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
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!