I am alive my long-lost friends! For those of you who own and run blogs, fret not. I have not abandoned ye. I have just been simmering in my life for the last week, which didn't release me from it's maw until today.
The kids had finals this week, which really has nothing to do with me except that they are manic and panicked and stressed, which affects the mojo of the house. Andre workouts were put on hold for them. I went on a field trip with the 8th graders to Busch Gardens, there was a graduation rehearsal, early dismissals and graduation on Friday. My parents flew in. It was my mom's birthday. I had an annual physical in the middle of it all. My daughter had to show up at the new high school (along with a couple hundred other students) for a sports physical. The book list for high school was finalized and the parents immediately flew into a frenzy of black market textbook activity.
My son has one more week of school, but it should be low key. I assume they will be watching movies and playing games, which always makes me a bit nutty when I think about it. But at least there will be no middle-of-the-night cramming.
The graduation ceremony was beautiful, and I found myself thinking about the 11 years my daughter attended this school. She grew up here. And now she is moving on.
So suffice it to say, I didn't get much done at all. My house is a pig sty. I didn't read much, as I'm sure you will not be surprised. I did finish "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn and it blew my mind. Don't even wait for my review at the end of June. Get your hands on this book NOW. I also wallowed around in the most gorgeous and charming "Le Road Trip" by Vivian Swift, and I fell in love, head over heels. I just did start reading Karen White's "Sea Change" but haven't made much headway. Soon, I hope, if I can just catch up on my sleep.
On audio, I've been listening to "The Lifeboat" in the car and "The Informationist" on the iPod, just like I was last week. Since I've done no housecleaning or yard work, I've not made a huge amount of progress. I am hoping for more this next week.
One fun thing that we have started (I will blame my mother!) is geocaching. I first read about this over at Meg's. There are apps for your phone, where you can get coordinates of little treasures hidden all over the place. There are hundreds in Orlando alone. You find them...they are usually hidden in little containers...and leave your name in a log, and sometimes can even leave a treasure of your own in the hidden container. We have also been on some wild goose chases as well, as seen by my son in a tree here to the left. The kids think this is the coolest thing since sliced bread. They are living out their National Treasurer fantasies.
After horseback riding today, we are hoping to take in (finally) The Avengers, followed by a carefully-crafted RELAXING Sunday evening and Memorial day of floating in the pool and barbecuing. I can feel waves of normalcy rolling back in.