Happy Sunday! This summer, like everything else this year, is moving along at a rapid pace. Even though we should have a much more relaxed schedule thanks to the longer days and warmer temperatures, we still seem to jam a lot into each and every week. In fact, I think we might be busier now than we were during the school year!
This weekend sees us at home recovering from the long work week, but last weekend, Jim and I spent a long weekend in Door County, Wisconsin. It has been several years since we have had a trip with just the two of us, and we could not have asked for a better trip. The weather was absolutely gorgeous – not too hot or cold. The rain we did get came before we left for the day. We stayed in a lovely bed and breakfast which meant amazing breakfasts. Thanks to Yelp, we managed to eat really well outside of breakfast too. It wasn’t a busy weekend in that we did a lot of different activities, but we got in a lot of motorcycle riding and walking, some shopping, and plenty of enjoyment in each other’s company. It was, in fact, exactly what the doctor ordered.
Speaking of weather, we got our first real summer temperatures last week, and it is safe to say that we have been incredibly spoiled by the cooler summer we have had so far. That jump into the upper 80’s and lower 90’s was brutal! So much so that our old dog, Gretchen was really suffering. She has always been a winter dog, and these warmer temperatures along with her advanced age make her so uncomfortable. Our solution was to get a baby pool specifically for her. She loves water, and this is one way she can cool herself down without exerting herself and causing a flare-up in her arthritis. She’s been such a good dog for so long, that it is the least we can do to help her regulate her body temperatures when her own body can no longer do so efficiently.
Jim experienced his own summer temperatures as he spent the last week in Savannah, Georgia on a business trip. There were no trips to pools or beaches for him, as he worked to resolve an issue with a major customer. For anyone who lives down south or has visited that area in the middle of July, you can imagine just how uncomfortable he was.
Speaking of uncomfortable, Connor found out firsthand just how much his life will change now that he has his braces, at least on his upper teeth. He was in the chair for about two hours on Monday getting them on and having the orthodontist walk him through the dos and don’ts of life with braces. He was particularly upset at the thought of no longer being able to bite into an apple or eat corn directly off of the cob, two of his favorite foods. He will go back after Labor Day to get them on his lower teeth, at which time he will get the added pleasure of bands as well to help move things along. After the pain he was in on Monday night and Tuesday morning, you can imagine his excitement. He’s bound and determined to get them off in the shortest amount of time possible, so I know he will take good care of them, no matter how much he might detest them.
He did have a band performance on Thursday after getting on his braces. I think he was surprised at just how few problems he had. This week is the big week of 8-hour marching band sessions. I know he was worried before the first practice, but he’s been fine. His only issue is that he is entirely too worried about breaking off a bracket. I just look at it as more proof he will be extremely careful not to extend his time with his teeth covered in metal.
Holly started her French horn lessons last week. Thankfully, they occur during the day, so we don’t get the “pleasure” of hearing her attempt new notes or work through fingerings. It gives her something to do during the day though and means we are one step closer to the school year. Another sign that summer is rapidly ending is the fact that Holly has already had one of her first of two tryouts for her dance studio’s competition team. Normally, they have only one, but as they continue to have success and pile on accolades in the dance community, the number of dancers trying out increases. In order for the coaches to judge them all fairly, they added a second tryout. So she went last Sunday and then will go back on August 1st, not only showing off her skills but her determination, hard work, and ability to learn and improve as well. I like that they are doing this but do not like that it will be several more weeks before we find out the results.
It’s been a rough week or two for reading. In other words, I’m not really reading at all. This means I am not posting anything. In the last two weeks, I finished and posted two reviews plus one regular Monday reading summary. I have been feeling some burnout lately on review copies, so last weekend I switched to some books that have been sitting on my shelves for ages. I need to find a better balance between review copies and owned copies, electronic versions and printed versions. Reading too many review copies solely on my iPad has made me not want to read. I haven’t stopped completely, but it might be a while before I am back to posting every single day. In the meantime, please check out the few paltry posts I did manage to release recently:
- Weekly Reading Summary
- Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
- The Fifth House of the Heart by Ben Tripp
And now, it’s time to go back to relaxing. Our free weekends are few and far between, so I know the whole family wants to maximize the down time! Have a wonderful Sunday and an even better week, everyone!
It’s hard to pass up those review copies and I do only request books I want to read but somehow they still feel like I’m being forced to read. I’m working, too, to find a better balance.
Good luck to Holly! And the one thing I can say about the braces is use that retainer! My oldest was great with his braces but got so lazy with his retainer and lost back a lot of the progress he had made.
I have gotten VERY good about passing up review copies. Every month, my list of review copies dwindles. I like it even though I am still not reading quickly enough to get to zero before the end of the year. It’s all good though. No pressure on any of it.
He will be getting permanent retainers when he’s done. I’ve heard too many horror stories and have my own experiences with retainers to want to go through all that!
Your weekend away sounds wonderful. This vacation has meant a lot of time for Kevin and I as our son brought a friend and they have been on their own. I said I was going to free read on this vacation but I was finishing a newer arc that I wanted to read, and I also have an expiring e galley so always stuck between all the books I want to read. Crazy times.
Always crazy times. I was thoroughly enjoying your vacation pics. The house in which you stayed looked amazing. I’m so glad you had a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company!
