I'm sitting here staring off into space, wondering what I can say about this week that won't sound like every other week. All I know is, I was never able to sit down and breathe, I'm glad it is over, and WHY DOES RAISING TEENAGERS HAVE TO BE SO HARD????
I won't belabor the specific issues, but I'm finding this stage in my life to be the hardest thing I've dealt with yet. Harder than the never-sleeping newborn stage, harder than the terrible tantrum toddler years, harder than the brink-of-puberty years. I know all of you that have raised your kids will tell me that it gets better. I hope that happens soon, or I will end up in the nuthouse! (You think I'm kidding...)
I ran from one thing to the other this week...school meetings, a school-related luncheon, doctor appointments, excessive work in the yard since things have started growing again, kids' sports, and a business event with my husband one night. Blogging has taken a back seat to everything right now.
I wasn't even able to squeeze in a few hours towards the 24 hour readathon like I'd hoped. Saturday was bursting at the seams from morning until night. Maybe this fall!
We did book our tickets to Poland and Indiana this summer, so I have started to get excited about these trips to see our families and friends. We are hoping to get a chance to see some cool stuff in Warsaw and Prague while we are in Europe.
I did wrap up the audio of "Carrie" this week, which was fun. I listened to a couple of discs of "Seraphina" but just couldn't understand what was going on. I attribute that mostly to my distraction...I will come back to it when I'm more grounded. So then I turned to "Fire in the Ashes" by Jonathan Kozol, a book about the last 25 years he has spent with the most severely disadvantaged children in this country. He touches on their situation as children and their fates as they grew up and became adults. Amazing audio, some terrifying stories and some that touched my heart. I should wrap that up in the next few days.
In print I am like a slug. I did finish "Orphan Train" and really liked it. I now have started "The Rage" by Gene Kerrigan, a Irish crime thriller recommended to me by Marie. It is really gritty and well-written, I just need a few minutes to settle down and read the thing.
So today we will go to church, and my daughter and I will do our animal shelter duties. But what I am really excited about is going with my husband and son to see Rush in concert tonight. I have loved that band since I was in early high school, actually saw them in concert in high school with their Moving Pictures tour, and really look forward to all their manic energy and amazing music once again. The fun thing is that my music tastes have rubbed off on my son, so he is totally ready for this.
So what do you all have planned for today? Sleeping off the readathon?