Good morning! I feel like I'm dragging my sluggish body to the table this morning, having had what feels like a busier week than average. I know, they are all busy, but it's just something I have to say.
The kids had Monday off from school. Normally, we would all be traipsing off to Andre's in the morning followed by a movie, but my son had weird things going on with his stomach all week, so that didn't happen. After I got back from Andre's myself, my mom was coming down our lane (they are our neighbors in the winter), she fell, bloodied her head and broke her arm. OMG! You know head wounds. They are shocking, but it is the arm that ultimately laid her up and caused her to be leveled for the week. I feel terrible.
Stomach issues persisted with the boy, so we had some shortened days, but he did a pretty good job of getting to all the classes that mattered. I've been going at it pretty hard with working out, walking and running, so I found myself falling in a heap every night.
This week was the (almost) final round of Confirmation classes for the boy. This has been going on since late November on a weekly basis. I know this is supposed to be a spiritual journey and all, but what 14 year old really sees it that way? I know mine did not, but he stoically endured the church ladies and their lessons on purity and chastity and such. It all culminated with the actual Confirmation yesterday morning. I was proud. He cleaned up nice. (Yes, in the picture we appear to be the same height, but I have four inch heels on. When did this happen?) He does have a follow up class next week, which we may or may not make because of a conflicting schedule. We celebrated with a nice Saturday night dinner, where ALL OF US attended, even my persnickety daughter and injured mother. So there is another box that I have checked off for his 8th grade year.
Tonight, we will be celebrating my husband's birthday (which was a couple weeks ago) at a Disney restaurant...for the record, California Grill. Good thing I got all that walking in earlier in the week!
On a literary note, my daughter came to me early in the week and said she had to analyze eight chapters of "Great Expectations", including the identification of literary devices, plot, character vices and virtues, conflicts, and historical references. I've never read this book, but like a good mom I did read these chapters, and spent about six hours yesterday helping her. LIKE A ROOT CANAL. I would have never been a good English major.
On the reading front, I spent most of my time finishing up Joe Hill's "Nos4a2". It was a loooong audio (over 19 hours) but worth the journey, and ended up truly loving it, especially the narrator. She was freaking amazing! Now I'm several hours into the incredible Joshilyn Jackson's newest book "Someone Else's Love Story". Her audios are like slipping into a favorite pair of sweats...warm, comfortable, loved and familiar.
In print I'm still slowly plugging through "Winter's Tale". I was waylaid by the Dickens project though, so maybe next week I'll gather some momentum. I DO really like it though, even though this is not my genre. Something about it called to me.
Today my primary goal is to walk a lot. To make up for last night's dinner and tonight's dinner. This might mean a round of golf, or a walk about the neighborhood, I'm not sure. But I'm going for it.
What is everyone up to today? Reading? Staying warm? Digging out of the snow? Working on their Super Bowl menu?