunday morning. Sitting here on the couch, feeling like crap. A not-fun, cough-inducing, achy body and head, just want to curl up in bed bug has forced three of us to miss church this morning. I’m really hoping it is short-lived, as I have a busy week ahead of me.

Thankful for: Time with good friends. Thursday evening, Kevin and I had dinner with a couple from our former church, one of the few friendships that has survived that debacle. They are dear people. We had wonderful food and two-and-a-half hours of fantastic conversation. Good for the soul.

Looking forward to: Feeling better! Just kidding. The biggest change this week will be a class that Noah is starting for the third trimester of the school year. (Yes, our local high school goes by trimesters rather than semesters or quarters. Don’t ask me why.) He is taking a class in CAD – Computer Aided Drafting. The kids have taken outside courses before, but they were usually once or twice a week. This one is a daily, 4th period class. So, I am excited for him, but a little ambivalent because of the amount of driving back and forth that will be going on. He doesn’t drive yet – he has his permit, but not his license – and so it will be up to me to get him there every day, and pick him up an hour and fifteen minutes later. And what on earth has happened to public school schedules since I was in school? Back then, my days were pretty much the same except for the very occasional early release for a pep rally or something. But you should see the bell schedule for these kids! Every Monday is late start. Every other Friday is early release, for some reason or other. So, depending on the day, his class goes from 10:25 to 11:05, or 12:35 to 1:45, or 12:55 to 1:55. And that’s just one class = how on earth do kids keep track of six class periods with varying times?

Reading: City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Hoping to start The Frangipani Hotel: Stories by Violet Kupersmith at some point today.

Recently finished reading: Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates. Wow. This was a real trip. Review won’t be up until April 1st, though, for a tour date.

Listening to: We Live in Water: Stories by Jess Walter, read by the fantastic Eduardo Ballerini. I am really loving these stories, especially as most of them are set in or around my neck of the woods, as Walter is a lifelong Spokane resident. My only beef is that Ballerini didn’t find out how to pronounce some of the location names and so when he says “We-NOT-chee” instead of “We-NAT-chee” or “Cur-de-lehn,” the proper French pronunciation for Coeur d’Alene, which we pronounce “Core Duh Lane,” it jars me out of the story.

Recently finished listening to: The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry. This was fun, but not outstanding. Well, the narration was outstanding. The story was just fluffy and fun.

Watching: Last Sunday, we watched the Oscars. Meh. I didn’t love Ellen as much as every one else did. I was very happy for Matthew McConaughey (I have to look up how to spell his name every single time!). The only best picture nominee I’ve seen so far is Gravity, which I thought was really good, but I didn’t really know who to root for. We will be watching the classic movie Charade for Family Movie Night tonight – Mom’s choice.

Blogging recently:
~ Mini-revies: Sold by Patricia McCormick; The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater; and The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
~ Book Review: White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse

What are you doing today? Are you surviving the time change?

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24 Responses to The Sunday Salon – March 9, 2014

  1. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    Yes! The schedules of kids are crazy these days! It’s even crazier if you have kids in different schools.

    I hope you feel better soon. It’s never a good thing to be sick.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      V – I can’t imagine having multiple kids in multiple schools – it would boggle the mind!

  2. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Vance graduated from high school in 2005 and his schedule was the same every day. Some classes alternated days but he went the same hours.

    You must see 12 Years a Slave. It is gut wrenching but so so well done.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – I am definitely planning to see it. I almost watched it on Pay-Per-View this morning while everyone was at church, but decided to sleep instead.

  3. You’re just kidding that you’re looking forward to feeling better? You’re not looking forward to that? ;) I know I would be. Of course, I’m just looking forward to a nap this afternoon (not kidding) as time change messed with my sleep…so surviving? We’ll see tomorrow.

