Sunday Salon/Currently …

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Sunday afternoon, 4 p.m. This is a three-day weekend for me, which I am grateful for. It’s snowing outside with temperatures going down to 7 degrees tonight with wind chills near -15 (ugh) and football is on TV (go Steelers!).

Listening To …
The Lazy Weekend playlist on Spotify. As I mentioned in last week’s Salon, this is my new toy. Because of the layout of our office, several of my coworkers prefer listening to music on their phones and iPods during the workday.  I tried doing the same over the past week and it actually made me more productive at times.  I was pleasantly surprised.

I’m in a phase where I’m craving some new music, so if you have any suggestions for artists or playlists you love, I’m all ears. (Literally.) I like singer-songwriter types, indie-alternative, vocalists, that sort of thing. Some people who I’ve had in heavy rotation this week:  Josh Ritter, Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay, Jackson Browne, Melissa Etheridge, Ben Folds, Dar Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter …

and of course, Carly Simon because of what I’m …

Reading …
Boys in the TreesI love Carly Simon, so it is no surprise that I am enjoying her memoir, Boys from the Trees. It is quite eye-opening, to say the least.  In my view, this book is more autobiographical than memoir, but I’m OK with that because hers has been one hell of life.

The Heart Goes Last

This week, I finally finished The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood, my first book of the year — which wasn’t intended to be my First Book of the Year or even my second. I wasn’t too enamored of this one, to be honest. The premise was a good one and it held my interest for most of the first half, but then it became … I don’t know. I stopped caring about the characters and the plot became more and more farcical.  I listened to it on audio to start, and switched to the print edition to see if that made a difference. It didn’t.

Last night, sometime around 3 a.m., I remembered that this is a Bloggiesta weekend. Because, of course … isn’t everyone thinking about their blog in the middle of the damn night?  So, needless to say, I haven’t done anything related to this. I did start my review of The Heart Goes Last on Friday night and there’s this post, so there’s that.

Fortunately, this is a three-day weekend for me, so there’s still time to do some Bloggiesta-ing. I’d like to update my Book Reviews page, but we’ll see if that happens.  I’m not feeling the whole Bloggiesta groove this weekend, mainly because I have to focus on an essay I have in progress for something.

Hope your weekend is going well and that you’re keeping warm!

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7 thoughts on “Sunday Salon/Currently …

  1. jinjer

    Our office is laid out in an open sea of cubicles so anyone who wants to listen to music must use headphones. I want to listen to music but have discovered I will need an earphone cord extension for that. Mine barely reach my ears if plugged into my computer. Do they make extenders for headphones? No clue.

    Singer songwriters…check out Bobby Long and Lee MacDougall and let me know what you think.

  2. Laurie C

    We had an unexpected snowstorm starting yesterday evening up here in Mass. and it’s still coming down! A wasted snow day for the kids because of the MLK Jr. holiday, but it looks like it’s going to be a good day for sledding, etc. I’m glad that I no longer have kids young enough to have to take sledding anymore, and am planning to stay in for a Bloggiesta and household chores day.

    1. Melissa Post author

      I’m with you, Laurie — I never liked bundling them all up and going outside. Much better to stay in and read.

  3. Marion

    I loved Carly’s book and agree with you, it is more Autobiography than Memoir. I am guessing she will write a follow as I’m sure she has far more to tell us.

    1. Melissa Post author

      I’m hoping for a follow up, too. I’d like to hear about her perspective on having cancer and being a survivor, for one thing. Hoping to finish this today — I have about 70 pages left.

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