Reading: Seven Faceless Saints by M. K. Lobb
Listening: Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad and Spare by Prince Harry
Watching: Holly was on a mission to finish a few shows before she returned to Scotland, so we spent the week watching New Girl, Peaky Blinders, Veronica Mars, and Abbott Elementary – all shows she cannot watch on Netflix or Hulu in Scotland.
Cooking: It was Holly’s last week at home, so she was going through the items left on her list of Foods to Eat While Home, which meant there wasn’t much cooking this week. There was a dinner at Olive Garden simply for the breadsticks and our favorite breakfast place for breakfast.
Enjoying: Jim will be home for a week before he has to travel again. I can’t think of the last time this happened while Holly was not at home, so I thoroughly enjoy having the opportunity to establish a semblance of a routine.
Planning: Jim has a company-wide offsite conference in Palm Springs at the end of the month, and spouses are welcome. I get to leave Wisconsin in January for the first time to experience sun and warmth poolside while Jim spends all day in meetings. I’m very excited and have been busy figuring out what to bring.
Feeling: Even though we sent Holly back to Scotland last night, I feel content. The last month with Holly at home was perfect. It was so good to have her at home while observing how much she matured during the autumnal months. Not only did she want to spend time with us, but she also planned and paid for individual outings with Jim and me. The quality time together made her departure tearful for all of us. I let her go this time with tears and a happy heart because we saw the fully-capable, mature adult she has become and know she is okay.