Well, here we are at the start of the ride again! How was your weekend? We had a good one over here – not a lot of fun, per se, but we checked a few items off of our to-do lists, which always feels nice. On Friday I worked from home because we had an appointment in the morning, and I got a surprising amount of work done. I usually find the office less distracting and preferable for work, but I guess last week was the exception. The weekend was devoted to chores, errands, and more chores and errands (and squeezing in a bit more lawyer work – I got up early on Sunday morning and churned out a project while the rest of the house slept, and then greeted them all with breakfast cooking and extreme smug). Nugget and I made a massive Target run on Saturday while Steve and Peanut worked at home on assembling Peanut’s new bookshelf, and then I got home and blew through her room like a tornado of cleaning. I love how it turned out – the room looks so much lighter and brighter with the new white shelf than it did with the old pallet shelf (which we inherited from the previous tenants of our townhouse). And, bonus, the new shelf is a lot sturdier – in that it doesn’t appear likely to fall down at any given moment. We didn’t get through the entire to-do list – our Christmas tree is still up and we desperately need to make a Goodwill run, but the kids’ rooms are clean for once, and that alone feels like a huge victory. Every single item I check off the (miles long) to-do list brings me closer to the day when I can sit outside with a cup of tea and a book for an entire nap and feel zero guilt about it. Won’t that be nice?
Reading. Pretty productive reading week. I’m not necessarily trying to read as many books this year as I did last year, but you’d hardly know that from my pace lately. I finished The Wangs vs. the World on Wednesday and Mr. Churchill’s Secretary on Friday. (The first in a new-to-me mystery series, and I really enjoyed it.) Now fortified with light reads, I’m working my way through The Underground Railroad, one of the big buzz books of 2016. It’s pretty brutal and extremely hard to read, but I have a feeling that I will be glad I read it; it’s certainly a Very Important Book That People Should Read.
Watching. Still totally obsessed with Rock the Park. Steve and I are watching an episode or two a night (they’re only twenty minutes long, so it’s not a huge time commitment). We just finished watching the episode in which the hosts visit Joshua Tree National Park – which is one of the places on our list to (hopefully) visit this year. So I was particularly excited to see that episode, and it got me pumped to visit the park myself. (Jack and Colton did some rock climbing in that episode, which I’d love to do but probably won’t. I took rock climbing in college and really loved it, but Steve is not a huge fan of heights.)
Listening. Currently in my earbuds is the first 2017 episode of Sorta Awesome – “Is tech taking over your life?” Ummmmm, YES. Other great recent listens included the latest episode of Tea or Books, in which Simon and Rachel debated “lists: yes or no?” and two R.C. Sherriff novels – Greengates and The Fortnight in September. I have The Fortnight in September and have been itching to read it; they made me even itchier. And of course, Hamiltunes – always Hamiltunes. Nugget now sings along with “My Shot,” and it’s the cutest thing you’ve ever heard.
Making. Gigantic piles of toys in my upstairs hallway. Part of the weekend project involved a massive purging of the toys in Peanut’s room. She helped me choose which books from her shelf should go to Nugget’s room (of course, anyone is welcome to read any book they find, no matter what room it’s in – house rules!). But the toys are a bit trickier. I’ve kept all of her favorite toys in her room and I think she’s really going to prefer having less stuff, once she gets used to it – this way, she can actually find her best lovies and favorite puzzles without having to dig through piles of junk. (I’m also hoping this means fewer trips up to her room to locate a beloved stuffed friend in the midst of a tantrum. If the room is always clean, we’ll always know where Corduroy is…) But with all the excess piled in the hallway, of course she wants it ALL back in her room. The next thing I’ve got to make for this project is… some decisions about where the cleared-out toys are going to go.
Blogging. It’s New Year’s! (Well, okay, that was last week. But I’m just getting around to posting my resolution recaps and my goals for next year. It’s going to be a very New Yearsy kind of week around here. As always, I have high hopes for a great year ahead – so check back!
Asking. What’s the best thing you read last week?