Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?

I know, I know, I said I was done with this whole blogging thing. But now that I’ve settled into my new job and camp is over and graduation is over, etc – I’m finding myself with a little more time. And I miss it! I miss all of you (any of you who are still out there!) and telling you what’s going on with my life. I still read your blogs, but it’s just not quite the same. I thought that if I was going to switch my blog to just an occasional personal post once in a while, then I needed a new blog name, and a new layout, and…… But why? If I want to just pop in here once in a while and tell you about the fantastic books I’ve been reading, or something exciting that’s happening to one of the kids, I can do that, right? Who’s going to tell me I can’t?

So, here’s a bullet-point list of what’s been going on in our family’s lives lately:

~ Me: I LOVE my new job. I mean, I love it. I knew that it was a job I would be good at (I was an administrative assistant before I became a stay-at-home mom), but I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy being back in the work force. It’s really nice to have something away from the house, even if it’s only twelve hours a week.

Camp was last week, and it was super-fantastic. We had the most kids ever – 26 foster kids. The weather was nice and sunny for the first time in five years. We didn’t have any major catastrophes – everything ran smoothly. Dad and I are already talking about some things to do next year to make it even better. There is something so completely satisfying about working with other people to do something good. We had thirteen churches involved, all different denominations. It seems that often we only see the divisions between us, but all it takes is doing something out of no other motivation than love to strip those things away. It is the best kind of high.

I am still dealing with a few health issues. Finally got my thyroid meds up to the right dose, I think, but I was still having some issues. So doc ordered a pulse oximeter for me to wear overnight. Turns down I stop breathing a lot while I sleep, and my oxygen saturation goes way, way down quite often. Down to 65% at one point. So I’m on night-time oxygen right now until we can get a full sleep study to see if I need a CPAP. Ugh.

~ Kevin: He had a Crohn’s flare-up after 19 years in remission. Sigh. Not fun. Waiting on an appointment for a colonoscopy to find out if the meds are taking care of it or if he possibly needs surgery to fix the scar tissue around the old resection from 26 years ago. This would not be unexpected, but the missed work time will about kill us, as he has no paid sick time at his job. Trying not to freak out about it.

~ Kids: Natalie graduated! Woo hoo! My baby girl now has her high school diploma and a two-year AS degree in Business. She will start her Pharmacy Tech program fall quarter, and will graduate with her AS in that by December of 2016. Oh, and she might be getting married next year. Gah!

Boys are doing well. Noah’s working his butt off and has a thousand dollars saved toward his car. All of the boys are loving summer break, especially now that camp is over and they can actually relax. On the 11th, I meet my sister in George, Washington (yes, that’s a place) to pick up my nephew, Peter, who is Josiah’s best friend. He’ll be spending two weeks with us, and Josiah is so excited he’s beside himself.

Let’s see, what else can I tell you? How about the best books I’ve read so far this year? It feels weird not to be writing reviews, but I have absolutely LOVED having more reading time. Here are my faves from the first half of 2015:

Rebecca by Daphne duMaurier – a reread via audio
Love Anthony by Lisa Genova
The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom – also a reread via audio
Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – audio
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith – audio
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – audio
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – audio
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – reread via audio
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – a reread – I read it aloud to Josiah

We’ve also watched some great movies so far this year. Some of my favorites are MacFarland, USA, The Imitation Game, This Is Where I Leave You, Interstellar, Jurassic World, and Big Hero 6.

So, there you have it – the first half of our 2015 in a nutshell. I hope all of you are having a wonderful summer so far. I may pop in again soon – or it may be a while. Who knows? If you’re still reading, thank you. 🙂 If you have time, leave a comment and let me know what’s going on with you, and tell me about any books I need to add to my to-read list.

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16 Responses to Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?

  1. Trisha says:

    I am thrilled you are back in action, and your absolutely right that you can post whatever you want whenever you want on YOUR blog. I hope your night time troubles work themselves out; there’s nothing worse than not sleeping. I have an alpha-delta sleep anomaly which pretty much means it takes me forever to fall asleep and then I also wake up a lot during the night. It sucks. Sleep is awesome. 🙂

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Trisha – I have never realized how important sleep is until the past few months. It is horrible when it doesn’t just come naturally. Ugh.

  2. I’m going to tell you can’t. The blog is called Books and Movies. The heck? 😉

    Sorry to hear about your thyroid problems. My sister also has problems with hers.

    Congratulations to Natalie on her graduation and her possible marriage too.

    I still need to read The Book Thief. Thanks for reminding me.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Bryan – well, I did talk about books and movies a little bit! Yes, you must read The Book Thief.

  3. BermudaOnion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I’m glad to see things are (mostly) good for y’all! Congratulations to Natalie!

  4. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly

    I have missed you, Carrie! I’m so glad you like your new job! Prayers are going out that the meds are working for Kevin and he won’t need an operation. Congratulations to Natalie on graduating from high school and earning her AA!

    My oldest, Piper, might do something similar, but for culinary arts. She’s still going back and forth between wanting to stay homeschooled and take advantage of the opportunities it brings or going to public high school. 🙁 We’ll see what happens.

    Keep us updated with everything that’s happening with you!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      V – I will! And I look forward to hearing about your new little arrival very soon. 🙂

  5. Michelle says:

    Okay, so I *may* have squealed a bit at at seeing a new post from you. As you know, I have definitely missed seeing your updates, whether they are bookish, movie-related, or just updates on life. I do hope you continue to update us!

    I am so, so happy that you love your job. Natalie graduating is amazing. It feels like it happened way too quickly though. And marriage? Already? Do spill!

    Low oxygen saturation levels? That sounds serious. I hope you can figure out what is going on there soon!

    As for Mike, just…ugh. You guys just can’t seem to catch a break. I will be hoping and praying that he does not need surgery. And if he does, please let me know if I can do anything to help you guys out.

    In the meantime, please try to enjoy your summer. I’ll be thinking of you, as always!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Thanks, Michelle! I promise the next time I post an update I’ll give more details on Natalie and her young man. 🙂

  6. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    Yay!!! So happy to see you in my feed reader (even if I’m slow to get around to reading posts). Awesome that your job is even better than you hoped. Thyroid: I’m hyperthyroid and it is such a tricky thing to get those meds right. But you *will* get it right one of these days. How is it that Natalie graduated????? Time flies and flies.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Candace – thyroids are such pains in the butts, aren’t they? So small, yet they affect so much. And yes, time does fly – way too quickly!

  7. It’s good to see you blogging again, Carrie. 🙂 Congratulations to your daughter! I know you are proud of her. She’s doing so well.

    I hope you are able to get the sleep issues sorted out. I think my husband should see a doctor about his, but he’s so stubborn. I do hope the meds help Kevin, so that he can avoid surgery. I know the stress being out of work can cause on a family all too well.

    I am glad the camp was such a big success this year. I am glad you give those kids that opportunity. There’s nothing like that down my way, I’m afraid. There used to be–but money and not enough volunteers became a problem.

    I hope you have a great week!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Wendy – Oh, I wish there was a RFK Camp in your area. It really is such an amazing program – and I love being a part of it. I love seeing all the pics of Mouse on Facebook, too!

  8. JoAnn @Lakeside Musing
    Twitter: lakesidemusing

    So nice to see your post pop up in my feed, Carrie! I’m glad you love your job, hope the health issues resolve, and can’t believe your daughter has graduated. Also see several titles I have enjoyed on your list including The Invention of Wings and An Unnecessary Woman.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      JoAnn – Yes – they were both great reads. I think I read Unnecessary Woman after seeing your review.