Man, you tired me out with your summer activities. I can’t complain. Things have been low key and quiet at home. Work is another thing. I arrive home totally wiped out. I just don’t think I can keep this pace for much longer. It’s really not all that much but the low red blood cell thing and the low iron and my weird shaped cells have really taken their toll.
I see the eye doc this Friday to discuss my hair brush incident and how my eye is not healing. Fun!! Took me 2 months to get the appt because since I am on lupus meds, they have to do a special test to see if they are damaging my eyes so I had to wait for the super special equipment.
My Macbook would not boot this Sunday so I could not write up a Sunday post. Oh well. Back to work and Atlas. She just professed her love for Galt.
Yuck! You are having a rough time of things lately. I hope the eye doctor is able to give you something that will help your eye heal. I’m sure that isn’t helping your work stress at all.
I fear this is low-key and quiet for us these days. Any weekend where we don’t have something on the schedule is a treat. Any evening where we don’t have to be in two places at once is downright relaxing. Go figure. LOL!
Seems like you read a lot to me last week. The French horn wow. Good luck to Holly with that. Neat instrument. You guys are busy. Enjoy your summer.
I did and I didn’t. That was over two weeks of reading. It took me all week to finish Allegiant.
Thanks, Susan! I would say summer is pretty much over for us. It’s a bit depressing but the norm around here for the past few years.
Sounds like a wonderful getaway for you and your hubby! I am really hoping my husband and I can do a weekend trip in January, when it’s not busy season at his work. Hoping. My ideal getaway is a secluded cabin in the woods, and we have a place a few hours from here that is perfect.
I never had braces (I definitely needed them, though), so I don’t have any idea the discomfort Connor’s feeling. I hope he gets used to them, and before he knows it they’ll be coming off!
I can’t believe summer is already almost over and school will be starting soon! That is so crazy to me. There’s no way Holly won’t make the team, as dedicated and talented as she is. And wow, adding french horn to her plate too! That’s really awesome.
It’s okay to read what you want to read and put aside the review books for awhile. It gets overwhelming and reading is supposed to be an escape/stress reliever.
The heat is getting too high, I admit. I went for a quick walk today over lunch, because it’s supposed to be the coolest day this week (if 88 degrees is cool). I was freezing again in the office, but after about 15 minutes outside, I was regretting not packing my deodorant this morning! I don’t think I’ll be able to do lunch walks the rest of the week if it’s going to be hotter than that. Will have to stick with my morning routine instead.
You are rocking the walking, by the way!
I hope you have a great week, Michelle!
Thanks, Brandie! It was a wonderful weekend. I could use another one just like it. I like your idea of a secluded cabin in the woods. That way, we could just sit and relax. My husband can’t sit though, so he might struggle.
Connor is doing really well. He had no problems playing his instrument last week and appears to have adjusted to eating. He gets the bottom braces on in September, so there will be another period of adjustment for him. The most difficult part is over though. Thankfully.
I know. School registration opens today online. This means we have maybe two weeks before cross-country starts practicing in earnest. It is crazy how short summer is when you have kids who are active.
Thanks! I can’t believe I actually got out of bed to walk this morning. It was weird but still nice. I felt so…grown-up. I hope to do it again all this week because the forecast is just nasty for the rest of the week.
Have a great week!
I managed to post every day in December 2014, and I don’t think it will ever happen again. It’s SO much work, and I’m amazed that you manage it as often as you do!
Best of luck to Connor with his braces. If he needs any encouragement to take good care of them and WEAR HIS RETAINERS after the metal comes off, I can send along a picture of my bottom teeth. They aren’t horrible, but, uh, let’s just say the dentist has asked me if I’ve ever considered braces for them. Ugh.
Good luck to Holly!
I like writing posts most of the time. When I was reading at least one book every two days, I had no shortage of review posts and rarely, if ever, skipped a day because of that. This past year has been just weird for my reading and my writing. I’m struggling in both areas for the first time since I started.
He’s actually going to get permanent retainers put in once he’s done. I really wish they had them when I had braces. My bottom teeth also look like they stand a second round of braces all because I refused to wear my retainer once I got into college.
Thanks, Shaina! Have a great week!
Sounds like you guys are indeed busy. Good luck to your son with the braces. I was the same as he was. I didn’t like mine and worked hard to be in them for as short a time as possible. Think is was just under 2 years. I do remember cutting up apples into little pieces and cutting the corn off the cob. And corn cut off the cob is just not the same. Really. It’s the butter thing.
And French horn for your daughter. Well, you guys certainly have talented kids. Glad your weekend away was nice. Sorry about the hot weather, but how smart to get a little pool for your dog. Here in Texas, summer hot is the norm. All that rain and cooler temps we had in late May and June spoiled us. We’re back to the usual deal for July. It is very hot. Thank goodness I live in the age of A/C. Have a good week!
Thanks, Kay! I haven’t been a fan of corn on the cob since I had braces, and that was two decades ago! Also, I still love to eat my apples cut up rather than by biting into them. Weird. I know.
I know what you mean about the age of the A/C. Here I was complaining about having to exercise outside when the temperatures started climbing. I’ve been in Houston in summer. We are definitely not to those levels of heat and humidity, thank goodness!