Happy Labor Day to my American friends, and happy new week to my friends around the world! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend, and that if you were in the path of Hurricane Hermine, that you’re safe and dry. As for us in DC, we saw nothing more than a slightly overcast Saturday – what a relief. I didn’t feel like dealing with a hurricane, not that I had anything particularly fun lined up. The theme of this Labor Day weekend was labor. We had a full slate of chores lined up and with one day left in the long weekend, progress has been made on all fronts – hurray! On Saturday morning, Steve and I took Nugget for his first haircut. Nugget was a hot mess because we had to wait thirty minutes past our appointment time, I was a hot mess because I couldn’t deal with my baaaaaaaabaaaaaaaay getting his first haircut and becoming a big boy (still sobbing over here) and Steve was just trying to hold everyone together. We finally made it out of the salon and he does look pretty cute (but WAY too grown up). The rest of the day was errands, errands, errands – hitting Target (and striking out on almost the entire list – ugh) and then grocery shopping. Sunday we had more work lined up: Nana watched the kids while I attacked boxes and Steve made three Goodwill runs, broke down boxes and hauled them to the trash, and helped with all the grunt work. We’re nowhere near unpacked, but we’re making big strides toward getting the first floor livable, and I couldn’t be happier about that. I think that another couple of days of solid work and we’ll be there. (The master bedroom is still a disaster, so that will be next, and attacking the basement is my winter project. But one step at a time.)
While I had an extremely productive weekend when it came to house stuff, it was less productive when it came to reading. Last week I finished up The Warden, the first in Anthony Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire – and absolutely LOVED it. Loved every word, and was kicking myself the whole time for having never read Trollope before. Then I decided to be responsible and go back to my currently-reading shelf on Goodreads rather than starting another something new. A few weeks ago I had begun The Light Years, the first in Elizabeth Jane Howard’s five book Cazalet series (what is it with me and series books lately?) and then set it aside and gone on to other things. So, meaning to whittle down my current reads, I dove back in, and now I am wallowing in all things Cazalet – seriously, I can’t get enough. I am so delighted that after I finish The Light Years, I will have four more books to read in the Cazalet Chronicles (not to mention FIVE more in Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire!). I know how I’ll be spending my fall!
This week, hopefully, I will get through The Light Years. I’ve been spending several evenings a week in front of the computer, working on Nugget’s baby book on Shutterfly, but I’m going to finish that up (all that’s left is to proofread it and then order it!) so I’ll probably reward myself with a week off from hardcore Shutterflying after I do that, and spend my evenings reading unless I’m tempted to do more unpacking. (That is tempting, to be honest – we’re so close to getting through all the boxes on the main floor!) Once I finish The Light Years, I’m either going to turn to the final book that’s been languishing on my TBR – The Witches: Salem 1692, by Stacy Schiff – or I will read Alias Grace, which I checked out of the library and which is due back in a couple of weeks. I really do plan to read one of those – and I want you guys to hold me to that. Responsible reading for me this week – no new books until I finish my half-read one and my library books!
On the blog this week, August’s reading round-up on Wednesday (it’s a short but good one!) and another vacation recap on Friday. Check back!
What are you reading this week, my friends?