sunday salon {4/14/2013}

 

sunday salonBooks Finished: 

Books Currently Reading:

  • Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn
  • Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Movies/Shows Watched:

  • Skyfall
  • Looper
  • Frankenweenie
  • Playing for Keeps
  • Anna Karenina

Shows Currently Watching:

  • How I Met Your Mother Season 8 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Two Broke Girls Season 2 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Big Bang Theory Season 6 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Glee Season 4 (currently airing on Fox)
  • Vikings Season 1 (currently airing on History)
  • The Office Season 2 (Netflix)

If you’re interested, here’s a link to my Sunday wrap-up post at my other blog, Me…Healthier: weekly dish {4/14/2013}

 

Sunday Salon {4/7/2013}

Books Finished: 

Books Currently Reading:

  • Halo: The Thursday War by Karen Traviss
  • Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Movies/Shows Watched:

  • Perks of Being a Wallflower was really good
  • Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer was too dumb to finish–I watched about 30 minutes or so

Shows Currently Watching:

  • How I Met Your Mother Season 8 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Two Broke Girls Season 2 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Big Bang Theory Season 6 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Glee Season 4 (currently airing on Fox)
  • Vikings Season 1 (currently airing on History)
  • 30 Rock Season 2 (Netflix)

If you’re interested, here’s a link to my Sunday wrap-up post at my other blog, Me…Healthier: weekly dish {4/7/2013}

Sunday Salon {3/24/2013}

Books Finished: 

Books Currently Reading:

  • Shades of the Earth by Beth Revis
  • Halo: The Thursday War by Karen Traviss

Movies/Shows Watched:

  • Hotel Transylvania was a pretty cute movie
  • Life of Pi was

Shows Currently Watching:

  • How I Met Your Mother Season 8 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Two Broke Girls Season 2 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Big Bang Theory Season 6 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Glee Season 4 (currently airing on Fox)
  • 30 Rock Season 2 (Netflix)

If you’re interested, here’s a link to my Sunday wrap-up post at my other blog, Me…Healthier: weekly dish {3/24/2013}.

Sunday Salon {3/10/2013}

Books Finished: 

Books Currently Reading:

  • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
  • Halo: The Thursday War by Karen Traviss
    I will be starting this on my drive to work tomorrow morning. Honestly, I got it because Nick loves Halo and I saw it on the newly released audiobook shelf.

Movies/Shows Watched:

  • gave up on Felicity–I found it pretty annoying that the main characters seemed more like 15 than 19

Shows Currently Watching:

  • How I Met Your Mother Season 8 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Two Broke Girls Season 2 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Big Bang Theory Season 6 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Glee Season 4 (currently airing on Fox)
  • 30 Rock Season 1 (Netflix)

If you’re interested, here’s a link to my Sunday wrap-up post at my other blog, Me…Healthier: weekly dish {3/10/2013}.

Sunday Salon {3/3/2013}

sunday salonBooks Finished: 

Books Currently Reading:

  • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
    I’m really enjoying both of these books!

Movies/Shows Watched:

  • Felicity Season 1 on DVD
    Gotta admit, I’m really glad that I was younger in the 90s than the characters in the show 🙂

Shows Currently Watching:

  • How I Met Your Mother Season 8 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Two Broke Girls Season 2 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Big Bang Theory Season 6 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Glee Season 4 (currently airing on Fox)

If you’re interested, here’s a link to my Sunday wrap-up post at my other blog, Me…Healthier: weekly dish {3/3/2013}.

Sunday Salon {2/24/2013}

sunday salonI’ve been really bad at updating this blog for the past few months (what’s really more like half a year). I’ve been spending a lot more time with my other blog, Me…Healthier. But I have finally got back into reading more often, usually even daily.

