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Good morning, my darlings! Is everyone recovering nicely from their readathon activities yesterday? I ended up finishing one audiobook and one review book. I started another book but didn’t push myself to stay up to finish it. In all, I probably spent no more than eight hours reading yesterday. Did anyone read anything particularly thrilling or fascinating that I need to add to my shelves immediately? How did you fare versus your goals? Given my minimal participation yesterday, I want to know how everyone did!

It may seem like I’ve been mentioning Jim’s crazy travel schedule a lot lately. His new job did come with about 50 percent travel, something we knew about when he decided to take the job. He has to physically go to various manufacturing sites to understand their processes and get to know the people in order to be able to make improvements to the functional area under his control. It makes sense, right? He had to frontload all of his travel since he was new to the job, so hopefully it will slow down soon. Otherwise, if I have a breakdown, you will know why. 😉

The kids are handling his absences as expected. Jim being gone so often is beginning to tell on all of us, as I see their behaviors and willingness to help out decrease exponentially as the week progresses. In addition, Connor seems to be at the onset of crazy teenage attitude – acting as if he knows everything and the rest of us are completely idiotic and incapable of ever understanding what it is like to be him. (If this is a sign of things to come, is there a pill I can take that will make me forget the whole thing, allow me to sleep through it, or make sure I don’t care?) Still, I have to give them props because I never have to worry about them getting out of bed in the morning and getting ready for school on time. Neither one has any problems setting their alarms early if they need to take a shower or finish up homework, and they are always ready to go at the right time – without me having to check on them or nag them. As much as they may make me want to pull my hair out and scream, I know that it could be so much worse if I had to worry about that part of the daily routine. And yes, I do know how lucky I am. On this at least.

Yesterday, I finally visited Jen from Devourer of Books. She and I have been trying to get together since before I moved back to the area. It had been ages since we’ve seen each other, and I absolutely detest that. It was a glorious day of catching up and playing with her gorgeous twin baby girls and absolutely adorable toddler son. We even got to go out and have a wonderful lunch together. The weather sucked, but the company was fantastic!

Reviewed this week:

Today’s agenda is to just relax. Jim is home for another 18 hours, and neither one of us is all that motivated to do anything other than enjoy each other’s company and mentally prepare ourselves for the coming week. It is a sad state of affairs when you are mentally living week to week.

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