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Reading:  This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede to be followed by Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert

Listening:  The Water Knife by Paulo Bacigalupi with Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Watching:  We have been watching a lot of Dateline and 20/20 for their true-crime exposés. Jim loves them, and I can do other things without paying close attention to the stories. We need to start Stranger Things season four, and Peaky Blinders season six. Plus, we need to finish Squid Games season one. We’ve been too busy to get back into shows we enjoy.

Cooking:  After this past weekend, I was over the idea of cooking. Thankfully, leftovers kept me from cooking until Tuesday, after which I made an asiago lemon risotto with grilled asparagus, ravioli with a mushroom sauce, and shrimp fried rice.

Enjoying:  I thoroughly enjoy the fact that graduation is over. Holly is officially a high school graduate. Her party was a success. She attended her final dance recitals. While we spent most of the week putting our house and lives back in order after the last few weeks of chaos, just knowing everything is over is a huge relief.

Planning:  Nothing for once. After the grad party, I informed Jim I was done planning anything for at least a month. Our anniversary is on Monday, and I have no idea what we are doing. It feels good not having to worry about anything.

Feeling:  I feel free. I did not realize how much space Holly’s graduation weekend was taking among my thoughts until it was over, and I took the first truly deep breath in months. My body even started releasing the pent-up stress I had unknowingly been holding. After that weekend, packing Holly off to Scotland feels less like a challenge and more like a fun exercise, one I don’t need to worry about for at least two more months.

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