Thoughts on books, family, and life in one impressive package.

I’ve decided that I am going to rename The Sunday Salon to The Summer Salon.  The more relaxed name fits for this time of year, does it not?  (It also  gives me the freedom to write a recap of my week whenever I decide to get back online.) 

No posts again this weekend, you say?  That’s right.  When it came down to choosing to turn on my laptop or opening a book, or even getting out a cross-stitch project that I promised to a friend back in January, this weekend I choose everything but turning on my laptop.  It isn’t so much that I don’t want to check e-mail or visit my blogging friends.  I still do, but my desire to visit and check on what everyone else is doing was much less than my desire to read or work on that project.  Maybe it is the lack of time I have thanks to the Game On Diet’s restrictive seven-plus hours of sleep.  Maybe it is just my mind’s way of saying that I need a break.  Who knows?  I am going to embrace this impulse and will catch up with everyone when I can!

So, what kept me so busy this week?  The kids came back early due to an unfortunate disciplinary issue at my parents’ house that required them to drive six hours to drop them off and then head back home.  We kept a pretty tight leash on the kids after that, figuring that Connor, as the perpetrator, did not deserve any sort of treat or anything fun.  Friday night was the night they were originally supposed to come home, so that is when we lifted the “fun” ban and let loose. 
Boy did we ever!  A night of beach volleyball followed by a day at the lake, by Saturday night we were all exhausted.  The lake was rough, thanks to wind and general busyness, which meant that I got sicker than a dog.  We’ve been on the boat several times this summer, but I got so queasy, so nauseous that I had difficulties truly enjoying myself.  I was better in the water, so I spent a lot of time swimming and floating.  Unfortunately, even that got old after a while.  Sadly, if I close my eyes, I can still feel the motion of the waves.  Ugh. 

Sunday, which I was hoping was going to be a day of recovery, turned out to be family “clean the basement” day.  It turns out that my brother-in-law and his entire family – all nine of them – will be staying with us for a few days at the end of July.  In order to make room for them all, it required a massive revamp of our basement, as it has not been cleaned out in four years.  We are not pack rats, so this involved throwing away a ton of stuff that had piled up, as well as the creation of a good-sized Goodwill pile.  Our garbage men will not be fond of us on garbage day.  Next weekend’s project?  The garage!  (We will be tackling the smaller projects, i.e. paint touch-ups, during the week.)

Week one of Game On Diet is over!  I did amazingly well – three pounds lost overall.  After a few rough days of water retention and general sugar withdrawal, I feel fantastic.  In fact, as much as I was looking forward to my day off of following the diet (Saturday), what food I did eat left me feeling bloated and icky.  Granted, that could have been the aftereffects of seasickness, so who knows?  I find myself craving all that water and drinking more than the minimum.  I look forward to my 20-minutes (or more) of exercise, and I especially enjoy the five meals.  I am almost never hungry but never uncomfortably full.  The sleep rule is a bit of a pain, but I find myself more alert without the need for a nap in the afternoon.  I can’t argue with the results either.  Bring on week two!

I hope everyone is enjoying summer as much as I am!  I have been reading like crazy and will definitely break last year’s record of 84 books read in a year.  I am currently working through Captivity by Deborah Noyes, The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham, and on audio, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch – all of which are fantastic reads so far.  I love summer!

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