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Sunday Salon 7-20-14

From World of Trouble To Spamalot

Reading: World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters which I read on Tuesday, the day it was released. Next up: Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins, which I am planning on reading today.

Watching: Longmire, based off the Craig Johnson novels. Now just have to wait for Season 3 to end on TV so can get on Netflix. Next up: Endeavour, Series 2, which already is available on the PBS app on the Roku, first three episodes anyway, and anticipate the fourth and final episode of series to be up shortly after airs tonight.

Listening to: This afternoon I plan on tuning in to a little bit of the 2014 Pitchfork Musical Festival from Chicago. This morning, while I’m reading other Sunday Saloners and other book bloggish posts, I’m chilling to Sleepy Hollow on WXPN out of Philadelphia. Maybe later tonight, I’ll find something to listen to from the West Coast to round out my listening. :)

Photographing: #100happydays. Highlight was this photo from Wednesday.

Saying: Not much. Scaling back on saying anything as I decided to not do three scheduled posts reflecting on themes of blog: Body, mind, and soul.

Doing: Not much. Sister, brother-in-law, and nephew were supposed to come over Monday or Tuesday, but didn’t work out.

Not grateful for: The blahs I’m feeling lately, including lack of motivation and focus here on the blog.

Grateful for: Wife, talented enough to be in a local theater’s production of the musical Spamalot that I will be going to see with her dad and stepmom this Saturday night for final performance. Ending four-day weekend Tuesday with getting aforementioned World of Trouble on hold on ebook from The Free Library of Philadelphia and then having time to read it in one sitting (with nap in between).

So what have you been reading, watching, listening to, photographing, saying, and/or doing this past week? What is the one thing for which you are most grateful this past week?

Sunday Salon 7-13-14

Fangirl, Leverage, Forest Swords, and 100 Happy Days

Today I don’t have a topic to spin, just a look back at the week in what I’ve been reading, watching, listening to, photographing, saying and doing…

Reading: This past week I finished my second Rainbow Rowell book, Fangirl, putting my count for books for the year at 32.

The first was Eleanor and Park, which I thought was great. This one, Fangirl? Well, I just thought it was good, but still better than most books. It just didn’t seem to have the same impact as the first one. Today, I might finish The Power of A Positive No: How To Say No and Still Get To Yes by William Ury. I recently read The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg and this one is in a similar vein, at least, with the first two words. ;)

On Tuesday, I’m looking forward to the third in The Last Policeman trilogy, World Of Trouble, by Ben H. Winters coming out.

Watching: I don’t know why but Friday night I started watching a new show to me, Leverage, and I immediately fell in love and watched the first eight episodes of Season 1. I’m waiting to watch the last two episodes of Season 1 until later today or tomorrow when my wife can join me because they give a little more back story on the main character, Nathan Ford, played by Timothy Hutton and she’s interested in that part of it.

Listening to: Machine music as my wife calls it, namely Forest Swords (aka English producer Matthew Barnes), Jon Hopkins, Burial (aka William Emmanuel Bevan), Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Photographing: I’m continuing with #100happydays, of which the photos above in the featured image are a part.

Saying and doing: I haven’t been saying anything on the blog this week, but this coming week I do have a post planned on summertime music on Tuesday and another post on Thursday about my spiritual journey from the Assemblies of God to the Episcopal Church of America, with stops in between. I’m not doing much lately but am in the middle of a four-day weekend today, which I am enjoying so far.

So how about y’all? What have you been up to this past week? Read, watched or listened to anything good?

Currently // Cat Away, Mouse Will Read?


2014-06-29 08.40.23 (810x608)Grateful/not grateful: Cutting right to the chase and the title of this post, my wife is away for a few days, from today until Tuesday night and as such, I have some time to read, binge-watch some TV shows on Netflix, crank up my “weird machine music,” as she calls it, that I like to listen to. So yes, I’m grateful she’s away – and hasten to add that she plans ahead for my food needs as I have all my food taken care of for the next few days (turkey curry with cauliflower rice – better than it sounds, breakfast casserole, chili, lunch meat and…wait for it…HOT DOGS! Woo hoo). On the flip side, though, I’m ungrateful that she’s away  because I’ll miss her (tear).

What I’m saying: Not a lot this week on the blog, and with a scheduled blogging break from Monday until next Saturday, not a lot this coming week either. I’ll be back next Sunday, July 6, when I’ll do a wrap-up of June and my birthday month and look ahead to the rest of July here on the blog and in life in general.

What I’m doing: That photo above is what I’m doing here between the hours of 9 a.m. and probably noon this morning (8:54 a.m., Sunday morning, June 29, 2014 as I type this sentence: 8:55 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time), reading blogs from fellow Sunday Salon participants, drinking iced coffee, and listening to WXPN’s Sleepy Hollow.

What I’m reading: About 2 a.m. this morning, I finished what probably will be one of my favorite series read this year. Last year my favorite series that I read was by this same author. Without further ado, that author is Jonathan Maberry. The series this time is his Rot & Ruin series with four books: Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, Flesh &  Bone, Fire & Ash. While all four were excellent, No. 3 blew me away with its ending. All I could say was “Wow.” Like his Joe Ledger series, which unlike Rot & Ruin which is finished, I just kept pumping my fist in the air…”Yes, yes, yes!” Not many books make me do it, but his do.

What I’m watching: Earlier in the week, I gave a wrap of what I’m been watching recently with my “As of yet untitled weekly feature about movies and TV, Take 3″ so I’m not going to repeat myself here.

What I’m listening to: Right now, as I said, WXPN’s Sleepy Hollow, but on constant repeat are two albums: Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music and Curtis Harding’s Soul Music.

What I’m photographing: A lot this past weekend as my sister, brother-in-law, 7-year-old nephew and I visited the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania which is right “in my backyard.”

So what are you up to this fine Sunday morning/afternoon/evening (depending on when you’re reading this)?