Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Sunday Salon: Sad Valentine

Happy Valentines Day, my lovely blog readers! I hope it's been a good one. For me, today has been very strange. N left not too long ago to the airport. He'll be away on a business trip until the middle of the week. We went out to dinner to celebrate last night instead, and I ended up with beautiful cards, chocolates and flowers this morning, but most of the day was spent just waiting. Waiting until it was time for him to leave. It isn't the first time he's been on a work trip, but for some reason today really brought to mind all those times he had to leave when I still lived in America and he lived here in England. Or maybe I'm just being overdramatic in an attempt to get more sympathy, I'm not sure :)

Either way, I'm consoling myself this afternoon with chocolates and Coke. We're watching Thomas the Tank Engine cartoons and I've got my books with me. Earlier in the week I started The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. I've heard he writes very well and I've been interested to read it for awhile. Since moving to England nearly 10 years ago, I've kept up on my American politics only superficially. I know the basics and most of the major headlines, but I don't follow everything that's written in The Audacity of Hope. And that's OK. I'm still enjoying it. But it is being cast aside for a little while.

And that is because yesterday I got a copy of Plain Jayne by my good friend Hillary Manton Lodge. It's her first published book and I'd been waiting for my copy to arrive for weeks. I've never been so excited to read Amish fiction :) I've not gotten very far into the book, but it's written in a funny and charming way and I'm enjoying it. It's slightly strange though, reading a friend's book. I can hear her voice in my head, reading it to me. But I'll be sure to tell you all all about it in my review. I'm sure it won't take me long to read this one. If you're reading this Hillary, I'm proud of you.

What're you reading today?


  1. Aw, sorry to hear you're spending Valentine's Day away from your husband. I hope the chocolate, coke and book bring you some comfort, though!

  2. Sorry to hear you are on own. Enjoy your afternoon with your books. I can't wait to hear about the Barack Obama book. I have heard a lot of good things about it too.

  3. I had to skip quite a lot of The Audacity of Hope. I loved the personal bits, but struggled with much of the politics. I wonder if his other book, the memoir, might be a more enjoyable read.

    Sorry that N's away. Hope you have a good week anyway. x

  4. Oh dear. It's sad to be away from your sweetie on V Day. My husband is mad at me (I've been at a conference all week and I couldn't find a card for him) so I must find a way to make amends.

  5. Hello :) I'm at the airport and despite being surrounded by people, it's pretty lonely. Missing you and the kids.

  6. It's hard to be alone when you're not used to it....time will go faster than you think!

    I want to read Obama's book too, but I'm also not over-enthusiastic. I have never read any president's book. I somewhat feel like they might be just more politic rhetoric, trying to convince me of something.

    I can't believe you have an author friend!! How exciting!!!

  7. Sorry about your Valentine's. Sometimes the timing's just bad - our first year together, I was in Belize.

    Hope you enjoyed the rest of the book too! Glad you were able to order a copy :-)


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