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

Today is the kids’ first day of school, and so the summer is at an end.  I can’t say that it has been a relaxing summer.  Our weekends were filled with visitors and trips to the lake.  Soccer ended late and started early.  Even with the kids gone, the summer evenings and weekends just flew.  It makes me rather sad, as if I should have more to show, more to remember for the summer.  I guess I’ll have to make due with my tan.

Given our problems with daycare off and on this summer, it is especially fitting that the summer daycare program would close down two days before school starts.  Since I will be adjusting my work hours tomorrow to accommodate the lack of daycare, I had the pleasure of taking off Tuesday, while Jim got the three-day weekend.  Yes, there was a bit of strategy on my part as I got to stay up late to download Mockingjay and finish reading it this morning.  There was no way I was going to be able to work while that book remained unresolved.  The kids were absolutely lovely yesterday and made pancakes for everyone.  Then we hit the bookstore and had lunch out, just the three of us.  It was a wonderful day, and I am really glad that I took the day off to spend it with them.  Mockingjay was worth it too.

I am glad Tuesday was so wonderful because Monday wasn’t the greatest.  The new general manager started, and even though I am a huge fan of this man, there was quite a bit of tension at the office.  I was hoping to ease into my day off by using a gift certificate for a massage I won.  This place specializes in medical and therapeutic massages rather than your more traditional spa massages.  Trust me when I say there is a difference.  It didn’t help that the masseuse and the location was not relaxing at all.  The phone was connected to the wall outside the room in which I was laying and kept ringing.  My masseuse kept talking to me, her stomach kept growling, she had nails that she kept jabbing into my skin, and she passed gas during the hour I was there.  In addition, she just plain hurt me as she was working out the knots in my neck and shoulder muscles, and I have bruises up and down my back.  I didn’t ask for a deep tissue massage, so I am afraid that was the relaxing version.  Yikes!  I have another gift certificate for the same place; I might be conveniently losing it as I’m not certain I want to go back and I definitely don’t want to inflict the same pain on others.

Speaking of Mockingjay, I will be reviewing it soon.  Right now, I am emotionally raw and absolutely stunned by its awesomeness.  I want to read it again to make sure I absorbed the finer details, even though it means having to wade through some very intense scenes.  It is an amazing finale for a fantastic series.  I simply thought it was brilliantly perfect.  If you have not yet gone out and read the first book in the series, The Hunger Games, I cannot stress enough how much you need to do so.

The rest of the week will see us settling into our school routine.  Holly starts first grade, so it will be interesting to see her adjustment to all-day school.  Connor is starting his last year of elementary school, sixth grade.  My, how the time flies.  We’ve met both their teachers and are very impressed.  Hopefully, this bodes well for the rest of the year.  This weekend starts our weekend activities with Holly’s first football game and Connor’s first soccer tournament over the weekend.  Add to that piano lessons, and our weekend is booked solid.  There will be no boating this weekend!  Maybe that means I can work on the second Outlander book I need to finish for an upcoming book tour…

I hope everyone is enjoying their final days of summer or has settled into a workable school routine.  Have a great remainder of the week and as always, happy reading!

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