Sunday Salon: 10 Days Till Christmas Edition

Dateline: Sunday morning, too bloody early. I did not intend to be awake at 5:30, people–that’s for work days, not Sundays. And yet I am, so here I am, in the loft, having decided that since I’m up, I might as well get a Sunday Salon post done. Any typos may be blamed on writing on the iPad while wearing my regular glasses–I may be up already, but I don’t have to put my contacts in yet.

Consuming: Water only right now. Recovering from steak and (gluten-free) chocolate cake last night, both eaten in celebration of Spencer’s 14th birthday.

Reading: I’ve finally gotten to the November (!) She Reads Book Club selection, Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson, which I am alternating with the linked-essay collection Why I Read by Wendy Lesser…and I’m not making much headway with either one right now. Last week was my busy one at work–that’s my official excuse, but I hope to get a little more done on the reading front this week. That includes blog-reading, too; I did some triage on the feed reader last night, and I hope that helps!

Watching: Also in celebration of Spencer’s 14th birthday, we saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug yesterday. I’m sure it’s not the last time I’ll watch it (and I’m actually considering re-reading the book now–or at least finding it in audio–since I haven’t read it since high school). I liked it a lot, but it felt like it was a little short (no pun intended) on actual Hobbit. On television, we’re finally into the current-season Parks and Recreation episodes that have been collecting on the DVR. I think my favorite TV show right now is Arrow–superhero soap opera is definitely a weakness of mine!

Listening: I’m more than halfway through One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson, and I’m really enjoying it. I like his yarn-spinning style of telling history. (And don’t tell my dad, but I’m getting him a print copy for Christmas.)

Promoting: Sheila is inviting us all to post a photo of what we’re reading on January 1. I’m not sure what book it’ll be yet, but I’m in! How about you?

Blogging/Writing: My writing workshop ends this week, and I need to finish my final assignment for it before 2 PM today. That and the piece I wrote last week may both turn into blog posts for this week, since I haven’t finished any books and have nothing else ready. The past couple of weeks have been pretty review-heavy around here, but I’m all caught up on those now. I’ll be getting to work on my year-end retrospectives and Books of the Year picks soon, but those posts probably won’t go up until after New Year’s.

Anticipating: All of our kids here next week, and three generations under our new roof on Christmas Day.

Planning: Getting the Christmas tree and decorations put up today!

Gratuitous Photo of the Week

puppy Bel December 2013

This is Bel (short for Bellatrix). She’s a mixed breed puppy adopted from Fur Baby Rescue in Los Angeles, currently fostering at my stepkids’ other house. She’s going back to New Hampshire with Kate after the holiday break, and we’re all excited about spending Christmas with her.
How’s your weekend going?

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  1. Such a great photo! It sounds like you will be having a wonderful holiday, Florinda. I hope you enjoy your reading. I want to read Jackson's book at some point. I hope you enjoy it. I've finally gotten to Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman and am enjoying it.
    Take care and have a good week!

    1. I'm probably more in the "holiday spirit" this year than I've been for a while, to be honest. I'm liking SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVE STORY more than I thought I would. I still haven't read SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT, though :-).

  2. I'd definitely take a nap! Hate when I wake up before I need to and I base what time I go to bed on the time I can sleep until.