Good morning friends! I'm a little foggy this morning - an after-effect of a very busy week. By all accounts, the week should not have been so crazy but it is holidays. The holidays demand our exhaustion.
My daughter brought her crud up to the beach last week for Thanksgiving, and my son and I effectively caught it. It was a particularly bad strain, to the point that even now, after a week, we are still feeling its effects. My son actually only missed a full day of school, and otherwise I drugged him up and brought him in a little late so that he didn't get behind. So I was feeling crappy, but there is so much to do!
After some struggling and crud-induced emotion, I got all of our inside lights and tree up (the outside is my husband's job). What is the deal with pre-lit trees and the strings of lights that last one season??? Gah! I did some yard work, cleaned the house, and went golfing. (I played like hell, but I figured fresh air would be good for me). I took my daughter shopping at the mall FOR SIX HOURS on Saturday. The mall was a mess and my nerves were shot, but she loves this tradition we have and I was happy to spend the time with her.
It is the season for all the good, potentially Oscar-worthy movies to come out. So last Sunday my mom and I went to see "12 Years a Slave", and then we all piled into the car on Friday night to see "Captain Phillips". Both excellent movies...well-acted and based on true stories. I'm HOPING that we might get out to see The Book Thief today, but we will see how things roll.
Last night was my husband's annual holiday party. Also known as "the event where my feet kill me, I talk and drink too much and don't eat enough". After being at the mall all day, I totally did not feel like partying but I did my wifely duty and made my rounds and visited with everyone.
So as you can imagine, after all that, I'm averaging about 5 pages a day in my print reading. I started "The Watch That Ends the Night" about the Titanic, but I couldn't get invested. It really is good, I just need to read it at a time when I'm not so distracted. So I started "Death of the Black-Haired Girl" by Robert Stone that I got from the library. My husband told me this is supposed to be THE book to read these days, according to some source. Crazy good writing, but again, I can't get into anything. It's that time of year.
On audio I finished "Fangirl" by Rainbow Rowell. I can't even begin to verbalize how much I love Rainbow Rowell. I hope you know what it means when I tell you that she is right up there with Tana French and Mo Hayder, for a million different reasons obviously. Girlfriend has some serious talent and makes the literary world a better place. *sigh* Now I'm fairly close to finishing the hilarious David Sedaris in "Let's Explore Diabetes in Owls". He makes me laugh. You can always count on him for that.
Today's agenda: Shuttle my daughter to the shelter and back for her six hour volunteer day. Run a few errands. Encourage my husband to get his rear end to Costco and put up the outside lights. Maybe see The Book Thief. Flog kids to get their chores and homework done. Plan dinners for the week. Read for 10 minutes (heh heh). Hope you all have a wonderful day filled with holiday stuff!