Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday Salon: Back to the crazy

Good morning everyone!  Hopefully you are starting to melt and dig out of your ice and drifts of snow.  We had frigid temps for about...two days.  Yesterday it was close to 80 with stifling humidity.  Obnoxious.  I've given up on wearing a jacket.

This was a crazy week, getting back to our normal schedule.  I feel like I didn't sit down at all, ever.  My son had mid-terms all week, plus we served the homeless at a shelter one night, I had book club, there were a couple of doctor appointments, and of course the never-ending confirmation classes.  And today is my husband's birthday!!  We had a particularly yummy dinner last night but we will celebrate at one of the nicer Disney restaurants in a couple of weeks (it is close to impossible to get into these places when you want).

My parents, my son and I went yesterday to see "Her" directed by Spike Jonze.  I was pretty excited about this one, having loved "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation".  It is possible this one will get some recognition at the Oscars, but it isn't for everyone (some people walked out of our theater - ha!).  We enjoyed it though...it was pretty clever.

I wanted to share this picture with you because I think it is cool.  (I shared it on Facebook yesterday.)  My trainer Andre loved the idea of "One Little Word" that I talked about last Sunday.  So he encouraged all of his ladies in his morning class to find their own word and write it on his wall in hand chalk.  Here are a few: 














I sort of got back in saddle this week with reading, now that the kids are back in school.  On audio, I finished "Native Son" by Richard Wright.  So powerful!  There were some courtroom scenes that would rival anything you've ever read.  I also listened to "Schroder" by Amity Gaige, an interesting and wandering adventure that was excellently narrated by Will Collyer (thanks for the recommendation Jennifer at Literate Housewife!).  I'm now several discs into "Songs of Willow Frost" by Jamie Ford.  I'm not blown away at this point, but he tends to be slow-building.

In print I finished "Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery" by Robert Kolker.  This is exactly why I love a true crime novel.  I love to be able to Google the characters, and I love the dynamics and the drama of a real case.  This one was terrifying and complicated, and has yet to be solved.  I'm now reading a graphic novel by Joe Sacco called "Palestine" which is fascinating.  I'd seen this GN mentioned as being one of the best ones out there, and so far it is living up to that reputation.

I'm not sure what is up for today yet.  I'm definitely going to hit the shower for early Mass here in a second.  We will see if my daughter wants to work the shelter today.  I think my husband is itching to play golf...we will see if we can squeeze it in.  Or maybe another movie.  So many good ones.  Hope everyone has a great Sunday and great week!


14 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Wow, some people walked out? How come?!!

Carrie said...

I definitely think I'm not the audience for Her, as the trailers make me laugh with incredulity. :)

bermudaonion said...

We had frigid temperatures and then a warm front came through bringing horrible storms. We got 4.5 inches in about 12 hours!

Vance wants to see Her and I may go see it with him. I figure it will garner a lot of Oscar attention.

James Chester said...

I'm going to have to see if I have a copy of Native Son around the house somewhere. There's a strong chance that I do. Though it's not in my official TBR bookshelf, if I own a copy somewhere in the house, I can still read it.

Ti said...

You always see all the good stuff. I could see it too but I really hate the annoying people that go to the movies these days.

I think I am ready for work tomorrow but I am hoping to just slip through the day without too much drama. I am sure my in box is a nightmare but they can all just wait.

I went to church and have had some coffee but now I need to think about lunch and dinner. It's cloudy here and a little chilly. No rain forecast but it looks like it could rain.

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

I love that chalk wall! I should come up with a word of my own.

Iliana said...

I really want to see "Her". I think I'd probably like it. Hope you guys have a great time celebrating your husband's birthday!

I'm not a fan of true crime but I'd really like to read Lost Girls. Can't wait to read your review of it!

Anita LeBeau said...

I'm not really interested in Her. I haven't read True Crime books in years, I should add one to my list.

Have a good day, the weather was wonderful here.

Michelle (my books. my life.) said...

Two days of winter. I don't know how we survived.

I read Native Son in high school. I'm probably due for an audio reread.

Tasha Brandstatter said...

We only had two days of intense cold, too. But then it went back to the FORTIES. I wish it was in the eighties...

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

We had negative 40 temps.... and then today it was 40 degrees.... I hope it is over ;)

Literary Feline said...

The weather here in Southern California is warming up again. It's supposed to reach 81 today. It's been such a dry winter. It doesn't bode well for this spring. I have a feeling fire season will be coming early.

It sounds like you are back to being crazy busy again, Sandy. Happy belated birthday to your husband!

I would like to see Her at some point. I wasn't sure at first, but the more I hear about it, the more I think I might enjoy it.

I recently came across a copy of Native Son and am hoping to read it this year. Actually, I think I got it because of you. :-)

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

Beth F said...

We're in a warm spell too -- it was 39 yesterday! LOL

stacybuckeye said...

I loved Native Son too! I listened to the audio several years ago, before blogging.
I kinda want to see her, I don't mind odd, but I'm not sure about this one. The only thing that makes me want to see it is Joaquin. He's such a talented actor.