It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 23, 2019)

Mabon blessings, friends!

I’d like to wish y’all a happy Monday but – I got nothin’.  I’d also like to tell you about all our family fun this weekend, but again – nothin’.  This weekend was my firm’s all-attorney retreat, which means I didn’t get a weekend to tell you about.  On Friday I put in a full day of work and then rushed to the airport to work more until the moment I had to switch to airplane mode for a flight to Indianapolis.  From Friday evening until mid-day Sunday, I was in meetings and networking sessions, and then I spent Sunday afternoon flying home.  Like everyone else, I did my best to put a good face on and get something out of the meetings, but it was hard to forget that the retreat was eating up the entire weekend – or that this meant that between last week and this week, I’d be working twelve days straight.  I work long hours during the week and really rely on my weekends to let my brain breathe and to spend time with my family, so – needless to say – I’m starting this week very drained.

Reading.  Sort of a lackluster reading week, to match a lackluster weekend.  On Monday I finished up Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, the first in the “Six Tudor Queens” series of novels by historical biography author Alison Weir.  I enjoyed it, but as I think I wrote last week – it was too long.  Weir packed in as many historical details as she could, and while that made for a colorful tapestry, the book needed a heavier touch from an editor.  I will, however, be continuing with the series.  Next I read Everything that Rises Must Converge, for another Classics Club entry.  Hated it.  Hated every page.  Needing a break from blood and gore, I picked up issue number 7 of the Slightly Foxed Quarterly, but didn’t have time to finish it before I had to leave for Indianapolis.  I took Washington Black on the trip with me, since it’s due back at the library on Tuesday – didn’t have a chance to read much between all the work sessions and meetings, but I made it through about 250 pages over the course of the weekend.  The writing is excellent and the plot is a fantastic concept, but for some reason (probably tiredness) I’m finding it to be a bit of a slog.  I’ll finish it tonight and then turn back to Slightly Foxed.  After that – I don’t know.

Watching.  Lots of watching panel discussions about law firm practice – some of which were more pertinent to me than others.  And on Sunday evening, the kids had earned a movie night for being good for Daddy while Mommy worked all weekend, so we had a family movie night after I got home, and watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone again.  I love that they’re getting into the wizarding world – I’ve been waiting for this!

Listening.  Just the usual – podcasts, podcasts, podcasts, while I walk to and from the Metro in the mornings.  The highlight last week was The Mom Hour on “sports fandom and family culture” – a perfect topic for the beginning of football season.  I haven’t finished the episode, but will have by the time I get to the office this morning.

Moving.  I really needed to stretch my legs and move around after a morning of sitting in panel discussions, so I joined some coworkers for a walking tour of Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon – that’s where I snapped the above picture, of the Indianapolis Library, of course (what else?).  And in case you’re wondering: no, I didn’t see Leslie Knope out and about, and yes, I did look.

Blogging.  It’s a paddling-centric week here on the blog!  On Wednesday I’m sharing a few pictures from a Labor Day weekend paddle at our favorite spot on the Potomac – Fletcher’s Cove.  And on Friday (sniffle) it’s the last PNW paddling post (although I will have Seattle snaps to share with you over the next couple of weeks).

Loving.  I said this above, but this week I am loving that my kids are finally getting into Harry Potter and the wizarding world!  Guys, I have been waiting for this moment for such a long time.  I started reading the first HP to Peanut last year, but the chapters are long and she sort of fizzled out – got impatient waiting first for Hermione to appear and then for the trio to actually become friends.  Introducing the movie before trying the book again seemed to make sense, since I think she’ll have more patience for the story getting off the ground now that she’s fallen in love with the whole concept.  And her brother is getting into it, too!  This is such a huge deal for me, because I love Harry Potter so much – like many – and because one of the things that gives me the greatest joy as a bookish mom is sharing my favorite stories and characters with my little people.  Like Peanut starting to get into Anne of Green Gables (which I’m introducing slowly and through kid-forward books) the kids’ discovery of the wizarding world is giving me so much happiness this week.

Asking.  What are you reading this week?

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