Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sunday Salon - February 21st

Did you have a good week?  I'm feeling spring getting closer around these parts.  We had a few inches of snow earlier this week, but it is nearly gone as it has been around 40 degrees most of the week. I can't wait for spring, resuming daily walks and other outdoor activities.  
This was a very busy end of the week for me.  On Thursday, I met one of my best friends from high school for lunch. The last time we think that we saw each other was (27) years ago, when her oldest daughter Jessica (now married - was 3 years old and we all  went to the beach.  Then full-time jobs, evening college classes, and husbands, childrens activities, and all that stuff happened, and we stopped getting together. Now we each have one married child and one unmarried one, both of us have divorced (I remarried,she did not), and I was shocked to hear her former husband passed away (3) years ago at age 54 from the BIG-C.  We had a wonderful afternoon together, never an awkward moment or were we at a loss for words. Yes, we've gotten older, gained some weight, and colored our hair, but it still seemed like in some ways we were 18 years old again.  Our other two friends perhaps can join us the next time. One thing is for sure, we are reunited and this will be, at-least a monthly gathering of lovely 50 something women :)

Friday, the husband and I went to the movies again, to see the release of Shutter Island. We both liked the movie a lot. You need to pay attention, but the movie follows the book closely, and it was easier to understand the entire story with the movie, than with the book IMO. It's not really creepy, but the setting, (an asylum for the criminally insane located on an island during a hurricane just set the mood so well). RECOMMENDED!

Yesterday, my SIL, her sister and I drove to Petco in Torrington, CT to pick up Mica, her rescued, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is (4) years old.  Mica took a 16 hour journey on Friday from Georgia along with about 16 other rescues. He had been fostered at a home in GA for 6 weeks, and is just so sweet.  I think Mica will be the perfect companion for my SIL who lost her husband (my brother) 3 months ago.

Isn't he adorable?


 Bookish Stuff

Books Completed This Week

This Weeks Tentative Reading Plans
Special Thanks Goes To: 


 Alayne @ The Crowded Leaf  and Cheryl at C. Mash Loves to Read for passing along these generous awards tome this week. Many Thanks to both of you.
 Have a fabulous Week Everyone!

41 comments:

  1. What a lovely dog. It was certainly worth the long drive!

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  2. Congrats on your awards! Have a great week :)

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  3. What a gorgeous puppy. I do hope both he and your sister in law will be happy with each other.

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  4. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time at your reunion! It's interesting how divergent the paths of people can be who grew up together...or how similar. I've already lost contact with some school friends, but thanks to the mighty facebook, I can usually still see what they're up to. The internet has made me lazy!

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  5. Hi, Diane! Yes, I had a good week! Our book club met last Saturday and we discussed The Shadow of the Wind. Fun times!

    It's summer here in Manila, and you can tell that it's going to be a long one!

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  6. How fun to reconnect with your friend. I think most of us in the same age group have experienced at least one event that you mentioned. For me it's weight gain and I color my hair. Most of my friends from my youth live far away but have a couple of wonderful friends now who seem like I've known all my life. It's a lucky thing to have such good friends.
    Mica looks so sweet. I hope your sister-in-law will enjoy his companionship for years to come.
    Have a great week, Diane.

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  7. It sounds like you had a fun week! Shutter Island sounds like a scary fun movie & your SIL's new dog is so cute!

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  8. Mica is utterly adorable. I hope your SIL has lots of fun with Mica.

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  9. Shutter Island looks so creepy to me - I'm still not sure it wouldn't scare me. Mica is adorable - I hope he settles in quickly.

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  10. So glad you were able to have such a great time with your friend! Funny how it doesn't really matter how much time passes, you can sit down with a real friend just like you saw them yesterday!

    What a cutie Mica is! How could anyone give up such a sweetie! I'm glad he found a happy home with your SIL!

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  11. What a sweet little dog. Such a cutie!

    I really want to see Shutter Island but am waiting to read the book first. I put it on hold at the library.

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  12. What a little cutie...I bet she has a hard time saying no to those eyes!

