Aah, silence. I’m sitting here by myself with my other dog, Gretchen, at my feet, thoroughly enjoying the solitude of the house. Jim took the kids to visit his parents in Texas during their spring break. With everything at work, and a lack of remaining vacation time, I stayed home. Seriously, though, it is like my own vacation. I’ve been cleaning and reorganizing up a storm, which may not sound like fun but makes my blood sing. Yesterday, I cranked the music on my iPod and danced and cleaned for hours. It was a blast. Today is a little more subdued, as all I have left to do is to finish mowing the lawn before our next bout of rain this week. I also hope to finish getting the office organized and write my many reviews I need to finish for this week. As much as I miss my family, I have to say the silence is food for my soul.
Speaking of the kids, they finally picked up their new glasses. The picture isn’t the greatest, but at least you can see what they chose. Holly doesn’t have to wear them all the time, but she loves them. I’m hoping that next year, we can move Connor out of glasses and into contacts. I don’t think he realizes how life-altering contacts can be, especially when you have been wearing glasses since kindergarten.
I want to thank everyone for your kind words last week. It has been a difficult week, as I still can’t believe that he is gone for good. At least I find it easier to remember the good things now.
In case you missed them the first time around, I’ve been busy reading and reviewing. Here’s the reviews from the last two weeks:
- Caribou Island by David Vann
- Where She Went by Gayle Forman
- A Small Death in the Great Glen by A. D. Scott
- The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry
- A Fierce Radiance by Lauren Belfer
- The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer
- Bite Me by Parker Blue
- Stranger Here Below by Joyce Hinnefeld
I also posted an update on my weight loss journey and continued the book blogging trend discussion with a focus on followers.
As for reading, you should see reviews of the following during the next week or two:
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
- Try Me by Parker Blue
- Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
- Fang Me by Parker Blue
- The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
- There Is No Year by Blake Butler
By the way, have you seen the newly redesigned blog for Armchair BEA Central? It is definitely back again this year and is going to be better than ever. We are currently requesting sponsors and will be following up with the sign-up for interviews within the next week or so. If you are interested, please check out the site!
With this, I need to get started writing. Those six reviews are not going to write themselves! I hope everyone has a wonderful and peaceful Sunday. Happy reading!
Thanks, Ceri! My Sunday was relaxingl I can't wait for my three-day weekend this weekend. I'm not planning on doing ANYthing then.
Awww, a nice relaxing Sunday. 🙂 Love the picture of the kids – they're so adorable. Hehe.
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Thanks, Sarah! I had glasses forever too, so I can appreciate the excitement and trepidation that comes with a new pair.
Isn't The Eyre Affair great? I couldn't help but laugh at certain scenes. This was my first Fforde novel. I guess I'll have to be careful.
I definitely plan to enjoy my me time. I've been enjoying it so far!!
I am thoroughly enjoying myself. This is the best "vacation" ever, even if I have to work. 😉
Isn't the new look for Armchair BEA great? I so want that chair!
The Eyre Affair is hilarious! I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to get to the sequel.
Ahhhh…I know you are enjoying your time to yourself! Would that I could get some of that. I'm hoping sooner than later!
Love the new armchair BEA look…very nice!
I finally got my hands on a copy of The Eyre Affair. It's on the way to me from a lovely person over at Paperback Swap. I've been wanting to read it!
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I loved my contacts, only because those awful glasses they made in the 70s, 80s and 90s were enough to push everyone into contacts. If I had the same selection then as we do today, I can see why it is easy to stay in glasses. They are now more a fashion statement than anything!
Connor said he is uncomfortable "sticking his finger in his eye" to put them in and take them out. Then again, he also said he is ugly without his glasses. I suspect he is hiding behind them too, or that he thinks they suit his personality more than no glasses. We'll see what next year holds.
Oooh, Armchair BEA. I almost forgot. Thanks for reminding me.
I'm one of those odd ducks that never got used to contacts. Had glasses since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. Okay, not really that long, but still ever since I can recall…thank God that they don't make glasses like they did in the 70s. Whew.
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