    Besides sleep, I’m planning on watching <em?Thor: The Dark World with my wife and maybe…just maybe some reading, but if not then, there’s always tomorrow. :)

    I’m sorry to hear about your church problems. Within the last six months, we’ve undergone our own “debacle” with a former church, but we’ve found a new home church that is helping us survive that change too.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – we really love our new church, and over a year has gone by, so most of the hurts are healing. It is nice that a couple of friendships have hung on, though – nice to catch up with old friends. And I’m glad you’ve found a new church, too!

  4. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    I love trimesters, and I firmly believe it’s the way all levels of schooling should go. It offers so much opportunity for more electives which I think is great for students as it lets them explore more options.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Trisha – It is a new concept to me, as my high school and university were on the semester system. But the trimester system is more similar to my daughter’s quarter system at the community college. It makes sense that it offers more electives – I hadn’t thought of that! I’m glad Noah has the opportunity to take this CAD class; I think he’ll really enjoy it.

  5. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I’m right there with you on school schedules. Add in the fact that I’ve got two different crazy schedules (I’m sure you do too), I don’t know whether I’m coming or going most days. I just know I’m in the car ALL THE TIME. And I agree time with friends is good for the soul. Whenever I am feeling stressed out, I know it’s time to have a dinner party.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – It makes me so glad that Natalie is driving! Between her work and class schedule at the community college, she is running around like crazy. I did have to drive her to work a few days when the roads were particularly snowy/icy, but for the most part, she goes on her own.

  6. irene says:

    Sorry to hear you’re not feeling so great, me neither. Must be some new germ. I’ve escaped illness all winter, and now feel like somebody clobbered me up side the head. Even reading doesn’t appeal. Warm tea and a blanket, and watching a sappy movie. You still have some serious reading ahead of you. And yes, school schedules do mess kids up. But maybe it’s a learning curve, that’s life too. Keep well, and warm.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Irene – you’re probably right – all the weird schedules definitely give them an opportunity to learn responsibility!

  7. julie
    Twitter: aprilmom00
    says:

    I agree about kids school schedules being weird and I have them in middle school and elementary school. CAD …my dad did work this subject. I did watch the Oscars at the end and it was okay. Finally saw Gravity and it was okay.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Julie – I liked Gravity, but not sure I think it was a Best Picture contender.

  8. Susan says:

    Hope you feel better soon. The time change is hard today & likely this week, but I know in the long run I will like it much better. The long, light evenings here up north make it worth it! cheers.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Susan – Yes, I love the long, light evenings, too – but it seems to take me weeks to adjust!

  9. Michelle says:

    I hope you feel better soon! Those achy bugs are the worst, IMO, because you can never truly get comfortable.

    Yes, school schedules are absolutely ridiculous. My kids have a late start every third Monday of the month. Their schedule fluctuates depending on what day of the week it is, whether they have something called PLC (I still have no idea what that is), or just plain homeroom. It’s weird and frustrating, and I try to ignore it.

    I really hate DST. I thought I was doing well yesterday, sticking with what the clock said rather than what my body was telling me. Now, I’m ready to fall asleep, and it isn’t even 9 AM here yet!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – I know – there should be mandatory naps the day after DST starts!

  10. Kailana says:

    Yeah, that schedule kind of hurts my head. I find things so different nowadays and I graduated a tad more recently than you. It’s like they had to shake things entirely? And then there are the courses themselves. There are way more than I remember and I am constantly saying: That’s a class?

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kelly – I know! My daughter’s boyfriend is taking a class called “Farm to Fork.” I asked, “What the heck is that?” After he described it, I realized it is basically Home Ec.

  11. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    Those school schedules sound like a mess. I’m glad I went when everything was the same from day to day. I loved the audio of We Live in Water and noticed the place name issues, but they weren’t as jarring for me.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Candace – it probably wouldn’t have bugged me as much if I wasn’t local to that area. :)

  12. stacybuckeye says:

    Hope you feel better soon! I have to look up how to spell McConaughey every time too! As I matter of fact I just copy and pasted it from your post ;)