Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Salon: December 21, 2014

The Sunday

The Scene: 9:45 am  - sitting on couch, coffee in hand, surveying the apartment and trying to remember what I have forgotten to pack. Prince is lounging next to me - he is down for the count after getting vaccinations on Friday.  The pics below sum up the before and after pretty accurately.

 Reading: I have a few books in progress right now (which is rare for me but it has to do with all the formats). In print, I am reading The Way Life Should Be by Christina Baker Kline - I am really enjoying it.  I never read her most famous novel - The Orphan Train - but likely will after this one.  On my reader, I am reading a Christmas book - Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan.  It is set in London, light and fluffy and perfect for this time of year! Finally, on audio, I am also transported to England by Jo Jo Moyes's One Plus One. I read The Girl You Left Behind (my review) by the author and loved it.  This book is also shaping up to be quite good!

Listening: See above for current audiobook. Need to queue up some others with a long flight coming up next week - any recommendations? I have been hearing a lot about Serial and will try that podcast while traveling too.

 Blogging: This week I posted my review of We Are Not Ourselves - this is easily my favorite read this year and based on feedback, it seems very popular with many of you too!  I also want to feature a post I did at last year at this time as part of the Virtual Advent series - review of Christmas on Jane Street.  I think about this story each time I walk past the tree vendors in the city.  If you are looking for a good read this time of year, I definitely recommend this! It reminds me a bit of a modern day Gift of the Magi.  And today, the ebook is only $1.99!

Watching : With holiday parties, year-end stuff at work and holiday prep miscellany, I haven't been watching much TV (which is really just fine).  But I have become fascinated by the holiday decorations on the buildings and townhouses throughout the city. I have been following a hashtag called #festivefacades on Instagram (follow me) which got me looking at all the #festivefacades in Manhattan!  Here is a sample from my wanderings while running errands yesterday.

Looking Forward To: So much to look forward to - heading to Texas to visit with family over Christmas and then on to Cape Town for New Year's (hence the packing stress right now - I am sure something will be forgotten).

Hope everyone has a relaxing Sunday!


  1. I always get stressed about packing for the holidays, and then I remind myself that almost nothing I could forget is irreplaceable. Getting a new one might be annoying, but it's not the worst thing and I should just calm down :)

    I love the facades you shared! I am not big on Christmas decorating -- I hate the idea of having to take it all down again -- but I love looking at other decorations. There is a house around the corner from me that has beautiful lights out, so fun to see each night when I drive home.

  2. Aw, poor little Prince! I would love to come to the city during the holidays one year. Enjoy your trip!

  3. What a terrific post! I loved Christmas on Jane Street, and The Way Life Should Be is my favorite Christian Baker Kline book. I'm going to have to check out the #festivefacades. Merry Christmas and safe travels to Texas.

  4. Have you listened to Dollbaby? That was an outstanding audio production - my favorite this year. I also just finished Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and loved's sad though, so maybe not what you want for travel.

    Merry Christmas, Colleen. Enjoy your trips!

  5. have a great holiday Colleen and Happy travels as well -- cute puppy.

  6. Oh, I love your list of books, and I loved Orphan Train, so I have bookmarked The Way Life Should Be. I also have another e-book of hers, too, that I haven't yet read...Sweet Water.

    I loved We Are Not Ourselves, and I see that it is a favorite on many lists.

    Oh, I love those facades of Christmas decorated homes in a postcard!

    Enjoy your travels....

  7. I hope your precious little Prince feels better soon! Love the photos you took of the doorways. Happy holidays, Colleen!

  8. Some of my favorite things about the holidays are decorations and music. Have a wonderful trip and I hope Prince fares well. What an adorable pup :)
    I followed you on instagram (mbh956)
    Merry Christmas, Colleen!

  9. I loved Orphan Train but I haven't read her other books. I'm too late for Christmas so happy new year, Colleen!

  10. I think you're in Cape Town right around now, so enjoy your far-flung travels! The decorations around Manhattan sure look great. Have a Happy New Year!