Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sunday Salon: The End

Hello everyone from icy-cold Florida!  Well, maybe not icy but we had a "cold front" run through there this week and we are now enjoying frigid temps of 80 degrees during the day and lows around 60.  Woo hoo!  It cracks me up how the TV stations go nuts when this happens.  Bundle up the kids!  Wind chill!  Haha!  They need to go visit New York or Colorado or Canada.

So this was the week from hell, I'm not afraid to admit, and I am so glad it is over.  Hubby was gone all week, so I was solo. Over a 7 day period my son had four football games and two practices.  My daughter had afternoon practices everyday (versus the mornings which are much more convenient) and a Districts meet.  Plus a few other incidents.  So when my husband flew in late yesterday I told him not to expect ANYTHING out of me today.  Maybe not even church.  I want to lay in bed and do nothing.

And if we are going to look at the glass half full, my son lost his playoff game yesterday, HANDILY.  I was really sad to see them end their season this way, but at least now they have a small break before they start another sport.  By the time you get to the end of this football season (which started August 1st) you are ready for it to end.

My daughter and I worked an adoption event last Sunday and I fell in love with another dog.  This one was only 6 months old and was a love muffin.  She was so good, and so affectionate.  I was sternly told NO by my other half.  We have too many cats.  But you can see that I have serious dog sadness.  I go through these phases.  

I've been making progress on the reading.  I finished my last Jack Caffrey book by Mo Hayder on audio, and now I am left wanting.  She does have three stand-alone books (one I've already read) so I guess I have to move on to those.  I then moved on to the audio of "The Woman Upstairs" by Claire Massud.  I was a little hesitant on this one...people either love it or hate it.  I have to admit that the narrator/protagonist is annoying me.  She is quite whiny and pathetic.  We will see if my mind changes.

In print I finished "Rose Under Fire" by Elizabeth Wein and I LOVED it.  It was even better than "Code Name Verity".  Wow that woman can write, and has proved to me that I can still be blown away by a WWII book.  Then I read "The Silent Wife" by A.S.A. Harrison for my book club.  I freaking blew through that one in two days.  Almost a record for me I think.  I liked it obviously, but the ending was not satisfying for me.  There is definitely plenty to talk about and look forward to that discussion.  I am now digging into "Eleanor & Park", the much-beloved.

I want to take a special moment here to let you know that my baby boy will be turning 14 tomorrow!  I know everybody says this, but it is true...I can remember the day he was born.  Those first steps, first words (or in his case sentences), his grade school years, all those teacher conferences (ha), all those hugs and kisses and tears...they just fly by.  Gone - poof!  Now he is looming over me in height, deciding where to go to high school and giving me life advice.  It is scary.  We celebrated last night at our favorite steak house.

So we will see if I am left to decompress in peace today or not.  Hope you all have a great day!      


Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to Ryan! Enjoy your "day off" today, you definitely deserve it!

Ana S. said...

Aww, Happy Birthday to your son!

I completely understand your dog sadness. I have it, and cat sadness too as we can't have any in our flat. I can't wait to go to my parents' for Christmas and hang our with the cats and dogs.

I hope you enjoy Eleanor and Park! Rose Under Fire blew me away too.

JoAnn said...

Hope you manage to get a total, complete day off because you certainly deserve it! And, oh, that heart is melting.

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

Wow, just reading about your week makes me a little tired! Hopefully you're laying in bed reading a book at this very moment!

I'm glad you liked Rose Under Fire, I'm hoping to read it soon.

I think The Silent Wife would make for a great book club discussion! There are lots of things I want to say about it!

bermudaonion said...

Hey, we had that icy cold weather of which you speak. We had our first freeze last week and that is wrong. We should not have the heat on in October. Our team lost yesterday too so I feel your son's pain.

Molly said...

"Love Muffin" --- that is the nickname I use for my dogs :) I don't think I could ever work an adoption event... I would want to bring them all home.

I hope this was the relaxing day you wanted (needed)... and tomorrow's birthday celebration is extra special.

Anonymous said...

Busy week! I hope you do get some much-needed down time today.

I agree about the antagonist of Woman Upstairs, but I really think it's still worth it - especially for the ending.

I'm looking forward to Rose Under Fire - hope my library has it. I haven't read Eleanor and Park yet, but I did get the audio of her Fangirl from the library and hope to listen soon.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I cannot believe how you can keep going to the shelter and then having to walk away! And yes, Happy Birthday to Ryan!!!

Frances said...

How does time go by so quickly? My son is a year younger than yours, also taller than me, and I'm both proud of him and sad that he will be gone so soon. I hope the birthday celebrations are wonderful!

I'll be interested to see what you make of The Woman Upstairs. I keep almost picking it up.

Unknown said...

Sorry for the football loss, but so nice to have a break. Happy Birthday to your son, and yes I feel much the same about Nick growing up, he's my baby, my last, forget that he's 15. Congrats on your reading success! Hope you had a quiet day, I've been loving our nicer temps.

Heidenkind said...

I wish I lived some place where 60 was freezing cold. Brr!

It's hard not to fall in love with dogs. I saw a Jack Russel terrier in a pet shop once years ago and I still think about that dog.

Unknown said...

My eldest was 8 this month and I still can't believe how fast that time has gone. I'm sure it will be another short hop until he's 14. Scary stuff! I hope your son has a great day and you find time to relax.

Literary Feline said...

Your weather sounds much like my weather--although it's gotten down to 45 here at night. :-)

Happy birthday to your son!

It will be a long while before we take in another dog, so I feel your pain, Sandy.

Enjoy your week!

Beth F said...

Ha, ha on the cold weather -- I had to read that 3 times!

Ti said...

I hope he had a wonderful birthday!

We are in the midst of a cold spell at the moment. It was 45 degrees on my walk this morning and drizzly. Enough to screw with my hair. During the day, it's been about 65 but I hear it is supposed to hit 80 for a high again by the end of the week.

Somehow, I ended up with a kid sleeping over on Halloween even though I have to work the next day. How does this happen to me??

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

Your icy cold comment made me laugh. We had the first snow accumulation of the season here in MN... it's really cold!

Iliana said...

Sandy your weeks are always full and non-stop and I can only imagine how much more crazy it was without your husband around.

Hope you had a chance to take it easy and a big happy birthday to your son!

Oh and I loved Eleanor & Park - I am keeping my fingers crossed that you will love it too!

Anonymous said...

You are one busy mama!

Serena said...

I hope you had a great bday celebration with him and that you enjoy the slowdown in practices, etc.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

You know I'm all about the puppy love. Happy bday to your son! I'm moving Rose Under Fire up my TBR list and hoping next week is calmer for you!