Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday Salon: Birthday Blessings

 Happy Sunday to all of you!  I will admit that I have neglected my blogger friends this week, and for this I apologize.  I guess I'm keeping summer hours, plus there has been busy-ness and I've been trying to get caught up a little on review-writing.  Same old story, I know.


But!  This was my birthday week and a lot of fun was being had.  There was some seriously excellent, exhausting working out going on (had to close my eyes and pray when I heard Andre declare that he was going to "break me".  I had to crawl to my car that day.).  But it is all good.  I had to compensate for the debauchery I knew was to come.


My husband's nephew and girlfriend flew into town mid-week, and will be here for about six weeks.  Whenever Polish folk get together, there are lots of gifts and food and drink.  Plus I had my birthday dinner at a wonderful Italian restaurant called Enzo's (more drink) and then again with friends at the Tommy Bahama restaurant (more drink).  Good times!


I also did a bit of shopping in honor of my birthday.  I received gift cards to Dick's Sporting Goods, Banana Republic and Tommy Bahama, so I had to spend them.  And I...uh...BOUGHT A TWO PIECE!  OMG.  Something I haven't done since college I think.  I'll probably be horrified to wear it in public, but it was something I had to do for myself.  Guess I'd better keep doing those sit-ups.  


I also got gift cards to Amazon, so my account is full and ready for Kindle ordering.  On my short list is "Code Name Verity", "Wild", "Beautiful Ruins", "HHhH" and Gillian Flynn's back list.  I'm getting it all baby.  But then I also just received Wendy Wax's newest book "Ocean Beach", and Kathy/Bermudaonion got me the newest Jo Nesbo ARC (HOOOOOAHHHH!!!) so I've got my work cut out for me.  I may not come up for air for months.


I finished listening to Mary's Roach's "Spook" this week on audio, then started "American Dervish" by Ayad Akhtar on the iPod and "First They Killed My Father" by Loung Ung in the car.  All good stuff for the ears.  I also read Alma Katsu's "The Reckoning" (the sequel to "The Taker") and holy crap people, SO GOOD.  So, so good.  I'm going to try to sit down and write that review today.  I just picked up the part photograph/part graphic novel "The Photographer" and hope to get through that quickly so I can start "Ocean Beach".  Life is not bad when you are surrounded by this much literary goodness!


Hope everyone has a restful Sunday.  If you have seen the National weather, you can see that Florida is getting a huge amount of rain, so I don't know how much I will get done outside today, but we will do our turn at the animal shelter later.  Have a great week!


  

24 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad your birthday was so grand! I need to get motivated with those sit-ups since I look like a slug these days.

Jenny said...

Happy belated birthday!!

M Murphy said...

Woo hoo, on the bikini! Glad you had such a great birthday. I Just finished "The Taker". Talk about twisted! I'm anxious to read your review on "The Reckoning".

Beth F said...

What a great week! And awesome reading.

C.B. James said...

I am loving HHhH. It's fantastic. I almost stayed up very late to finish it last night.

Happy birthday from California.

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

Happy belated birthday! I haven't been on facebook all week which is how I would have known it was your bday, LOL! I'm sure you look great in your two piece... you should rock it! You have worked your behind off and you should show off your hard work. :)

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Sounds like a great birthday! I am saving The Phantom for the plane ride home.

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

Congrats on the bikini!! I have a couple of grandma type "bikinis" with the short skirt instead of the actual "bikini" part...but I only wear those in the backyard :p Any advice on the situps (number, how many times a week, etc.) would be greatly appreciated. Not expecting a six-pack or anything but would like to tighten all that back up again. I'm not sure how much is possible after 3 C-sections?
Anyhoo, glad you had a wonderful birthday week!!

softdrink said...

Sounds like a fabulous birthday week! I read Wild this week. It was...interesting. Can't say that I really liked the author and her choices, but the hiking part was fascinating.

Jeane said...

Happy Birthday!

Julie P. said...

You go girl! A two piece! Woo Hoo!

Jackie Bailey said...

Happy birthday! I've been celebrating my birthday this week too so I know what you mean about getting behind with the blogging - it is so hard to keep going with so much going on. Glad you had a great week. :-)

Carrie K. said...

So glad you got totally spoiled on your birthday! And yes, definitely get Code Name Verity!

Anita said...

You look so young and fit woman you should be proud in that 2 pc.
Enjoy all the new books and I hope to see you soon.

ds said...

Good for you on the two-piece!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Alyce said...

Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a well-deserved awesome week!

raych said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, YOU DELIGHTFUL FISH!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Woo hoo! Happy birthday week and good for you for getting a two-piece. You're braver than me!

Anna said...

Glad you had such a wonderful birthday! I'm sure you rock that two piece. :)

Amy said...

I'm so sorry I missed your Birthday, Sansy! Happy Happy Birthday and best wishes for many wonderful years ahead!

Wonderful news that you bought a two piece bathing suit! I know you look fantastic in it! You (and Andre!) have been working hard.

So much Great book talk! Your birthday week sounds wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday! Glad you had a great one! I recently finished Ayad Akhtar's American Dervish and have been meaning to check out Wild and Code Name Verity. Enjoy your reads. :)

Jenners said...

First of all, Happy Belated Birthday!!! Sounds like a lovely way to celebrate and a two-piece!? WOW -- girl I am proud of you!! Nothing gives you incentive to keep doing sit-ups like a two piece!!

I have WILD too and I'm getting ready to start it. As soon as my Sarah Vowell book is done, it is on to that.

I hear you as far as being barely able to blog. I've been more sporadic in writing and commenting than I've ever been. I wish school would start already!!

Again, happy birthday -- you deserve all the blessings that life has to offer.

Oh … and Sharp Objects will FREAK YOU OUT! So good! The other one was a bit more meh in my opinion.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Your week sounds like the perfect birthday week to me!

Melissa said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

Glad to hear your kindle account is padded with birthday money. I love Flynn!