Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Salon


I've been wanting to become a bit more focused now that we are (9) days into 2011. I've been working and reading, and now that the holidays are over, it is time to get back on track with eating healthier. I had not checked out the scale since December 8th and was surprised to see that when I weighed myself on January 6th,  I only gained a little over 3 lbs (of the 13 I had lost).  I seriously thought that the damage was MUCH worse considering my nervous, non stop picking over the last few weeks. Well, back to tracking and planning; Here's to a new week! 


I want to take a minute to thank you all for your thoughtful comments, regarding "do things happen for a reason".  I am so grateful to you for your comments, or just your thoughts and concern about my sister-in-law. The surgery went well. Can you believe they sent her home 5 hours after the operation was over?  The doctor was pleased and we'll know more as to whether she will need chemo after the lymph node testing results are in.  It is great to be living next door to her practically, so I can help and be emotionally supportive as well.


I've read/reviewed (3) books so far for 2011, but I feel like I need to have a bit of a reading game plan for the rest of January.  A plan that will allow me the flexibility for mood reading.  I have finished A Dog's Purpose; Cameron , a delightful novel with a dog as the narrator. (Review needed). I also finished the audio version of The Tiger; Vaillant , a non fiction, amazing story (both were started in 2010, but finished in 2011).

Other January reading plans:
  1. Matterhorn; Karl Marlantes (audio book in progress)
  2. Sunset Park;Paul Auster (audio book)
  3. Metropolis; Matthew Galloway
  4. Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter; Tom Franklin
  5. The Emperor of All Maladies; Mukherjee (eBook purchased with gift card)

How is the New Year going for all of you?

40 comments:

  1. Diane, I'm glad that the surgery went well for your sister-in-law. Yes, I guess I can believe they sent her home so soon. My mother had a mastectomy in 2004 and they sent her home the next day. We were shocked that it was so soon.

    As to reading, I'm planning on reading MATTERHORN this year and I also want to read CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER soon. I'll be looking for your reviews on them as well.

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  2. That's wonderful that your sister-in-law's surgery went well and that she was able to go home. I'm sure a familiar setting is preferable to a hospital room. And that's wonderful that you live so close and are able to assist her. I bet just knowing you're nearby is a huge comfort to her.

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  3. Glad to here that all went well for your SIL.

    I've heard good things about most of the books on your list. Here's to a good January.

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  4. I do hope that your sister in law improves fast.

    The New year has been hectic here as I returned just days ago to a huge backlog of work. making lists and finishing one job at a time somehow seems to make it go faster.

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  5. I'm so glad the surgery went well. I'm sending out thoughts and prayers that the lymph nodes are clear.

    A Dog's Purpose is one of my all time favorite books! I loved it so much that I gave it to 9 people for Christmas this year.

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  6. Congratulations on maintaining the weight over the holidays. That is an awesome accomplishment!

    I am so glad to hear that surgery went well, although the fast release dates these days truly surprise me. I hope that she is comfortable at home and I will continue to pray.

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  7. Good news about the surgery going well...now, I'll be thinking positive thoughts.

    Love your little photo of the candy...which reminds me that I really need to get on board with my resolutions to "eat healthy and exercise more."

    You did well...only gaining back 3 lbs.

    I hope you enjoy Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter...I loved it!

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  8. Hi Diane,

    so glad the surgery went well and I am happy that you live so close to her. I am sure you are a huge help and comfort and that will help both of you! Sending healing prayers your way.

    Tracking? Are you in WW? I have been since early October and love it!! I have lost 23 and a half pounds so far...didn't gain an ounce through the holidays for the first time in my life! :)

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  9. I can't believe how quickly they eject you from the hospital these days. It really puts a burden on the families, I think, to pick up the slack, although I guess like everyone else, hospitals are suffering from budget cuts. She's lucky you live so close!

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  10. Ugh. Holiday eating. I am also up about 3 pounds, but it's a 3 pounds that has made a difference. I eat so much more when I am not working! I am so glad to hear that your sister-in-law is past the surgery and that they think it went well. How great that you live so close to one another!

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  11. I'm glad to hear your SIL is doing well. Great that you live so close.
    I hope you enjoy Crooked Letter as much as I did. Have a good week, Diane.

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  12. I am glad to her that the surgery went well, it's always never-racking fur sure. We'll still be sending lots of purrs her way and lots of hugs to you!

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  13. I am very glad about your SIL.

    The books you read are wonderful!