I’m going to be keeping this blog pretty simple, from now on. It will pretty much consist of book reviews and these Sunday Salon posts. With the occasional post about reading events, like Dewey’s Readathon, or anything that comes up book related. So here goes…

(To catch up from the beginning of the year…)

Books Finished: 

Books Currently Reading:

  • Have You Seen Marie? by Sandra Cisneros (audiobook)
  • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

Movies/Shows Watched:

  • Identity Thief was hilarious!!
  • Downton Abbey Season 3 (so sad it’s done for the season already!)
  • The Campaign wasn’t as funny as I thought it’d be, but still great

Shows Currently Watching:

  • How I Met Your Mother Season 8 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Two Broke Girls Season 2 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Big Bang Theory Season 6 (currently airing on CBS)
  • Glee Season 4 (currently airing on Fox)

If you’re interested, here’s a link to my Sunday wrap-up post at my other blog, Me…Healthier: weekly dish {2/24/2013}

Sunday Salon {12/16/2012}

sunday salonThis week seems to have gone rather fast. It was my first full week of my new job and I am really beginning to feel comfortable with the kids. I’m still a little leery when it comes to the actual work part (when we actually 1:1 teach the kids) because they are all at different levels and I’m still figuring out who can do what. But I’m feeling great with everything else. I finally went Christmas shopping this weekend! I only have one more gift left to buy. I was just having such a hard time figuring out what to buy for my family members.

No real reading. I’m waiting for a book at the library to come in so I can finish the Around the World in 12 Books Challenge on a good note. But it seems like it’s never going to come in! I’ve been #1 on the list for it for a couple of weeks.

Ted (2012; Mark Wahlberg, Seth McFarlane, Mila Kunis)
Young boy wishes his teddy bear was real. Teddy bear comes to life. Whole world loves Ted, the teddy bear. Ted and boy grow up. Man can’t grow up and get his life together because of bear. Man and bear go separate ways. Tragedy ensues. Ending is happy.
Funnier than I thought, but still more stupid-stupid than stupid-funny. Doubt I’ll watch it again.

The Lucky One (2012; Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling)
Man is a soldier. Man finds a picture of a beautiful woman (which incidentally saves him from dying). Man goes in search of woman to thank her. Man and woman fall in love. Man and woman have a fight. But it’s Nicholas Sparks–you figure out the ending.
As with most Nicholas Sparks movies, I enjoyed it. The ending was cliche, as are many romantic movies. But, again, with most Nicholas Sparks movies, I probably won’t watch it often. I think, of his movies I’ve seen, I’ve only ever watched each once, at least all the way through.

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012; Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez)
Manny and Ellie’s daughter, Peaches, is now a teenager. The land begins to shift and change, splitting Manny, Sid, and Diego–and Sid’s awesome granny–from Ellie and Peaches. Thus begins the adventure of pirates and floating icebergs in order to reunite the family.
This was pretty funny. Of course the original Ice Age is best, but I think these follow-ups have been really great as sequels go.

The Bourne Legacy (2012; Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz)
I have to be perfectly honest–I’m not exactly sure what this was about. It’s not like the other Bourne movies with Matt Damon. This is more about a conspiracy dealing with medicines that enhance your mental and physical states. It was good, but a little confusing if you didn’t pay 100% attention to it, which is what happened in my case.

Sunday Salon {12/9/2012}

sunday salonThis has been a busy week. I’ve been out to eat five times, four of which were to celebrate Nick’s birthday. I took him out for just the two of us, his parents took us both out, we went out with a group of friends last night (there are two others with birthdays around this time of the month), and again this afternoon to celebrate his grandma’s birthday (which is coincidentally his birthday). I feel like I’m about to explode! At least it wasn’t a week of fast food–I still haven’t had any of that this year.

On top of all of that, I started a new job on Wednesday. I’m a full-time paraprofessional in an elementary room with six wonderful kids that have varying disabilities–five have autism of varying degrees. I substituted in this classroom a handful of times and I told them I’d be interested in a full time spot if one came available. Great for me, they all loved me anyways so I was the first person they called when a spot opened. Anyways, the work is tough some days, easier others. But always rewarding.