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  13. What a beautiful baby! I'm sure you SIL will be so happy with him. Who could resist those eyes?

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  14. I'm glad Shutter Island is not really creepy. I like the plotline, but was afraid that it would be too much for me on the big screen.

    Hope you guys continue to thaw out and you have a great week!

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  15. Reunions with high school friends are so wonderful! I am glad you two had a great time. It is fun to be with someone that you have a history with and don't have to explain everything to.

    That dog is adorable!

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  16. Look at that sweet boy! King Charles spaniels are such good dogs. :)

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  17. I thought the book and movie were very closely matched. I think I liked the movie better because I got to watch MArk Ruffalo on the big screen :)

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  18. adorable!!! and congrats on the awards!

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  19. Look at those eyes! My goodness, I am won over.

    Congratulations on your awards!

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  20. He is sooooo cute! You were really close to where I live. I know what you mean about getting in that walking mood. It's so nice to walk outside and not on a treadmill. Enjoy. I heard we might get some Wintry Mix this week in CT.

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  21. Mica is so cute! I bet your SIL falls in love with him.
    What a nice story about reconnecting. I found an old friend through Facebook. We had not talked since high school. It is a nice feeling to know there are still people we can deeply connect with.
    Congrats on the awards!

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  22. I have 7 HS friends with whom I reconnected about 10 years ago and it was like no time had passed. Isn't it wonderful to be with people who knew you "when" and remember what your mom looked like when cooking dinner? Or what your grandparents' house was like. We see each other all the time now...so special.

    That puppy is cute beyond words. My favorite breed! Lucky puppy to have found your SIL....can you even imagine someone giving him up?

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  23. I'm glad to hear you liked Shutter Island. I still haven't read the book (oh, wedding, you really interrupted my reading plans this month!), and I'm debating if it's worthwhile to wait and finish the book. Either way, I'm looking forward to both!

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  24. Isn't it wonderful how the years just melt away when you reconnect with old friends? The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is just adorable! It's one of the breeds I'm considering at the moment.... am sure he'll be an ideal companion for your SIL.

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  25. The puppy is definitely oh-sooo-gorgeous! I plan to buy one this year or the next. So excited!! :)

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  26. I'm so excited to see Shutter Island as I just finshed the book this weekend. Totally threw me for a loop. Have a great week!

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  27. oh yes indeed. you have tipped the scales. I officially want to see Shutter Island.

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  28. I'm so in love with your reunion story. There are several friends that I haven't seen in 20+ years that I'm sure it would be a joy to reconnect.

    He is gorgeous! I love his sweet face and I'm sure that he will be so good for your SIL.

    Congrats on your lovely awards!

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  29. What happy news in your Sunday Salon - a wonderful reunion with an old friend, and a cute new furry friend for your sister-in-law.

    Have a great week, Diane.

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  30. Mica is adorable! And Congrats on your awards! Hope you've a great week ahead, Diane!

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  31. Sounds like you had a great time with a good friend. My best friend from college and I get together once a year and it's the same way. It's like we've been hanging out everyday. I love friendships that work like that. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  32. So glad that you enjoyed Shutter Island. I haven't read the book but the movie looks really good. Even with the kids a bit more independent now, I still don't get out to see movies all that often.

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  33. Oh, and I forgot to mention that Mica looks like a real sweetie ;)

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  34. What a sweet pup! I am looking forward to Shutter Island as well. I just bought the book and am going to try to read it before seeing the movie. I've heard a lot of good things about it, so I am excited about it! I hope you have a great week!

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  35. What a darling dog! I'm sure he will be so much company for your SIL.
    Glad you got to lunch with your high school friend. Hope your other friends can make it next time.
    Have a nice week. Spring is coming!

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  36. How great that you can pick up after such a long time and be friends again!! That is a true friendship.

    And I'm struggling to remember exactly how Shutter Island went ... perhaps I will see the movie. The previews make it look terrifying!

    And I'm glad for your SIL to have a new companion ... especially one so cute.

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  37. Hi Diane! Hello Mica!

    I loved the novel SHUTTER ISLAND and I'm waiting patiently for it to show here. :)

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