Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday Salon - I'm Back, More or Less

So as some of you may know I've been a bit under the weather lately, after getting a fairly unpleasant infection from some cat scratches.

I really appreciate all the well-wishes and comments and emails I've received over the past week- bloggers really are the nicest people! All your nice notes really cheered me up, so- thank you!

But I'm back now, I think, having almost finished my course of antibiotics and hoping to get back to my normal blogging and working schedule soon. Last week I went to either the doctor's office and/or the ER every day (both on Monday) and only left the house one other time, to go to a bookstore (of course) to pick up my next book-club book.

I actually didn't read much while I was home; I did finish one book, Saša Stanišić's wonderful How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, a novel about growing up in Bosnia during the Balkan war. I went through a phase about 8 or so years ago when I was inhaling books on the Balkans, fiction and nonfiction alike, and the subject remains a particular interest. I'll do a more thorough review soon but for now I'll just say that it was an unusual and lively novel that I really enjoyed. I almost finished my current book club book, Mohja Kahf's interesting The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf, but I still have a few chapters to go. Mostly though, this past week I spent sleeping and watching television. Not very literary, I'm afraid!

Today's schedule includes a visit with my father, who's departing soon for his second trip to China. We're having brunch at a dim sum place near the house; I'm still not on normal food so my meal will probably be along the lines of white rice and soup. But it will be nice to see him and to see him off on his latest adventures. Thursday is my birthday, and Valentine's Day is next Sunday. So I have to decide on a cake to bake for myself and maybe arrange a little party or something.

What plans do you have for the week? Have a great Sunday!

You can read more Sunday Salon posts here.