I didn’t really get a chance to read anything this week. But I did finish my audiobook, Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland. It was a great book. I loved the narrator, Karen White, whom I’ve listened to before. And this style of story–where the backstory of a piece of artwork is created–has always intrigued me. Like Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. For the rest of the month I am going to stop listening to audiobooks and just listen to Christmas music on the radio. We have a local station that plays continuous Christmas music all through December 🙂

Back to the Future Part II (1989; Michael Fox, Christopher Lloyd)
Another time-travelling adventure of Marty McFly and Dr. Brown.
I’ve honestly never seen this before. I thought it was pretty funny that the time Marty first travelled to was October 21, 2015. Not the particular day, just the year–2015 isn’t that far away 🙂 I did see somewhere a poster that said something about the world not ending in 2012 like the Mayan calendar prophesied because Marty McFly traveled to 2015 haha

Rock of Ages (2012; Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise)
A pseudo-musical focusing on the 1970s and the rise of rock ‘n’ roll music.
Best thing about the movie was the music. The story was lame. That’s all there really is to say.

Sunday Salon {12/2/2012}

This weekend has been busy busy busy!

Friday: Ran some errands in the morning, followed by a step & sculpt class at the gym I’m joining for the winter with a couple of friends. I have to admit that I honestly didn’t think step aerobics would be too hard. I’m somewhat coordinated, so I picked up on the steps somewhat easily. But it was a harder workout than I thought it’d be, cardio-wise. But I loved it! It was fun 🙂 Then I came home and cleaned the house for some overnight guests and put up a few Christmas decorations, including my tree! I went and got my nails done–the second time ever, the first being my own wedding. This time it was for my older sister’s wedding. We had the rehearsal and dinner Friday evening–it was pretty fun! I was sort of surprised that my sister’s husband wanted to go over it twice at the rehearsal–he’s been in nearly 10 weddings. I know it’s different when you’re the groom, but surly he paid some attention at the others, right? 😛

Saturday: Bright and early, I was up helping my sister get some stuff done at the reception hall. I came back home and visited more with my cousins and their toddler, the flower girl, before we all needed to get ready. We played this new (to me) game called Nachos, which was sort of like tri-ominos. Anyways, the wedding went off without a hitch. I did a reading from Jane Eyre. The reception was so fun! I learned to polka (very basics, I’m sure) and the steps to Cotton-Eye Joe. My sister put on safety glasses, a shower cap, and a long flannel shirt (that is her husband’s haha) in preparation for the cake-cutting 😀 My youngest sister got “violated” when a family friend had to put the garter on her after the bouquet and garter tosses. They did a dash for cash and donated all the money to my late cousin’s scholarship fund (this made probably 10 people cry!) Got to catch up with various cousins. Oh, and there was a frozen daiquiri machine!! (That’s really the only thing I drink, alcohol-wise. I don’t like the taste of much liquor.) And, best of all, my sister finally got to marry her dream guy. (I say finally because they’ve been together for 7 years, just like Nick and I had been before we got married.)

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Sunday: Today, we had brunch at my parents and watched the happy couple (and their kids, my nephew and step-niece) open their gifts. We visited some more with family and friends. Then Nick and I went to his cousin’s house for their baby’s first birthday party–her birthday is the same day as Nick’s, which is the same day as his grandma, December 5th. Another cousin had a baby about a month ago–there are now 7 granddaughters on Nick’s mom’s side of the family, NO BOYS! There will be a big prize of new clothes and toys for whoever has the first boy 🙂

I hate to admit that I still haven’t read anything the past week 😕 I’ve been busy. But I think once I actually start a new book, my ways will change 🙂

I did watch one new movie this week:

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012; Steve Carrell, Kiera Knightly)
The world is ending in 3 weeks when a asteroid is set to strike. Boy and girl come across each other, even though they’ve been living in the same building for a few years, and the adventure ensues.
This was sort of sweet. It wasn’t very funny–I’d thought there’d be a little comedy to it, what with Steve Carrell. But it was more of a dramatic romance. Not that it was bad. But it was a little depressing. It can’t be too happy, since the world is ending.

Sunday Salon {11/25/2012}

I did not fall off the face of the earth. I haven’t been on here for nearly two months. My weekly “Blast from the Past” posts I write up ahead of time, so those have been updating the blog at least weekly. During September, I sort of went into a reading slump, which continued pretty much until now. I’m trying to come back–I’m finally giving up the book that didn’t really encourage or entice me, The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. And I can still make some headway with some of my resolutions and challenges for 2012, so I’m seriously trying to come back!

