Friday, January 17, 2014

Extremely Random 5 Friday

Welcome to my little corner of Random 5 Friday. It's where I take all of the thoughts swirling in my head and try to come up with five cogent paragraphs. I don't know if I always make it, but I do have a good time, and I have a great time visiting with my Random 5 buddies. Now on to the big thoughts.

1) The week started with a difficult decision. Would I watch the Golden Globes or "Downton Abbey?" I was out to dinner with friends and missed the first hour of the Globes. I arrived home just in time for "Downton," and then switched over to the Globes. Definitely the most organized television evening I've had in years. Which did you choose?

2) I finally completed reading my first novel this year, "The World Without You," by Joshua Henkin. I enjoyed it a lot and found the story of a family mourning the loss of a son, husband and brother -- not unlike the journalist Daniel Pearl -- engaging and compelling. It's the first ebook I borrowed from the library and was so excited to see that the process worked. I've just borrowed "Matrimony" by the same author and I'm hoping I like it as well. "Bridget Jones" has gone home only slightly read to the library. Sorry, Bridget.

3) I'm starting to get excited about the Super Bowl coming to New York/New Jersey. I am sorry, sad, upset that my beloved Giants won't be playing, but I'm trying to move beyond that.

The subway system has Super Bowl excitement

4) There's a great giveaway in honor of the book, "The Headmistress of Rosemere." The link is in the upper right and it's definitely worth a click. I'll be writing about the book later this month.

5) I've been dreaming of attending  #sofabcon14 in Arkansas in May. I've never been to this conference, but it looks fabulous. But as much as I've been dreaming of the conference, the airfare has been a nightmare. I was thrilled to discover a giveaway for six all-expense paid trips to the conference. They will be looking for the most creative entries and I'm clearing my calendar to put together the most fun, creative and convincing blog post/video/painting I can. Arkansas, here I come! I've been dreaming of you.         

Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you have a great long weekend and take good care!

17 comments:

Pondside said...

Well you did it - five interesting and random facts. I'm going to have to find out about the books and look at this conference you're excited about. Have a good weekend!

Ida said...

Would you believe I didn't watch either. I'm not into Downtown Abbey but so many seem to really enjoy it. Is it anything like the old Upstairs/Downstairs series? I watched some of that and enjoyed it.
Here in WA state we are excited to see the Seahawks in the playoffs and hopefully the Super Bowl. I don't watch much football now but if they make it to the big game I'll watch for sure.
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TARYTERRE said...

Good books are always worth hearing about.

Lynne said...

Thank you for visiting.
How interesting to be visiting England and Dublin this year, you must be excited. Dublin is a vibrant city and I love visiting it, though I haven't visited for years. Well, I was there just before Christmas but only in the airport en route from Newcastle to Germany.
Congratulations on your 5th anniversary.

Nancy Claeys said...

Good luck on the conference contest Carol -- I'll be rooting for you! :)

Terri Buster said...

Good luck with the contest- I haven't heard anything about it, but I'll definitely check it out so I can root for you! Have a great weekend!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I watch Downton Abby. It is a big favorite of mine and am so glad it's returned for the 4th season. I think it's the best series going right now. Sounds like you have a lot of travel coming your way. Hope you have a super Saturday!

Sola Scriptura said...

I think Downton Abby is more popular in the states than over here :)

Blackberry Lane said...

You have a lot going on! Best wishes with the contest!

Melinda said...

Busy, busy, busy!

M : )

Theresa said...

I will cheer you on as you create your entry in the contest:) I am excited about the Football games tomorrow and the Super Bowl! I am sad that it ALL will be coming to an end! My Atlanta Falcons stunk it up this year but I am a Peyton Manning fan... SO at least he is still in it with his Broncos! Have a blessed weekend dear friend, HUGS!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We watching Downton but it was an emotional show! Hope you get to go to AR in May! Sounds great!

Catherine said...

Dear Carol, I watched the Globes with my daughter. It is nice to do this way we can talk to each other about the fashion, etc.. Though I thought it was very bland.
I wish you well with your blog post entry and I hope you win!!
Blessings dear and stay cozy and warm. Catherine xo

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

wasn't #1 so tough - i think i flipped once & then i was stuck on Downton because there are no commercials. i need a split screen ... wouldn't that be nice. have a great day! ( :

Maggid said...

Arkansas in May will be beautiful~

Neabear said...

I have not watched Downton Abbey, but I plan to watch the earlier seasons on Netflix and see if I like it. With the 49er's in the playoffs, people around here have been talking about the game since we live in 49er territory. Good luck with your endeavors!! Stay well!

Linnea

Mevely317 said...

Not sure under which rock I was stuck ... but didn't catch either show.
Of course, I had to check out the SoFabCon link -- it sounds like great (great) fun. Cheering you on to victory over here!