The Sunday Salon: Playing Catch Up

I know I’ve been neglecting you all something awful…life has been quite busy here of late, with all kinds of interesting goings-on.  Before I tell you about those, here’s what I’ve been reading for the past two weeks:

Life From Scratch, by Melissa Ford: I won this one from Write Meg, and it was a delightful change of pace after reading a couple of weighty nonfiction tomes.  In it, Rachel Goldman, recently divorced, embarks on a journey of self discovery by learning to cook and writing a blog about her culinary adventures.  I know, can anyone say Julie and Julia? but still, it was well written and a fun read.

Evenfall, by Liz Michalski: This mystery/love story with a hint of magic was reminescent of Alice Hoffman. Although I’m not always a fan of this genre, I enjoyed the characters in this story, and look forward to reading more from this author.

The Kitchen Daughter, by Jael McHenry: By far the favorite of my recent reads, this book is garnering some well deserved attention.  Again, the element of magic arises, as Ginny Salvaggio, a young woman with Asperger’s Syndrome, uses food (once again a food theme!) to help her cope with her grief following her parents’ sudden deaths.  Ginny’s cooking has the ability to call forth the ghosts of some very important people in her life, who help her learn valuable lessons about herself and her past.

Yesterday I finished reading an ARC (courtesy of TLC Book Tours) of When We Danced on Water, by Evan Fallenberg (complete review on Tuesday, May 17).

This morning I delved into my library stack for Meg Wolitzer’s latest – The Uncoupling, a look at what happens to relationships when desire disappears. I love Wolitzer’s perspective and subtle (but sharp) sense of humor, so I’m looking forward to this one.

And now for the really GOOD stuff..

Last month I resigned from my job, deciding that I wanted to pursue other, hopefully more creative, endeavors.  After 10 years, I felt the need to make a change.  I’ll still be working part time from home as a contractor, and doing strictly writing assignments rather than managing a department, while I explore other avenues.  It’s been a huge relief, and I didn’t know how much stress I was under!

Within just a few weeks after making this decision, I learned that my son and daughter in law were expecting their first child.  This is a momentous occasion for our family, and I’m overjoyed for them!  I’m looking forward to spending lots of time with this new baby…and yes, I’ve already started the Baby Bookstack!

Finally, just last Friday, my husband was offered his job back, after being laid off in July 2009.  He’s been working as a contractor for his former employer since that time, but we’ve been without all the benefits that full time employment provides.  It will be a relief to have some of those in place once again.

So lots of happy news here, and I’m glad I had some time to share it with you!  I hope this spring brings some good tidings on your home fronts as well!

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18 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Playing Catch Up

  1. yes, congratulations on your many pieces of good news – the freedom to work how you want, your husband’s new position, and a new grandchild – wow!

    Wasn’t THE KITCHEN DAUGHTER fantastic!? And, timely, I’m reviewing THE UNCOUPLING tomorrow. Interesting, I liked it so much more than THE 10-YEAR NAP. I think THE 10-YEAR NAP hit a little too close to home for me 🙂

    • I loved The Kitchen Daughter…and I’ll definitely read your review of The Uncoupling tomorrow.

      I liked the 10 Year Nap – but I’m a long way removed from that situation, so it was interesting to take a look at it from the 21st century perspective 🙂

  2. WONDERFUL news! So glad to hear all of this — thanks for keeping us posted! Congratulations on everything… ENJOY!

  3. CONGRATULATIONS!!! So happy for you, on so many levels. Now you can relax, focus on what’s important for you, and prepare for your newest role–the one with all of the fun and none of the responsibility (ha!) 😀

  4. I’m so glad to hear that things are working out for you and rather envious that you are going for a career change!
    Good luck to your son and his wife, I hope all goes well for them!
    Grand children are the cat’s whiskers – our eldest son has three children Amelia who is three in June and twins William and Isabella who are 17 weeks and they are an absolute joy. All the fun and cuddles but none of the sleepless nights!

  5. A very big congratulations on the coming addition to your family and all the wonderful job-related news, too! Very exciting.

    And glad to hear you enjoyed Life From Scratch — definitely overtones of “Julie & Julia,” but I found it incredibly fun and well-written! I really related to the main character, too, which enhanced my enjoyment. Good stuff!

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