It's been a long time since I've missed a Sunday Salon, but I did so last week! Just too much going on, including a rather enjoyable soiree at our house last Saturday night, and preparing for Christmas.
Speaking of which, how was everyone's Christmas? Ours was good! We went to 4:00 Mass on Christmas Eve WITH both kids, which is a miracle. Then we had our traditional Polish feast and a tour of nearby light displays. We had Christmas both at my mom and dad's house next door, then at our house, with more eating. Lots and lots of eating. We ended the day at my friend's house for more eating and drinking.
With all that eating and drinking, I'm pleased to inform you that I got a Fitbit Flex and am having a good time with it. Let me know if you want to friend Sandy Slug. I also got some golf stuff, some new perfume, two books (Pioneer Woman cookbook, and Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery), an Amazon gift certificate, running socks, a new blender, and the piece de resistance...the Breaking Bad Complete Series including 55 hours of special features, a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, all packaged in a money barrel!!!! I almost cried. It is just too beautiful.
The only thing my son wanted from his grandparents this year was a Playstation4, and of course none could be found anywhere. So my mom and I set out in separate directions on December 26th at 6:00am and stood in line for the 7am opening at two different Targets to fight over whatever inventory they might have. My mom scored one of four in stock (my Target had none) so all was saved in my son's eyes.
The kids and I have been working out at Andre with some regularity. We've seen a couple movies as well...The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (pretty good on 3D, but way to string out a story Peter Jackson) and American Hustle which we LOVED. I'm sure we'll see more before the vacation is over, but I'm not sure which one. Anchorman 2? The Wolf of Wall Street? Philomena? Nebraska?
So reading! Or the lack thereof. To cover off the last two weeks, I did finish "Death of the Black-Haired Girl" in time to get it back to the library. It was OK, I'm glad I read it but it didn't blow my mind. I also just finished "The Rosie Project" which was completely sweet and adorable, and a great easy read for the holidays.
On audio, I listened to "Police" by Jo Nesbo, the maybe final installment of the series, but who the hell knows. I don't trust the man any more. It was a solid mystery and I was highly entertained, but in my heart I've grown weary of his manipulations. He has messed with me too many times. I also listened to "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, and despite the mixed reviews, I really enjoyed it. Actually I loved it. I guess while I have not lived the type of life that Cheryl did, I can respect someone who turns to physical exertion and nature to purge demons. I am now four discs into "Native Son" and WOW. Even though this book was written in 1940, it packs a huge punch, and even early in the book I've found my emotions in turmoil. Rage, frustration, sympathy...at the white and black characters in the book.
So with the new week, we are looking at some shopping (my daughter has some gift cards burning a hole in her pocket), maybe a day at Sea World before our passes expire, and celebrating New Year's Eve with friends. On January 1st though, it will be time to pay the piper, and pay up for all the excesses lately. And don't forget about James' Triple Dog Dare starting January 1st! Hoard your books now (haha)!
Hope you all have a great remainder of your holidays. Does anyone have big plans? New Year's resolutions? I need to come up with some of my own, since my right eyelid has been twitching for two weeks straight. Which I'm pretty sure isn't a good sign.
See you in 2014!