Time and place: 3:09 p.m., Saturday afternoon. I’m in our room, drinking coffee, and typing this post while Kevin takes a break from working on the City of Chewelah web site. I am going to make this short and sweet, as he keeps the room very cold – and I’m freezing!
Grateful for: Hot, sweet coffee; a beautiful Indian summer; fall colors; hand-knitted slippers from my Mom (Seahawks colors!)
Struggling with: Some health issues. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. In some ways, this is a blessing, as I have an explanation for the variety of weird, unpleasant symptoms I’ve been dealing with for the past couple years. But, for some reason, hypo patients often feel worse after beginning treatment or changing a dose, so I’m not feeling all that great. Plus, my doctor said that it can take several months to find the right dosage and/or medication that works for me, so there’s no quick fix. I’m trying to be patient, but I’m really tired of not feeling well.
Doing: Singing – we formed a small choir at church to perform at the Christmas Eve service; homeschooling; chauffeuring kids around to ortho and doctor appointments; the usual laundry and housework; etc. Reading, obviously. And I’ve taken up cross-stitch again in the past year or so. I like doing it while watching TV; makes it feel like less of a waste of time. I am almost finished with this pattern of a Paris Market. I’m excited to start my next one, which my mom bought for me because it’s simply perfect and beautiful and fits me: Treasure Hunt Bookshelf. I’ve also been watching football, obviously, but we will NOT talk about last Sunday’s game against the Cowboys, mmmmkay?!
Watching: Last Sunday, we watched Edge of Tomorrow. It was a re-watch for me, and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around – and the boys all loved it. This week’s movie night pick is Mom’s: The Count of Monte Cristo. Oh, and I took the boys to see The Maze Runner last Friday, and am so very happy that it was fan-freaking-tastic! For once, they got a book-to-film adaptation right. Of course, there were a few minor changes, but all completely understandable from a film genre standpoint. I highly recommend it – and can’t wait for the second one.
Reading: I just started reading Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and Just One Day by Gayle Forman. I’m hoping to start Us by David Nicholls soon. Plus, I’m reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson aloud to Josiah.
Recently finished reading:
~ Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – The woman is a genius!
~ Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – I enjoyed it, but Victor’s whining and naval-gazing got to be a bit much.
~ The Mighty Queens of Freevilee: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them by Amy Dickinson – A fun, heartwarming memoir.
~ Sister Eve, Private Eye by Lynne Hinton – A lot of fun; review to come in November.
~ Airman by Eoin Colfer – I read this aloud to Josiah; easily one of our favorite read-alouds of all time.
~ Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris – I read this with all three boys; quite challenging and a great message.
~ The Secret Place by Tana French – How does she keep doing this? One of my favorites in the series.
~ We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas – This is beautifully written, but a bit slow-going.
~ Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon – I love being immersed in this fictional world.
~ Shadow of Night – Yes, still. This one isn’t keeping me as engrossed as the first book in the series did.
Today will be taken up with church, choir practice, a football game, carving pumpkins, and movie night. I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!