Another week gone. This one was better but I’m still in a bit of a funk from my comically awful week at the end of February. I’m doing my best to shake it, though. This was one of those weekends that had us running around the entire time, but it was a lot of fun. On Saturday morning we attended a surprise birthday brunch for a friend. It was such a great morning. Our friend was very surprised, and thrilled, and everyone had a fabulous time at the party. The kids loved running around together and the grownups sipped mimosas and chatted – it was perfect. After the brunch we headed back to our townhouse and spent a few frantic hours cleaning up and finishing unpacking the living room. I was just D-O-N-E with the boxes and I announced that we were going to have the living room in shape before our evening plans. And we made it – just in time. Just after we finished our unpacking extravaganza, Grandpa arrived at 6:30 to babysit, and Steve and I headed out to a fundraiser at the kids’ preschool. It was a lovely night and we had a blast sipping wine and chatting with other parents. The highlight of the evening was a live auction of art pieces prepared by each classroom. I wasn’t planning to participate, but somewhat on a whim ended up bidding on the piece created by Nugget’s classroom – and I won! It’s an underwater scene and the fish – if you can’t tell – are made by hand- and footprints; one from each kid in Nugget’s class. I have a hunch which print is Nugget’s, but I’m hoping his teacher can confirm. On Sunday we were invited to join a group at a roller derby, but ended up passing because someone was still awake and running around like a maniac when we got home from the fundraiser. So Peanut had a snuggly day at home and Nugget and I ran errands most of Sunday. Not exactly a restful weekend, but fun.
As for reading, the week itself was slow but I polished off two books over the weekend – score. I took most of the week over it, but I finished Jam on the Vine on Saturday and was really impressed with the writing and the character development. I learned a lot from the book as well, but interested readers be forewarned: there are some very upsetting scenes of violence in the book. Fortunately, I was able to keep the mood light even with a pretty serious read, as I also had My Man Jeeves on the go on my phone. (Side note: why did it take me so long to realize I could download public domain books for free on iBooks? I went a bit crazy with downloads this week.) I finished Jeeves on Sunday and now have two new books on the go: Bill Bryson’s latest, The Road to Little Dribbling, out from the library, and The Enchanted April on my phone. I’m excited about both; I was already laughing so hard I was crying about three sentences into Little Dribbling, and April is one that has been on my list for awhile. So I’m looking ahead to what should be a good week in reading.
A look ahead to the rest of the week on the blog: I’ve got a final round-up of all of my monthly hikes from 2015 coming to you on Wednesday, and on Friday, Nugget’s TWELVE MONTH update. Can you believe he’ll be one year old in just a few days? I can’t even talk about it. Hold me.
What are you reading this week, my friends?