The Sunday Salon – May 4, 2014 (plus, wrapping up April’s reading)

sundaysalon2Time: 8:43 p.m., Saturday evening. I just got done catching up on our DVR’d programs from this week: Elementary, Blue Bloods, and NCIS.

Thankful for: Gorgeous weather! It’s been sunny and in the 70s here all week. So beautiful. It is going to cool back down and maybe rain a bit this week, but that’s okay – this little bit of spring-like weather will tide me over. I know our area really needs the moisture, since we had very little snow this winter, so I’m going to try not to complain.

Looking forward to: Kevin coming home. He’s been gone all weekend with some guys from church at a men’s retreat. Only they don’t call it that – it’s an “Advance,” because real men don’t retreat. 😉

What’s keeping me busy: Getting ready for camp this summer. I’ve had a few casting changes on my drama team, and am hoping all the switching around is over. We have practice today after church, and it would be nice if this group is the final one! Also, I went through all the boys’ t-shirts and shorts and purged outgrown and worn out stuff – my twice yearly ritual. Fortunately, they all have plenty of t-shirts. I need to buy Noah and Jon each some shorts, but they’re mostly set. And, I took Noah out driving this afternoon. He did great, but I’m a little flabbergasted at the idea that I’ll soon have two teenage drivers in the family.

Reading: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp; Fallout by Sadie Jones; In the Blood by Lisa Unger; and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Recently finished reading: Always Emily by Michaela MacColl

Watching: Josiah chose Grudge Match for last week’s movie night. It was very funny, and we all enjoyed it, although my mom could have done without some of the crude humor. It is Noah’s turn to pick tonight, so we will be watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It will be a re-watch for most of us; Kevin is the only one who hasn’t seen it yet.

Blogging recently:
~ Reminder: The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge – May read-along
~ The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book” Challenge: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
~ Mini-reviews: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater; Sailor Twain: Or, the Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel; and Always Emily by Michaela MacColl

What are you doing this first Sunday in May? Are you enjoying spring weather where you are?

Books completed in April:
Circle of Flight by John Marsden – 4 stars
Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson – 5 starsmy review
Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom – 4 starsmy review
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (audiobook) – 5 starsmy review
Sailor Twain: Or, The Mermaid in the Hudson by Mark Siegel – 3 starsmy review
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett – 4 starsmy review
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci – 4 starsmy review
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood – 2 starsmy review
Always Emily by Michaela MacColl – 4 starsmy review

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19 Responses to The Sunday Salon – May 4, 2014 (plus, wrapping up April’s reading)

  1. Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
    Twitter: myeclecticbooks

    You’ve been one busy reader! I’m off to catch up on some of last month’s reviews.

  2. I didn’t read a lot in April…which is getting to be a trend for this year. Some nights when I get home from work I don’t want to read. I just want to play Solitaire.

    The weather here in Lake Woebegone (oops…too much NPR in my diet lately)…in Pennsyltucky…has been dark and cloudy. The sun is out right now, but it looks like rain later. Unfortunately, it’s not helping with my getting to the first mowing of the season. Oh, well, it will come eventually…

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – I know what you mean – my mom just got me hooked on Scramble with Friends, and I am finding that it is eating into my reading time.

  3. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    Our weather is gorgeous as well – this is my time of the year!

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    It has been pretty hot, humid and rainy down here lately, but today, after what seems like a foot of rain and storms, it cooled off a little and was beautiful. I’m sure tomorrow it will be back in the 90’s! My daughter picked out a movie to watch last night…White Chicks. Ugh. I guess you have to be in the right mood for that kind of humor!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I’m not sure I could make myself sit through White Chicks.

  5. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    I’m enjoying the spring weather too but it feels more like summer here. Today I’m just relaxing and celebrating my mom’s birthday. Enjoy your week. 🙂

  6. irene says:

    I’m so envious of your weather, it’s cold here, like I’m still wearing boots to keep my feet warm. My poor tulips have come up and are huddling together to stay warm. You’ve had a great reading week. Enjoy all that lovely weather and don’t fret about camp, it will all work out.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Irene – I know what you mean – my feet are the last part of me to warm up!

  7. Megan says:

    We’re still a few shows away from catching up with our DVR. I wonder if this is why I never seem to have time to read. =D I love that “Advance, because real men don’t retreat.” Clever! LOL

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Megan – our DVR is so full it’s threatening to explode! lol

  8. Kailana says:

    We don’t usually watch NCIS until it comes out on DVD just because I usually get them for my birthday. I am looking forward to seeing this season!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kelly – Kevin and I used to binge-watch NCIS when it came out on DVD, and I do miss watching it that way – especially the special features.

  9. Michelle says:

    Still waiting for things to officially warm up without plunging back down into the 30s and 40s at night. Oh, and a break from the rain would be nice. But, we have green grass, flowers are blooming, the trees are budding, and allergies are in full blast. This is a huge improvement over a month ago!

    I did the purge recently too except I realized that until both of the kids stop growing so quickly, it cannot be a bi-annual event. I’m lucky if clothes last two months before they no longer fit!

    Your drama camp sounds fun. Hopefully, the casting changes are finished, and you can settle down with the final cast.

    You’ve been on a reading binge lately! I’m impressed!

    Have a great week!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Michelle – I am always so grateful that I don’t suffer from springtime allergies. I hope you’re not too miserable!

      • Michelle says:

        OTC allergy meds seem to be doing the trick for me. I didn’t use to suffer from allergies. It’s one of those weird things that can occur over time, I guess. I’m sure I’ll be okay. Thanks!