Yes, please allow me to introduce myself. I am your long-lost blogger friend Sandy. If I follow your blog (in theory) you may be wondering if I died or fell into a well or something. No, I am alive, I've just been off the grid. The main reason is because my kids did not have school on Thursday or Friday. We rarely have even a half day of "free" time so I like to make hay while the sun shines. And make hay we did.
But before Thursday, I was busy doing things to clear my schedule. Lots of running around and scrubbing and parent meetings and stuff. And hey, I tried Pilates for the first time and loved it! Just keeping things interesting and different. I have a friend that goes to a class every Tuesday, and I'm going to try to incorporate it when I can.
So because of the wacky-ness that normally ensues on the weekend, my running partner and I went out for an early 8 miles on Thursday. (Just as an aside, every single time I get ready to do a long run, I'm almost frozen with terror...fear of pain, failure, injury. I'm not sure if this will ever go away.) I then took the kids to Target, primarily to get "stuff" for my daughter's Homecoming Week next week. Then at 2:00pm, my daughter and I went to Universal and rode the rides for a few hours, then went to Halloween Horror Nights. You all know how much she and I love our horror, and it is a SERIOUS amount of fun. I was just totally exhausted by the time we left, which was about 11:30pm. I would have allowed one of the roaming demons to carry me out to the car, willingly.
On Friday, I took the kids to Sea World. They have passes, and they had been dying to go. Normally, I am racing with them to the front row of each ride, but this time I packed Jo Nesbo and read while they cavorted around. It needed to happen, I needed some rest.
Yesterday was sports day. My daughter had to meet the bus at her school at 5:15am, and the meet was over on the coast in Titusville (an hour drive). Despite all the theme park action on Thursday and Friday, she beat her PR by over a minute, which is incredible. The boy played football later in the afternoon against the one team we thought might give us some competition, but we shut them out 22-0. What an awesome day. (Random thought yesterday...if my son plays High School football, we will have watched 11 years of the game from his sidelines. Holy crap.)
So my reading = dismal. I'm still reading Jo Nesbo's "Phantom" which is amazing. Just no sitting time and when I do, I fall asleep. I intended to post that review on Tuesday, but that ain't happening, so I will have to shuffle things around. On audio, I finished "The Invisible Ones" by Stef Penney, and narrated by the flipping amazing Dan Stevens. Audio lovers? Listen to this one. The story is great but the narration is UNBELIEVABLE. I'm now pretty close to wrapping up Anna Quindlen's memoirish musings in "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" and I wish I knew her IRL. She has her ducks in a row, this one. Plus she is also kind of an amazing writer too. Look for her to be on my list of top reads for 2012 for "Every Last One".
Let's hope for a more productive blogging week next week. Hopefully I'll see you around, I'll get some books read and some reviews written. There's always room to aspire for improvement.