The Sunday Salon [1.12.14]

The Sunday

 After a full week of blogging and even getting to some housekeeping tasks (I’m updating the About Me section and the menu options – more changes coming soon), I completely forgot to write a Sunday Salon. Two steps forward, one step back. Or something like that. So here it is a bit late on this Sunday morning.


Currently reading:

  • Print:
    • Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield (but thinking about putting it down…anyone want to convince me to stick with it?)
  • Audio:
    • The Circle by Dave Eggers

Just finished:

  • Audio:
    • The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolosky

Tentative TBR:

  • Print:
    • Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau
    • The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polisner
    • Betsy and the Great World by Maud Hart Lovelace
  • Audio:
    • Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear


I was good about exercise. I ran 3 times, went to yoga once and dance once, but I stopped counting calories on Wednesday and ended up gaining 1.1 pounds. I have once again learned my lesson that I still need to count calories if I want to lose these last few pounds. I also got bad about drinking my water. But I still haven’t had a diet coke!

This week is going to be tough. I have two happy hours, a catered dinner (and a breakfast and a lunch), and a pub crawl. And I have no idea when I am going to fit in my working out with this busy schedule. And Ben misread his class schedule so I can’t go to ballet for the foreseeable future unless I find a new class (I’m looking…). Yikes.

Other Stuff:

  • This week was our ninth wedding anniversary. Hard to believe (we WERE babies when we got married though).
  • Evan and I were featured in a BabyZone gallery showing what real moms look like post-childbirth (not sure I agree with the decision to label mine a “super quick labor” though).
  • I am going to start adding a second review on Thursdays. This review will be of books I read last year and never reviewed so it will probably be shorter than a normal review. I plan on doing this until I catch up (I like to post something about every book I read).

How was your week? Sticking with those resolutions?

10 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon [1.12.14]

  1. Kailana January 12, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    No one seems to like Bellman & Black. Sometimes I think I should not pre-order books because if the reviews suck I take forever to read unless I am smart and read right away. I didn’t read anything right away last year, though. 😦

    Happy anniversary!


  2. Sandy January 12, 2014 / 12:56 pm

    Yeah I haven’t heard many glowing things about B&B. It was high on my list but after hearing all the bad words, I changed my mind. Dieting and exercising is always a struggle it seems (and it probably will be until our kids are grown and gone). My husband is always lecturing to “pay yourself first”, so I try to make it a priority but it is hard. And Amen on the tracking calories. For me it is the only thing that really works and make me accountable.


  3. Ti January 12, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    You just go ahead and put Bellman and Black down. I give you permission. It was a big disappointment.


    • Michelle January 12, 2014 / 3:21 pm

      I thought that might be your advice.


  4. gae polisner January 12, 2014 / 2:17 pm

    Aren’t new year’s the best?! I love resolutions and work hard to keep them. Sounds like you are too. Clever to put pub crawls on your list of resolves. 😉

    Meanwhile, Kelly sent me here to strong arm you, but you know, I’m not the type. If you want to read all those other books before mine, be my guest. I won’t cry. Much.


    Thanks for sharing my title. Truly.

    xox gae


    • Michelle January 12, 2014 / 3:20 pm

      I have it from the library. Which should mean I actually read it soon!


      • gae polisner January 12, 2014 / 3:49 pm

        Kelly would be proud of my tactics!

        (Hope you enjoy it. 🙂 )

        I like your captchas. This one has me bringing a piggy his cigar.


  5. gae polisner January 12, 2014 / 2:18 pm

    I didn’t mean to make year’s possessive. Writers can never let little typos lie. 😡


  6. Anita January 12, 2014 / 7:17 pm

    I didn’t really make resolutions, but I’m trying to be more consistent with my blogging. I’m impressed with all you do with a toddler!!


  7. Lu January 12, 2014 / 11:29 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Good job staying away from Diet Coke. I’ve been trying to do the same thing and, while I’ll occasionally have it if I’m out, I really do feel like I’ve lost the taste for it. I drink an iced coffee in the morning, seltzer throughout the day, and tea whenever I want.


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