The Sunday Salon – August 10, 2014

sundaysalon2Lately: Another whiz-bang week full of highs and lows.

High: baking 900 cookies in three hours on Thursday. Some of us are manning a rest stop outside of Spokane next Wednesday for a Royal Family Kids Camp fundraiser, and we need LOTS of cookies. A friend has a contact at a local school, and so we were allowed to use their big kitchen, with ovens that take 9 cookie sheets at a time and a big huge mixer. I couldn’t imagine how long it would take to bake that many cookies in a regular kitchen!

Low: Leaving Michelle’s house Friday afternoon and finding my van dead. Spending all day Saturday assisting Kevin as he removed the alternator (all signs pointed to that), only to find out the alternator was fine and we needed a new battery. It took Kevin four hours to get that damn alternator off – I felt so sorry for him. I wasn’t much help, other than holding the flashlight and handing him wrenches. Anyway, the new battery fixed the problem. After the tire blowout, and the run-in with the deer, and now this, I am really hoping this is the end of our car issues. Also, the Seahawks lost their first pre-season game. :(

We have another busy week ahead of us: Noah is having all four wisdom teeth removed tomorrow morning. Poor guy. I’ll be spending my time feeding him soft foods, and trying to fit in some lesson planning as I can. We only have three weeks left of summer break, and I am not ready to start our school year! I’m trying not to panic, but time is getting short.

Reading: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman; The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Recently finished reading: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Listening to: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness and An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

Watching: We watched The Matrix for last week’s Family Movie Night – I had forgotten how good it was. Natalie and I had a Mother-Daughter Movie Night Friday, and tried watching The Other Woman, but gave up on it 45 minutes in. It was really, really stupid. As far as TV goes, we have been enjoying our regular summer series: Major Crimes, Perception, and Rizzoli and Isles, plus a couple new ones: The Last Ship and Extant. The boys and I also finally finished the last season of The Walking Dead, so we’re all caught up and ready for October.

Blogging lately:
~ The “I’ve Always Meant to Read That Book!” Challenge: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
~ Book Review: The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

What are you doing today? Do you plan to spend any time reading – and if so, what?

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14 Responses to The Sunday Salon – August 10, 2014

  1. Hope your next Sunday Salon, you have more highs to report than the lows. :) So tell us what do you really think of The Other Woman? ;)

    I may be reading a little of this, a little of that today, but mostly Sunday Salon posts this morning, of course.

  2. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    Fingers crossed that this is the END of the car issues. Wow on the baking!

  3. JoAnn @Lakeside Musing
    Twitter: lakesidemusing
    says:

    900 cookies??!! I can’t even…

    Sorry to hear about your van – it’s just never convenient when cars decide to quit. Still thankful my daughter’s Jeep battery died in our driveway and not in the mall parking lot at 10 PM (last summer).

    Can’t wait to hear what you thought of We Were Liars.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      JoAnn – I know, I really need to write a review of We Were Liars, but I haven’t had any time to blog! I’m very behind on reviews.

  4. Beth Hoffman says:

    I about fainted when I read that you baked a whopping 900 cookies! Good thing you had access to a school kitchen.

    Poor Noah. Fingers crossed that all goes well and he heals quickly.

    Happy Sunday, Carrie!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Beth – thanks! Noah is doing really well – hasn’t needed any pain medication – even ibuprofen – since the first day!

  5. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Well yesterday while my husband was out (thank goodness) the spring blew up on our garage door, so it is STUCK. Won’t go up or down, and my car is in there. Guess who will be visiting me at 8am on Monday? Ugh. Sorry for the car problems. It is always something. School starts for us this Tuesday for Emma and the following Monday for Ryan. Summer is done baby. The the damned Walking Dead. It is making us crazy, the waiting.

  6. BermudaOnion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Ugh! Sorry to hear about your van.

    They improved wisdom teeth removal. Vance had his done last year and breezed through it – I hope Noah does as well.

  7. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    I swear, when it comes to cars it’s always something. My car isn’t the best but I hope I have a few months left before it dies.

    You guys baked 900 cookies?! That’s amazing!

    I had my wisdom teeth taken out a few years ago and surprising, it was an excellent experience. Fingers crossed that Noah has a similar one.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      V – I am done complaining about our car issues, since my sister just messaged me and told me she needs a new transmission in hers and the price tag is several thousand dollars!