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The Sunday Salon: Sunday at Home!

The Sunday Salon.com It is amazing what a full weekend at home can do for making life seem more manageable.

Earlier this week I felt totally overwhelmed by… everything. After more than three weeks of not having an entire day at home to myself, I was just feeling worn down. I wasn’t reading, I wasn’t writing, I just didn’t feel like me.

And then Saturday came, and all seemed to improve. Instead of spending yesterday at home in my pajamas like I originally planned, I forced myself out of the house to a local coffee shop to get some blogging done. I managed to write first drafts of six reviews, which gets me caught up with reviews from 2011 (joy!). I still have to format and edit them, but I’ve got hours of football games to do that during this afternoon (more joy!).

I also managed to finish two books that I’d been putzing along with since the beginning of the year — Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood and The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston. Finally finishing a book was exciting! I also made some good progress with my first book on the Indie Lit Awards nonfiction short listBerlin 1961 by Frederick Kempe. It’s a GIANT book, but I’m hoping I can finish it by the end of the week.

That’s about all I’ve got today. I’m just so happy to be at home, relaxing with my cat and a cup of tea and football and the boyfriend. Here’s to a relaxing Sunday for all of you!

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  • Lorren January 15, 2012, 1:40 pm

    I’m glad to hear things are going better with reading and life in general! I’m impressed that you are starting off with Berlin 1961 — I am very intimidated with that one and getting my feet wet with some others first. Have a great week!

    • Kim January 25, 2012, 8:48 pm

      I thought I’d get the most intimidating one out of the way first, then the rest of the list would seem easier. We’ll see how that strategy works!

  • Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm January 15, 2012, 2:39 pm

    It’s so true that a day at home makes such a difference! At least once a week I try for a “car-seat free” day – which means if we go anywhere it’s only to one of the parks in walking distance.

    • Kim January 25, 2012, 9:05 pm

      I love the idea of a “car-seat free” day. It can be so nice to not have to leave the house (or leave for good reasons, not annoying ones) once in awhile.

  • MoniqueReads January 15, 2012, 4:55 pm

    My secret weapon to fighting the feeling of being overwhelmed is to get out the house and go somewhere relaxing. Normally for me that is a coffee shop, I just feel so productive when I am there.

    I hope that your trip helps start your week off on the right foot.

    • Kim January 25, 2012, 9:04 pm

      The coffee shop I went to was amazingly relaxing. I’m thinking about making a trip there into a Saturday morning tradition.

  • bermudaonion (Kathy) January 15, 2012, 6:14 pm

    It sounds like you’re having a great weekend!

  • Lisa January 15, 2012, 6:26 pm

    It’s amazing what one day can do to lift your spirits, isn’t it!

  • Michelle January 15, 2012, 6:28 pm

    I think days at home are considerably underestimated for how restorative they actually are. I know how much I need at least one day. I hope you feel better soon!

    • Kim January 25, 2012, 9:05 pm

      Absolutely. I forget how much I need relaxation time until I don’t have any.

  • Trisha January 15, 2012, 8:18 pm

    We’ve got some giant books on the Spec Fic list too! Dang chunksters.

  • softdrink January 15, 2012, 9:11 pm

    We’re you as broken-hearted as I was over the Packers-Eagles game? 🙁

    • Kim January 25, 2012, 9:05 pm

      I was pretty sad the Packers lost, since they’re my adopted state’s team. They looked terrible!

  • Sheila (Book Journey) January 15, 2012, 10:08 pm

    Awesome – I love no commitment weekends… they are so great for catching up and I like to do NOTHING after a crazy week. 🙂

  • Leeswammes (Judith) January 16, 2012, 4:41 am

    Good to hear you had a nice weekend, to catch up on yourself, really.

    I have also started on my first read for the Indie Lit Awards (Spec Spec), 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I don’t know how big your book is, but this one is enormous, both big & heavy and well as 850 pages long.

    Have a good week!

    • Kim January 25, 2012, 9:06 pm

      Berlin 1961 was only like… 500 pages? Well, 600 with endnotes, but those don’t count. Spec Fic has some HUGE books.

  • Kailana January 16, 2012, 5:11 am

    I am glad that you finally got a day to relax and stop feeling so overwhelmed. 🙂 I am not sure what it is about this month so far, but I feel like there is just not enough time to do anything lately!

  • Andi January 16, 2012, 10:20 am

    You’ve made big strides! Cheers to a weekend of relaxation and catching up!

  • Jennygirl January 16, 2012, 10:50 am

    Oh yea! So glad Kim has got her groove back! feels good to knock some things off the list, I’m sure. Hope you have a fab week!