I'm a little late this morning...my apologies! Some days roll like that. It's been another busy week, resolving our multitude of problems that seem to come in clusters. I do have a theory that "incidents", requiring significant financial means in order to fix, all happen at once. Sort of a way for your bank account to self-adjust I guess. I won't belabor it all here. I'm tired of whining. We are another week closer to the end of school and my son's 8th grade graduation, it has (finally) stopped raining, and life is good.
I got back on the bandwagon this week with the evil trainer Andre after being away on vacation. I did some serious work in the yard. Doing a little home organization. Yesterday, my daughter and I worked our normal detail at an offsite adoption event for our local shelter. It was like the floodgates opened and adopters descended upon us, and at the end of the day we placed four dogs and a cat in homes. That was a record for us. Because we hold these events at Petsmart, most people that come in already have more animals than they need, so the mission is more about getting the word out. But not yesterday...lots of action.
Also, on our way to the event, we found a pathetic, wet kitten along the side of the road, which we cannot abide. We swiped him up and put him in a carrier for the event and then brought him home with us. We will love him up for a few days, then take him to a lady that rescues kittens and gets them homes. (Don't even try to tell me why I need a SEVENTH feline.) All the cats in our house are seriously twisted and pissy. They all want to be the cutest cat in the room. But that position has temporarily been taken.
I booked tickets to Indiana for my kids and I this summer, which is an annual thing. Other than that jaunt, we will be home for the most part. No summer school, nothing. I can't remember the last time that has happened.
Today we had early church and then a long walk. The weather is gorgeous after several days of oppressive rain. My husband is talking very loudly about all the things we can plan for this afternoon, but I'm keeping my head down and avoiding eye contact. I am hoping for a tiny bit of peace. Maybe he can drag my son out of his room for an activity.
The print reading is still pretty dismal. I did finish "The Outlaw Album" by Daniel Woodrell, which I started in the readathon last weekend. I'd be surprised if the book is 200 pages, but it took me awhile to get through. A little too dire and abstract to keep my attention I guess. I did start the 2nd Karen White book in the Tradd Street series, but I'm anticipating a delivery tomorrow of Rainbow Rowell's soon-to-be-released "Landline", a loaner from Michele of "A Reader's Respite". Time will have to stop while I dive into that one.
I spent a little more time with audios this week. I finished Andy Weir's "The Martian", which I adored. And hey, I'm not really into Sci Fi but this was so much fun. Just enough detail and geekiness to lend it credibility, just enough snark and action to keep me interested. I also finished "Pilgrim's Wilderness" by Tom Kizzia, which is a non-fiction-they-can't-make-this-stuff-up kind of book that makes you feel like your head is going to explode. In a nutshell, it is about a incestuous, narcissistic, bible-thumping madman who homesteads in Alaska with his brainwashed wife and 15 kids, and ends up taking on the National Park Service and the law for his sins. Amazing, maddening stuff. I'm now an hour into Piper Kerman's "Orange is the New Black". Figured I need to read the book before I indulge in the TV series.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday. Anyone reading anything mind-blowing that I can't miss?