Weekend Update – January 24, 2015

So, it’s been a week! Actually, it’s been two since I’ve posted an official update, but I mean this week has been especially week-ish. Sigh.

No news on the job front – for Kevin at least. He has about five applications out right now. Waiting, waiting….. My opportunity looks on track for April 1st, but I still can’t really say anything about it yet. I will say that it’s only 12 hours a week, so easy to work around my homeschooling/parenting duties – pretty much tailor-made for me.

Noah (16) and his girlfriend of almost two years broke up this week. Cue teenage drama and heartache. Lots of it. And questioning of parental decisions, and lots of discussions with Kevin. Parenting teens is hard, even when they’re generally good kids. There have been lots of tears in our house this week, as Noah is sad, and Kevin and I are sad for him.

This next week is going to be insanely busy, with multiple appointments, lots of Royal Family Kids Camp duties, a church board meeting, normal school stuff, and, oh, yeah – that little Super Bowl at the end of the week! Can I just say that “Deflate-gate” has made Facebook a particularly hilarious place this past week?

I also need to start working on the FAFSA for Natalie. Any advice from those of you who have gone through it? I keep hearing that it’s like having bamboo shoots shoved under your fingernails. Really looking forward to that.

I haven’t had as much time to read this past week as I would have liked, but I do have four books going, and I’m enjoying all of them:

~ Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson
~ Authority by Jeff Vandermeer
~ An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
~ City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

On audio, I am finishing up Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (yes, still!), and I started Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Oh, and I’m reading The Book Thief aloud with Josiah. This is my third time through it, and I simply love it, although it breaks my heart.

We watched The Maze Runner for movie night last week – Noah’s pick. For the next several weeks, we’re changing things up a bit. Instead of drawing a name of a person who will pick the movie, I have put the titles of about a dozen movies in the hat. They are movies that people have mentioned over the past six months – either movies that are due for a re-viewing, or movies that the kids are now old enough to appreciate. A vast variety from Hello, Dolly to Gladiator to Dennis the Menace to That Thing You Do – and everything in between. Should be fun!

I think tomorrow afternoon, since there is no football, Mom and I are going to see Into the Woods. No one else in the family is interested.

Oh, and have you been watching Downton Abbey? What do you think so far? I think Lord Grantham is becoming even more of a pompous ass, and he’s setting himself up for heartbreak if he doesn’t start treating his wife with more respect! I’m really looking forward to Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder returning this week. Oh, and The Blacklist, in the much-coveted post-Super Bowl slot. And Justified is back! That series reminds me of a modern-day Shakespearean tragedy. Looking forward to this final season.

Have you been watching, reading, listening to, doing anything interesting this week? I’d love to hear about it.

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25 Responses to Weekend Update – January 24, 2015

  1. Heather
    Twitter: BookAddictHeath
    says:

    I remember doing the FAFSA when I went to college (I’m 31 now so … 13 years ago?) and I didn’t think it was that bad at all. Then again, I was young, had no help from my parents, and just had to figure it out on my own so I didn’t have anyone to compare to and had no choice in the matter – it just had to get done! I remember it being similar to doing your taxes. Annoying but not too difficult if your financial life is relatively uncomplicated.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Heather – I remember doing it, too – and I’m pretty sure I did it on my own, too. I have been amazed as I’ve helped Natalie navigate the community college for Running Start that I did all of the college stuff by myself! I’m hoping that the FAFSA won’t be as bad as I think it is.

  2. So what did you think of The Maze Runner? We watched it the other night and it was better than we, or at least I, thought it would be. I haven’t read the books, but now maybe I’ll give them a try sometime.

    Also wait, no controversy with the Seahawks? Richard Sherman hasn’t said anything? 😉 Wait, there’s still another week before the Super Bowl, right? 🙂

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Bryan – I really liked it; it’s one film that I thought did the book justice. And, seriously, the Patriots have provided all the controversy this week – except for Marshawn Lynch’s infamous crotch-grab in the end zone. 🙂

  3. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    Reading about all that you are doing has me questioning my productivity! Ha! I haven’t been reading much or listening much. Not sure what I have been doing. I can’t wait to hear about your job opportunity. And teen drama, yes. I had so much when I was at that age, and I guess I might have overdone the warnings to my kids because neither of them have gotten involved with anyone at this point. Just a bunch of friends. My mom asks what is wrong with them, but honestly, I’m a little glad to avoid that level of emotion in my house. They will get it soon enough.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I wish my kids (at least my boys) would have held off on the whole girl thing. Sigh.

  4. BermudaOnion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    Filling out FAFSA is about liking filing tax returns. You’ll be amazed at how much they calculate you can contribute to college expenses.

  5. Michelle says:

    I find it hilarious that you are still slogging through Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. Yes, I am evil.

    Poor Noah! Connor and his girlfriend are stronger than ever, but I dread the moment when they part ways, if they do. I don’t know how he is going to react. You must guide me, oh wise one, in the ways of parenting through teenage heartbreak. It scares me more than I want to admit!

    I am so excited for you and cannot wait until you can share more about your new opportunity!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Michelle -you are evil! I think every second or third book she should just skip, but I know there are people who would disagree with me. I want to keep going to know what happens, but this is definitely not my most favorite in the series.

      I know what you mean about Connor and his girlfriend – this has been so hard to watch Noah walk through this. It will be a while before he’s on the other side, I think.

  6. Kailana says:

    Good luck on the job hunting for Kevin and mystery opportunity for you!!!

  7. Chrizette says:

    I have been trying to get through AUTHORITY for a while now – I keep on putting it on hold. It is just not gripping me as the first in the series. I have not watched DOWNTOWN ABBY yet, so many people are talking about it. I really should take a look.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Chrizette – I am still reading Authority, but I agree, it’s not as un-put-down-able as Annihilation was.

  8. Sheila (Book Journey)
    Twitter: bookjourney
    says:

    I forgot Downton Abbey was back! Shoot! How much have I missed? We have been on vacation and my head is catching up with all that is going on 🙂 Hope your week goes well 🙂

  9. Trisha says:

    Oh I feel so bad for Noah right now. I can distinctly remember that feeling after a break up, especially from a long term relationship. Such a horrible, horrible hurt on the heart.

    I can’t wait to see what you think of Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Trisha – I know – I remember all too well, too, and that makes it hard. I’d rather go through it myself than watch my kid go through it. Ugh.

  10. JoAnn @Lakeside Musing
    Twitter: lakesidemusing
    says:

    FAFSA is worse than tax returns… good luck!

  11. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    Poor Noah! Breakups are hard to get through. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Kevin. It’s so hard to find a job, even for those who have tons of experience. The FAFSA isn’t too bad. It’s been two years since I’ve completed it. I suggest you start on it as soon as possible. Though there’s a deadline, the sooner you do it, the better.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      V – thanks! I’m hoping since our financial situation is pretty straight-forward, it won’t be too horrible. I still haven’t started – I’m not meaning to procrastinate; I’ve just been so busy!

  12. Susan says:

    Is the Maze Runner any good? Wondering if it’s worth seeing. I need to catch up on Downton Abbey, have the recent episodes taped.