    BTW, I have started a weekly feature on Sunday, Sharing Poetry With You, where I would be sharing any poem that has made an impact on my. It could be a classic one or a contemporary one, and anything in between. Today's Sunday Salon is all about that. Do check out what poem I share today by clicking on Sunday Salon: Sharing Poetry With you. You are invited to give your thoughts on the poem posted. In one word or many words..your choice!

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  14. January is always welcome...just the whole idea of new beginnings :) Glad you sister-in-law is doing well and so, so very glad that you are so close and can be with her. There's so much to be said about women and their ways of sticking together and healing one another :)

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  15. So glad to hear her surgery went well. Healing vibes going out to her!!

    I want to read The Emperor of All Maladies. Heard a review of it on NPR and it seemed fascinating.

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  16. Glad to hear your SIL's surgery went well! I'm reading Major Pettigrew's Last Stand today.. love the graphic at the top of this post :-)

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  17. Good to hear that the surgery went well and may the follow-up news be the best it can be.

    I read Matterhorn last month. How's the audiobook?

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  18. So glad to hear that the surgery went well. Unfortunately, it doesn't surprise me that they sent her home so soon, but I hope she is recovering well.

    Your January list contains some great books...will be looking for your reviews :)

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  19. I'm so glad to hear that your SIL's surgery went well. It's great that you live so close and can be a support- we all need friends and family like that!

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  20. I am with you on the getting back to healthier eating. It starts for me tomorrow...

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  21. Sorry, I somehow missed that post but just read it now. But I am so glad she is doing well and that the pathology report will bring good news. You living close to her is a blessing.

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  22. I hope your sister in law's recovery is speedy! Sounds like you all have been through a lot.

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  23. I'm glad to hear that surgery went well for your SIL. I hope you take the time to read those mood books!

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  24. The New Year is crazy right now as I'm finalizing my travel to San Diego to see my son graduate. I've been trying to get ahead on my TLC Books so that I can have some breathing room for reading at my whim. And like you I'm trying to get back on track with the eating and getting rid of the excess weight!!

    So glad that the surgery went well and that you live so close to lend that emotional support!!

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  25. I am glad to hear that your SIL is doing better, and that the surgery went well. She and your family are still in my prayers.

    I did not fare so well with keeping the holiday pounds off. I actually gained something like 9 pounds and now I have to work my butt off to get them off before my brothers wedding on the 22nd. It's crazy how quickly the pounds mount up, and how hard they are to get rid of!

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  26. Glad to hear the surgery went well...your SIL is lucky to have you around!

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  27. Diane, I am so glad your sister-in-law is doing well. But I have to point out that it is unfair to post a picture of See's Candy when all of us are struggling with our 3 lb. gains. It immediately brought to mind the days when I could alternate their chocolate filled chocolates with the mocha ones. Yum - abut memories force me to the chocolate chips!

    Crooked Letter is also on must read list.

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  28. I'm glad to hear that the surgery went well. It is amazing how quickly people are sent home from the hospital these days.

    I want to read Matterhorn too. I should see if the library has an audiobook version because I might have more time for that right now.

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  29. Diane, thanks for the good news! I hope her recovery is swift and complete.

    Enjoy your January reading. :)

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  30. I'm very happy to hear that your sister's surgery went well. That's wonderful news!

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  31. Glad that the surgery went well ... but it does seem like a lot to send her home that soon!!! I'm sure she is glad to have your nearby during this time.

    And congrats on only gaining 3 lbs .. that will come off in no time!

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  32. I am so glad that your sister-in-laws surgery went well! I am surprised that they sent her home so soon, but I'm sure she'll be much more comfortable in her own home! And what a lucky girl she is to have you!

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  33. Crooked Letter is on my list to read soon to. Glad the surgery went well!

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  34. I'm so glad that your sister's surgery went well! Yay!!! :)

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  35. I can't believe they sent her home after just 5 hours, but I guess sometimes people heal better at home, providing they can rest. Hope she has a speedy recovery.

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  36. I'm really glad to hear the surgery went well. A couple of the books in your January plans are on my list as well, so I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts on those. Happy 2011 :-)

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  37. Here's to fresh starts! Happy to hear you sister in law is doing well.

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  38. I'm so glad the surgery went well. I'll continue to pray for your sister in law.

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  39. diane, sending caring thoughts to you and your family. hope your sister-in-law makes a full and speedy recovery. all the best to you in 2011! :)

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  40. I'm so glad your sister-in-law is did so well in the surgery and I pray that she is recovering well. I'm currently reading the Harry Potter series. Loving it!

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