Well, I almost bagged the idea of a Salon today. I feel like I'm starting to sound like a broken record, and I'm not sure I have anything mind-shattering to tell you about my week that has just passed. Except that in my memory, I've never had such a week. My husband was out of town. Five of the last seven days, I've gotten up between 4:30am and 4:45am, and the other two by 5:30am. One day I was in my car for 4.5 hours. I never consumed my dinner before 8:00pm. It was just unbelievable! I offer a humble and reverent admiration for all single parents of teenagers out there. I'm not sure I could keep up this pace for the long-term. When my husband got back home last night, I was laying on my bed talking to him while he unpacked, and I fell asleep mid-sentence. It was that kind of week! And he leaves again for three days this week, but I'm choosing not to think about that right now.
So lots of running around. Including the kind that involves my legs moving and pounding the pavement. The stress is better managed when I am physically exhausting myself. My routine seems to be holding fast at three days with Andre and four days running primarily with my running partner, who is also named Sandy. In order to fit in our "long" run of the week, I got up at 4:30 yesterday morning and met her in her neighborhood (whose streets have better lighting than mine) and we put in 7.5 miles. Yeah!
So, a Tropical Storm or Hurricane? I don't think it is going to hurt us too much. We will see some rain, and I think the best I can hope for right now is that we have a day off from our activities. I did allow myself a few minutes of fantasizing about what we would do if we had a day off from school. Lay around and read? Yes! Go to the movies? Yes! Sleep? Yes!
I do have to tell you all about the highlight of my week. My son's first official football game of the season was yesterday, and we played a team that is a division above us. A team that handed us our asses last year (actually our only regular season loss). But we are back stronger and madder in 2012. These boys walked out onto that field yesterday thirsty for blood, and they got it. We beat them 8-6 in a nail-biter, that ended with us sacking their quarterback. REDEMPTION! Yes we take our football seriously down here. It was awesome.
I was really disappointed to have missed our book club discussion this week of Alma Katsu's "The Taker". I don't take kindly to missing book club, and at this one, Alma was actually calling in to talk to us! The ladies that attended had a ball. Alma is the nicest, most interesting woman you will ever meet, and they were totally enthralled with her. Next month we are reading "Code Name Verity", which I've had on my Kindle all summer. I really hope I can make that one.
Last week I whined about my reading, and I guess it is fair to say that it has picked up just a smidge. All the time in the car does help with the audio consumption. But here is the deal. I had agreed to participate in the TLC tour of "The Orphan Master's Son" because I already had it loaded on my iPod. So happily I went, listening and doggedly attempting to get through it. Then I realized that it was OVER 19 HOURS LONG! OMG! Holy Moses. This book has me totally perplexed. For the first 5 or 6 hours, I even considered DNF-ing it. I was confused, didn't always understand what was going on. But now I'm mesmerized. I'm glad I persevered. Anyway, Lord willing, I will finish this week. I think I have four or five hours left.
After two weeks, I also finished "The Meryl Streep Movie Club" which was nice. Predictable novel about angst, love, girlfriend power and the comfort of a Meryl Streep movie. I enjoyed it. I just now started a true crime book for TLC called "Wilderness of Error", and it is like a million pages long. True crime is my brain candy, so I am hoping that I can dig in and get some momentum with it.
So I'm off today at 7:15 for church, then some time at the animal shelter to hold kittens and walk puppies, then probably grocery store and a shorter run later this afternoon. Hopefully a little reading and a nice relaxing Sunday dinner perhaps? A little blog visiting? Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!