Family happenings: Lots going on lately. In the past two weeks, Kevin has had a colonoscopy, gotten a speeding ticket, and had to go to the dentist for a broken filling. Poor guy. Plus, they’ve added another patient to his roster, so he is now working about 66 hours a week. The company is hoping to hire another part-time driver, but in the meantime, the poor guy is exhausted. And those 66 hours are the hours he actually gets paid for. His days are more like 14 hours long, Monday through Saturday.
I had the pleasure of nursing him through the colonoscopy prep and then accompanying him to the procedure. The good news is that it came back clear, and his Crohn’s is still in remission. I had my own medical experience when I donated blood for the first (and last) time this week. I did not do well at all. First of all, I had no idea ho big those freaking needles are! And, afterward, in spite of the juice and cheese crackers, I got really sick: nausea, woozy, cold sweats, shaky. It took almost two days until I felt normal again. Kevin said, “You know, you’ve been diagnosed with low vitamin D and they’ve just barely got your potassium back up to normal; maybe that wasn’t such a good idea!” He’s probably right.
The kids are all doing well. Natalie and Noah got to go to Scarywood at Silverwood Theme Park on Thursday night, which sounds truly terrifying, but they loved it. Natalie had a bit of a disappointment when her boyfriend missed the window to buy Homecoming tickets, but she rallied and they had a fun day yesterday just hanging out and going out to eat. The rest of the kids and I, plus a couple of their friends, met up with them in the evening to go on a Zombie Run at the park in Colville. The Zombie Run was okay, but I think they actually had more fun having leaf fights and burying each other in the leaves before the race started. Nice to see them still be goofy and play around with each other, even though three out of four of them are teenagers. Thursday night, we will attend the Harvest Party at church, at which the kids will play lots of games and consume tons of candy. I’m excited to see Natalie’s costume. Her boyfriend is dressing up as a cowboy, and his mom made Natalie a saloon girl costume. I’ll post pictures, if I can.
We’ve been enjoying some flash-backs for our Family Movie Nights. In the past few weeks, we’ve watched Innerspace (1987) and Undercover Blues (1993), both of which starred Dennis Quaid. Then, Friday night, I was watching last year’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting (don’t bother), which also starred Quaid. Josiah, my 11-year-old, didn’t recognize him, and I had to point out that it was the same actor. His response: “What happened to his face!?”
I’ve felt a bit cheated when it comes to football lately! Not that my ‘Hawks aren’t playing well, but last week they played on Thursday, on a channel we don’t get, so I had to read the play-by-play online. This week, they play on Monday night. I know it’s an honor to get chosen for Monday Night Football, but I like my Sunday afternoons curled up on the couch, watching the game with Dad.
We’re gearing up for Election Night on Tuesday, November 5th, planning an Open House that could turn into a victory party if Mom wins her bid for mayor. It has been interesting to have a front-row seat on the local political arena. Not sure I would want the job – actually, I’m SURE I wouldn’t want it, but I know Mom will do a good job if she is elected. We’ll know in a couple weeks.
There’s probably more going on, but this already has gotten very long!
Reading: The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch (loving it so far); In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl (just starting this one today); Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (for the War Through the Generations Challenge and because Jonathan just finished it for school and really liked it); and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (the fellowship is in Lothlorien).
Recently finished reading: Touchstone by Laurie R. King (adequate thriller but not exceptional); The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos (a rousing hit of a read-aloud); Buying In by Laura Hemphill (interesting women’s fiction); Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson (I adore her); and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (LOVED IT!).
Listening to: Defending Jacob by William Landay (awesome) and Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld (also awesome)
Recently finished listening to: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (enjoyed it) and W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton (ditto)
~ Book Review: Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
~ Book Review: The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos
~ Mini-reviews: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell and The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
I hope your October has been wonderful! We have had a gorgeous month, with beautiful fall colors and sunny afternoons to enjoy them in. Of course, today it’s raining, and the cold, cold temps are going to roll in next week. Down to the teens at night. Sigh. Oh, well. What are you doing or reading or watching today?