In a recent conversation with my blogging buddy James, he mentioned that he was so far underwater he needed scuba gear. James always says the most perfect things at the most perfect times. Scuba gear is what I needed this week.
For a girl who had NOTHING officially on the calendar, I sure had a stressful week. I spent a day in the yard, two and a half (almost three) full days doing combative, angst-filled Treasurer business (my unpaid career it seems), and another day trying to catch up on e-mails, blogging, reviews and reading. My husband was out of town, and my kids were working on my last nerve. I did manage a nice long walk, just to prevent myself from having a coronary.
But! Alas! A long weekend is upon us! Yesterday was filled with football, church and a Magical Dining Month dinner! Some of you might remember me talking about this last year, but for the whole month of September, dozens of high-end Orlando restaurants offer a three course meal for $30 per person. Donations are made to the Boys and Girls Club. It's a win-win.
Mentally, I'm also gearing up for Book Blogger Appreciation Week starting September 12th. Everyone will be posting on various subjects, I will be interviewing Anna from Diary of an Eccentric (and vicey versey), and I will be competing for Best Audiobook Blog. A huge thank you to whoever nominated me! I am going up against some power houses but I'm thrilled that this year I'm not alone on the list.
I'm also gearing up for my trip with Heather to SIBA in Charleston September 16 through the 20th. We are road-tripping, so we don't have to mail 3.2 tons of books back to our homes. We are currently planning what audios we will listen to on the way up and back.
As far as reading was concerned this week, let's just talk about audio. I finished "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys, which was ultimately heart-wrenching. I have a few complaints, but overall a real good WWII novel. I'm also more than halfway through "Maine" by Courtney Sullivan, for my Skype book club. No opinion on this one yet. It is entertaining me, but also feeling alot like other beach reads (aka distressed women coming together to the beach to heal themselves). Stay tuned.
My print reading was hoooorrrrrrible. I'm still in the middle of Marisa de los Santos' upcoming release "Falling Together", and it is full of dear, lovable characters and snappy dialogue. I just can't get any momentum. I'm going to have to lock myself in a room and just finish it. I've got way too many other things that need reading.
Today, I have to take my daughter for horseback riding lessons, then perhaps a movie? Burgers on the grill? We will see. I love long weekends, where you have half a chance to fit everything in.
In closing, I'm going to throw out a teaser for next week's destination. On Friday, my husband and I will fly off to the land of Dawn, the Bumbles, Fenway Park, seafood, the North End, cupcakes, who knows what else. It is going to be short and sweet and packed with fun.
Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!