Loooooooooook at that adorable face! Oh, and happy Monday to all of you, too. (That FACE!) Happy Columbus Day to my friends who are lucky enough to get the day off, as well – but the kids’ school is closed, so I took the day off and we’re going apple-picking with friends. Hey-o! Steve has to work, so it’ll just be me, the munchkins, and my friend Katherine and her daughter. We’re planning to pick a couple of bushels and then take the kiddos for a hike. That should burn the whole morning, so hopefully Steve is able to get some work done. This weekend was pretty low-key. We hiked both days – at Huntley Meadows on Saturday, where there were so many herons and egrets that I lost count, and at Piscataway Park on Sunday, where we visited with turkeys, chickens, and the most darling bunch of precious piglets. I was hoping for a hike a bit farther afield – at least to Sky Meadows, if not Shenandoah River or Bull Run – but we were too slow in the mornings and it didn’t happen. We still had fun – more fun than I was anticipating, as it happened. Afternoons were spent puttering around, digging in the sandbox, running errands and reading – nice and slow. And actually really relaxing. I’m still me, so I spent a decent amount of time panicking over a decision I’m going to have to make soon (tell you all about it once it’s a done deal) and hiding in the bathroom while the kids bickered.
Reading. I’ve had a nice, relaxing reading week. On Monday, I finished up The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and then I dove into some good, old-fashioned comfort reading. I picked up Miss Mapp, the second in the Mapp and Lucia series – which I’ve been meaning to get back to, and which is on my rebooted Classics Club list – and enjoyed every second over the course of the week. I finished it up on Saturday, then realized that I’d also intended to re-read Queen Lucia, the first of the series. So I’m reading a bit out of order for the moment, but once I finish with Lucia, I’ll be back on track to read in the proper order. I’ll have to take a short break from E.F. Benson though, because my library holds came in – and I have Fear, the new Bob Woodward book. There are about 800 people on the wait list after me, so renewals are not going to be an option. I think that’ll have to be my next read.
Watching. I don’t think I actually watched anything until Sunday night, when Steve realized the second season of The Good Place is now available for streaming. Yes, please! We watched two episodes, and it’s just as much fun as the first season – moving at a breakneck pace, though. I can’t wait to see where this is going to go…
Listening. Lots of podcasts again this week. The highlight was an old episode of Speak Up for Blue, in which Andrew interviews a fellow marine biologist about the experience of researching orcas in the Antarctic. WOW. I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that I’d like to go to Antarctica someday, and now it’s sort of in the front of my mind. What an amazing experience that would be, huh?
Moving. Well, there were those two hikes I mentioned above, and I also registered for Barre3 online. At $29/month after I finish my free trial, it’s not free, but it’s a heck of a lot less expensive than actually attending classes (I do love Barre3 classes, though…) and hopefully this will be the sweet spot of not too expensive, but enough of a financial outlay to motivate me to try and get my money’s worth. I’ve done a couple of workouts through the online system and I’m definitely sweating!
Blogging. September reading recap coming to you on Wednesday; I read more than I realized in the moment! October is shaping up to be a good reading month, too – here’s hoping. And on Friday, I’ve got a hiking recap to share – a beautiful, but very unlucky – hike from our Adirondack vacation
Loving. I’ve certainly talked about my neighborhood before, but I’m feeling especially in love with it this week. Fall is starting to appear in little nooks and crannies, and it’s just such a nice, relaxing place to be right now. It’s recently hit me anew that we’re probably not going to live in this neighborhood forever (maybe…) and I’m really glad that I get to enjoy it while I can. I love living in a walkable area and being able to just step out my door and pop in at the bookstore, grab a coffee from a local independent cafe, walk to the library and playground, or metro in to work. Our neighbors are a joy, and this just feels like the right place for us to be right now. Maybe knowing that something probably isn’t forever makes me appreciate the sweetness of it while I have it – I’ve been thinking a lot about that concept lately. Anyway, enough rambling – I’m just really happy to live where I live.
Asking. What are you reading this week?