Only four more days of summer left, if one defines summer as the lack of school and the nonsense associated with it. The kids first day of school is next Thursday. Am I happy? To a certain extent yes. The kids are getting bored, and I'm craving my structured days. But with it comes early mornings, multiple sports schedules, homework, the infernal and hated projects, and various volunteer activities. With an 8th grader in my house, there will be fund-raising events for their 8th grade activities like graduation, confirmation, and the class trip to Busch Gardens. I'll just be taking a deep breath here.
I spent the week getting the last few things we needed for school, as well as working on all the projects that had been ignored all summer. Some painting, fence staining, alot of weeding, alot of cleaning. My son started his daily football practices this week, and with heat indexes around 110, it takes about a half day of intense hydration just to make sure he doesn't go out there and die of heat stroke, poor thing.
The Heathrow Literary Society met this week to discuss "Clara and Mr. Tiffany" by Susan Vreeland. (Review coming soon.) We only had five people show up, which was unfortunate, but that is how summers roll. All of us but one loved the book, and we are looking forward to taking our field trip soon to the Morse Museum in Winter Park to see the display of Tiffany windows and lamps.
So how about that incredible "20 books for $20" deal for e-books? For those of you who didn't hear about this, Harper Perennial is offering 20 of their books for 99 cents each on e-readers. Some pretty great books too. I ended up buying six or seven of them, including "Bad Marie" which I'd been having dreams about for months. (Ha! Maybe if I read about Bad Marie, she'll stop creeping into my dreams!). As if I'll ever get these books read...
My reading has been SO OFF. I've spent so much time running around, I sometimes won't read one printed word until I go to bed. And then I fall asleep. It makes me want to rip my hair out. I'm still reading Nesbo's "Nemesis", and it is good, really. But this is crazy. I've been reading it for two weeks, an eternity for me, and I'm still only at 70%. I've got books I need to read for SIBA, I've got books I need to read for book clubs. I'm a mess.
I did finish "The Time Traveler's Wife" on audio earlier in the week. Freaking ripped my heart out of my chest it was so good. I even had to pull over once in the car because I was overcome with emotion in one scene. Now I have embarked on "East of Eden" for The Heathrow Literary Society next month. (No I have never read it!) It is gargantuan...something like 25 discs, but is wonderful and compelling so far. I guess there really is something to this Steinbeck fellow! hee hee
I allowed myself a small break in my tasks this week to meet up with my local blogger buddy Heather (Raging Bibliomania) to get a bite for lunch, exchange some books, and talk a little bit about our road trip up to Charleston in September for SIBA. We felt it important to drive so we could haul all of our treasures home, not ship them. Plus it is going to give us some great audiobook time.
My husband and I topped off our week by attending a fundraiser event last night, held in cities all over the country including Orlando, called Taste of the Nation. It is a huge endeavor, and of course I'm secretly eyeing all of this as competition to our ALL Reading Between the Wines, but goes to a worthy cause. My husband loves anything with a silent auction, and he walked away with a chef's table thingy at Brio Tuscan Grille.
After church today, I look forward to a small but hopefully fun discussion on "What Alice Forgot" (review coming soon) for my Skype book club. After that? Ribs on the grill, and hopefull some productive reading. What are all of you up to today?