The Sunday Salon – June 29, 2014

sundaysalon2Time: 10:44 p.m., Saturday evening. The house is quiet after a day full of boisterous family time.

Thankful for:
~ Camp! Camp was a truly amazing experience. In spite of the fact that it rained the first three days, it came off fairly well. We had a few issues with kids – two of our campers were runners and we had a few with bed-wetting problems – but these were all handled with love and understanding. The kids all seemed to have a fantastic time, and the staff absolutely blew me away with their dedication and hard work. I came away tired, but energized – and full of ideas for next year.

~ Family time. My sister, Debra, and her three kids – Tessa, Taggart, and Tallon – are here visiting from the coast. (For you non-Washingtonians, that means from the Seattle side of the state; while I live on the Spokane side of the state, east of the Cascades.) They arrived on Friday and have to go back early Monday morning. I am so proud of Debra, because she just got her acceptance into the nursing program at Olympic College. She just finished all of her prerequisites – basically an AA degree – and was accepted the first year she applied, which almost never happens. She was one of only 70 chosen from 400 applicants. She jumps into summer classes on Tuesday, but it was so nice to have the weekend to visit in person. We chat online almost daily, but it’s not quite the same thing. She is leaving Taggart, her 13-year-old, with us when she goes. He’ll be here for another two and a half weeks, and then we will take him back and pick up one of my other sisters (I have three) and her two boys for a two week visit. Busy summer, but so nice to have all the together time.

~ Work that I enjoy. I filled in for our church secretary again this week, and will be next week, as well, while she is on vacation in North Dakota.

Reading: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

Recently finished reading: Dreaming for Freud by Sheila Kohler and The Catch by Taylor Stevens

Listening to: An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon and The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Recently finished listening to: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Watching: We watched The Lego Movie last week, which I thought was mildly amusing, but didn’t love nearly as much as my kids did. I’m not sure what we’ll be watching tonight. We also watched the pilot episode of the new TNT series, The Last Ship, which seems promising, and the first couple episodes of Crossbones with John Malkovich as Blackbeard. I’m still not sure what I think of that one.

Blogging recently:
~ Book Review: Dreaming for Freud by Sheila Kohler

What’s been going on in the blogosphere lately? I feel out of touch! Did I miss anything important?

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14 Responses to The Sunday Salon – June 29, 2014

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

    Welcome back! I was considering watching the Lego movie but so far have passed – I have a feeling I will feel like you did about it πŸ˜‰

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sheila – sometimes we have to sit through those movies for our children’s sake. πŸ™‚

  2. Nyah. You didn’t miss much. πŸ™‚ Actually I don’t know…I’ve been out of contact for a bit and will be this coming week too, but I don’t think so.

    I finished the Rot & Ruin series and absolutely loved it, especially the third one. Fantastic ending. I don’t know why I waited so long to read them. I was, and still am, so in love with the Joe Ledger series I guess. I just didn’t want the letdown — and there wasn’t.

    Well, at least the kids weren’t “walkers” at the camp. πŸ˜‰ <– comment semi-connected to Jonathan Maberry comment. πŸ™‚

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – I am so glad you enjoyed the Rot and Ruin series! As you know, it is a personal favorite. The author recently announced on Facebook that the first book has been optioned for a film.

  3. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I’m glad camp turned out so well and I pray it made the difference in some young lives. Enjoy the rest of your sister’s visit!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kathy – thanks so much – camp was really an awesome experience. And I did enjoy my sister’s visit. πŸ™‚

  4. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Hey I’m just as out of touch as anyone. I’m totally in summer mode, and I’m pretty lacking on catching up with people online unless it is Facebook. I maintain that busy is good in the summer. This is probably the first summer that I can remember that we have nothing going on except a trip to see my parents in IN in mid-July. It’s weird to be so dormant. Congrats to your sister, that is a huge accomplishment!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – Enjoy your down-time! It doesn’t happen very often. πŸ™‚

  5. I hope you hare having a nice visit with your family, Carrie. Congratulations to Debra! What an honor for her! I wish her luck with her studies.

    I plan to post my review of A Prayer for Owen Meany tomorrow. I managed to finish it despite my doubts. Whew! I also finished Blind Assassin. My reading has slowed down tremendously this past week though and probably won’t be much better this week. It’s been busy at work. Busy at home. Everywhere, just busy. I’m sure you can relate.

    I hope you have a great week, Carrie!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – I am almost finished with Owen Meany – about 100 pages left. I hope to finish today, and I will wait to read your review until I do.

  6. irene says:

    so glad your time at camp was energizing, I’m not sure I could do that, I could fill in for the secretary at church. Have a good visit with your family.

  7. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    The Winter People and Discovery of Witches were both good audios! Enjoy.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Candace – I am not very far into The Winter People, but am loving the narration!