Happy first Sunday in November! I can hardly believe that October is over; it simply flew by. We had a really nice Halloween, starting with Light Up the Park last Saturday. Our little, teeny town attempted to break the Guinness record for the longest line of lit jack-o-lanterns. We needed 1301 carved pumpkins; we made it to 1100. Not bad for a town of under 2500 people! It was a fun community celebration, and the pumpkins looked beautiful all lit up in the park that night. Noah carved Balrog from Lord of the Rings for the library’s Literary Character Carving Contest, and won first prize in the Teen and Adult category. 🙂 Then, on Halloween itself, we helped out and participated in our church’s annual Harvest Party. I love seeing how many of the adults get into dressing up, and how creative they can be with their costumes – especially since that’s not my thing.
Not a lot of other stuff going on, other than the usual busy, busy, busy-ness that is our household. Natalie and I had an appointment with her Running Start adviser, and she is all on track to graduate in June with her Associates of Applied Sciences in General Business and her high school diploma. I am so proud of her, and yet can hardly believe it! Noah and I switched to a different curricula for Algebra 2, because we were in danger of either murdering the books or each other. The new one seems to be working better.
Time to gear up for the holiday season, right? Our November will be nuts: my birthday next week, Josiah’s birthday the week after, Natalie’s wisdom teeth removal on the 17th, and then a houseful most of the week of Thanksgiving. Trying to keep the kids’ heads in their schoolwork with the holidays fast approaching is always a challenge.
I have been finding time to read, though. It’s amazing, now that I’ve allowed myself not to worry about whether I’m blogging or not, I’m reading a lot – and enjoying it more. Right now, I’m reading Us by David Nicholls and The Deadly Dance by M.C. Beaton – an Agatha Raisin mystery. Hoping to start The Bone Season and How To Be a Good Wife later today.
On audio, I finally finished book two in Deborah Harkness’s trilogy. I definitely did not love it as much as book one, but the last quarter saved it for me, and I am looking forward to book three. I am currently listening to Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon, and I am really pissed off at what the author has done to Roger and Bree’s storyline. Argh. I’m also still plugging through We Are Not Ourselves, and have The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to listen to soon to stay ahead of Noah for English Lit 10.
We went old school for movie night last week and watched Armageddon. The week before was The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s fun introducing the kids to some of these “older” movies. 🙂
Today is church, choir practice for Christmas, the Seahawks game, and then Thor: The Dark World for movie night. Have a wonderful day!
Books finished in October:
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – 5 stars – I think I’ve mentioned it before, but this woman is a genius, and I loved this book.
The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, a Daughter, and the Town That Raised Them by Amy Dickinson – 4 stars – This was a fun, heartwarming memoir. Had some good funny moments.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – 4 stars – I liked this overall, but Victor’s character annoyed me.
Sister Eve, Private Eye by Lynne Hinton – 4 stars – Great mystery; review coming soon on the 25th, its release date.
Airman by Eoin Colfer – 5 stars – One of Josiah’s favorite read-alouds. Mine, too.
Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex & Brett Harris – 4 stars – Thought-provoking and discussion provoking; read it with the boys.
The Secret Place by Tana French – 5 stars – I only wish she wrote faster.
Just One Day by Gayle Forman – 3 stars – Not nearly as good as If I Stay, but entertaining enough.
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – 4 stars – Almost as good as everyone says it is.
A World Lost by Wendell Berry – 5 stars – If you’ve read my blog for long, you know I adore this man. Short, but powerful.
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – 3 stars – Dragged and dragged and dragged, but the last quarter was worth it, and I’ve been assured that the final book is worth it as well.