Can you believe November is almost over?! And I haven’t done a Salon post for three weeks. It is sometimes hard to find time at the computer on the weekends, since Kevin and I share one now – and he was working on a pretty big web site project for the city of Chewelah. (You can check out the finished project here, if you’re interested. Remember, he does blog designs, too!)
The past couple weeks have been absolutely crazy and I am so glad that I have no reason to leave the house today. Natalie had her wisdom teeth out on Monday, and so far has had a fairly easy time of it. A little bit of tummy issues from the antibiotics they prescribe just in case, but she’s done taking them today, so hopefully that will clear right up. The boys spent two afternoons this week splitting and stacking wood for a friend. They earned some extra money, which is great for them, but the friend lives about 25 miles away, and Mom is chauffeur. So I had two busy afternoons. Throw in an orthodontist appointment in Spokane (Nan’s oral surgery was in Spokane, too), and you have a very busy week. I am planning on doing nothing but reading and watching TV and cross-stitching today (except making dinner, because for some reason, these people I live with still insist on being fed) and nothing but church and football and movie night tomorrow. (I’m writing this on Saturday.) Then Monday, my sister and her family arrive for the week and the holiday nuttiness commences.
With all of these appointments and other stuff going on, though, I have had lots of time to read, and November has been a good month so far. I read The Deadly Dance by M.C. Beaton, a fun Agatha Raisin mystery. I finished How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman, which was good until the end. Sigh. I describe so many books that way – endings can either make or break a book! Us by David Nicholls was freaking fantastic – I love that man. I read a novella in Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series, How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea, which reminded me how much I love the world she created in that series. I promptly downloaded the rest of her novellas onto my Kindle app. I didn’t love The Paying Guests as much as everyone else did, but it was still enjoyable. We Are Not Ourselves – well, you’ll see; my review goes up next week. And Josiah and I finished our latest read-aloud just in time for Thanksgiving break: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. We both enjoyed it. Kind of X-Men-slash-Red Dawn-ish.
Last weekend, Natalie treated me to a Mother-Daughter Movie Night, and we saw Gone Girl. Wow. They really got it right – the creepy, twistedness of the book came through perfectly on screen. And that cast?! Perfect. For our at home movie nights, we’ve had quite the variety: Thor: The Dark World (meh); Holes (a family favorite); and Behind Enemy Lines (pretty good). Not sure what Jon is choosing for tomorrow night.
On TV, my favorite shows this season so far have been The Blacklist – James Spader is all kinds of awesome; The Walking Dead – oh, my gosh, it’s been good this season!; and How To Get Away With Murder, which is totally a guilty pleasure. The only bad thing is that no one I know is watching it, too, and this is definitely the kind of series you want to talk to someone about!
Well, I am going to sign off before my day gets away from me. I am reading three really good books (The Divorce Papers; The Bone Season; and A Passage to India), and I’m hoping to finish at least one of them today. I hope all of you are enjoying your November, and staying safe in this crazy weather. For those of you who live somewhere where the weather is currently warm and toasty, I hate you. No, just kidding. Kind of.