Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Salon - April 21

It snowed here again this week (certainly nowhere near as much as some of you!) and it was cold and grey most of the week. Still, I'm hopeful that spring may get here eventually when I look around my yard.

Here's What I'm:

Listening To: Well, this is embarrassing - I was listening to M.C. Beaton's The Death of a Gentle Lady...until I realized, nearly to the end of disk one, that I have already listened to this one. Glad I only spent a couple of dollars on it! So I've switched to Stewart O'Nan's Songs for the Missing.

Watching: I was home sick on Monday when the Boston Marathon bombing took place and spent most of the rest of the week glued to coverage of that and the aftermath. There was a part of me that thought I needed to just turn the t.v. off, there was so little new to offer so much of the time. But I just couldn't.

Reading: I've added a couple of new things to the blog to show what I'm reading for book club, what I'm listening to, and what I've got on my nightstand. I always keep a book on my nightstand for the nights I crawl into bed only to realize that I've forgotten my book downstairs. Right now, that book is Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being A Wallflower which I pulled off the shelf after Trish raved about it.

Making: This week I made a delicious cherry pound cake and a very rich chocolate cake. I'm not much of a cake eater so this is kind of unusual for me.

Planning: On getting some painting done around here in the next month or so. We picked out paint for the family room yesterday and The Big Guy is starting on that today to get us started.

Grateful for: I don't need it yet, but next week our new air conditioner will be installed. We suffered through the end of last summer without one and I don't want to repeat that!

Loving: Watching my kids grow and mature. We enjoy them all so much.

Thinking: This may be the first year ever that I have read the Pulitzer Prize winner before it was even the Pulitzer Prize winner. Congratulations to The Orphan Master's Son and Adam Johnson! Interesting to choose a book about a North Korean with North Korea so much in the news lately.

Looking forward to: Book club this week - whether the gals read the book or not, we always have fun. Laugh therapy are its finest.

What are you grateful for this week?


  1. I love Stewart O'Nan, but have never listened to his books. Are you liking Songs for the Missing? LOL on M.C. Beaton... I've done that before, too!

    Good luck with the painting. We just completed a huge project last month. It was nice to get the house put together again.

  2. I've got the Chbosky on order for our grand daughter. She's seen the DVD and would like to read the book.
    Book club sounds like good therapy so enjoy. Hope your week goes well.

  3. I'm grateful the sun today. I sat outside with the dogs for a few hours and got some color to my white, pasty arms!!! Laughter therapy is always wonderful

  4. I nearly cancelled my plans Friday to stay home and watch the news, but I knew I'd regret it. I am so glad there's some resolution to what happened in Boston. I know though there will be a long road to recovery for so many. :-) It's so horrible, what happened.

    I look forward to reading your thoughts on Songs for the Missing. I have that one somewhere waiting to be read.

    This week I am grateful for my family. I am always grateful for them, of course, but it's one of those things that deserves saying out loud now and then, you know?

  5. I couldn't pull myself away from the news either. I am online all day for work so it was easy to refresh a page and see all the horror played out in a million different ways. I am such a news junkie!

    I read Orphan Master before it won as well and I think they made a good decision. It had a lot to offer and was different than anything I've ever read.

  6. book talk: OMG... I can't believe you are reading perks of a wallflower. Can't wait to read your review. Sixteen Candles it's not! Gone Girl, I hope I can talk to you guys when you discuss this one. I have SO much to say. I'm in the camp of didn't like it.... you know how hard it is for me to read on when I see the flaws in the plot (ie: that could NEVER happen).