This past week was Thanksgiving, and Nick and I hosted my family for our first holiday in the house. It was so nice to see my family together–we all live within a 20-mile (diameter) area, but we have some crazy schedules, so it’s a bit hard to get together. Also, I learned from our housewarming party how to prepare for a crowd. So I wasn’t nearly as flustered, trying to run around and cook and clean this time around.

Nick and I are still working on little projects on the house. We had a septic tank issue that we’ve fixed. But now our oven/stove isn’t working, so we’ll need to get a new one. As everyone told me when we bought the house, a homeowner will always have something to work on. And our house has definitely kept that a truth. But, I did have a Clark Griswald moment about a week ago. If you’ve seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you know about the issue Clark has with the lights on the house. Well, Nick and I have this switch in our hallway and we could not for the life of us figure out what it did! But we found out accidentally that it turns on two exterior outlets (which, incidently, will be very nice when we have Christmas lights up!) This is how I felt, figuring out what it did:

I do have a few movies to briefly discuss, but as I said before, I really haven’t read in two months, so there’s no books to talk about.

America’s Next Top Model Cycle 18: British Invasion (Spring 2012)
This doesn’t really have any specific thoughts to go along with it, but I tell you about any other TV show that I watch after I’ve missed a season or two, and this is no different. ANTM is my one reality show guilty pleasure. This cycle is particularly interesting, as it was Americans vs. Brits. They haven’t done that before, so it was fun.

Dark Shadows (2012; Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer)
A young man is cursed by a witch whose love is unrequited in the mid-1700s. Nearly 200 years later, in 1972, he is able to escape his imprisonment–but he’s still a vampire. He works with his family’s descendants that still live in the town which was named after the family to bring back their reputation and prestige.
As a Tim Burton movie, it’s a little dark. But there wasn’t all that much comedy to break up the seriousness. But it’s not the serious-seriousness. I know that doesn’t make much sense, but you know how a dramatic serious is different than a comedic serious–this was supposed to be comedic serious, but there wasn’t any comedy. It just wasn’t good. And it ended so a sequel could be made easily. But I won’t waste my time on that one, if it comes to fruition.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012; Robert Pattinson, Kristin Stewart, Taylor Lautner)
It’s hard to summarize this without giving away anything in the previous four movies/three books, and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. But I will say that this movie was surprisingly awesome–I haven’t liked any of the other movies enough to watch them again after the midnight showing at which I saw all of them. Not that they were bad, but that they just weren’t good enough to see again. The “battle” at the end of this film was so weird! My friends and I were like, “That didn’t happen in the book, did it?!?!?!” (I read the books 4 years ago and haven’t read them since that, so I honestly forgot if some specifics happened or not.) And then there was this revelation at the end which was a double-whammy! I was impressed 🙂

Move Over, Darling (1963; Doris Day, James Garner)
A man has his wife who disappeared in a plane crash five years ago officially declared dead and marries another woman on the exact day his “dead” wife comes home after the navy rescues her from a desert island. He wants to get his new marriage annulled, but has a hard time breaking the news to his new bride about his wife still being alive.
This was really funny. Some of those movies from the 1950s and 1960s have great story-lines that would make really good films today with some new actors. I honestly get mad when movies like Footloose and Red Dawn are remade and they’re only 25-30 years old when there are funny movies like this one that would make excellent movies. Down With Love is a great example of a 1959 movie (Pillow Talk), remade.

Do Not Disturb (1965; Doris Day, Rod Taylor)
An American couple moves to Britain. Husband is always at work, and a wife’s friend tells her to create an imaginary lover to make the husband jealous and spend time with her. Even though the husband knows of this fake plot, he can’t help but feel jealous of his wife’s interior decorator. At the same time, the wife is jealous of her husband’s secretary who he spends so much time with.
This one felt a little bland to me, honestly. There were some comedic moments, but they were few and far between.