Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Salon: New Day

 I woke up this morning to temperatures in the 50's and went for a long walk with my husband.  There is nothing like that first whisper of fall to turn that attitude around and remind yourself that this is a new day.

Again, the past week was not one I'm sorry to see go.  We buried my best friend's father on Thursday.  These folks are extended family to us, and I worry about them.

Amidst the nearly foot of rain we got last week, the UPS man decided it would be fun to turn his massive truck around in my yard, leaving deep ruts, mud, and broken irrigation pipes in his wake.  (Shockingly, this type of thing has happened before.)  So now I'm dealing with their insurance company, quotes and repairs on that.  The upstairs air conditioner blew up Saturday morning...always on a weekend, right?  Gotta get that guy out here tomorrow morning.  (Have I mentioned lately that I REALLY want to move to a condo?  At the beach?)

Polish classes have been going well.  I can't really tell you whether I'm going to learn anything, but we have a real mixed bag of people in there, and it's a hoot.  This week we spent a good deal of time talking about Polish food.  That was something that ALL of us could get excited about.  We all had contributions on that subject!  LOL

I really REALLY want to see Gone Girl, but our weekends are so busy.  My son is the hugest David Fincher fan, but he is always knee-deep in homework and I hate to tempt him away from it.  If I have to, I'll go by myself.

I've been slightly off my game lately, so my reading has taken a hit.  In print, I'm still reading "All I Love and Know" by Judith Frank, and it is really good.  I hope I can gain some ground with it next week.  On audio, I finished "Dear Daughter" by Elizabeth Little, a book that had been getting quite a bit of buzz.  But honestly, I just don't get it.  The book seemed very amateur to me, a lot of Nancy Drew clue-finding by a very obnoxious character.  I wasn't feeling the love like a lot of people.

Now I'm close to halfway through "Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury, which is a readalong that Ti and I are hosting in the month of October.  Here are my initial thoughts...I'm not thrilled with the narrator.  The atmosphere is very creepy and there are some freaky things happening, but the style of prose is getting on my nerves.  If any of you are reading it, what do you think?

I am getting revved up for the new fall TV season starting this week, particularly American Horror Story Wednesday night, and The Walking Dead next Sunday night.  For that reason alone this has got to be a good week right?



10 comments:

Trisha said...

I can't believe he turned around in your yard. I can relate a bit though. We built a garage this summer and poured a lovely concrete driveway at the same time. When the cementers were pouring the garage portion, they managed to crack the front sidewalk in half which we then had to pay to replace. Convenient, yes?

JoAnn said...

I'm starting Something Wicked This Way Comes today... we'll see how it goes. My mother just had me add her name to the library hold list for Dear Daughter. The wait will be a long one, will wait to see what she thinks before I read it.

We're in the 30s this morning... I'm ready to head south! A condo on the beach would be heaven.

Jenny said...

I have read through chapter 8... The narration is taking getting used to. There are some parts where I'm like oh that's an interesting way to say that and then other parts where I'm like why can't he just describe it normally? LOL.

Ti said...

Are you listening to wicked? Or reading? I am reading it and just hit chapter 11. The phrasing of things is strange but it reminds me of someone from the Midwest.

Melody said...

Yes, I want to watch Gone Girl too! I'm curious to see how it'd appear on the big screen. Can't wait to hear what you'll think about it if you do watch it.

Beth F said...

I've heard really great things about Gone Girl. And really Mr UPS man??? It dropped into the 30s last night, so we finally turned the heat on. Ugh. I hate it.

Heather @ Book Addiction said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's dad. :(

Glad you're reading All I Love and Know! Isn't it fantastic?! And I saw your SS post last week, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is one I loved too. You're right, definitely a topic you don't see often.

Well I'm back from the cruise, can't wait to see you so I can show you some pictures! Hint: I chickened out of zip-lining ...

Carrie said...

Walking Dead can't come soon enough! Sorry for all the mishaps this week - that makes for a stressed out mom. Hope this coming week is drama-free - boring, even!

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

I'm way excited to see Gone Girl. The boyfriend loves David Fincher, so I think that'll make him want to see it too.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

As much as I love Bradbary, that book is always been one of my least favorite. It never felt like the story was coming from a young boy to me. Also, I love that you're taking Polish classes! I haven't made it to Gone Girl yet either but I want to see it!