Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Salon: The best day

 Happy Sunday everyone!  If you participated in the readathon yesterday, you probably are sleeping off your book buzz.  I'm almost never able to block off an entire day in the fall, but my thoughts are always with you guys.  One of these years I swear I'm going to run away to the beach for one of these events.

The weather has cooled off again...low to mid 80's in the day and low 60's at night.  Major cold front!!!  It is a pleasure to go on our walks, or sit out at night with a cocktail.  Here is a picture I took on a long walk yesterday, just around the corner from a neighborhood.  I love that about Florida.  There is nature everywhere. 

It was a typical week for me this week.  My son's first homecoming activities occurred daily (themed dress days, the parade and football game Friday, and the dance last night).  My daughter threw out her back somehow, so she has been down for the count for a couple of days.  I feel like I am the downtrodden servant!  I took a treadmill stress test because I'd been having heart palpitations, and I passed with flying colors.  It is nice to know I haven't lost my mojo!  So my conclusion is heart palpitations = teenagers + menopause.  Something for you young 'uns to look forward to.

The best day of the entire week seems to be, without a doubt, SUNDAY!  Granted, it is a day full of the kids scrambling to get chores and homework done, but it also includes THE WALKING DEAD.  The season opener last week was epic.  My daughter and I have rewatched it three times.  I have looked forward to today all week.  I know, I'm obsessed.  So sue me.

My reading, at least in print, has been dismal.  I can't manage to propel my way through "Purge" by Sofi Oksanen.  I have progressed a little but can't get interested.  I'll keep trying for a little bit longer, but I'm really dying to read "House of Leaves" and "The Paying Guests", so I'm close to losing my patience.  I did take a break yesterday and read "Relish" by Lucy Knisley, which is a short graphic novel.  (I read "French Milk" a few years ago, a graphic memoir of her time in France.)  Adorable.

Audio is the only way I get anything done these days.  I finished "The Innocent Sleep" by Karen Perry.  It is a domestic drama and mystery about a missing child, but has twists in it that made it a surprisingly intriguing listen.  Plus the Irish-accented narrators were incredible.  I also quickly got through "The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica which I rated four stars but easily could have been swayed to five.  I'm still thinking about it even now...a kidnapping gone wrong, with much more emotion and character bonding than your normal read.  Then I FINALLY got "World of Trouble" on audio from the library. I loaded it in about 30 minutes and plunged into the third and final installment of a story about the final days on earth before an asteroid takes it out, from the perspective an earnest police officer.  Great stuff!

I'm not sure what is on the agenda today.  Usually I don't have a whole lot of say in the matter.  My son is putting in some community service hours with the Orlando Police Department, which is part of his Criminal Justice magnet program at school.  Maybe a walk.  Maybe some reading.  Maybe a little Walking Dead!!  Hope everyone has a nice relaxing day to rest up for another week!


rhapsodyinbooks said...

I am definitely in a reading funk. Yesterday was yet another day when I sat there, surrounded by books, and said, I have nothing to read!

JoAnn said...

You've got me laughing here. I came to the same conclusion several years ago... teenagers + menopause most definitely equals heart palpitations!!! Thank God at least some of them go away to college.. one of mine stayed home and commutes.

We had snowflakes in the air this morning... photos from your walk are much more appealing than mine.

bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh, sorry to hear about all the heart stuff but I'm glad to hear your ticker's okay.

Today was crazy busy for us but we're finally home and I've got my jammies on so all is good.

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear you've been having heart palpitations. I know exactly how stressful heart problems can be! I hope you get rid of them soon.

Ti said...

I just got The Good Girl from the library. I hope to get to it soon but I gotta read part two of Something Wicked tonight while sitting around the parking lot. I am getting excited for King's new book!

Anonymous said...

Yes, the WD premiere was amazing and brutal and brilliant. I've only watched it once, but a good friend on FB watched it a couple times and pointed out some things I missed. So good - haven't watched last night's yet.

I can relate on the teenagers + menopause front - having some of those symptoms myself. Argh.

Literary Feline said...

Your weather sounds a lot like ours. Although we've gotten a little cooler than you at night--just a little though. :-)

I hope your daughter is feeling better. Back problems are never any fun. Not for anyone in the house.

I have to wait until Friday to see this week's episode of The Walking Dead. I heard it was good. I haven't rewatched the first episode of the season yet, but I saved it so I could.

I hope you have a great week, Sandy, and are able to get lots of reading in this week!

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

That's a really cool thing for your son to get to do with the police department. I remember going on right along's with cops when I was a reporter the daily newspaper, it was fascinating!

Beth F said...

Winter is coming! (couldn't resist). Every show on earth is on Sunday, s we haven't watched Walking Dead yet. Now with the World Series (which one of us [hint: not me] insists on watching), we'll fall even further behind. Reading? Thank God for audios.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

World of Trouble is so great! It felt different than the other books, to me, but still really good.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Yes to Walking Dead! Holy smokes... the first season episode and the second!

I may have to take a look at The Good Girl. I have been working on my own this week and listening to audio while I do so I am flying through audio books and always looking for my next fix.

Trisha said...

Next year, you and I should most definitely run off to the beach together to participate in the readathon!