What an awesome week! Last Sunday, after church, Kevin announced he was taking the kids camping this week, and giving me my annual mom break. I spent Monday and Tuesday getting camping stuff ready and shopping. Wednesday, I picked up my nephews and drove them to the lake, where we spent the day. After dinner at the camp site that night, I headed home – and had Wednesday evening, all day Thursday, all day Friday, and Saturday morning ALL. TO. MYSELF. Ah, bliss………
For a mom who homeschools her kids and whose husband works from home, alone time is just not something that happens very often. I am so blessed to have a husband who understands that I need those occasional times to recharge and provides me with them.
So, what did I do with my time? Let’s see…I finished four books: Black Heart by Holly Black on audio, and We Only Know So Much by Elizabeth Crane, All the Truth by Laura Brodie, and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys in print. Loved all of them except one, but you’ll just have to wait to find out which one.
I finished watching season one of Revenge – what a finale! I went on a UK film binge and watched Billy Elliot, Brassed Off, and The Camomile Lawn. Most amazing of all, I resisted tearing into the brand new complete first season of Game of Thrones that a totally awesome old (in how long we’ve known each other, not his age) friend sent in the mail after I complained on Facebook about how I was still waiting on overdue discs from an irresponsible library patron. I drooled over that cover featuring Sean Bean, but was patient and waited for Kevin to get home from camping.
Thursday night, I had a fantastic meal and drinks with Michelle – our local Stephani’s Oak Street Grill has the best Lemon Drop Martinis in the world! – and gabbed for three hours straight. Friday night, I went to the theater and saw The Dark Knight Rises, which was brilliant and everything I was hoping it would be. I should have listened to Sandy, though, about not drinking too much pop, as I spent the last half hour of the very long movie desperate for a bathroom but not wanting to leave and miss anything.
I did do a bit of lesson planning, too – and spent a lot of time keeping our cat occupied, as he goes nuts when his kids are gone. But all in all, it was a restful, refreshing time, and I am so much the better for it. My Saturday ended with our annual church picnic, which was a ton of fun. I love our church!
This morning, I’m leading worship at church, and then will come home to tackle the mess that comes home from a camping trip. I’m also hoping to get some reading done, too, from one or all of my current reads.
~ Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll
~ The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
~ Heat Wave by Richard Castle
~ Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery
~ Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
~ Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
~ The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
What are you doing this last Sunday of July? Any bookish plans?
On the blog this week:
~ August read-along: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
~ Six-by-Seven – a borrowed meme
~ Book Spotlight: The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson
~ Swedish author Camilla Lackberg discusses the appeal of Scandinavian crime fiction