Time and place: 10:10 a.m., Saturday morning, our bedroom. Enjoying some peace and quiet before making a grocery list and heading out in the slushy rain for grocery shopping and to take the boys to see Mockingjay, Part 1.
~ Noah, our sixteen-year-old, got his first job! He left a resume at a local company called Stick-It Signs about a month ago, and had checked back once, but never heard anything. They weren’t actually even hiring when we dropped it off, he was just hitting any place he could think of. The owner called him Wednesday night, he had an interview Thursday morning, and he started yesterday afternoon. It’s something he will really enjoy, I think, as he’s done all sorts of computer design and drafting stuff before. He was willing to take anything, but was especially excited that it isn’t fast food.
~ One more week of school, then three weeks off for Christmas break! Our Thanksgiving week was very full with family and celebrating, and so it wasn’t exactly relaxing. I am really looking forward to three weeks of baking, holiday movies, reading, and quiet time.
Reading: The Humans by Matt Haig; The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber; and A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison
Listening to: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (not thrilled with this so far, and I’m almost halfway through it); Duma Key by Stephen King (totally hooked); and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Elijah Wood’s narration is perfect)
Watching: We are really enjoying the new Tea Leoni series Madame Secretary, although I wish Tim Daly was in more scenes. Sigh. Also, we’ve been hooked on Gracepoint, and are really looking forward to the last episode – and finding out who the murderer is! – next week. Recent movie night choices have been Hercules (sheesh!) and The Santa Clause – a classic that Nan’s boyfriend hadn’t seen before. I think Mom has chosen Heaven Can Wait with Warren Beatty for tomorrow night’s viewing. Oh, and, of course, I have been watching football, and my beloved Seahwaks have finally hit their stride! The Thanksgiving game against the 49ers was the perfect way to end our holiday celebration.
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are getting into the Christmas spirit!
Books completed in November:
The Deadly Dance by M.C. Beaton – 4 stars – This series is always fun.
How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman – 3 stars – my review
Us by David Nicholls – 5 stars – my review
How Green This Land, How Blue This Sea: A Newsflesh Novella by Mira Grant – 4 stars – Love the world she has created with this series!
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters – 3 stars – Liked it, but it dragged in parts, and was kind of anti-climactic.
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas (audiobook) – 2 stars – my review
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (read-aloud) – 4 stars – Josiah and I had so much fun with this read-aloud!
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger – 4 stars – my review
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – 3 stars – Another one to check off the “Books You Should Read” list; interesting historical background, but not a page-turner.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – 4 stars – Fantastic world-building, but book one of a proposed seven? Really???!!!!
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – 3 stars – Check another one off that last; well-written, but not a favorite.