Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Salon: Friendship

Last week was chaotic in my life - I told you all about it in my last Sunday Salon.  But who on earth would have imagined the type of week we had THIS week?  Holy crap.  It was like the hounds of hell were unleashed.  While I already knew that my Boston friends (Dawn, Marie and Molly) were not at the Marathon, and they were safe with their families (praise the Lord for Facebook, right?), I still feared for those innocent folks that were victims both in Bean Town and in Texas.  It made me proud of being an American, and I was proud of those first responders.  Damn we are resilient.  I told you last week that I was facing a week full of friends, and this was exactly what I needed to maintain my belief in the overall goodness of humanity.

My best friend Michele and her husband were raised in Boston, so I have long since understood the spirit that resides there.  She and I met a mutual friend for lunch on Monday, and we (as always) stayed in touch through the week via text.  Along with our spouses, we attended a school fundraiser on Friday night, while my other long-distance best friend Rhapsody Jill texted me the blow-by-blow on the events in Boston while I was slightly drunkenly bidding on spa treatments and beer baskets, and getting my picture taken in the photo booth.  
   
I also met up with an old friend (and my son's Godmother) Susan on Tuesday for lunch, solved a few of the world's problems along the way, and also had book club on Wednesday night with a great group of ladies, "The Book Thief", and Mexican food.

OK so I didn't drop any weight this week obviously.

Well I did play golf on Thursday, watched two of my son's volleyball games, did an immense amount of yard work, worked three hours at the animal shelter, cleaned the house and went to Andre's, so that helps I guess with all that drink and food.  Maybe.

And today I am golfing with my husband and friends at the Waldorf here in Orlando, rain be damned.

Was this week crazy?  I'd say so, but it felt better because I had my people with me along the way.

It was hard to actually focus on reading when all this stuff was going on, but I did manage to finish "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" (a wild drug-trip kind of ride) and start "Orphan Train" in print.  I also finished "The Interestings" on audio and have delved into "Carrie" which is narrated by Sissy Spacek/Carrie White herself and is really all kinds of awesome.  I've got so many incredible audios lined up here lately I can't stand it.  I'm also going to try to squeeze in a re-read (listen this time) of The Great Gatsby before the movie comes out.  That movie has me pretty excited.

There will likely be little reading today, but I will still have fun.  I am hoping that I'll be able to have a little impromptu time to participate in the readathon next weekend, because those things are just so much fun.  What do all of you have on your calendar for the day?


19 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Last week was horrible for me personally and adding all that happened in Boston in Texas just made it that much worse. Things can only get better so I'm glad to have that week behind me.

Anita said...

It was a hell of a week!! I'm so happy to put it behind us.

JoAnn said...

Where would we be without our friends, right? Glad the week is over...

I'm hoping to listen to The Great Gatsby before the movie comes out, too. We'll see.

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

Happy Sunday Sandy! Hope you have a fun day. :)

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Love the pics! I love those machines!

Ana @ things mean a lot said...

Last week was just terrible. Like Kathy I got some personal bad news, and seeing everything that was happening in the world at the same time didn't help :\ I was mostly away from the Internet but I kept thinking of all my friends across the pond.

Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader said...

This is definitely one week that I'm glad to see the end of.

Thank goodness for friends! :D

Carrie said...

I finished The Twelve on audio - you really need to give it a try! It has a bit of a slow start, but oh, the ending....

Glad you made it through your busy week with the help of friends. :)

Alyce said...

It really was a crazy week. One of those where I was in a foul mood off and on and had to remind myself that it was normal to feel down - I think pretty much everyone did this past week. Time with friends is definitely a good way to counteract it all. I'm glad you had friends surrounding you!

Tasha Brandstatter said...

Becky from One Literature Nut is having a read-along of The Great Gatsby before the movie comes out. It just started so you'd have time to catch up!

Jackie Bailey said...

Yes - it really has been a shocking week. I've been glued to the horrific events on my TV. Let's hope next week is far better.

Marie said...

It's been a tough week, I really hope nothing happens during this one. Growing up on Long Island, I used to visit my father's friends in Boston a lot, and I loved it there. And now I live in TX and the news footage today of people going back to their destroyed homes for the first time is just heart wrenching. UGH.

caite said...

It was just an unbelievable week, such a sad week.

Marie said...

oh I didn't know there was a readathon coming up! I might have to participate!

Jenners said...

Oh I just love your photo booth photos!! So fun!!!

And I'm so excited for The Great Gatsby … even though that dolt Tobey Maguire is in it. (I think he is a terrible actor.)

Friends can make a lot of wrong feel OK.

Beth F said...

Starting with taxes and ending in horror ... what a week.

Ti said...

Wasn't Carrie great? I thought it was so well done.

You know what I never get with these horrific terrorist acts? The fact that if anything, they bring the nation closer together. If their goal is to rip us apart, then they've failed.

Julie P. said...

I was certainly glad when it was over!

Alice Teh said...

Loved that photo strip. I've never tried a photobooth photo op in my life, so maybe I'll give a go someday. :)