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Happy Father’s Day to all fathers out there! I hope you all have a peaceful and relaxing day. Ours started extremely early, as Jim wanted to get to his favorite breakfast restaurant before the crowd. We beat the crowd by a good 45 minutes. The food was great, as usual, but now I definitely need a nap to prepare for the week ahead. With a storm front quickly moving in, the weather will be perfect for one. Hopefully it clears up in time to grill for dinner tonight. With luck, you all are experiencing better weather today than we are.

On the family front, the big news this week is that Jim and I are now a great-uncle and great-aunt. Jim’s nephew became a first-time father on Friday morning at age 17. I wish I could be more cheerful about this, as the baby is one of the prettiest I’ve seen in a long time, but the mother just turned 15. I can only focus on the tragedy of the situation right now and fervently hope that both our nephew and his baby’s mother decide to do the right thing and put the baby up for adoption. We’ll see what happens.

On a happier note, Jim and I celebrated our fourteenth wedding anniversary on Monday. Because it did fall on a Monday, we weren’t able to do much – a nice dinner on Sunday evening and then a quick lunch together on Monday. I received a beautiful bouquet of roses as well. We kept it very low-key this year as we have had plans for years to celebrate our fifteenth with a two-week trip to Ireland. We’ve already started planning it and cannot wait to finally see the Irish countryside.

Connor attended his first cross-country practice last week. It seems pretty silly to me that they have practice all summer long (hasn’t the coach heard of summer vacation?), but he got a kick out of it. He has been running the dog daily as well. The boy is more than ready for the season, I think, and will be in excellent condition by the time August rolls around.

On the blog this week was nothing but reviews. This is what happens when one finishes a book on average every day and a half. Here are the reviews in case you missed them the first time around:

Every week, I laugh at my list of reviews. If one ever doubted how eclectic my reading style is, you just need to look over each week in review to find out the truth!
As for books finished this week, it was a good one for audiobooks. I have six more books to go before I reach 100 books read for the year. I will definitely hit this mark before the month is out, which means I’m on pace to read over 200 books this year. I am a reading fool! Look for reviews of the following to be posted towards the end of June/beginning of July:
  • Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
  • The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde (audiobook)
  • Towards Zero by Agatha Christie (audiobook)
  • The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy
I hope everyone is able to enjoy this Father’s Day and has a relaxing summer week. For us, it will be a quiet day to make up for the weekdays. Now, if you’ll excuse me, my bed is telling me it is nap time. Happy reading!
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