We’ve been in the new house a week, and things are feeling more settled. They will feel even more settled when Kevin joins us tonight! He stayed behind at the other house, packing up last minute stuff, and taking care of some other things. It will be nice to have the whole family together tonight.
The kids are adjusting remarkably well – I am amazed at how resilient children are. It seems like God is shaking up all areas of our family life right now, and I’m so proud of the way the kids are handling things. I’ll be glad when everything stops changing and settles in to our new routine.
I had a wonderful 40th birthday – thank you so much for all of your wonderful birthday wishes. I was spoiled – two of my sisters sent book money; my folks got me the Chess in Concert CD; Michelle got me Ballistics: Poems by Billy Collins, as well as The Best Cigarette, a CD of Collins reading his poems live; and another dear friend got me a Starbucks gift card. The kids all made me sweet cards. (And before you think Kevin is a schmuck, we agreed not to exchange birthday or Christmas gifts this year in order to save money. )
The boys were at a sleepover all weekend, and so I was able to get some reading time in Friday night and yesterday. I also got caught up on my TV watching. Did anyone see Castle‘s sci-fi convention episode Monday? Hysterical! I loved all the Firefly in-jokes. I’m still a week behind in Once Upon a Time, but I can’t wait to watch it, because Hurley from Lost is in it.
I also had some time to read, although not as much as normal. I actually had to take a book back to the library unfinished! I was only about 50 pages into The Twelve by Justin Cronin before I realized that there was no way I would finish it in the five days I had left until it was due. I couldn’t renew it, because too many people were waiting on the hold list behind me. So, I turned it back in – and then discovered that the audiobook, read by the delicious Scott Brick, is also available at the library, so I put that on hold. I finished Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor on audio, and it was really good – a completely original YA paranormal series. Who knew?
In print, I am reading Lola’s Secret by Monica McInerney and Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien – both enjoyable. I just wish I had more time to read!
Today, Natalie and I are going to Mom and Dad’s church with them, and then I am heading to the movies with my dad to see Looper, so look for that in a future Ten-word Movie Reviews post. We will DVR the Seahawks game to watch when we get back, so no spoilers in the comments, please!
What are all of you doing today? Reading anything good?
On the blog this week:
~ Book Review: The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister
~ Book Review: Under the Dome by Stephen King