Weekend, please don’t leave us! Who else needs another day? Everyone? We had a really nice weekend, and I for one am not ready for it to be over. I’ve been feeling pretty burnt out lately and like I don’t have enough attention to spare, but I was hoping that if I could just dig out of the hole at home, at least, things would feel a little easier. So Saturday’s theme was productivity. Mainly during naptime, I finally finished cleaning out the bedroom – long overdue, and it felt like a real accomplishment. I still have clutter on top of my nightstand and dresser, but that’s a project for next weekend (or one evening during the week) and won’t take long. When we lived in temp housing while we were planning our move back home, we never unpacked our bedroom – so we’ve been sleeping amongst boxes since January of 2016. It feels great to be unpacked, finally, and our room is so bright and airy now. On Sunday, we took the kiddos out for a walk around the neighborhood. We stopped by the fire house and Nugget got a tour, which was way too much fun. The firefighters showed him their extra ladders and hoses, turned on the lights on one truck for him, let him “drive” and stand on the back of the truck, and inducted his tricycle into the company. (It’s now “Tricycle 205” per the battalion chief. So adorable!) We also hit the playground and the pizza joint, and I ended up falling asleep on the couch while the kids napped away the afternoon. I didn’t get much done, but sometimes you need a day like that, right?
Reading. Last week was another busy work week and slow reading week. I started out the week, as I said I was going to do, with Count Rostov. But while I was still really enjoying A Gentleman in Moscow, I had to – once again – set it aside, because the deadline for returning Pachinko to the library was creeping up, and since it has a miles-long waitlist, I can’t renew it. So I’ve spent most of the week with the Baek family in Osaka, and while Pachinko is beautifully conceived and composed, and I am enjoying it, I keep forgetting that multigenerational family sagas… aren’t really my thing. Why do I keep trying to make them my thing? But don’t let that turn you off – Pachinko is wonderful.
Watching. We are still working our way through the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. We’ve watched five episodes out of the six episode miniseries, and so we’ll probably finish the adaptation tonight or tomorrow. I’ve seen it many times, of course, and I’m so excited that Steve has finally agreed to watch with me. I think he likes it! Not sure what we’ll watch after we finish this – I might want a break from TV so I can finally finish some of the partially-read books I have laying all over the place.
Listening. I listened to a couple of podcasts earlier in the week, but I was really fancying something a bit more involved – but not an audiobook at the moment – so I used my April credit on The Great Courses Classics of British Literature. I’m about four lectures in now (with many, many more to go) and listening to the lecture on Spencer’s The Faerie Queene (which I need to read). I’m kind of chomping at the bit to get to Austen, but I have a long way to go, I think, because we seem to be going chronologically beginning with the Anglo-Saxons.
Moving. Nothing to report this week, except that I was sad on Sunday because the GW Parkway Classic took place and I didn’t run. I wasn’t even remotely trained – so, maybe next year. It’s been hard to do anything for myself recently and running has taken a backseat – I haven’t really run regularly since Nugget was born. I want to get back to it, because I miss it, and I need to figure out a way to make it work in my schedule. My plan had been to train for the race in the mornings before everyone else woke up, and during lunch breaks – but the mornings have been mostly spent logged on to my firm’s remote access, working until it’s time to do things like make lunches and wrestle small feet into socks, and lunch breaks – well, those are not a thing that exists in my life right now. But I know I deserve to run if I want to (and I do want to), so I need to find a way to make that happen.
Blogging. I have more spring adventures to share with you, but they have to wait a little longer, because I am all books this week. On Wednesday I have my final post for Naomi’s Emily readalong, and on Friday, one last poem to share for National Poetry Month – and it’s not Robert Frost! There’s another e.e. cummings poem coming, because it’s too perfect not to share.
Loving. The cutest thing ever happened as I was putting Nugget down for his nap yesterday. I always sing him a song and we pretty much rotate between Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner, This Land is Your Land and I Love the Mountains. Yesterday, he asked for Winnie-the-Pooh and as I started singing it – HE SUNG ALONG WITH ME. You guys. It was. So sweet. That I almost passed out.
Asking. How was your weekend?