Happy Sunday and Happy Long Weekend! We've been home for over a week now, and I am finally feeling like I have my life in order. Jet lag is finally gone, everything is cleaned, weeded and restocked, the cats are just now able to relax and not go nervously pacing through the house crying like poor orphaned creatures.
Not a whole lot to report on my activities this week besides just busy-work. The kids and I went to see "Super 8" one day because nothing else looked appealing. This movie is EXACTLY what you would expect from Spielberg and Abrams...kid chemistry and aliens. Did some shopping at the outlets to appease my daughter who had money burning a hole in her pocket. Serenity now. (Uh...now would NOT be the time of year to visit the outlets FYI. They are busing them in at this point.)
Despite the fact that now I have kids underfoot for most of the day, I was able to get some reading in. I read Michael Koryta's "The Ridge" quickly - it was enjoyable. I then started "The Poisoner's Handbook" by Deborah Blum, a book I picked up at the UCF Book Fest. I've had a slow start, but it is fascinating stuff. Every way you could poison a person at the turn of the century! Yeah baby!
In my wonderful world of audios, I finished "The Peach Keeper" by Sarah Addison Allen, which was for Books, Babes and Bordeaux. I had some 'tude going into this book because I really did not like "Garden Spells". I found this one to be moderately better, but Allen is not really well-served by her narrators. I am now in the middle of "Clara & Mr. Tiffany" by Susan Vreeland, for next month's Heathrow Literary Society. So far I am entranced. After our meeting on this book next month, I think our book group is planning on taking a field trip to the Morse Museum, which houses a large Tiffany collection. Isn't that cool?
Last week's Skype book club was postponed until this week, so I am looking forward to discussing not only "Bloodroot" but also "The Mango Season" later today. Then tomorrow my good friends the Murphys are having their annual humongous 4th of July celebration complete with bigger fireworks than some towns. Hope you have a wonderful long weekend as well. Are any of you up to anything fun?