Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Salon: T minus 7

In a small burst of optimism last week, I declared that after coming back from our Washington DC field trip, life would calm down.  I'm just not going to say that again.  Cause it ain't happening.  I've decided I'm just going to close my eyes and hold on to something sturdy each week, and squeak by from vacation to vacation.  In this case, we are counting down...seven days until we go to St. George Island for Thanksgiving Week!!!  So next Sunday Salon, I'm going to be in a better state of mind.

Anyway, a quick rundown on the week.  Husband and son sick for a couple of days.  Got my hair blonded.  A couple of doctor appointments.  The first of many meetings for my daughter's confirmation process.  Making pierogies and a hunters stew in advance for a Polish night for our friends (that we hosted last night and have a couple times a year).  Fundraiser golf tournament on Friday with my husband.  Track meet all day Saturday, followed by that Polish dinner party.  Busy busy.

Another thing that took a bit of my time this week was working on my Christmas cards.  You may remember me talking about this last year.  I make a promise to myself each year that these things are going to be done and sent out the day after Thanksgiving.  This includes a letter and photo of the kids.  It takes an obnoxious amount of time, but I feel like it is worth getting this task out of the way so I can sail through the Christmas season with a little less stress. 

And I realized last week that I didn't even tell you of my reading activities!  Over the last week and a half, I made my way through Jo Nesbo's "The Redeemer", a long but very satisfying murdery, juicy piece of fun.  Enjoyable, even though I knew who was going to die because I read the damn books out of order again.  I then started reading "Liesl and Po" by Lauren Oliver, which was recommended to me by my evil twin Jill.  I'm early into that one, but I know I will enjoy it because I have loved Oliver's other books ("Before I Fall" and "Delirium"). 

On audio, I finished "Emily Alone" by Stewart O' Nan on my DC trip.  Then I quickly blasted through M.T. Anderson's "Feed" (not to be confused with the Mira Grant one), and that was really something amazing from an audio perspective.  I'll talk more about that when I review it.  I am now about 80% of the way through "The Knife of Never Letting Go" by Patrick Ness, and it has consumed me.  Not just consumed me, but chewed me up and spit me out.  Nobody warned me.  Or maybe I just didn't pay attention.  Holy cow.  These last two audio books of mine are perfect specimens of an audio being more than an audio.  They are experiences.  More publishers should take their lead.

I'm still not totally caught up on my review-writing, but I think I might be down to three or four, so I'm hoping to pound those out next week.  I have been having a hard time finding a muse to write, but I find that if I just sit my butt down and tell myself I have to start, it usually flows from that point on.

I am having serious yearning for downtime, and actual SITTING perhaps, while we are on vacation.  Just to sit.  Take a nap.  Listen to the waves.  Drink a glass of wine at 4pm.  Read when I want.  Take long walks.  Ahhh.  I can feel my cellular structure starting to morph and change already.

On that note, I'm going to bid you a wonderful, restful Sunday.  Adieu my friends.           

   

18 comments:

Julie P. said...

And I usually think I'm on the ball with my Christmas cards. I aim for that weekend to get the "photo!" The cards go out by the next weekend.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Ha ha, what you call "busy" is what other people might call "insane"!!! Oh and we DID warn you about The Knife of Never Letting Go. Isn't it just the best?!!!

Megan said...

Statements like "I'm sure life will calm down after..." should always be accompanied by a copious amount of knocking on wood. Your life sounds anything but calm!

I know what you mean about The Knife of Letting Go chewing you up and spitting you out. I'm pretty sure it did that to me last year when I read it during the holiday season (it must make for some sort of crazy audiobook!). A real joyfest to get me into the holiday spirit, right? It's definitely a consuming sort of book!

Zibilee said...

You should never make proclamations like that! It seems that when you say things like that, fate thwarts you! I hope that the rest of your week is refreshing and light and that you have a couple peaceful days before your wonderful vacation! And by the way, you are listening to some amazing stuff! I am taking notes!

bermudaonion said...

Things will settle down and then you'll miss all the crazyness. Trust me. We usually send a photo Christmas card with our son and since he's not here, I'm not sure what we'll do this year.

C.B. James said...

I don't know. I'll take your week of crazyness if I get to have a vacation in St. Georges afterwards. ;-) I'm trying to figure out how I can reasonable squeeze in all the material I still have to cover before Christmas in just four weeks of school without assigning piles of homework. Something will have to give.

Frances said...

Hang in there! Your life might never be calm until the kids leave the house. Maybe you should just redefine crazy as the "new normal?" :)

Hope your vacation is all you need it to be. Happy reading!

Amy said...

Good for you for getting your Christmas cards done early! I hope your Thanksgiving weekend is relaxing to make up for the craziness of now. :)

I will be very interested in your thoughts about Feed on audio, bc I heard someone else say they couldn't handle the audio of that book.

farmlanebooks said...

I'm not surprised you need a sit down after all that! I hope you manage to get a long one soon. :-)

Gavin said...

St George Island sounds lovely. You certainly deserve a nice rest..by the ocean, with a book and a glass of wine!

Jenners said...

Now I am wanting a vacation like the one you describe … it sounds heavenly. And I should try and do the same thing with my holiday cards … yeah right. And the thing about the Ness books is that (in my opinion) they get better and betters as they go along.

Anita said...

Your busy life amazes me, but I know ours was crazy before the girls left for college. Very impressive with the Christmas cards, I do photo ones and now am struggling with when I'm going to get pictures of my kids, then creating and ordering via Shutterfly. I still enjoy sending them, but gave up letters since they never sounded good. Your reading and listening is just as busy!
Your trip sounds lovely, wishing you waves, wine and reading...oh and some rest!!

heidenkind said...

Hmmm, Christmas Cards. I should buy some of those. :P

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

mmmm.... wine. I hear you about not saying you are going to have a slow week - that never happens for me too but boy... I try to find no commitment weekends.

Alyce said...

I completely blocked the Christmas cards from my mind. I'll have to pick some up, but I'm sure I'll be procrastinating on it anyway. :)

I hope this week treats you well and speeds by so that you can enjoy your vacation all that much sooner!

Ti said...

Thank GOD all of the photo sites offer collage type Christmas cards. I don't need a special pic. I just pick and choose from what I've uploaded over the year. My problem this year is that I didn't take any!

Well, I did with my phone (lazy me) and they were never uploaded and aren't at good at my expensive camera but what can I do? My fam will not sit for a picture. We used to do that on Thanksgiving and use that one but people told me that they like the photo collages better.

I can't believe you are off and running again.

softdrink said...

I think waiting til 4pm to have a glass of wine while on vacation shows way too much restraint. You should live it up and start at 3.

Kathleen said...

By now you are on your vacation and hopefully drinking plenty of wine and reading some good books. You have a crazy schedule and deserve a break!