Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Salon: Deliver us from hormones

Good morning my friends!  Based on this past week, I will be a miracle if I can get through this post without crying.  What is wrong with me?  I'm going to blame it on hormones, but I'm not wholly sure if that is the reason.  If you looked at me cross-eyed this week, I got emotional.  It could be maddening schedule getting to me, it could be that my baby just turned 12, or I might just be losing my mind.  I hope it passes soon.

First of all, my son did win his 2nd round of football playoffs last Sunday and then went on to win the 3rd round on Wednesday night.  What this means is that as of this moment, his team has outlasted 21 teams and will be playing in the Mid-Florida Pop Warner Championship at the Citrus Bowl at 3:00pm.  We may very well have our bums handed to us, but I'm so happy for these boys.  They have worked hard and have accomplished something that no other team has done in the history of our South Orlando league. (See, I'm tearing up.)

I had been planning on taking my son and three of his friends to Disney for his birthday (which was Friday).  We were originally supposed to go yesterday, but one of the boys couldn't attend.  So I moved the date to the next available day, December 10th, and then found out this past week that my husband had booked a part business/part fun trip for the two of us to Chicago that weekend.  Friends, I lost my freaking mind.  Total meltdown.  He accused me of keeping an incomplete calendar.  I accused him of sneaking in the trip on purpose to make a point.  It was ugly.  I know, I know.  I'm going to Chicago for Christmas shopping!  So shut up Sandy.  I calmed down and rescheduled everything again for December 17th.  For an October 28 birthday.

So yard work on Monday.  Golf tournament on Tuesday - didn't play my best.  Met with the Heathers (Book Addiction and Raging Bibliomania) for lunch on Wednesday to trade books and eat Thai.  Meeting on Thursday to discuss our Washington DC field trip next week (yes I am going there next Wednesday through Saturday - pray for me ha!).  Plus some housecleaning and an attempt to get caught up on my reviews (which ultimately did not happen).  Some slight coordinating of track practices, (more) football practices, horseback riding lessons, birthday dinner, getting glasses for my son, and getting pants for my children (they have outgrown everything) for the cold weather up north.

I had some audio action this week, and was able to finish "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand.  It completely blew me away.  I cried.  This will definitely end up on my top audios for the year, not for the narration (which was fine) but for the story.  I also finished "Warm Bodies" by Isaac Marion.  Not really sure how I feel about it.  Goofy? Endearing? Confusing?  I'm going to have to let it brew for awhile.  I did love Kevin Kennerly's narration though.  I just started Stewart O'Nan's "Emily, Alone".  O'Nan has a serious fan base.  I have high expectations.

Print reading was pretty sucky though.  I did finish "13 rue Therese", which I embarrassingly started last Saturday at the end of the readathon!  It started out kinda sweet, but it quickly went strange and a little raunchy, so I can't give my final opinion.  I have to think about it.  But I have now started "The Redeemer" by Jo Nesbo.  I'm going backwards from "The Snowman", I know who lives and dies, but whatever.  I still dig this guy.  Alot.

What about Halloween?  Honestly, I hadn't given it two thoughts until maybe Thursday.  I didn't even get pumpkins.  We live on a private drive, so we get no trick-or-treaters.  (We go to a friend's neighborhood to get our candy.)  The kids are even off their game.  When I ask them about their costumes, they just shrug and say they will figure it out.  This is what happens when they get overloaded.

So I will bid you all adieu for now.  If you don't see me around later this week, it is because I am drowning in a sea of children on an 18-hour-a-day field trip.  Have a great Sunday!

      


21 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love the calendar fight. If I didn't know better, I'd think you had been eavesdropping on ME and my husband!

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

us too...each of us keeps an individual calendar but we have a family calendar in the kitchen where everybody is supposed to write down what's happening so nobody misses anything. Guess who very seldom puts anything in his column on the family calendar? And, then he'll say, "Nobody told me" about a scheduled event that's been on the calendar for a month. Grrrr...MEN!

