Heavy sigh. Hi, guys. How was everyone’s weekend? Ours was… grueling. We had a family wedding to attend in New England, so we spent most of the weekend in the car – and I do mean most of the weekend. Eight hours up to my parents’ house on Friday to drop off the kids, who were not invited to the wedding. Six and a half hours in the car on Saturday (three hours to the wedding, and three-and-a-half back to my parents, thanks to a scary thunderstorm we hit). And then another six hours home from Albany on Sunday. So that’s a total of 26.5 hours in the car over the past three days, and we’re all feeling it. My neck and back are screaming at me, and the kids are nuts. I felt horrible for them – two extremely long car rides in the span of three days was way too much to ask of them, especially considering they weren’t invited to the wedding. Peanut was a champ, but Nugget was a basket case in the car, and I couldn’t blame the poor guy. Still, after hours of listening to him bawling in the back seat, we are all a bit frazzled and on edge. I’m relieved to have that long trip behind me and glad to be home.
Reading. With all that trucking to and fro, I didn’t get much reading done over the weekend. Nor during the week, either – it was another crazy-busy one on the work front. I’m looking forward to my schedule evening out. It would be nice to be busier than I was in January, but not quite as busy as I have been in February. Anyway, I finished 1984 last Monday, and it was eerie and chilling and felt very prescient. Then I started How to Be a Victorian, which I am really enjoying but which has been slow going. That’s not the fault of the book, which is fabulous, but just my crazy work schedule last week and then the travel over the weekend. I’m looking forward to having a bit more downtime in which to finish it up this week – I hope.
Watching. Two things come to mind from this week – in addition to Rock the Park, of course (we’ve just started season 3, so we’re nearly caught up). On Sunday night I watched the Oscars, which I really enjoy, but can never make it through. I got to supporting actress, decided it was time for bed, and then got an email and ended up working into the night – sometimes that’s how it goes. The other thing I’ve been watching a lot this week is Finding Dory – the kids are obsessed. I’m not quite to the point of being sick of it yet – the Sigourney Weaver jokes are hilarious – but I’m getting close.
Listening. Would you all run away and never visit me again if I said I listened to Nugget screaming for hours in his car seat over the weekend? You would? Okay, well then I’ll tell you the other things we listened to – Hamilton, disc one, on repeat, because that’s what it took to keep him even remotely happy – especially “Frow My Shot” and “Dayada” (You’ll Be Back). And we started listening to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on audio during the car ride to and from the wedding, but didn’t get far into it.
Making. Nothing. Should I drop this category? I have been thinking I need to pick up my knitting again. I’ve been really keyed up over a couple of stressful things, and it would be nice to make some stitches.
Blogging. I have a bookish week coming up for you – my February reading round-up on Wednesday, and that list of new favorite comfort reads I promised last week. Get yourselves some big cups of tea!
Loving. It was so chill of my parents to watch the babies while we trucked to a wedding. Thanks, you guys! Peanut and Nugget loved their “sleepover with Nana and Grandad.” I’d say let’s do it again soon, but as I’m never getting in the car ever again, that doesn’t seem likely to come to pass. But seriously, thanks.
Asking. What are you reading/watching/making/loving this week?