Feb 21, 2010

The Sunday Salon: Interview, Giveaway, Awards

The Sunday Salon.com   Welcome to the Sunday Salon! A Monday-Sunday wrap-up?  Let's see ...

1) Two reviews - Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (excellent audio book), and The Risk of Infidelity Index, a detective crime novel by Christopher G. Moore, set in Bangkok.

2) An interview with Kristin Bair O'Keeffe, author of Thirsty: A Novel

3) Posted a blue-grey winter photo of my snowy backyard for Wordless Wednesday

4) Wrote on the prompt, fortune, for the 100-Word Writing Challenge

5) Posted a book giveaway  for the wine memoir, Corked.

6) Accepted two awards and passed them on: The Honest Scrap Award and the One Lovely Blog Award.

I wrested off part of my winter cocoon this weekend and ventured out after the sun came out and started to melt the foot of snow outside. I even did some chores, including opening a bunch of packages with books! that came in the mail, and updating the list of books to read and review. I love making that list, but Sigh! Do I really do this for free?  Yes, just because I love the 2 Rs - reading and writing. (I dropped the 3rd R - Rithmatic - some years ago.)

Am also getting more creative with food - Greek zuchini fritters with feta cheese; omlettes with cheese, parsley, onions, and watercress; fresh coconuts for the juice and soft meat.  Anything to get in the required servings of three veggies and three servings of fruit each day - healthy eating tips I got from Denise's Daily Dozen. It's becoming quite an adventure.

Forgot to mention I received the audio book I won, The Swan Thieves, and am setting aside some quiet time to listen to the 17 discs. Maybe I'll keep it for mid-March.

One more thing, we are enjoying the skiing, skating, bobsledding, and curling, yes curling! competitions in Vancouver. I think I'd like to try my hand at curling, though I'm sure it's not as easy as it looks. 

What did you do last week?

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Grace said...

I read Water for Elephants earlier this year and absolutely loved it. I also had The Swan Thieves in my hand yesterday at Barnes and Noble but bought Need by Carrie Jones instead. Kinda regretting that now.

I am addicted to Olympic curling as well. I watch every match. I am rooting for Canada and Sweden. The only way I will allow myself to miss a match is if Canada is playing hockey.

Suzanne Yester said...

I'm glad to that Water for Elephants was a great audiobook! I loved reading it, but would enjoy listening to it all over again!

I LOVE curling! I actually curled last year and found out how HARD it actually is physically! After squatting a zillion times to toss that incredibly heavy stone I could hardly walk up the stairs the first night I played!

Have a great week!

Yvonne said...

I've been looking for a good audio book. I think I'll check my library for Water for Elephants.

Jemi Fraser said...

I love all the sports! We're kind of obsessed here :)

Some time frames are so difficult - so many choices to watch!!

The Canadian kids are doing so well :)

Amanda said...

1. That food sounds so good.

2. Winter sounds so good. I went for a walk with my boys this afternoon and that meant sunburns and dehydration and heat exhaustion. It's late Feb! Holy donkeys it shouldn't be so hot! :D Stupid texas.

Yvonne said...

BTW,I gave you an award. Check it out at http://socratesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/02/another-award.html

Staci said...

I think it is always fun when you get creative with food and enjoy it!! What are we going to do when the Olympics are over????

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Oh I bet Water For Elephants is good on Audio. I read this book last year and really enjoyed it.

Alyce said...

I loved Water for Elephants too! It sounds like you had a busy week. Yay for sun and warm weather!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I loved Water for Elephants as well, and I am a bit jealous you won the audio of Swan Thieves...enjoy.

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