Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Salon: Dead White and Blue

 I'm a little fuzzy here.  I woke up at 4am to use the bathroom (a sign that I'm old I think) and figured why not just stay up and write my post.  We will undoubtedly go to early church, and have a list of things to do today, so no time like the present.  Who needs sleep anyway?

That has been the theme for the 4th of July weekend for sure.  AMC has been running a "Dead White and Blue" Walking Dead marathon since 9am Friday morning.  All seasons back to back.  My daughter has been obsessing over this for weeks, even though she has seen every episode at least twice.  We've not watched every second, but we have watched A LOT.  The binge ends tonight with a Talking Dead that sneak peeks the next season, which is over 3 months away.  An eternity.

And of course we've hopped over and watched the World Cup games as well.  Even though the US is out of the running (we never really had a chance, let's face it) it is still fun to follow.

This is why I get nothing read.

The week was filled with getting multiple estimates for tree trimming, doctor appointments, workouts with Andre, and some long walks with my husband.  My son arrived home from the beach (and proceeded to hole up in his room - typical).  The first hurricane of the season developed and headed north, giving us some rain but of course all the news stations lose their shit.  And the kids and I are preparing to head to Indiana on Tuesday for our annual two week vacation up there.

I always have such aspirations for "summer reading" but there is no such thing.  Even audio is slow-going, since the kids are almost always in the car with me, and I rarely take walks by myself.  I did finish up Michael Koryta's "Those Who Wish Me Dead" which was good...a nail-biter with lots of action, but a fairly predictable plot and resolution.  I've now started "The Farm", the new one by Tom Rob Smith.  No opinions yet, I'm too early into it.  But I'm intrigued, and have no idea where it's going.  I'm anxious to get through it though, as I just received "The Silkworm" on audio from the library.  VERY excited about that one!

In print I'm still reading "Devil's Knot", a true crime story that is enough to chill your blood.  It just defies imagination that in this country, in recent history, three kids could be sentenced to life in prison and/or death with no evidence against them except that they wear black t-shirts and listen to Metallica.  That the police and judge could be THAT crooked.  That a jury's judgement could be THAT clouded.  Just...wow.  I hope to have this one finished before I leave on Tuesday.  Next up will be "The Three" by Sarah Lotz, for book club and to make my flight to Indiana more exciting.

Today I hope to see "Snowpiercer", an apocalyptic sci-fi movie based on a graphic novel.  Also planning on taking in some more Walking Dead, and getting things wrapped up here (pool maintenance, cat maintenance, bills, etc.) for my two week absence.  So here's to an end to a great three-day weekend.  Anyone have exciting plans?



13 comments:

Beth F said...

Those TV marathons really cut into one's reading time! Enjoy the beautiful Midwest!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I try to avoid tv because it definitely cuts into reading time. I don't know why I think reading is necessarily more important though; haven't sorted that out yet.

bermudaonion said...

Our nephew is here and yesterday was the store's second anniversary so I've gotten absolutely nothing done. I think I finally fell asleep about the time you got up.

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

Have fun in Indiana! :)

JoAnn said...

Have a great trip - hope you get a nap this afternoon!

Anita LeBeau said...

I lose reading time when everyone is home. Have a great trip to visit your parents.

Carrie said...

Okay, first of all, you have to let me know what you think of Snowpiercer - I really want to see it.

And I am so jealous you have The Silkworm already! I didn't even think to check if my library has it. I really want to listen to it on audio, so I may have to save an Audible credit after I take my account off hold. (Waiting for Kevin's work hours to pick back up.)

Tasha Brandstatter said...

I had to work all weekend & the 4th. Whomp-whomp

Ti said...

I dipped in and out of TWD all weekend long. One thing I noticed, I prefer the earlier seasons to the most recent. Something was lost when they narrowed it down to back stories only.

Of course, last night this strange illness I have been battling all weekend long reared its ugly head and sent me to bed early so I did not get to see the Talking Dead peek into season 5. I have it taped though.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

I am so curious about Snowpiercer. This weekend was a crazy family reunion for me. Love family, but wow it's exhausting after awhile!

Literary Feline said...

Four isn't too far off when I wake up in the morning during the week. :-)

Sounds like you've been just as busy as ever, Sandy. I am glad you have been able to get in some reading, even if not as much as you'd like.

Have a great week!

Kathleen said...

Yes, Devil's Knot and that case is so crazy. You HAVE to read the book that just came out about the guy who believes his biological father is the Zodiac killer. It is called The Most Dangerous Animal of all and it is right up your true crime loving alley! :)

stacybuckeye said...

Haven't seen the Walking Dead but know my husband wants to see it. Soooo glad he didn't know about the marathon! We didn't have time for that :)