Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday Salon: (Semi) Easy Street

Good morning friends!  As I sat pondering my past week, I decided that for the most part, it was relatively easy compared to the norm.  We were in our last week of cross country practice (and most of that was moot because my daughter was out sick for a few days).  No sports for the boy.  Kids had Monday off (aka "Doctor Appointment Day").  Husband was in town.  I actually felt like I a had a grip.  So much that I actually got my Christmas cards done, the Christmas letter done, and my Shutterfly calendars made for family gifts.  Bam!

Offsetting the glow of easy street were three horrid workouts from Andre...I think he was trying to kill me, because for the first time in a long time, I could barely move.  Also we had our annual, obligatory conference with my son's teachers.  I wasn't surprised.  We have had these things since he was in 2nd or 3rd grade...the by-product of having a spirited, too-smart-for-his-own-good child.  I hate these meetings.  I always feel like I'm going to throw up.  But it is done and all is well.

It seems I am addicted to a game called "Cubis".  Just be warned.  I've almost finished it though, with only one level left that I haven't gotten a three-star rating.  Damn these games.  They plague me.

Later next week, my son and I leave for a short, whirlwind school field trip to New York City.  In the past we have gone to DC and surrounding attractions, Philadelphia, and Boston.  These are great trips but they are exhausting.  They pack in a huge amount of activities, and this time around we will see St. Patricks Cathedral, Empire State Building, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Statue of Liberty, United Nations, and see "Newsies" on Broadway.  And maybe more I'm not remembering.

I had some good reading this week.  I finished "Benediction" on audio and really liked it.  It didn't blow me away, but it was solid writing, had solid themes, and was packed a powerful punch.  I also listened to Joshilyn Jackson's novella that is a prequel to her upcoming new book called "My Own Miraculous".  She is just so talented.  She makes my heart happy.  I am now about halfway through one of Mo Hayder's standalone novels called "Hanging Hill".  It is good, but so far not as in-my-face as her series.  Will see how it wraps up.

In print I finished "The Shining Girls" which originally got a huge amount of hype when it came out.  Again, didn't blow my mind but I really liked it, not only for the fun of time traveling serial murderation, but for the historic Chicago references.  Now, at the behest of my son, I am reading the "V for Vendetta" graphic novel, soon to be followed up with the movie.  My son has really been digging GNs as fast as he can.  I cackle maniacally at all the fun I'm going to have shopping for him for Christmas THIS year.  Woo hoo!

On the agenda today is church, shuttling the daughter to and from school to work an Open House event (community service hours!), maybe a restored car show, maybe a movie (12 Years a Slave).  Reading?  Probably not.       




12 comments:

Ana @ things mean a lot said...

Have a wonderful time in New York! That's probably my top dream trip right now - some day!

Also, I thought "V for Vendetta" was really interesting. Hope you enjoy it :)

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Re GNs, I've been trying to find Saga by Vaughan - so far unsuccessfully - Jenny (Reading the End) highly recommends it!

JoAnn said...

Without posting during the week, it seems like you were able to read a lot more! Have a great time in New York :)

bermudaonion said...

A trip to New York sounds like fun but not as a chaperone. I chaperone a trip to Orlando when Vance was in middle school and it was exhausting!

James Chester said...

We thought about going to New York for Thanksgiving this year. We're going to go next year. My in-laws say watching them blow up the giant balloons in Central Park the night before the parade is the thing to do.

All I can say is sneak away from the trip if you have to and go to Zabar's. You won't be sorry.

Amy Meyer said...

Your trip to NYC sounds packed with great activities. I hope our weather is good to you! What fun that your son is loving GN! Great Christmas shopping. By the way, I am so impressed you finished your Christmas cards already. You are amazingly well organized!

Carrie said...

I LOVED Joshilyn's new one - my review should go up soon.

stacybuckeye said...

Those are very cool school trips!
V for Vendetta was a very interesting and creepy movie. I'll have to pick up the graphic novel someday.

Tasha Brandstatter said...

I wish I got to go to awesome places like New York City on school field trips.

Iliana said...

Girl how do you even get all that reading done when you have so much stuff going on! Have fun in New York - it's such a fun place to visit. There's some great bookstores there :)

Ti said...

The one thing I miss about New York is Christmas. Have a great time on the field trip.

After the doctor's appt yesterday, the girl is telling me that her arm is totally numb from the flu shot. Did they hit a nerve? Did they know that that is my sensitive kid? The one that feels every little thing? I am sure the nurse if going to call me today from school as Em already told me that she cannot open the car doors today for valet.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

V for Vendetta, yay! The NYC trip sounds fantastic too! I've been dying to see Newsies live.