Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Salon: Feburary 2, 2014

The Sunday

Well, it's been two weeks since my last Sunday Salon post.  In the interim, I had surgery and between the hospital and then early recovery I wasn't much up to blogging.  Or reading or much of anything it seems.  I have been surprised at just how fatigued I have been but I guess as the body heals, it zaps energy.  I am starting to feel a bit better now and glad to be getting back to some sense of normalcy.

The scene:  9 AM Sunday morning, a cup of chai tea and my trusty shot glass of meds dissolved in water at the ready. Not  what I orginially intended for the shot glass but it works!

Reading:  I am currently reading Glitter and Glue  by Kelly Corrigan - I picked this up at BEA and started reading on the bus home and was pulled in - very happy to be getting back to it.  I haven't read her first memoir (The Middle Place) but read and heard great things from others about it.  I just finished  Love, Water, Memory by Jennie Shortridge on my e-reader.  This book is affecting and reaffirmed my like of this author's writing

Listening: Still on Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe.  I started this before the hospital and was moving right along then I listened a bit in the hospital during some pain med induced fugue and have lost all track of the story - I need to get back and figure out where I was when I was lucid!

Blogging: See above - non-existent! Hoping to get some posts done this week now that I am feeling a bit better.  I have been dropping in on a few of your blogs here and there but also hope to do more of that this week.

Watching: Looking forward to Downton tonight, despite its conflict with THE BIG GAME.  We will see-  I may DVR it if my Dad and I are really into the game and don't want to switch over.  It won't be much of a party around here - I am still on a liquid/puree diet (and somehow pureed nachos doesn't do it for me!) but if you are looking for some Super Bowl snacks, Diane has a great sample on her blog.  And, OMG, this Snickers Chex Mix from Iowa Girl Eats looks divine 

Looking Forward To: Feeling more and more like my old self. Perhaps enough to enjoy some of this forced downtime.

Planning: On more organizing.  My parents hate to be idle so while they are here taking care of me, they have also been doing odd jobs around the apartment and now have set about helping me clean out closets, etc.  It's not fun but needs to be done so I am glad of the help.  And I can do pretty little so I am just in the director's role.  Yesterday, however, we tackled the books. My Dad couldn't get over how many books I had and really pushed me to evaluate which I want to keep.  I am not going to lie -there was some aruging in the guest room as he told me I wasn't cutting enough and I was protesting that I really needed these books!  It was quite a scene. But the net result is that at 1/2 way through the project, I have about 100 books to donate and I expect there will be more as we continue today. As much as I hate this, the extra space does feel freeing.

Grateful: For all the help (book arguments in the guest room notwithstanding) my parents have given me since surgery. I am an adult but it is nice to be babied a bit!

Happy Sunday!


  1. It's a relief to hear that the surgery went well and that you're on the mend. I've been thinking about you. I can relate to the glut of books. I donate or sell (at an indie bookstore) the ones I don't love, but I've just hired a carpenter to build more bookshelves with room to expand. He read about a decorator who furnishes a room with just the cut spines of books for an illusion of built ins. Feel better!

  2. I'm glad to hear you are on the mend and that you have your parents there to care for you. If my husband and sons ever figure out where I stash all of the books in this apartment, I'm in big trouble.
    Take care and feel better soon! (And I DVR Downton every Sunday and watch first thing every Monday.)

  3. I had back surgery in 1993 and will never forget how challenging it was to get back (no pun intended!) to my former energy. There are also parts that will always be hazy because of meds, etc. LOL

    Hope you have a speedy recovery.

    I received Glitter and Glue this week...glad you're enjoying it. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Hope your recovery is speedy! I understand the arguments about books. I think I moved more boxes of books than just about anything else last time we moved. I've looked at Glitter and Glue a few times haven't read it yet so I'm looking forward to your review.

  5. Glad to hear you're starting to feel more like yourself! I'm planning to break away from the Super Bowl for Downton, but have the DVR set just in case the game is too good to miss. Hope the recovery continues at a brisk pace this week :)

  6. You have awesome parents. Good luck catching back up on Stories I Only Tell. I love that audio so.

  7. I hope you continue to improve each day.

    My mom and sister were just here and they helped me go through all of my books. I culled about 300 of them! Good luck to you!

  8. Surgery is tough. Cut yourself some slack and time. But I'm glad you're nearing normalcy. I just had knee surgery so each day is incrementally small steps toward getting stronger. take care. And good job with the book cutting

  9. Wishing you a speedy recovery. My husband was babying me a bit this weekend due to a head cold, and yes, it IS nice to be babied every once in a while. :)

  10. aw Colleen I'm so glad you are getting that much-needed babying ~ it's definitely needed after surgery and it sounds like you've got some awesome parents! {especially to stick to their guns about culling thru the books ~ it's tough to go up against a reader/blogger and her books!}

    feel better soon, take all the time you need to recover, and be gentle with yourself!

  11. I was just thinking about you a few days ago. I'm glad you're home from surgery and I'm sure Prince is delighted to have you back home, too! How nice that your folks can help take care of you during your recovery. Sending healing thoughts your way!

  12. Hope that you are feeling better soon. Enjoy the downtime and just do what you can. Impressive that you're getting rid of 100 books. I wish I could do that - I NEED to.

  13. Glad that your parents came to help you during your recovery! It's always nice to be loved, isn't it? :)

    My Sunday post is here:

  14. Your parents sound great--sometimes a good cleanout is the best thing for a fresh start, bookwise :)

    I was in the middle of something else when my turn at the Rob Lowe came up at the library and I'm still regretting having to pass on it. Sounds like a great book to recuperate with.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, and happy reading.

  15. Glad you're on the road to recovery. Dang, I need your parents to come to my house for a few days; your dad is a tough guy!

  16. Glad to hear you're on the mend. Sounds like your parents are putting your recovery time to good use. Purging books would be way easier if I had a few people to do the heavy lifting for me. I got rid of a ton of books last summer, but they seem to be regenerating so I fear another book purge is going to be in my near future. :'-( Maybe I'll purge the rest of my belongings first...everything's easier to get rid of than books! LOL