Thankful for: So many things! I didn’t mean to take a break from my Sunday Salon last week, but it was a very busy weekend. On Saturday, we drove four hours away to Ellensburg, Washington, so that Natalie could pick up her new (to her) car. She has worked so hard and saved almost every penny, and was able to pay cash. We are so proud of her! She got a 1997 Saturn SL, an we bought it from an old friend from college. So the bonus was getting to meet him and his wife and two sons for lunch. We talk on the phone and through Facebook, but I haven’t seen him in person since mine and Kevin’s wedding in 1995.
Natalie drove her new car home, with Kevin in the passenger seat giving instruction, as it was her first time driving on the freeway and through Spokane. She did great. Here’s a picture of the proud car owner:
The next day was Mother’s Day, and we had a quiet, at home celebration, ending with Family Movie Night. Kevin chose Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and it was so much fun to hear the kids belly-laughing at the humor.
Looking forward to: Camp! It’s only four weeks until Royal Family Kids Camp. We’re busy with last minute details, and my drama team is memorizing lines. We have a practice followed by a prop-making party this afternoon. I am reading From Despair to an Heir by Wayne Tesch, which is the RFKC story, explaining how God put it on his heart to start a camp for abused children and children in the foster care system. It isn’t the best-written book, but is very inspiring and just confirms the fact that these camps are so important.
That also means that our school year is only four weeks from being over. I am so ready – and Natalie is about pulling her hair out. She’s taking 17 credits this quarter, because her adviser talked her into throwing in a 2-credit E-commerce class that is a requirement for her AS in Business. I am not happy with the instructor; she gives more work and in-depth assignments than Natalie has in her 5-credit Intro to Economics class. So, it’s more like she’s taking four 5-credit classes (the other two are Business Math and Electronic Calculators and English 101). We will all be happy for her when the quarter is over and she can take the summer off, focusing on camp and work, rather than prepping for camp, work, AND school.
Reading: The Never List by Koethi Zan (just started it); The Falconer by Elizabeth May (this is a really fun historical steampunk-fantasy mash-up); and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (LOVING IT!). Oh, and I am still making my way through The Lord of the Rings. I am close to the end – two chapters behind Noah. Noah has already read of the destruction of the ring, and is reading the last few chapters.
Recently finished reading: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell; In the Blood by Lisa Unger; Fallout by Sadie Jones; and The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Listening to: The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay (Ugh. Not really liking it. If Simon Vance wasn’t reading it, I’d probably give up.) and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (a reread via audio so I can finish the series)
Recently finished listening to: A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (splendid, as always) and Fire and Ash by Jonathan Maberry (loved it)
Watching: We’ve been watching all of the season finales of our programs. Yesterday, I sobbed over the finale of this season of Grey’s Anatomy, which said goodbye to Cristina Yang. My favorite part of the show has been the friendship of Cristina and Meredith, so I’m wondering how I will like the program moving forward. Tonight we will be watching I, Frankenstein – Dad’s pick.
What’s been going on with all of you? I feel bad for missing most of your Salon posts last week. Hopefully I will find some time for blog surfing this afternoon after drama practice. Be sure and tell me about what you’re reading or listening to!