Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Salon: February 23, 2014

The Sunday

The scene: 10 AM Sunday morning after a nice walk in the warm sunshine - so nice to say that after weeks of frigid temps!

 Reading: The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon. I finally finished reading Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah - the story was so heartbreaking in places that I found myself in tears in a coffee shop while reading. Definitely a satisfying read and reminded me how much I like this author. My next audio pick was going to be Five Days at Memorial but I decided I needed something lighter so I listened to The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster. Her books always make me laugh and sure enough I was laughing in the street as I walked the dog!

Blogging: This week I posted my review of Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan - this is definitely a best read of 2014 for me and I will be gifting it to many friends. The memoir is really a tribute to Corrigan's mother (the glue in their family) and it is all the more powerful because it comes from a daughter who didn't always appreciate what her Mom had to offer and thought they had nothing in common.

Watching: I started watching House of Cards Season 2 but have dialed it back to stretch the season out a bit.  I found out from the surgeon this Friday that I will be home for two more weeks.  My recovery is going well but he wants to wait another week to progress me from liquids and I need to be off while I incorporate solid food. I may try to see a show or two while I am off - with Broadway in my backyard, I am embarrassed to say how rarely I see a show.

Looking Forward To: Solid food! Fortunately, I haven't been very hungry since surgery but need to get a minimum amount of protein in and I am getting tired of my limited food options at this point. I knew I was in trouble last week when I was looking forward to the crunch of my chewable vitamin! I find myself perusing Pinterest for delicious dishes or checking out the restaurants online that my friends check into on Facebook!  My progression back to all solid food will be slow but I will be prepared with my recipes and restaurant choices!

Grateful: For beautiful weather over the past few days. We got into the 50's yesterday and the sun shined and it looks to be more of the same today. I was so happy to shed my puffy winter coat and slip into something lighter weight. Prince is also relieved to shed his coat and boots. I understand cold weather (and maybe SNOW!) will return this week but right now and I thankful for this weather and living in the (sunny) moment!


  1. I hope you continue to improve.

    Carl and Vance are into House of Cards too. Do you know how odd it is that the main character is a DEMOCRAT from South Carolina? That's not something you see very often.

  2. I just started The Wife, The Mistress, and The Maid yesterday and am loving it so far! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  3. Sounds like your recovery is progressing on track. Our temps have been warmer the past couple of days, but nothing close to 50 - that sounds heavenly!

    I added The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress to my wish list this week... and know I must read Corrigan. Have a good week, Colleen!

  4. There are so many great shows to see on (and off-Broadway), I hope you get to see some. Wasn't yesterday a delightful day?

  5. I hear ya. I'm so grateful for this weather too.

  6. Glad you're feeling better and I'm glad that NYC finally got a bit of a break in the weather. We had some unseasonably warm weather last week but it's colder again, today. Winter's not over yet, apparently.

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  7. It is none of my business but why can't you eat solid food? It would kill me to be on a liquid diet. Argh!

    1. I had GI surgery and being on the liquid diet helps it to heal and allows it to "rest". Now that I have been doing this for 4 weeks, it is easier than I initially imagined but I am ready for it to end if only to get some more variety!

  8. Looking forward to this one as well --- The Wife, The Maid and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

    Enjoy 2 more week away from the daily grind.

  9. I have House of Cards on my Netflix queue, but haven't started yet.

    I loved Glitter and Glue, too, and The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress. Winter Garden was another favorite. Hope you have a great week.


  10. Nice to see the sun. Good shot of the City. Wishing you the best for your recovery. I havent seen House of Cards but I'm consumed by Homeland and need now Season 3. Cheers!

  11. I always feel a bit weird crying over a book in public--I can remember consciously taking a different book than one I was almost done with on a plane trip because I know I wouldn't be able to control the waterworks. Sometimes though a book will surprise me and there I am with tears streaming down my face.

    Glad to hear you are healing--best wishes.

  12. We have temps coming this week that show low temps higher than what we've been having for highs. Can't wait. Hope it lasts. Glad your recovery is progressing well but I'll bet you really are looking forward to chewing your meals again!