Sunday Matters: Activities in Full Swing

Sunday Matters

I announced it on Facebook already but The Girl made the freshman volleyball team. I don’t know how she will balance it all but it’s her freshman year and she reminded me that she is trying things out. We are supporting her efforts and will reassess if something needs to be tweaked next year. Volleyball, concert choir, community theatre and high school theatre. It’s going to be a fun and busy year.

Right Now:

Not much going on this weekend besides the normal stuff. I am out of bread for toast so a gluten-free egg sandwich from the coffee shop is sounding pretty good. In a bit, I am going to tackle my garage. It appears to be breeding.

This Week:

I’ve got some appointments scheduled.  I feel as if I am always going to medical appointments. I guess with kids it’s hard to get around that.

My son’s girlfriend leaves for college this week so there will be some emotions I’m sure.

First volleyball game is this Tuesday. We are not going. First, it’s way early in the day and we are working but mostly because The Girl does not want us to attend her very first game.

Reading:

I finally finished A House Among the Trees and even managed to post the review. Now I’m reading The Breakdown which seems to be very popular as so many of you have already read it. I am actually almost done with it. I love it when you can plow through a book in just a couple of sittings.

Watching:

I am trying to clean up my DVR list because I only have 20% space available and all the good shows will be starting soon. That means I have been watching Roseanne, The Bob Newhart Show, and I need to get to the following movies:

  • The Princess Bride (never seen it!)
  • Interstellar
  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Oh, the 80s)
  • Ruthless People (I must be on a Bette trip)
  • Rope (Hitchcock)
  • The Abyss (most terrifying deep sea dive ever + aliens)
  • The Graduate (because it’s awesome)
  • The Conjuring (because it’s almost that time of year)
  • The Great Outdoors (a classic)

Uh, I have a lot to watch.

Making:

I made some pasta cheesy thing one night. I made chicken curry another night. I had Cheerios one night. I would love to collect some gluten-free casserole recipes. Casseroles sound so good lately.

Grateful for:

Page-turning reads.

Name one book you are looking forward to reading this fall. Me, you ask? King’s new one, Sleeping Beauties. Look out for the read along info soon.

Review: A House Among The Trees

A House Among The Trees

A House Among The Trees
By Julia Glass
Pantheon Books, Hardcover, 9781101870365, June 13, 2017, 368pp.

The Short of It:

Strong story potential that fell flat for me.

The Rest of It:

From Indiebound:

When the revered children’s book author Mort Lear dies accidentally at his Connecticut home, he leaves his property and all its contents to his trusted assistant, Tomasina Daulair, who is moved by his generosity but dismayed by the complicated and defiant directives in his will.

This book is said to be a tribute to Maurice Sendak, the beloved illustrator and author of children’s books and the inspiration behind the main character for A House Among the Trees.  When I read that blurb, I just had to read it.

Morty Lear falls from his roof to his death and leaves his estate to Tommy, his long-time live-in assistant. Much of the story centers around the visit of a well-known actor who has been cast to play Morty in a film and how Tommy has to deal with that and all the other things required of her.

Normally, this type of story intrigues me but this time I felt no connection whatsoever to the characters. I can’t even say why. I could not connect or relate to any of them and there seemed to be a lot of back and forth where things didn’t flow well. Perhaps that is more of an editing issue. Not sure, but in the end this one didn’t work for me at all and I really wanted to love it.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

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