Time: 8:50 p.m., Saturday evening. Trying to get my Sunday Salon post written before I fall asleep – we went to a church spring cleaning day this morning and worked our butts off for a few hours. It was fun to work alongside friends. The two youngest boys were working right along with us – made me very proud.
Thankful for: That my kids talk to me – really talk to me, I mean. My husband. Wonderful friends. Volunteer work that is meaningful. Time to read in the evenings. Coffee. A fresh start every morning.
Looking forward to: Meeting a long-time online friend in real life! Carol, who now blogs at A Living Pencil is a kindred spirit. I have known her online for several years, starting back when she was blogging at Magistramater. She was a fellow homeschooling mom and lover of books. She is no longer a homeschooling mom (but still a lover of books!), because her boys are all grown and giving her grandbabies galore, and she has embarked on a new stage of life. It has been a joy to watch her embrace this stage with as much grace and goodness as she did the hands-on mothering of the teenage years. Her marriage to Curt is also an inspiration, as is her faith, and her delicious way with words. A couple weeks ago, I received an e-mail asking me what I was going to be doing on Friday, the 21st, as she and Curt are coming to my neck of the woods (from their home in Oregon) to visit some friends who recently moved here. We are going to meet for coffee Friday afternoon, and I can hardly wait!
Reading: Going Over by Beth Kephart; The Frangipani Hotel: Stories by Violet Kupersmith; and The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh (starting this one today). I also continue to slowly make my way through The Lord of the Rings. I am now at the point where I am becoming very angry with Peter Jackson, who turned the books into the films. I can understand making changes for the sake of time and for translating from one medium to the other, but I don’t understand radically changing the nature of characters. I’m thinking specifically of Faramir, who really got screwed over in the film edition.
Recently finished reading: City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Listening to: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
Recently finished listening to: We Live in Water: Stories by Jess Walter
Watching: Last Sunday’s Family Movie Night selection was the classic, Charade, chosen by my mom. I hadn’t seen it since I was a teenager, and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it! The kids all liked it, too, even though they thought some of the fight scenes were a little cheesy. Tonight is Dad’s pick: Ender’s Game. I’m very curious to see how this translates on film.
~ Mini-reviews: The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry; We Live in Water: Stories by Jess Walter; and When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
~ Book Review: City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte
Have you been reading or watching anything good lately? Has spring hit your neck of the woods yet?