Well, I have two feet firmly planted back in reality. We returned home from 2 1/2 weeks of vacation on Wednesday night. Granted, it was nice to get back to the cooler Florida weather (seriously, what the heck is going on in the Midwest?) but is always a huge downer to come back to the drudgery of life...laundry, cleaning, cooking, and the 30-odd things on my to do list like back to school shopping, energy efficiency improvements provided to me by Progress Energy before we left, making appointments for stuff, blah blah. I need a vacation to recover from my vacation!
The kids and I did take time to pop out and see the new Batman movie. We had been waiting for this one for awhile and were REALLY excited about it. Even though how on earth could you top the Heath Ledger performance in The Dark Knight? I'm going to review it tomorrow, but just a little hint...we thought it was amazing.
I do miss my family back in IN...don't really know when my parents will be back down in FL. And I miss the tiny baby girl kitty that was saved from the jaws of disease and eventual death. She is so tiny - barely over a pound, and needs lots of attention because she was abandoned by her mother as a newborn. I would have stuck her in my pocket and brought her back with me, but there is this think thing of having six cats already...
On the other hand, we returned home to fat, lazy, bitchy kittehs who think that the world owes them something, like this one.
Anyway, predictably, in my running around trying to make my life "normal" again, my reading has screeched to a halt. Again. I did finish Mary Roach's "Stiff" on audio and I just loved it. It was better than "Spook". I'm now listening to the very popular "The Chaperone" by Laura Moriarty. I'm just saying, Elizabeth McGovern is an AMAZING narrator.
And in print I finished Gillian Flynn's "Sharp Objects" - wow, for a debut novel, it was pretty intense. And at Rhapsody Jill's urging I am reading "Jellicoe Road" by Melina Marchetta...it is really good so far. Amazing writing.
But I've saved my big news for last. Well, it might not be big news to y'all, but to me, it is like I have agreed to climb Mt. Everest or split the atom or run for President of a small country. At the behest of Dawn (She Is Too Fond of Books), who will be down here in February 2013 for a family vacation, I have agreed to run the Disney Princess Half Marathon with her and her daughter. And whoever else wants to join the fray! Just to clarify, yes that is 13.1 miles. And yes, three months ago I couldn't run ONE MILE. I'm a little scared but I have seven months to train and barring a knee blowout or something equally as horrible, there is no way I'm going to accept defeat on this one. I'm finding that running is seriously FUN, it makes me feel good, and I'm getting better at it slowly. Pray for me.
On that note, I'm headed out to put in a few miles before it gets hot. Have a great Sunday and I promise I will try hard to come see you at the blogs next week!