Happy Monday after Father’s Day! I hope that all of my friends had a great time yesterday (and all weekend) celebrating the dads in their lives. We had a good weekend, packed with fun. On Saturday, I ran another 5K, and Steve was an extremely good sport to be willing to kid-wrangle while I ran 3.1 miles on his weekend. I made up for it on Sunday, with a good gift (that he actually got a few days early when he found it in my car – oops) and a hike at Sprague Brook Park. Nugget fell asleep in the Ergo, which he actually did the last time we hiked Sprague Brook as well. I guess he finds this particular park boring? Ha. Then we headed over to Steve’s dad’s house for a cookout with the family, which was a lovely way to celebrate both Steve and his dad.
I’m still finding it a bit challenging to get reading done these days. Not because I’m uninterested or slumping (like last fall) but just because life is so busy right now. Work is more insane than ever – I have a coworker on maternity leave, and I’ve taken over a substantial portion of her workload in addition to my regular work – and I’m still working on my big project, which I hope to be able to share with all of you in the next few weeks (fingers crossed). The big project is nearing one stage of completion, at which point I will let you all in on the secret, but even once I get to that milestone I’ll still have things to work on for it. In the meantime, I’m trying to fit in a few pages here and a few pages there, which is better than nothing but not exactly a speedy way to finish a book.
I did get through Between the Acts and returned it without incurring any overdue fines – yippee! Then I picked up A Tyranny of Petticoats, which was also out of renewals at the library. I thought it would be one I’d either love or hate and fortunately – I loved it. I flew through story after story and polished off the book in just a couple of days. I particularly loved the story “The Red Raven Ball,” set in Washington, D.C. in 1862, but aside from that, I’d be hard-pressed to pick a favorite, because they were all terrific. Next I turned back to The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, which I’d had to return unfinished to the library and only just was able to check out again. (It was on the shelf the whole time, not on hold, but I’ve been feverishly trying to get through the non-renewables without racking up huge overdue fines). I’ve been drawn right back into Fairyland, as expected, and am still loving the series so much. Once I finish with this Fairyland installment, I’ve received word that The Romanovs 1613-1918, which I’d had to return unfinished before, is ready for me again – so it’ll be back to Imperial Russia with me!
On the blog this week, I have my recap of my latest 5K and our Father’s Day hike coming on Wednesday, and a very special Diverse KidLit pick on Friday. Check back!
What are you reading this week?