The Sunday Salon – December 21st Edition

The Sunday Salon

Happy Sunday! The last two weeks have been every bit as intense as I thought they would be, but thankfully they are now behind me. Work was particularly insane with two inventories, budgets, board meetings, finishing up the monthly reports, and getting it all done with the same short staff we have had almost all year. Then, to top it off, there was the mother of all bombshells dropped on Friday afternoon that will have major repercussions for 2015. To say that I am exhausted is an understatement, but I have not been doing much this weekend as my own form of recovery. I do have to work Monday and Tuesday, but I know it will be quiet and much more relaxing than it has been. I plan to use these two days to do some system clean-up and prep work for the new year. I’m actually looking forward to a more leisurely pace. Of course, the prize of having the rest of the year off is even more enticing!

The kids are officially on winter break. Holly also has a dance break, for which she is thankful. I know she was beginning to feel some aches and pains, so a break will be great for her recovery. Connor will be using this time off to catch up on missing homework assignments and start studying for finals. He’s going to need all of that time to get everything done and needs all the help he can get in order to improve his grades to meet our expectations.

Jim’s company holiday party was this past Friday. His company really knows how to throw a party. This year, they rented out a resort for a Hollywood theme. The rooms were individual themes within the main theme. One was Napa Valley. Another was world influences. The most popular rooms were Casino Royale, complete with gambling tables, and The Wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This one was by far my favorite room. Not only did it hold all of the desserts, but they made the room look like the Great Hall during the holidays, complete with “floating” candles, broomsticks, cauldrons, owls, and the Sorting Hat made out of chocolate. There was Butterbeer and a mini-version of Honeydukes. I could have stayed in that room the entire night! We had a great time trying new foods, playing blackjack, and hanging out with Jim’s coworkers.

Jim also has a short work week this week, something we are all anticipating. My parents will be coming for Christmas, and we are looking forward to quiet days, traditions, games, movies, and relaxing. I’m in a bit of a reading funk, so I am also hoping to find that one book to get me out of my rut. I have plenty of options from which to choose!

In other words, things are definitely winding down for the entire Shannon family. I suspect this site will also become quiet as I am in need of a break from everything. I will be back in 2015, of that there is no doubt, but I want to take these next two weeks to reassess some things and potentially make some slight changes. It’s been a rough year personally, and I want to make sure I am both mentally and physically prepared for whatever 2015 may hold.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday and a peaceful holiday season. Have a great day and week, and happy reading!

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Book Review – The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Title: The Boston Girl Author: Anita Diamant ISBN: 9781439199350 No. of Pages: 336 Genre: Historical Fiction Origins: Scribner Publishing Release Date: 9 December 2014 Bottom Line: Enjoyable but forgettable Synopsis: “Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their…

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It’s Monday, December 15th! What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading?

Hosted by Sheila from Book Journey, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Finished Last Week: Currently Reading: Currently Listening: Up Next:   What are you reading?

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Book Review – Genocide of One by Kazuaki Takano

Genocide of One by Kazuaki Takano

Title: Genocide of One Author: Kazuaki Takano ISBN: 9780316226226 No. of Pages: 512 Genre: Thriller Origins: Mulholland Books Release Date: 2 December 2014 Bottom Line: Great premise but too technical and frankly too explicitly violent to be remotely enjoyable Synopsis: “During a briefing in Washington D.C., the President is informed of a threat to national…

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Book Review – The Distance by Helen Giltrow

The Distance by Helen Giltrow

Title: The Distance Author: Helen Giltrow ISBN: 978-0-385-53699-8 No. of Pages: 368 Genre: Thriller Origins: Random House Release Date: 9 September 2014 Bottom Line: Intense, terrifying, and thought-provoking Synopsis: “Charlotte Alton is an elegant socialite. But behind the locked doors of her sleek, high-security apartment in London’s Docklands, she becomes Karla. Karla’s business is information….

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Special Feature – Interview with David Baldacci

Author Photo: David Baldacci

On Wednesday, December 3rd, I was invited to participate in a group interview with none other than the prolific author, David Baldacci. His latest release, The Escape, was in stores on November 18th, but did you also know that he published his first-ever young adult fantasy story in March? Holly read The Finisher and loved…

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It’s Monday, December 8th! What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading?

Hosted by Sheila from Book Journey, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Finished Last Week: Currently Reading: Currently Listening: Up Next:     What are you reading?

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The Sunday Salon – December 7th Edition

The Sunday Salon

Good morning! The sun is shining. The snow is not melting. The house is quiet – but that’s because Connor is still asleep. The Christmas cards are waiting for the mailman. All presents I need to mail are ready to go to the post office. The Christmas tree has an ever-growing pile of beautifully decorated…

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That’s What The Girl Read – The Finisher by David Baldacci

The Finisher by David Baldacci

  Vega Jane has a mystery to solve. Why did family friend, Quentin Herms, vanish into the Quag? Nobody would go to the Quag on there own free will. Vega knows he was chased. But why? Wormwood lives with lies in every inch, so don’t believe everything you hear. There is only one place where everything is…

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Book Review – The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

m4s0n501 Title: The Silent Sister Author: Diane Chamberlain ISBN: 9781250010711 No. of Pages: 352 Genre: Fiction Origins: St. Martin’s Press Release Date: 7 October 2014 Bottom Line: Entertaining but not outstanding Synopsis: “In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now,…

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