Gooooooooood Monday morning, my friends! Weekends good? Ours was, but I could really use another day. I’m working on a big, complicated, slightly oddball work project and ended up putting in time on it on both Saturday and Sunday. I’d have liked a weekend to decompress and turn off the work brain – I’ve been going pretty much nonstop for two months now – well, maybe next weekend. (Actually, we’re targeting next weekend for our spring cleaning. So here’s hoping I don’t end up bringing work home.) I squeezed the work in while the kids were asleep – waking up early and working during naptime – and when they were awake, we were either out playing or running errands. Nugget and I took a lovely long walk on Saturday afternoon while Peanut enjoyed an extended nap (must be nice) and saw several fire trucks, which never gets old. On Sunday morning, Peanut’s BFF and her parents came over for a Moana viewing – I made popcorn and tropical fruit salad, plus a frittata for the grownups. The kiddos had a fabulous time (and I think all the grownups did too). And now it’s Monday – here we go again.
Reading. Kind of a slow reading week – I didn’t actually finish anything in print. That’s partly due to continued Metro woes, partly to more driving around (another client visit last week) and partly to my own mental fatigue from working crazy hours for two months straight (and through a couple of stressful situations). I have really been enjoying Barchester Towers, and am SO glad I finally tossed the library books aside and went for it. When I wasn’t in Barchester last week, I made some good progress on A Circle of Quiet, but I’m still reading it slowly because I want to give it my full attention and not miss a word. I’ll probably go back to the library stack once I finish at least one of those two, but I am trying hard not to check too many books out of the library. I really want to read more from my own shelves.
Listening. Again, hand-in-hand with the light reading week goes a heavy listening week – thanks to crowded trains and one long driving day. I made it through my podcatcher and back to Audible in just a few days; that never happens. Listened to the entire audiobook of The Body in the Library over just a few days. Next up, I’ve started The Once and Future King, which is 33 hours long, so expect to see more mentions of that in coming weeks.
Watching. More Moana. We watched snippets of the movie over the course of the week, and of course had our matinee party with our friends on Sunday – too much fun. Peanut has taken to “sailing” on her bed (which is now a “canoe”). Other than Moana, I haven’t had time for much television, but I did watch half of North and South on Netflix on Friday before the show disappeared, and liked it so much (Richard Armitage!!!!!) that I ordered the DVD from Amazon. So I’ll finish that at some point over the course of this week.
Moving. I decided to jettison the “making” category, because I kept writing “work product” – let’s be honest, no one wants to hear me gripe that much (sorry, y’all). But I always try to keep moving. Of course I was short on time this week, so all I managed was a few walks with Nugget – but they were nice long walks around the neighborhood and down to the river. Next week, hoping I manage to squeeze in some running. If I’m going to run the Parkway Classic at the end of the month, it’s now or never!
Blogging. All poetry, all the time this month! I’ve got an e.e. cummings poem for you on Wednesday – it wouldn’t be National Poetry Month without him – and then I’ll tell you who I’ve picked as my poet to read this month on Friday. Hint: an old favorite!
Asking. What’s up with you this week?