Good Monday to you, my friends. We had a nice weekend over here. My cousin Jocelyn, who was here watching the kids for the past few weeks, left on Saturday afternoon, so we squeezed in one more dinner out at one of our favorite Old Town restaurants (Taverna Cretekou, best Greek food outside Greece!) on Friday night and a walk down to the farmers’ market on Saturday morning, where I picked up produce for the week and the world’s most gorgeous bouquet of flowers for all of FIVE dollars! I know, you guys, I know. I walked past this booth selling smallish bouquets of these stunning orange and purple mixed flowers and thought the bouquets were lovely and the $5.00 price tag couldn’t be beat, so I swung by on my way out of the market for one. When I presented the seller with my bouquet and payment, he said, “Wait, what time is it? It’s 11:20 – if you want another one they’re two for five now.” You don’t have to ask me twice – I grabbed a second bouquet and combined them for a fabulous arrangement that is making me smile every time I walk by it. Sunday was all about checking items off the to-do list. I had a little bit of work to do (just about twenty minutes – nothing major) and the rest of the day was taken up with a Goodwill run (Steve took the kids while I tore through boxes at home) and unpacking in the morning, and errands in the afternoon. It was one of those long days where we didn’t do much fun – although we did walk out for dinner and the kids won over an entire restaurant – but we got a lot done. The upstairs hallway was a disaster – you had to turn sideways to walk through it because there were so many boxes. It’s not completely cleared out yet, but it’s almost there and a lot better now.
Well, that was longwinded! I didn’t mean to give you the play-by-play of an entire weekend. Next time maybe I’ll include more pictures – heh. Anyway, the full weekend schedule didn’t leave too much time for reading. It’s funny, I’m noticing that I am getting a lot more reading done during the week here – thanks to the Metro, I suppose – and less on the weekends, where in Buffalo most of my reading was done on the weekends. Over this past week I finished Cider with Rosie on the Metro and then tore through the rest of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh (which Steve had given me for my birthday last year, and I had started and then set aside for no good reason) over lunch at Le Pain Quotidien on Friday. On Friday night, I started The Warden, which I am absolutely LOVING (why did I wait so long to read Trollope, you guys?) and after a solid evening of reading on Saturday night, I’m about halfway through it. It’s going to be very tempting to simply take up residence in Barsetshire until I work my way all the way to The Last Chronicle of Barset (although, between Thirkell and Trollope, I’m pretty much an honorary resident of Barchester anyway). So after I finish The Warden… who knows? I might be grabbing Barchester Towers off the stack. Or maybe I’ll be responsible and go back to The Witches, after leaving it sitting on my shelf half-finished for months now…
Coming up on the blog this week: a list of things to do in DC now that we’re back (it’s a loooooooooong list!) and another vacation recap on Friday (oh, take me back!). Check back!
What are you reading today, my friends?