Sunday Salon: A Quiet Weekend

Time Midafternoon on Saturday

Place At the kitchen desk, under the ceiling fan, listening to the TV in the other room, waiting for a furniture delivery (a small sleeper sofa for the guest room and a matching chair, the last of our big purchases for the new house)

Eating Nothing right now, but I may go hunt for a snack soon–most likely a granola bar. I don’t want to fill up too much, since we may go shoe shopping (for Tall Paul, not me) after the furniture comes, and chances are we’ll grab some dinner after that. I’m thinking Italian.

Drinking Water. Aside from coffee in the morning and iced tea at dinner, it’s almost always just water.

Reading I’m having trouble settling in with anything that’s not audiobooks lately, it seems. I’m making headway on my e-galley of The Salinger Contract–it’s a fast read when I actually make time to spend reading it! I still need to get started on the She Reads October selection, which is just not calling to me (although I’ve seen some really good reviews of it from other people already, and the author is pretty well-regarded), and I’m not sure which of my November review candidates for Shelf Awareness to start on first. I think I’m not-so-subconsciously protesting being back in the “required-reading” zone, and am reconsidering the book-club thing going into next year. My blog reading has been spotty as well–aside from posts about the new TV season and iOS 7–but I promise y’all I’m skimming my book-blogs folder every day, and Sundays usually are a good chance to do some catching up on that.

Watching The new TV season has started! We haven’t added too many new shows to the DVR rotation, but we’re glad to see some of our old favorites returning, especially the comedies. I’ve needed those this weekend, after the wrenching finale of Broadchurch–an outcome I didn’t foresee until about 15 minutes before it was revealed (and for which I deliberately avoided reading recaps, because for once I cared about not being spoiled). That show was so well-done in every way–writing, acting, characterization, setting–but I’m wondering how they’ll approach a second season…and how much I’ll want to go back there. (Oh, who am I kidding? If David Tennant comes back, I most likely will too.)

Listening I spent Banned Books Week with the audio of Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, giving part of my attention to the story itself and part to trying to understand why it had so provoked parents in one Minnesota school district. I’ll get into both when I write up my thoughts on the novel, which I should be posting in the next few days. I’m in “catch up on podcasts” mode for the next couple of commuting days while I decide on what my next audiobook will be; my new Audible credits came in on Friday, and they’ve already been used on two books I had wish-listed.

Pondering I’m still thinking about what seems to be a shift in my reading preferences (content, not format), and I hope to spend some time working through it during the next day or two, so I can post about it and discuss it with you.

And speaking of posts, I’m 22 away from hitting the milestone of 2000 posts here. I’m thinking that either #1999 or #2001 will be some sort of retrospective–I haven’t done one of those for a while. But it seems like P2K should stand alone and be about something significant, and I’m trying to decide what that might be. Do you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions you’d like me to address for the occasion? Please leave them in the comments if you do!

Blogging I blogged about the assorted e-books in various apps that constitute my “phantom TBR,” and how I struggle to keep up with them–or even remember to read them at all! Thanks to Anastasia for recommending e-book management app Calibre in comments; I downloaded it and uploaded my e-books into it this afternoon, and we’ll see if it helps with the “keeping up” side of things. (It’s up to me to manage the “remembering to read”–and not be distracted by the other things I could be doing on the iPad instead–side of the issue.

Anticipating My online writing workshop starts on Monday! I’ve never done something like this before, so I’m a little nervous, but I’m eager too.

Gratuitous Photo of the Week
Point Mugu August 2013
Point Mugu, August 2013–one of our favorite “scenic drive” spots
How’s your weekend going?

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