Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Salon: Mer-men, Disney and Stephen King

Good morning my long lost friends!  I feel I have been neglecting you this past week.  I will make it up to you with a lot of blabbing.  If I look back at the last six days, I was literally out of the house for four of them...finishing holiday shopping, meeting friends, exchanging gifts, all that stuff.  I also had a Christmas party with my golf league that included a Yankee swap with ornaments (why do we always fight over the shirtless mer-man?). 

And the cherry on top of this whirlwind week was yesterday...taking my son and three of his friends to Disney for 12 hours to celebrate his belated birthday.  Actually, before you feel bad for me, it was a pretty pleasant day.  These were four really good kids.  I turned them loose on the long lines and sat in various shady spots and listened to my audio book.  At the end of the day, only my feet were complaining.  (Off the subject...I am completely offended that we wore shorts to the park A WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS!  If it weren't for all the gorgeous decorating and lights, I'd think it was April or May.)

I'm slowly getting caught up on my review-writing.  I've resolved to write at least one a day until I'm caught up.  Right now I only have three more to write.  That will be a little holiday gift to myself...it sure feels good when I'm not behind!

I've been fairly unproductive in the word-reading business this week.  No wonder!  I did finish "The Future of Us" by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, and found it sweet and comforting.  I then started a book I got in Chicago called "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn, which is a cozy mystery narrated by a dog.  The dog doesn't die, I have been told, so it's OK.  I might be 50 pages into it.  I just need a chance to sit down and dig into it - it's cute.

On audio I finally finished "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson.  I just shake my head.  That review is going to be tough to write.  I had such high hopes.  Compliments of the long lines at Disney, I was also able to finish "Never Knowing" by Chevy Stevens for my Heathrow Literary Society next month.  Another tough one.  I will have to try to separate my feelings between the story and the narrator, but both were an issue.  I have just started a book written by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Franscesca called "Best Friends, Occasional Enemies" as part of the Solid Gold Reviewer program. 

The big news is that according to my library, the new Stephen King audio book is IN TRANSIT TO MY HOUSE!!!!  Bring it on baby.

Today, my daughter has horseback riding lessons, and I have pimped my husband out to set up risers at the school to earn us better seats for the Christmas program next Tuesday.  I'm hoping that maybe my husband and I will get a chance to go out bookshelf shopping later (!!!). 

I will be taking a little blogging break December 22nd through the 26th, because let's face it - who is going to be reading blogs?  Even now I am hearing crickets chirping.  I need the rest anyway.  Tomorrow and Tuesday I will be posting my best of lists...hope you aren't overloaded on them yet!  I wish you all a very restful Sunday!   

   

16 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I am always amazed at your energy and stamina. I'm behind on my reviews too and it's driving me crazy. As soon as I get close to catching up, I finish another book. I guess that's a good problem to have.

Teacher/Learner said...

We're also getting unseasonal weather here. Go figure! What a great idea for passing the time in long lines, especially since we seem to spend a good part of our lives waiting in them :D

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Ack, don't start the King without me! I just ordered it but it won't get to me until the first week of January...

Molly said...

Your whirlwind weeks always inspire me :)

I wish you and your family a joyous Christmas, Sandy!

JoAnn said...

Ugh oh... In the Garden of Beasts a disappointment? I had high hopes for that one, too. Enjoy the mini-break. I'm considering taking the week off, too. All the girls are home, so much to do, etc., etc...
Merry Christmas, Sandy!

Zibilee said...

I am glad that your day at Disney was such a pleasant one, but I am with you on the stinkiness of being able to wear shorts the week before Christmas. It's been a busy week here too, with lots of meetings with friends and trying to get things wrapped up for the holidays. And the lines at the post office are brutal, I tell you. I just put my audiobook on and shuffle through the densely packed room. I hope that this week brings plenty of rest, cookies, and eggnog for you, and I can't wait to see your list. Have fun!

heidenkind said...

Aw, I'll be reading blogs. ):

softdrink said...

I'm STILL reading Beasts. I have less than 50 pages to go, though! I might have to have a party to celebrate finishing it.

Anita said...

Your activities amaze me!! I have two reviews to write and post and a best of 2011 one too. Crazy busy working but that will slow after January.
Enjoy the upcoming break.

Anita said...

Your activities amaze me!! I have two reviews to write and post and a best of 2011 one too. Crazy busy working but that will slow after January.
Enjoy the upcoming break.

Trisha said...

The new King! I am so jealous.

Gavin said...

I await you review of the new Stephen King when you get to reading it! Have a wonderful holiday.

Jenners said...

Woo hoo -- Happy Holidays to you for getting the new King book from the library! That will be a treat.

I was all caught up with my reviews for one brief shining moment and now I'm behind again. Still, I have a backlog of something like 12 reviews so I'm in good shape.

I'm going to be taking a holiday break too! Marvelous idea. Now if we can just convince everyone else.

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I can't wait to read your thoughts on the new Stephen King (fingers crossed that the narrator is good). I'm on pins and needles to see what you think! I about gushed in my review, it was almost embarrassing how much I enjoyed 11/22/63.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I've re-shelved some books that I read and didn't get to review in a timely manner. That's a big deal for me (letting go ...)

"I had such high hopes" (for IN THE GARDEN OF THE BEASTS) concerns me! You're not the only one I've heard this from, and I'll wait for your review to push me one way or another on reading this one.

J is reading 11/22/63 and really likes it - hope the audio is great!

Julie P. said...

And you know what my book club book is.....