Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Salon: Done!

 Well I survived!  I am here!  I metaphorically held my breath and ran through a burning house this week.  I knew the week would be full of fun and challenges but even I have a limit.  But it is done (almost).  I'm thrilled to only have two things on my agenda today.

So I won't go into the details, but we had more than our share of appointments this week (hair, several doctors, etc).  Some long, some back-to-back.  I had a sick kid on Monday.  I was recovering from vacation (I know you guys know what I am talking about...LAUNDRY).  I had about $5,000 in cash come in from a couple of school projects that had to be counted and accounted for, plus some gnats (please see review of Bernadette) at the school causing trouble that needed my input (ha).  

But we also had our Adult Literacy League fundraiser "Reading Between the Wines" event on Thursday night (set up was on Wednesday), which was incredible!  We had it in a new venue...the Orlando Science Center...and was very successful.  I couldn't be more pleased to see all my beloved signed books go to good homes!  (Many thanks to Julie and Kathy who donated books for the cause!)

Then came the UCF Book Festival, which you all have been hearing me talk about for months!  We had a VIP Reception on Friday night, but because of my daughter's District track meet late in the day (in the middle of nowhere...why do they do that?) I was unable to make it.  But I spent the entire day there on Saturday with Michelle (and her husband and Evan!), Heather O' Roark and Anita LeBeau, and had a ball hearing from a multitude of awesome authors, some who I knew and read.  We ended the day at a Barbecue joint with Patti Callahan Henry, Michael Morris, Peter Geye, Kimberly Brock, Erika Marks and Wendy Wax.  It was a fun group, and I finally left them there still immersed in spirited discussions at 8pm last night!  

So really, I guess you won't be too surprised to hear that I read about 50 pages of Wind Up Bird?  The reading came to an abrupt halt this week, but I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and have made it my personal goal to finish this week.  I think I'll need to go into a state of Zen to figure out what I'm going to say about this book though!  

On audio I finished Wendy Wax's "While We Were Watching Downton Abbey", just in time before I saw her at the festival.  I'm glad I did because it was a wonderful book...classic Wendy, with lots of women, laughter and friendship.  I am now almost halfway through the audio of "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer, the new IT book.  So far I am besotted.  Excellent narration, vivid characters, generational references, clever dialogue.  Good, good stuff man.

So.  In looking at next week it is full, but it's all good.  Next week's theme is friends.  Lots of friends.  But track is officially done, and over the next seven weeks I'll be wrapping up my two year commitment as Treasurer of our Home and School Association.  Volleyball will be done in three weeks.  And we are starting to plan our summer.  Good times.


17 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

You have the busiest life of anyone I ever heard of! LOL

Beth F said...

I'm exhausted just reading about your week.

bermudaonion said...

I hope you have a fantastic week this week! I've got to get a copy of The Interestings!

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

I want to read While We Were Watching Downton Abbey :) It sounds like a laid back easy, enjoyable read. I'm not yet tempted to tackle Murakami :(

Bonnie said...

What an exciting week~ I wish we had author events like that in the northeast! I'll be starting While We were watching Downton Abbey this week..can't wait!! I loved Bernadette.,..will check out your review!

Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader said...

Ohhh, The Interestings! I recently finished that. I hope you like it as much as I did!

JoAnn said...

What a week! While We Were Watching Downton Abbey sounds wonderful and I just added The Interestings to my wish list this week, but now I need to check out the audio version.

Kathleen said...

Wow, I am getting tired just hearing about your week! Sounds like it was busy but fun.

Ti said...

Hope everything went well on Friday. It was a difficult week for you but as usual, you got through it and with a sense of humor to boot!

I am feeling yucky today. No particular reason but I am infusing my body with health (green drinks, extra vitamins and the like) to see if the extra goodness will rub off on me.

Julie P. said...

I too am reading THE INTERESTINGS. Loving it! I think this week should be calmer for me too, but who knows? It's hard being a taxi service!

Jenners said...

One of the reasons I decided to scaled back on blogging is that I'm going to be my son's school's PTO President next year and I'm DREADING dealing with gnats of all types. Perhaps I will take off to Antarctica!

And Wind-Up Bird is going to be hell to review!!

Michele said...

And gnats is precisely why I do not go near the PTA. But I have fun watching them. ;)

Carrie said...

Whew! Your posts make me want a nap!

Oh, and I downloaded Bernadette today. :)

Jackie Bailey said...

I'm amazed you managed to fit any Wind Up Bird into that week!

Alice Teh said...

I literally raced through your post at a really quick pace. Haha! Well, a busy week is a good week and more so if you managed to pack in some reading. Well done!

Erika Marks said...

It was great seeing you again, Sandy! A great festival--and the BBQ was indeed yummy fun. Looking forward to having our paths cross again soon!

patebooks said...

Enjoyed reading about your exhausting week. I can understand now why you haven't managed to see Downton Abbey! yes, classic Wendy.
I'm halfway through hardcover of The Interestings, and it's interesting, for sure.
I get back to O'town in May. Hope you can squeeze in a lunch sometime. Cheers!