It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 27, 2021)

Monday again – whew! How were your weekends? Ours was another combination weekend – a crazy-busy Saturday and a much more low-key Sunday. On Friday evening, Steve took Nugget to soccer practice; Peanut and I stayed home so she could get a head start on cleaning her room (don’t ask). Saturday came early; I mean really early. My alarm went off at 6:00 sharp so I could make coffee and rush out the door to my first starting line since pre-pandemic: the DC Bike Ride, 20 miles of car-free riding around the monuments. It was a bit of a bumpy ride (entirely my fault – the event itself was wonderful and seamless) – more to come on Wednesday. I rushed home with just enough time to slam lunch and pick Peanut up from Brownies, and then we rolled right back out the door for apple-picking. I’d actually thought ahead and booked tickets at a farm out in Loudoun County; we had to take a major detour to get to the orchard (because of a car accident entirely blocking one side of the highway – hope everyone is okay) but it turns out the farm country around the area is beautiful and we weirdly enjoyed the extra thirty minutes in the car. And of course, apple-picking was a delight, as always.

Sunday was much more low-key. I kicked around the ideas of a long run, and a long walk, but ended up not leaving the house/yard all day – except to take the kids to their weekly swim class, and later, to walk Nugget over to his buddy’s house in a cul-de-sac across the street. The rest of the day, I just puttered around – folding laundry, drafting and scheduling travel recap posts for the blog, making the first pumpkin curry of the season for dinner. I want to get a bit more organizing done this week, but it was a quiet day and I made a start, and that’s what I needed.

Reading. Not a bad reading week! After months of dipping in and out, I finally finished James Herriot’s classic memoir, All Creatures Great and Small, on Audible. Most of my page-turning hours were devoted to The Greek Myths, which I finally finished up on Saturday night. More to come on that, soonish. Sunday’s reading was my reward for finishing an eye-popping trek through the entire landscape of Greek mythology, and about as far from the homicidal, cannibal orgies of ancient Greek gods and heroes as it’s possible to get – Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. I’m trying not to read too fast, because it’s a total delight and frankly, much more relaxing and enjoyable than The Greek Myths.

Watching. We’ve been letting Nugget pick the evening viewing lately (don’t feel too sorry for Peanut; she had a stretch of about two weeks of dictating TV) and it’s been Shark Central as a result. We did, however, carve out some time for the latest season of The Great British Bake-Off and watched the first episode – which just dropped on Netflix – over two nights. And I’m still keeping company with Miranda Mills’ YouTube channel as I wash dishes and fold laundry; I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself when I finish all the back episodes. I’ll have to go back to avoiding housework.

Listening. I’m on an audiobook jag! After I finished All Creatures Great and Small over several walks and one day of driving to work (!!!) last week I was on such a roll that I immediately downloaded my next Audible listen – The Murder on the Links, read by Richard Armitage (#swoon). I would literally listen to Richard Armitage read the phone book.

Making. Another busy week in the kitchen – par for the course when I’m Whole30-ing. I actually snapped pictures of every evening’s dinner so I could show you what I actually eat on Whole30, but it’s going to be a few weeks before that post goes live; I just have a lot of content pre-planned right now. I’ll get to it eventually, I promise. And with the onset of cooler weather – it’s been almost crisp in the mornings – I am starting to get the itch to take on a craft project. I’ve been eyeing embroidery kits online, although I’ll probably choose to be responsible and knit up some of the yarn I already have, instead. I’d like to make a pair of fingerless gloves.

Moving. Most of the week was light on movement, sadly. No running at all, as I was saving my legs for the DC Bike Ride on Saturday. I had big plans to get out for one more training ride before the event, and to meet my friend Dorothy for another morning of paddling, but weather and work interfered with both. But at least I got in one great workout – those twenty car-free miles through DC! Recap (!!!) to come on Wednesday.

Blogging. See above: on Wednesday I have a recap of the DC Bike Ride for you (just said that, heh). And on Friday, back to the ‘dacks for more summer travel – we’ll be doing that for awhile.

Loving. I’ve said many times that I can’t choose a favorite season; I am truly undecided as to whether I love summer or fall more. Growing up, fall was the clear choice – I’ve grown to love summer more in adulthood. Instead of mourning summer, or feeling bittersweet about the turn of the seasons, I am looking at the transition to fall as another phase in my favorite half of the year (although I adore winter too – spring is really the only season I could take or leave – so maybe it’s my favorite three-quarters of the year). Between apple-picking, pumpkin curry-making, and Halloween costume-shopping, I’ve embraced the new season. Nugget and I even had a grand leaf-stomping yesterday. Bring on woodsmoke, harvest moon nights, red leaves, crackling bonfires, little monsters begging for candy, spiced apple cakes, steaming tea, brisk bus stop mornings, and soft yoga blanket reading nests.

Asking. What are you reading this week?

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