The Sunday Salon – August 24, 2014

sundaysalon2So, I thought car problems were supposed to happen in threes? I had the blowout, the deer, then the dead battery. Then this week, we had gas fumes. Fortunately, it turned out not to be a gas leak, and it hasn’t happened again since – but it cost us $70 just to make sure I wasn’t going to have an engine fire on the highway. I am really, really ready to be done with car problems.

I also lost my laptop this week – may she rest in peace. It has had a flicker in the screen for a while, and I’ve been procrastinating taking it in to get fixed. I could jiggle it and get it to stop flickering if I had it open to just the correct spot. Kevin put a new screen in a laptop for my mom, so thought he could figure out the flickering. I don’t know what all he did – he’s not sure either – but long story short, I now have no laptop. He was able to take the hard drive out and put all my files on his desktop, so it’s not like I don’t have access to a computer. He feels so bad about it that it seems just plain mean to be upset with him.

This upcoming week is the first one in a long time – maybe all summer – without company, dentist appointments, or other obligations. I am planning on finishing up lesson plans (I’m almost done), but I also plan to read a lot. I want to finish my three current reads by the end of the week. Mom is going to take me to the movies, too, to see If I Stay. Should I bring an entire box of Kleenex or will a purse-size pack do, do you think?

Currently Reading: The Major’s Daughter by J.P. Francis; The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver; and A Separate Peace by John Knowles (reading this one to stay ahead of Noah in English 10)

Recently finished reading: House and Home by Kathleen McCleary

Listening to: Still the same two books – Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness and An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

Watching: Last week, we ended up watching Dave for Family Movie Night. I had forgotten how good it is – and it brought back memories, as Kevin and I watched it on our first date. Also, I have been watching the Seahawks’ preseason games and am very happy with how they are playing! And I did watch the first two episodes of Outlander. I really like Sam Heughan as Jamie, but am still not quite sure about the woman playing Claire. She’s a good actress, but I keep thinking she is much too skinny! I know that is a superficial thing, but when you read the series, you know how many times Jamie mentions that she is curvy and that he likes her that way. Tonight’s Family Movie Night pick is Little Big Man – Kevin’s pick.

Blogging recently: Mini-reviews: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica; Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics, edited by Chris Duffy; and House and Home by Kathleen McCleary

What are you doing today? I hope you are all enjoying the last weeks of summer.

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18 Responses to The Sunday Salon – August 24, 2014

  1. Yes, I had the same thoughts about Claire! I really like her though.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Rhapsody – I haven’t watched the third episode yet – I have a feeling she’ll grow on me.

  2. Hmmm. I haven’t heard of this If I Stay so I don’t know if you should bring tissues or not. :)

    As for what I’m doing today, I’m working on recovering from a cold that has been lingering all this week. Right now, I’m listening to a show called Sleepy Hollow on XPN from Philadelphia and reading Sunday Salon posts. Later, I’ll be reading one of the two authors new to me that I discovered earlier this week. Can’t wait for this weekend, which starts early for both my wife and me on Thursday night.

  3. Tobi says:

    I went to see “If I Stay” on Friday and I was able to get away with the purse size pack of tissue. However, you may want to take two packs. Today is officially my last day of summer break so I will be equal parts lazy and industrious. Hope things calm down for you see especially in the car department. Car trouble is super stressful.

  4. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    Ack! It’s too bad about the laptop! I love how you share what you guys watch for movie night. I hope this week is relaxing and you don’t even have to use the car. :-)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      V – last night’s movie night was interesting – not sure the boys quite “got” Little Big Man.

  5. JoAnn @Lakeside Musing
    Twitter: lakesidemusing
    says:

    Ugh. I certainly hope that is the end of the car issues! We ended up having to spend a lot more money than expected on our daughter’s car repairs, but I hate the thought of her taking it back to college and having trouble while she is there.

    Hope your week is quiet and productive! :-)

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      JoAnn – yes, I can imagine it would be nerve-wracking to worry about your daughter’s car while she’s gone!

  6. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I’d love to see If I Stay, but Carrie I am so far from having the time! Argh! There isn’t one moment during the week to take a break it seems. I’ll at least look forward to hearing about it from the perspective of someone who read the book. Good luck with the lesson plans…hope things stay calm to allow you do get it done AND do some reading!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I did manage to finish both A Separate Peace and Poisonwood Bible yesterday – so I feel like I got some good reading time in, at least.

  7. The car and the laptop?!? Ugh! Hopefully, this is the end of issues for you for a while.

    I’ve only watched the first episode of Outlander but agree with you that she is too skinny. She isn’t quite a fiery as I imagine Claire to be (or as Davina Porter makes her sound). Her Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ epithets just don’t have the same blasphemy about them. In fact, they make me laugh.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle – yes, the lack of fire is definitely an issue! She needs to listen to Davina Porter’s various incarnations of “Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ” to hear how it should sound.

  8. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads
    says:

    Also I think Claire’s hair is not quite wild enough. On the other hand, I really, really like the series so far.

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

    Sorry about the laptop. Hope you can enjoy this week of less commitments :) They are my favorite!