Nov 16, 2008

The Sunday Salon: Good Will Hunting

Good Morning Saloners! Unfortunately, I didn't get a whole lot of reading done this week. In fact, I don't think I read a single page. It's been a tough week for me at work, and I found it very difficult to concentrate on reading. The economy has really hit my industry (new construction) very hard here in central Florida, which makes it nerve-wracking just to go to the office. I work for a small contracting company and its us 'little guys' who are struggling to keep the doors open, literally. Thankfully, the week ended on a more positive note than it started, but even so, I was emotionally drained by Friday. Even though I'm only an employee and ultimately the responsibilities don't lie on my shoulders, I just don't want to see all that my boss has worked for over the years go down the tubes. I've been his bookkeeper and friend for almost ten years and he's never treated me as anything other than his 'team mate' in business. Maybe soon, things will start to turn around, but until then it's hard not to worry and when I worry, I have a difficult time reading.

Yesterday I did some retail therapy, which did help my mood. I didn't go crazy or anything, just got a few things I needed. But I did take some clothes to the Good Will and while I was there I checked out the books they had. Wow! I had never considered looking for books at Good Will! What a surprise it was to see the entire back wall filled with books! I was with my mom and she was such a good sport while I scoured the shelves! I limited myself to two books, but they are beautiful hard covers in pristine condition! I picked up John Grisham's THE INNOCENT MAN and Jennifer Weiner's GOODNIGHT NOBODY.

I used to be a major John Grisham fan. I have almost all of his books. However, there was a time when I grew tired of his stories. THE INNOCENT MAN is his first, and I believe only non-fiction work. I have been wanting to read it ever since it came out. He has a new fiction book coming out on January 27th, 2009 titled THE ASSOCIATE that I'm hoping will be the one to get me interested in his stories again.

As for Jennifer Weiner, I have GOOD IN BED, although I haven't read it yet. I've heard she is a really talented writer and I look forward to both of them.

As for today, the weather turned much cooler overnight and it's only supposed to be in the mid 60's here today, so I dug out my crockpot and put beef stew on for later. My boyfriend arrives home today from a week-long hunting trip so I thought it'd be nice to have a hearty supper ready so I wouldn't have to be in the kitchen. The only thing I have left to do is make a banana bread or dessert. I love this time of year when it's cool outside and it smells so yummy inside. Who knows, I may even get the chance to do some reading later.

What are your plans today?


  1. Goodwill is a fantastic source for books! I love how cheap everything is; of all the thrift shops I frequent, their prices are the best.

  2. Happy Sunday to you! I have The Innocent Man on my desk, too, and really want to pick it up. I think I will now that you've reminded me of it. I just finished Leif Enger's Peace Like a River and it was wonderful, though very full of purple prose. (I happen to like that, but some do not.) Hope next week is a better one for you.

  3. I've gotten some great books from goodwill, too. Some very nice Maeve Binchy's, among others. To bad there is not a goodwill near us any longer.
    Stew and banana bread sounds so cozy.

  4. Memory - Yes, I was surprised at how nice the things were they were selling. I'll definitely be going back.

    Karen - Even though I'm not a huge fan of purple prose, I think I'd enjoy Leif Enger's book. It sounds very good. I'm keeping a positive attitude that this will be a better week. Thanks! :)

    Lisa - I will definitely be visiting the Good Will again. My stew and bread turned out great, and yes it was cozy! :)


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