Hello out there.. I felt like doing a Sunday Salon style post, but since it’s only Friday I’ll have to call it something else. Friday F F F F.. ok, no “F” word is leaping out at me.. we’ll just call it Friday Blabber.
Life has been so crazy around here. My mother in law was hospitalized a week ago and my husband flew across the country to be by her side. She’s still in the hospital but is doing much better, thankfully, and is expected to go home this weekend. Hub will stay until Sunday (such a mama’s boy :-o)
My 12 year old has been a total pill this week, fighting with me about EVERYthing. She got braces Wednesday and her mouth is sore. Apparently this has heightened her emotions to new highs. Every stray thought and feeling is magnified, everything is SO unfair. It’s exhausting for me!
My youngest has been whiny and clingy, complaining relentlessly about Daddy being out of town. WHEN is he coming home? WHY does he have to be there? He’s been gone since Sunday. Last night she was so unhappy about it and mad at him that she refused to talk to him on the phone, and then sobbed about how other daddies are home every night. It’s not fair!
Calgon, take me away!
I love the Olympics but they have seriously cut into my reading (and sleeping) time. I got so caught up watching Shawn White and the other snowboarders last night that I never looked at the book in my lap. And the skaters! Wow! I’ve been staying up so late, and falling asleep with the TV on. Why is it on so late??
I’ve been reading Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott. Totally terrifying if you are the mother of soon-to-be teens. They have this whole secret world full of lies and deception and risk taking.. drugs, boys, drugs, sneaking out, more drugs.. and yet it all looks so pretty on the outside.. good grades, part time jobs, polite to adults, keeping up appearances. I vow, right now, to be the nosiest mom of teens ever, up in my kids’ “bizness” at all times. I will read diaries, I will search pockets, I will have internet controls, I will read their text messages and Facebook pages, I will give drug tests, I will call teachers, I will know the parents of their friends, will constantly ask questions and keep tabs on them. I will not be their BFF, I will not look the other way, I will not make excuses, I will give consequences, I will not believe their lies or buy their BS. How else can you protect them? See, I remember high school, and I remember what I was like. My mother didn’t have a clue. I will not be clueless.
Aren’t you glad you’re not my kid???
On my nightstand are A Reliable Wife for my March book club meeting, and Give Me, Get Me, Buy Me (non fiction about demanding children- who better to review that??). Also I’ve got two books on their way to me- HarperCollins is sending the new Lionel Shriver called So Much For That (I still can’t get We Need to Talk About Kevin out of my mind years later!). Then there’s a historical fiction novel about the Donner Party called Impatient with Desire by Gabrielle Burton (from the author). I’m really looking forward to that one.
On Monday 2/22 we will be discussing Keeping the Feast with author Paula Butturini for our Winter Reading Series here at Books on the Brain. Paula will join us ‘live’ for an hour (5pm PST) to answer questions and talk about her book. Please drop by if you’ve read the book, or if you’re thinking about it! Oh, and my giveaway of American Rust will run through Sunday at midnight.. leave a comment for a chance to win.
This weekend will have us delivering girl scout cookies to the neighbors on Saturday, and then my book club will meet to discuss The Weight of Silence on Sunday. And then Daddy comes home (woo hoo! cue the angels!). Maybe I’ll leave town for a day or two so he and the kids can become reacquainted :-).