Anita said...

Sandy, your busy week wears me out. In our family, if it's not on my calendar it's not happening, but honestly I'd love a Chicago trip to shop!!
I'll be thinking of you at the Citrus Bowl today...hoping your son's team wins.
I'm really enjoying my audio time while driving to work, it's a good thing!!
Have a good week!!

C.B. James said...

There was a Far Side cartoon once. Two men in ragged clothes sitting on a deserted island. One says to the other, "Someday we'll look back on this and laugh. True it will be a low eerie laugh that slowly builds to a maniacal scream, but it will be a laugh."

Sometimes I have days, even weeks, which bring that cartoon to mind.

At least Halloween will be over soon.

Harvee said...

"Margaret, are you grieving over golden grove unleaving,"

(Gerard Manley Hopkins)

Tis the season for tears and falls...

Alyce said...

Wow, that is a lot of stuff going on! My hubby and I were arguing over something last night and I finally realized that we were trying to say the same thing but weren't communicating well. Finally I just said, "Will you stop arguing with me, I'm trying to agree with you but you're not understanding what I'm saying." It was almost silly.

Congrats to your son! And good luck with the field trip!

Unbroken is one of my top reads of the year too. It was such an amazing true story!

Zibilee said...

I also just finished Warm Bodies, and liked it, although it was not what I was expecting. It does sound like you have a lot going on right now, and perhaps all the emotions may just mean you are a bit overwhelmed? I can relate to that. I am wishing you a wonderful week, and keeping my fingers crossed for your team. I am so proud of your boy!

bermudaonion said...

I think I'd be crying, too, if I had to keep up with the kind of schedule you do!

farmlanebooks said...

Happy birthday to your son! I got a bit emotional when my son turned 6 so I can imagine how 12 might be twice as bad - I hope the feeling passes soon.

Enjoy the field trip and the rest of the week!

Gavin said...

Wow, Sandy, what a week you have coming up. please remember to take deep breathes and be kind to yourself!

Carrie K. said...

Your schedule exhausts me - and I already think I'm pretty busy! I can understand the tears - there is something about this phase of motherhood that has me often feeling weepy, too. The whole one in high school, one in junior high, thing has made it real to me how fast things are going where my kids are concerned. Oh, no, now you've got me crying! LOL I hope you have a fantastic week. :)

heidenkind said...

Sounds like you're just tired and need some down time!

Melody said...

Sandy, you're as busy and well-organised, as usual!!! I'd be grateful if I've half of your energy, haha.

Marie said...

Wow, Sandy! Sounds like you have a lot going on. I loved the audio of UNBROKEN too and like you for the story-Edward Herrmann's narration was oh-kay but kind of lackluster. But the story is fabulous!

Julie P. said...

Take a deep breath!

softdrink said...

I'm exhausted just reading about your life!

Beth F said...

Wow. No wonder you're at your wits' end.

Ti said...

My husband never even talks to me about booking stuff, OR inviting people over for Thanksgiving. Ugh!

JoAnn said...

Ack, what a week... you need a few deep breaths and a nice glass of wine! That kind of 'calendar issue' drives me nuts. In a way, it's comforting to know it happens to other people, too. I literally could not stop listening to Unbroken - very powerful stuff. Hope we haven't set expectations too high for O'Nan. And I hope this week is off to a better start.

natalie @ book, line, and sinker said...

i love the emotional breakdowns--i can totally relate and had one in the lobby of a lovely restaurant in kilarney (on our trip). i blamed it on jet lag--i thought our reservation was for saturday night but i had actually made it for friday. the restaurant couldn't seat us and i actually started to cry. the host thought i was mental (but was so sweet about it). he got us a reservation at another restaurant in town but i saw him and my husband exchanges glances that said "she's clearly unbalanced" lol. hope you have a better week.

Kathleen said...

Hope you are feeling calmer by now.