Good morning all my friends! I'm coming to you with a smidge better attitude than last week. Just a smidge. My state of mind will improve tenfold once school is done which is in one week for my daughter and two weeks for my son. Then I can focus on regrouping myself and exorcising all the negativity that is trying to drag me down.
Next week is going to be completely insane, even for my standards. I'll save the blow-by-blow details for next Sunday, but it is finals week and my daughter graduates 8th grade (not a big deal to some but at our school it is huge) with all the festivities that come with it, so I am drawing a deep breath and fortifying myself now.
This week was fairly normal. We had our workouts with Andre, horseback riding lessons, a doctor appointment, and my husband got back into town. I missed book club on Thursday night (discussing Fifty Shades of Grey, so unfortunately I didn't get a chance to rant and rave over its horridness) because they had a sports orientation at my daughter's high school that night. I had a couple of meetings at school, the daughter and I worked the animal shelter yesterday, and the hub and I attended a wine-themed fundraiser last night at the Orlando Science Center.
I was excited to hear that a small, independently published book that I reviewed recently, "The Photo Album", was awarded an honorable mention in the Eric Hoffer Awards (for short prose and independent books). I've reviewed three of the author Kenneth Dixon's books now, and I love his work and am always happy when he publishes a new one. Way to go Kenneth!
I did the best I could this week with my reading. I've been distracted and twitchy, so I've not been at my most productive. I started, and am still in the process of reading "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn for a TLC tour, and people, it is rocking my world so far. Holy cow. What a brain-twister this one is. I love (love love love) it.
On audio, I finished "The Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater, and it was nice. I wasn't necessarily enthralled with all of it...my mind would wander...but the ending really impacted me and the narrators were excellent. I then started "The Lifeboat" by Charlotte Rogan in the car (MP3 review copy), and started "The Informationist" by Taylor Stevens on the iPod. "The Lifeboat" is OK so far, but is feeling a little slow. "The Informationist" though is making my brain buzz. I love the female protagonist, who is kind of a butt-kicking Lisbeth-ish personality, and is depicted by a smoky, velvety smooth narrator that I'm enjoying. A lot.
I'm not sure what we have on deck for today, except for church and horse. We had talked about seeing The Avengers, but I'm not convinced we shouldn't stay home and let the kids hit the books. There is always next weekend. Hope today is filled with relaxation and reading for you all!