Happy Memorial Day to my American friends, and happy new week to my friends around the world! If you’re celebrating today, I hope that you have lovely and relaxing holiday weekend plans. Maybe including grilling? We need to get a new propane tank and get our grill cleaned up, so we won’t be doing any grilling today. But we have been having a fun weekend – lots of time spent outside, which is just as I like it. On Saturday, we drove out to Seven Oaks Lavender Farm in Catlett, Virginia, for “Exploration Days” – a special event for the two-to-five set. And yesterday, we spent the morning exploring Jones Point, a small NPS-managed park down by the waterfront in Old Town. When we moved away, the park was going through a big clean-up and refurbishment effort, and we were excited to see the results. It’s gorgeous and so much fun now, and I predict that we’ll be spending a lot of time there this summer – especially because it’s walking distance from our house. Today, we have special plans – spending the late morning, lunch hour and early afternoon with our dear Buffalo friends Zan and Paul, who are in town – hurray! Zan and Paul have tons of friends in this area (they lived here for many years) so we are always grateful when they squeeze us in on their visits, since they have so many people to see. I’m looking forward to a good catch-up session with Zan, and Peanut is hoping that Zan will take her to the playground. Haha!
Reading. Pretty productive reading week, amazingly enough. I am totally burnt out and completely stressed at work, but I managed to finish two books and start another. It took me a week, but I made it through How to Be a Tudor, and I am now prepared in case of involuntary time travel (read on). Then, with library deadline pressure relieved, I finally got back to – and finished – A Gentleman in Moscow, which I absolutely loved. Finally, I picked up another book from my shelves: A Traveller in Time, one of my gorgeous Folio Society editions, about a young girl who abruptly and accidentally travels back to Elizabethan times and finds herself caught up in the famous Babington Plot. Loving it! Of course, you know that time travel novels are my weakness.
Listening. I worked my way through a couple of podcast episodes, but nothing that really got me excited, then downloaded Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?, Alyssa Mastromonaco’s memoir of working in the Obama White House, with my May credit from Audible. I’m about half an hour in, and really enjoying it.
Watching. Last night, I dreamed about making potato canapes, which means that I probably have been watching too many episodes of The Great British Baking Show. From that, you can tell that’s all we have been watching – and I think it’s time for a break.
Moving. Aside from several long walks, not much moving last week. I tried to start the Hundred Pushup Challenge, but haven’t been able to make it past the baseline test. You’re supposed to do as many good-form pushups as you can, to find out where your baseline is – well, every time I try, I get to eight good-form pushups and then someone sits on my back and I end up face-planting into the rug.
Blogging. May reading round-up coming on Wednesday, and Memorial Day Weekend fun on Friday. It’s gonna be a good one – check back!
Loving. The best part of last week was meeting my long-time blogging friend, Amal, for dinner out in Philadelphia. Amal and I have been regular commenters on each other’s blogs, and Twitter pals, since 2012 – so almost five years now! When I had a business trip to Philadelphia that was going to keep me overnight, of course the first thing I did was see if she was free for dinner. We had a wonderful evening, chatting as hard and fast as we could. The conversation started the minute we spotted each other, and continued for hours, and the whole evening was such a delight. I wasn’t thrilled about having to take the business trip (the work part was really super stressful), but at least it gave me a great excuse to finally meet up with a lovely friend!
Asking. What are you reading this holiday weekend?