Celebrating: Jonathan’s 14th birthday, which is on the 18th. We had four extra boys sleep over Friday night. So with my crew, that made seven boys, ages 11 to 16. I’m pretty sure they had a good time. They played video games, ate pie, played more video games, ate pizza, went outside and whacked each other with Amtgard swords, ate snacks, played video games, watched a movie, slept for a few hours, ate breakfast casserole, played video games, ate snacks, played video games, and then the extras went home. Feeding that many boys is expensive, let me tell you!
Celebrating, take two: Natalie got a job! She has been looking all summer, and her perseverance finally won out. She starts Monday at a local pharmacy and variety store, and they will work around her Running Start schedule. We are so excited for her – and she is extremely happy that her first job isn’t in fast food.
Anticipating: Church today – three of the kids are participating in a skit, for which the fourth is acting as sound man.
Anticipating, take two: Watching the Seahawks/49ers game tonight. Go ‘Hawks!
Reading: Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons; Tinderbox by Lisa Gornick; Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford; Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins
Recently finished reading: Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate by M.C. Beaton; Lineup by Liad Shoham; and Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Listening to: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman
Lord of the Rings update: I have just finished the chapter “Fog on the Barrow-Downs” and Frodo and his loyal friends are on the road leading into Bree. Having never read the trilogy before, I am amazed at how much of the story didn’t make it into the film. Of course, I know that time constraints necessitate editing, and so things left out don’t bother me as much as when things are changed. And, so far, it seems like the characters of Merry and Pippin get short shrift in the films. On screen, they are the comic relief, but in the book, they are truly loyal friends, a lot more intelligent, and less child-like. I am really enjoying this reading experience, and especially being able to discuss it with Noah.
~ Book Review: The Lady’s Maid by Dilly Court
~ Book Spotlight and Giveaway: The Glass Ocean by Lori Baker
~ Mini-reviews: The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies; Once by Morris Gleitzman; and The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
~ Audiobook Review: Fin and Lady by Cathleen Schine
What are you doing, watching, or reading today?