Ahhhh, the end of a very long week. Happy Sunday! Today I’ve broken my post up into two sections, for those who would just like to read about books rather than all the nonsense that goes on with my kids. So the first section is books, and the second section is brats.
I finished Her Fearful Symmetry yesterday, which is set at Highgate Cemetery in London (adding to the creep factor of the book). My thoughts as I turned the last page were, “What?! That’s IT?” I know there has been much gushing from bloggers over this book, but I haven’t read the posts (only skimmed). I haven’t decided what I think of the book yet. Until the very end I was expecting and waiting for a confrontation between two of the characters that never took place. And I was disappointed by that.
After the moody gloomy feel of HFS I wanted something distinctly different, so last night I read the first few chapters of A Field Guide to Burying Your Parents by Liza Palmer (which, so far, has nothing to do with cemeteries). So far I like it. It kind of reminds me of another book I read and enjoyed recently, The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum. The main character has similar issues (youngish, social life revolves around work, lost her mother at an early age, distant relationship with family, health issues in immediate family bring everyone together, etc.) but I’ve only read maybe 35 pages so who knows where it all will go. It’s set in Southern California, where I live, so that part is really fun for me.
Coming up this month from the TBR pile are Who By Fire (because the guilt is getting to me), Goldengrove (for an upcoming tour), In a Perfect World (also for a tour), Olive Kitteridge (book club pick for Oct) and The Angel’s Game (for the RIP IV Challenge).
This afternoon, Sheri and I are going out for a drink together while our collective kids attend a pool party/ BBQ for their youth group. I include this in the “Reading” section because we always talk about books and blogs when we get together! She’s been working hard on several BBAW panels, but the panel work is complete (the voting begins next week) and she desperately needs to wind down after all that blog reading!
What are you reading this week?
Home and Kids:
This week was interesting. My oldest started junior high and her emotions have been all over the map! The first day she was all YAY! and I LOVE SCHOOL! The second day she was grumpy, SO tired, and even simple questions like, “What’s wrong?” were met with major attitude, i.e. “Nothing! WHY DO YOU ASK?!” We gave her a wide berth. Days 3-5 brought everything from tears to elation. I never know what to expect after school. Hopefully this transition phase will be brief and she will settle into a routine soon.
Already she has homework and already we’ve argued about it. She has to draw an island to scale on graph paper with 10 different physical features (bay, isthmus, peninsula, etc.), name all the different features with creative names and then color it all in with colored pencils. She was given until Thursday to complete it and wanted to wait until next week to start it (probably Wednesday night). She is the Princess of Procrastination (I’m the Queen!)
I wanted her to work on it over the weekend because she’ll have other homework next week, plus when you’re given a week to complete an assignment, the teacher’s expectations are likely pretty high (and this is an honors class). You can’t just slap something together the night before. She also has to label a map with all 144 countries of the world, then color that in. Thankfully she started that on Tuesday and only has a dozen more countries to identify before she can start coloring. But she wanted to relax and play Club Penguin all morning. I took away computer until she did a minimum of 30 minutes on the project. “That’s not fair, Mom!” The school year fun begins.
My younger daughter starts 5th grade at a new school on Tuesday. She is super excited and doesn’t seem to have any anxiety over being the new girl at school. She has 2 friends at the school so I’m hoping it will all be very easy for her. She put on a fashion show for us last night to try to figure out what to wear on the first day. I think she has settled on black shorts, black Vans with white polka-dots, and a purple peace sign shirt that has a little scarf that goes with it. With the weather in the 90s, she definitely doesn’t need the scarf, but it “totally makes the outfit” which, of course, is much more important than being comfortable. At least I talked her out of the skinny jeans and the pink fleece hoodie-that would have been a sweaty combo!
Tonite, dad comes home from a 4 day business trip to Kansas City. The kids will be at an end of summer party for their youth group, and Sheri and I are going out. Tomorrow will be a relaxing day of swimming and BBQ’ing at my parent’s house, but it will be an early evening because IT’S A SCHOOL NIGHT. YEAH!
Happy Back to School Week!
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