Time: 8:04 a.m., Sunday morning. Sitting here on the couch, feeling like crap. A not-fun, cough-inducing, achy body and head, just want to curl up in bed bug has forced three of us to miss church this morning. I’m really hoping it is short-lived, as I have a busy week ahead of me.
Thankful for: Time with good friends. Thursday evening, Kevin and I had dinner with a couple from our former church, one of the few friendships that has survived that debacle. They are dear people. We had wonderful food and two-and-a-half hours of fantastic conversation. Good for the soul.
Looking forward to: Feeling better! Just kidding. The biggest change this week will be a class that Noah is starting for the third trimester of the school year. (Yes, our local high school goes by trimesters rather than semesters or quarters. Don’t ask me why.) He is taking a class in CAD – Computer Aided Drafting. The kids have taken outside courses before, but they were usually once or twice a week. This one is a daily, 4th period class. So, I am excited for him, but a little ambivalent because of the amount of driving back and forth that will be going on. He doesn’t drive yet – he has his permit, but not his license – and so it will be up to me to get him there every day, and pick him up an hour and fifteen minutes later. And what on earth has happened to public school schedules since I was in school? Back then, my days were pretty much the same except for the very occasional early release for a pep rally or something. But you should see the bell schedule for these kids! Every Monday is late start. Every other Friday is early release, for some reason or other. So, depending on the day, his class goes from 10:25 to 11:05, or 12:35 to 1:45, or 12:55 to 1:55. And that’s just one class = how on earth do kids keep track of six class periods with varying times?
Reading: City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Hoping to start The Frangipani Hotel: Stories by Violet Kupersmith at some point today.
Recently finished reading: Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates. Wow. This was a real trip. Review won’t be up until April 1st, though, for a tour date.
Listening to: We Live in Water: Stories by Jess Walter, read by the fantastic Eduardo Ballerini. I am really loving these stories, especially as most of them are set in or around my neck of the woods, as Walter is a lifelong Spokane resident. My only beef is that Ballerini didn’t find out how to pronounce some of the location names and so when he says “We-NOT-chee” instead of “We-NAT-chee” or “Cur-de-lehn,” the proper French pronunciation for Coeur d’Alene, which we pronounce “Core Duh Lane,” it jars me out of the story.
Recently finished listening to: The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry. This was fun, but not outstanding. Well, the narration was outstanding. The story was just fluffy and fun.
Watching: Last Sunday, we watched the Oscars. Meh. I didn’t love Ellen as much as every one else did. I was very happy for Matthew McConaughey (I have to look up how to spell his name every single time!). The only best picture nominee I’ve seen so far is Gravity, which I thought was really good, but I didn’t really know who to root for. We will be watching the classic movie Charade for Family Movie Night tonight – Mom’s choice.
What are you doing today? Are you surviving the time change?