The Sunday Salon – May 18, 2014

sundaysalon2Time: 7:55 a.m., Sunday morning. Drinking coffee and watching CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” the only news program that leaves me happy after watching.

Thankful for: So many things! I didn’t mean to take a break from my Sunday Salon last week, but it was a very busy weekend. On Saturday, we drove four hours away to Ellensburg, Washington, so that Natalie could pick up her new (to her) car. She has worked so hard and saved almost every penny, and was able to pay cash. We are so proud of her! She got a 1997 Saturn SL, an we bought it from an old friend from college. So the bonus was getting to meet him and his wife and two sons for lunch. We talk on the phone and through Facebook, but I haven’t seen him in person since mine and Kevin’s wedding in 1995.

Natalie drove her new car home, with Kevin in the passenger seat giving instruction, as it was her first time driving on the freeway and through Spokane. She did great. Here’s a picture of the proud car owner:

nancar

The next day was Mother’s Day, and we had a quiet, at home celebration, ending with Family Movie Night. Kevin chose Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and it was so much fun to hear the kids belly-laughing at the humor.

Looking forward to: Camp! It’s only four weeks until Royal Family Kids Camp. We’re busy with last minute details, and my drama team is memorizing lines. We have a practice followed by a prop-making party this afternoon. I am reading From Despair to an Heir by Wayne Tesch, which is the RFKC story, explaining how God put it on his heart to start a camp for abused children and children in the foster care system. It isn’t the best-written book, but is very inspiring and just confirms the fact that these camps are so important.

That also means that our school year is only four weeks from being over. I am so ready – and Natalie is about pulling her hair out. She’s taking 17 credits this quarter, because her adviser talked her into throwing in a 2-credit E-commerce class that is a requirement for her AS in Business. I am not happy with the instructor; she gives more work and in-depth assignments than Natalie has in her 5-credit Intro to Economics class. So, it’s more like she’s taking four 5-credit classes (the other two are Business Math and Electronic Calculators and English 101). We will all be happy for her when the quarter is over and she can take the summer off, focusing on camp and work, rather than prepping for camp, work, AND school.

Reading: The Never List by Koethi Zan (just started it); The Falconer by Elizabeth May (this is a really fun historical steampunk-fantasy mash-up); and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (LOVING IT!). Oh, and I am still making my way through The Lord of the Rings. I am close to the end – two chapters behind Noah. Noah has already read of the destruction of the ring, and is reading the last few chapters.

Recently finished reading: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell; In the Blood by Lisa Unger; Fallout by Sadie Jones; and The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Listening to: The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay (Ugh. Not really liking it. If Simon Vance wasn’t reading it, I’d probably give up.) and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (a reread via audio so I can finish the series)

Recently finished listening to: A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (splendid, as always) and Fire and Ash by Jonathan Maberry (loved it)

Watching: We’ve been watching all of the season finales of our programs. Yesterday, I sobbed over the finale of this season of Grey’s Anatomy, which said goodbye to Cristina Yang. My favorite part of the show has been the friendship of Cristina and Meredith, so I’m wondering how I will like the program moving forward. Tonight we will be watching I, Frankenstein – Dad’s pick.

Blogging recently:
~ Mini-reviews: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp; In the Blood by Lisa Unger; and Fire and Ash by Jonathan Maberry
~ Q&A with Beth Hoffman, author of Looking for Me

What’s been going on with all of you? I feel bad for missing most of your Salon posts last week. Hopefully I will find some time for blog surfing this afternoon after drama practice. Be sure and tell me about what you’re reading or listening to!

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16 Responses to The Sunday Salon – May 18, 2014

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I didn’t love The Never List, but I’ll be interested in your take. And I loved The Moonstone. I actually read that one long before blogging, amazingly since I was pretty one-dimensional back then when it came to reading. And good for your daughter saving money for a car! And having the summer off. We have the summer off as well, which is a rarity. Not sure if that will ever happen again.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I loved The Woman in White last year, so was really hoping I would love the Moonstone, too. No need to worry. I actually think I like Collins better than Dickens. (Sshhhh.)

  2. I bet you can guess what I’m going to say. 🙂 Yes, why are you still listening to something if you don’t like it? You know that I wouldn’t. 😛

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – well, I have three reasons to keep listening (not sure if they’re good reasons, though): I got the audiobook from Audiobook Jukebox for review, Simon Vance is reading it, and it’s not very long.

  3. irene says:

    Love that your daughter got her new car. What a pleasure it must be for her. I haven’t read any of the books you mention. Hang in there. Summer is almost here. We had a frost warning last nigh and I pulled out our warm blankets. I’m starting to think global warning is a hoax. I have a large pot of soup going on the stove. Keep well and keep reading.

  4. Heather
    Twitter: BookAddictHeath
    says:

    I cried during the finale of Grey’s too! Oddly enough, I shed the most tears when Cristina said goodbye to Derek – I think because they mean so much to each other simply because of the relationships they each have with Meredith. I also am wondering what the show will look like without the BFFs together.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Heather – I also cried at her goodbye to Derek. And I was SO happy they didn’t leave her and Meredith’s goodbye with what happened at the cab – they had to dance it out one more time.

  5. Sheila (Book JOurney)
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    You have so much great reading going on… some I have read…some I have listened to… some I want to 🙂

  6. Trisha
    Twitter: Trish422
    says:

    Yay for loving The Moonstone! I am a huge Wilkie Collins fan.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Trisha – I am, too, after loving The Woman in White last year.

  7. How exciting for your daughter! I hope she likes her new car, Carrie. We ended up getting a new (used) car this past weekend.

    I don’t think I’m ever going to finish Blind Assassin at the rate I’m going. I did start The Moonstone, but I’m not in the best state of mind to read anything that requires even one iota of my attention right now, so I doubt I will finish that on time. I am so sorry. I feel like I’ve failed you both last month and now this month too.

    I’m several seasons behind in Grey’s, but nearly watched the finale. Hopefully I will catch up at some point.

    I hope you have a great week!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – no worry about the read-alongs! We read for pleasure, right? It shouldn’t be a pressure thing.

  8. Susan says:

    Congrats to Natalie on getting her own car! Too bad about The Other Story not being good. I saw the finale of The Good Wife last week and will have to wait now till fall …. so I know what you mean about shows ending.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Susan – I keep telling myself I should try The Good Wife one of these days. Maybe I’ll binge watch it through Netflix. 🙂