Good morning friends! As I sat pondering my past week, I decided that for the most part, it was relatively easy compared to the norm. We were in our last week of cross country practice (and most of that was moot because my daughter was out sick for a few days). No sports for the boy. Kids had Monday off (aka "Doctor Appointment Day"). Husband was in town. I actually felt like I a had a grip. So much that I actually got my Christmas cards done, the Christmas letter done, and my Shutterfly calendars made for family gifts. Bam!
Offsetting the glow of easy street were three horrid workouts from Andre...I think he was trying to kill me, because for the first time in a long time, I could barely move. Also we had our annual, obligatory conference with my son's teachers. I wasn't surprised. We have had these things since he was in 2nd or 3rd grade...the by-product of having a spirited, too-smart-for-his-own-good child. I hate these meetings. I always feel like I'm going to throw up. But it is done and all is well.
It seems I am addicted to a game called "Cubis". Just be warned. I've almost finished it though, with only one level left that I haven't gotten a three-star rating. Damn these games. They plague me.
Later next week, my son and I leave for a short, whirlwind school field trip to New York City. In the past we have gone to DC and surrounding attractions, Philadelphia, and Boston. These are great trips but they are exhausting. They pack in a huge amount of activities, and this time around we will see St. Patricks Cathedral, Empire State Building, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Statue of Liberty, United Nations, and see "Newsies" on Broadway. And maybe more I'm not remembering.
I had some good reading this week. I finished "Benediction" on audio and really liked it. It didn't blow me away, but it was solid writing, had solid themes, and was packed a powerful punch. I also listened to Joshilyn Jackson's novella that is a prequel to her upcoming new book called "My Own Miraculous". She is just so talented. She makes my heart happy. I am now about halfway through one of Mo Hayder's standalone novels called "Hanging Hill". It is good, but so far not as in-my-face as her series. Will see how it wraps up.
In print I finished "The Shining Girls" which originally got a huge amount of hype when it came out. Again, didn't blow my mind but I really liked it, not only for the fun of time traveling serial murderation, but for the historic Chicago references. Now, at the behest of my son, I am reading the "V for Vendetta" graphic novel, soon to be followed up with the movie. My son has really been digging GNs as fast as he can. I cackle maniacally at all the fun I'm going to have shopping for him for Christmas THIS year. Woo hoo!
On the agenda today is church, shuttling the daughter to and from school to work an Open House event (community service hours!), maybe a restored car show, maybe a movie (12 Years a Slave). Reading? Probably not.