The Sunday Salon: ‘Tis the Season

Sunday Salon

I woke up this morning and stumbled to the front door to get the paper. It took all of 5 minutes for the kids to come tearing down the stairs to check out the Christmas circulars that are already appearing everywhere. I now have two wish lists in my hands. I’m not sure I’m ready for it all. This is my favorite time of the year but work furloughs have really put a stop to my spending. I’m getting a bit anxious over finances and with each addition to the wish list, my heart beats a little bit faster. It’s a tad stressful.

That said, I am just now out of the shower and trying to put my day together. Most of the morning has been spent helping with homework and tidying up. After I make myself presentable, I may just plop down and read. What to read though? I just finished Saving Sammy which I will be reviewing later this month for a book tour. I just started New Moon. I am seeing the movie Thanksgiving weekend so I’d like to get the book read before then. Then there is my book club pick for December, The Turn of the Screw. To be honest, it’s not doing it for me.ย  I just got The Things that Keep Us Here which looks really, really good but it doesn’t officially come out until February so I want to read/review it closer to its release date. I also have Her Fearful Symmetry which I keep forgetting about. Perhaps I will start that.

Yesterday I posted another Confessions of a Reader post in which I confess to being a cover snob. I may make these a monthly feature instead of a weekly feature. I’m still kicking it around in my head and will decide within the next day or so. Yesterday I also created a button for Moby Dick Monday where I, and a few other bloggers will be reading Moby Dick together. We are reading 4 pages a day and then posting updates each Monday. I will post a kick-off post on Monday, November 16th. If you want to join in on the fun, let me know. For those that have already decided to do it with me, I’ll send you the button within the next day or so.

Right now I have a roast in the crock-pot and I’ll serve it with garlic mashed potatoes and braised carrots.It smells really good.

This week I am looking forward to participating in the Green Books Campaign. I’ll be reviewing a cookbook and including a recipe for you to try. Should be fun!

What are you doing today?

17 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: ‘Tis the Season”

  1. I’m wishing there was a bookstore here in town, because I really want to spend the day browsing shelves, but I don’t want to drive into San Luis Obispo to do it!

  2. I’d vote for Her Fearful Symmetry! The reviews have been a mixed bag, but I personally loved it. It is compelling and very easy to read…perfect for a Sunday.

    I have this “thing” where I have my Xmas photo and letter in the mail the day after Thanksgiving. Pisses off all of my friends, but I take pride in the tradition! And this year, I’m just wondering if I will pull it off. I normally have my ducks in a row with everything in my life, but that doesn’t seem to be the case this year. I’m going to have to get my rear end in gear I suppose. And don’t even talk to me about the shopping! Ugh! We are having Christmas in Indiana this year, so I additionally have to worry about getting the gifts up there and back!

    1. So you’re saying that you are a little bit “Stepford-ish.” I am too but this year I am not doing any of it. I’m taking a breather! We’ll see if anyone notices.

  3. My plan for Christmas this year includes making as many gifts as possible to save money. I’ve got some great ideas but now I have to find the time. Although I guess it probably doesn’t take that much more time to make some of the things then it does to fight my way through the stores to buy gifts. Which leaves more money for the things I can’t make–like the webcam my daughter wants!

  4. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday Ti. I cooked a turkey today, and had my kids over. It was only 13lbs but way too much for just the 2 of us. I love hanging out on Sundays, and it is about the only day of the week I enjoy cooking.

    Those Toy Circulars and catalogs use to drive me nuts when the kids were small, as their list was never ending..LOL Good Luck!

  5. gee, your kids and i should get together. i spent the day ripping pages out of catalogs in an effort to make holiday shopping easier for those who buy for me.

    each year they complain that i’m IMPOSSIBLE to buy for (i’m NOT), so now i have a huge list with pictures and links that i’m emailing to my mom, mom-in-law, husband, and sister. ๐Ÿ™‚

    i already have my list for the people i buy for–i just have to get busy buying and/or making the presents! ๐Ÿ™‚ i LOVE to give great gifts.

    1. People say that I am hard to shop for too but I am really super easy. A book or a book related item and I am as happy as a clam!

  6. Moby Dick Monday sounds pretty brave. ๐Ÿ™‚ I read it in high school and once was enough for me, but I hope you enjoy it.

    My kids have already started with the wish lists too.

  7. Oooh.. Moby Dick.. I have a nice copy.. I ‘d love to give it a shot. HUm.. I might have to check in with you all. Happy Monday. Hey I finally updated the link to your blog on my sidebar… sorry for the delay… what a procrastinator I am. We are having a bit of a lower scale holiday at least that is the plan. I have been knitting socks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I know you have a hate-hate relationship with Moby Dick so good luck with that!

    And I’m participating in the Green Campaign too. It is such a cool event!

  9. Ah, I remember the days of Christmas circulars! My girls are too old for toys, now (nearly 17, 19 and 21) but every once in a while I’ll flip through the circular and remember fondly days gone by. I have two great nephews now, but we kind of adhere to the “buy books” philosophy! They’re pretty young yet, so we still get to choose! As for my own reading, I recently finished Dan Brown’s “Lost Symbol.” I kind of was doing some speed-reading there, as I can find his writing a little … wooden, shall we say? It was an OK read. Again, I’m not his biggest fan, but I enjoyed it. I do like how he spins in things into his plot that I, at least, am not familiar with! For this one, it’s the idea of Noetic Science and mind over matter experiments as studied by a real scientist, Lynne McTaggart. (Brown credits her and directs readers to her website, which is how I got there.) Interesting stuff, and her book, “The Intention Experiment” gives steps for a do-it-yourself program to harness the power of intention. As Brown notes in his book, it’s a learned skill — McTaggart got the secrets by interviewing dozens of masters of intention liks Qigone masters, Buddhist monks and master healers. (She calls the program Powering Up.) Never would have known all this if not for “Lost Symbol!” I love when stuff like that happens.

    1. I am learning all kinds of words for writing that just doesn’t do it for me. Your use of ‘wooden’ is very effective to describe Brown’s writing. I haven’t read Lost Symbol and probably won’t since I didn’t enjoy Da Vinci Code much.

  10. Moby Dick? No thanks! Once was enough for me. You should divide it by chapter breaks because there are only a few pages per chapter. 1000 page and something like 150 chapters. No, I did my time TYVM. But good luck to ya.

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