Sunday Salon


Setting // 1:00 a.m. and I need to get to sleep: I’m sightreading playing flute in church this morning for Pentecost!

Musical Happenings // My studio recital was Friday evening. Twelve of my flute, piano, and harp students performed solos and various ensembles (including a piccolo and tuba duet!) and I have to say, this was one of the best groups I’ve ever had. They were all so relaxed and seemed to enjoy simply sharing their pieces with the audience. It was a great evening.

Other Happenings // Yesterday was C’s Girl Scout troop’s awards ceremony and end of the year party. They had a brief but lovely ceremony outside in a small park, went out to eat together, then headed over to the mall to play a couple rounds of glow golf. It’s a very small troop, so parents came along, too. Everyone had a blast. (And I won a round of glow golf!)

Reading // I’m sad to say I ended up setting aside Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins, and I can’t even blame it on a reading slump. Honestly, I felt extremely bored with it. The thought of hanging in there to the end (I made it to page 75 or so) made me want to throw the book, so I decided to DNF. Right now I’m reading The Shore by Sara Taylor and so far, wow. What a book.

Armchair BEA // Armchair BEA begins later this week! I’ll be discussing the daily topics with my pals over at The Socratic Salon. I don’t think I’ll be participating individually unless I feel inspired to talk about one of the topics we aren’t already covering.

I have a week off before my summer teaching schedule begins, so I’m hoping to get a lot of relaxation and reading time in!

  • I’m glad that your music students are excellent! And I’m sorry about A God in Ruins. I had to put down an ARC for the time being, because I was bored. I picked up The Shore too and OH MY GOD it’s so good. I’m glad we’re in the same delighted by The Shroe boat haha.
    I’m excited for Armchair BEA despite it being my first time and not really being 100% sure of what goes down! Have a good week off!

  • Kiwimrsmac

    Armchair BEA? What is that please?

  • I understand your frustration with the first section of A God in Ruins. Unlike Shannon, I liked it better once it stopped dancing around the war years and actually got into them. But it definitely doesn’t have the narrative drive of Life After Life, it’s a completely different kind of book.

    I’m glad Armchair BEA topics will be discussed at the Socratic Salon since I’m not participating individually either this year. See you there!

  • I didn’t realize you were a music teacher – very cool! Sorry God in Ruins didn’t work for you. I don’t think I’ll be picking it up. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on The Shore once you’ve finished it!

  • Bryan G. Robinson

    Kate Atkinson: Whenever I see her books, I go, “Ugh,” because they just look so long and I really don’t “do” long books, at least not well. I think it’s something to do with my attention span.

    Oh, look, shiny!

    What were you saying again? 😉

  • I’m trying to get better at tossing books that bore me…guilt free. Most of the time I do pretty well, but when it’s a super hyped book *coughAllTheLightWeCannotSeecough* I have some guilt. Good for you for laying aside A God in Ruins if it wasn’t blowing your skirt up.

  • It’s a busy time for music-related stuff 😉 Been seeing Kate Atkinson’s books a lot but alas have not yet tried any of them.

  • I must be out of the loop, as I haven’t even heard of Armchair BEA…. but I’m intrigued, and am running now to investigate 🙂 AND, YES – The Shore is SO GOOD – glad you’re enjoying it!

  • Congrats on getting your students through their recital, Monica! I remember these events well; I took piano lessons for seven years, as a young gal, and I always enjoyed getting ready for recital with my teacher. Congrats on your glow golf win! I’ve always wanted to do that, but have not; I’m pretty good at miniature golf…sometimes. 🙂 I wish I were attending BEA in person; I think it would be amazing. Maybe, one of these days. Hope you had an excellent holiday weekend!

  • Julie @ Smiling Shelves

    Two of my friends played a piccolo and tuba duet for a senior recital. It was called The Giraffe and the Bear. 🙂