Sunday, July 28, 2013

Life: It Goes On - July 28

Happy 25th birthday to Mini-him! We celebrated Friday night with friends and family with his favorite foods. It's hard to believe this grown man could possibly be the same person who changed us from a couple to a family very early in the morning 25 years ago! We couldn't be more proud of the young man he's become!

Last night was spent on the patio with friends, fire, and refreshments. The weather here is lovely right now and even with the fire, we still needed cardigans to stay warm. Perfect!

Mini-him greeting his new baby sister
Here's What I'm:

Listening To: Tom Perrotta's The Abstinence Teacher. A third of the way in and so far we've spent most of the book getting to know the two central characters' backgrounds. I was disappointed to find an author who is so well respected refer to breasts as "pillowy."

Watching: This morning on CBS Sunday Morning they had a piece on author Nora Roberts. One of the most interesting parts of the story was hearing about the 18th-century building in a nearby town that Roberts bought, saved and turned into an inn. The room are all named after, and designed to reflect the time period of, fictional couples. I must say, I'm think I really need to go stay in the Elizabeth and Darcy room!

Reading: I'm finishing up Beth Hoffman's Looking For Me today as I wrap up the High Summer readathon. This one had me hooked from the opening paragraph. Next up is Alice Hoffman's The Ice Queen.

Making: Asian chicken salad and red velvet cake for birthday dinner, a cheesecake fruit dip for last night and this week we had our first fresh tomato, basil and mozzarella pasta supper of the season.

Planning: This week's plans are to finish up a number of projects around the house so August can be about starting new things.

Grateful for: My brother-in-law taking The Big Guy fishing this morning. I'd like to say that's because I'm happy to see BG enjoying himself, but really it's because it's so much quieter around here when he's gone!

Loving: The weather right now - so nice to be able to shut off the a/c and open the windows!

Thinking: I spend way too much time on electronic devices. I'm seriously contemplating unplugging for a week.

Looking Forward To: I'm not looking forward just now - looking forward seems to mean thinking about the fall and I'm not ready to do that yet. I'm going to be enjoying the summer, thank you very much!


  1. Unplugging is great. I seriously think we all need to do it more!! It's actually very chilly right now in Michigan, with rain and wind!! Happy Birthday to your son!! Have a great week!

  2. Happy birthday to your (oldest) baby! The Asian Chicken Salad sounds wonderful but it's one of those things that Scott can't eat and I am too lazy to make for myself. Enjoy it!

    Unplugging last week was FANTASTIC. I so wish that I could continue the habit at home but getting on twitter/FB to ask a quick question is just too tempting. Trying to watch myself, though.

  3. My oldest turns 24 in a few weeks, so I'm totally understanding the... "how could this be?" thing! Gah, time flies.

    I wish I could say I'm loving our weather. Still too hot here. Ugh.

    Happy Sunday!

  4. Your tomato, basil, mozzarella pasta sounds delish. I definitely want to add that to my menu for next week.

    I like the idea of unplugging for a week. I don't know if I could last that long, but I would like to try it some day.

    Isn't this weather fabulous? Perfect sleeping weather and all of the windows wide open to let in the fresh air - it is just amazing.

    Nora Roberts actually has a trilogy about her inn. I am really far behind in reading her latest novels, but I'm sure they are great. She usually finds ways to incorporate her passions into her stories, which makes them so much more vivid and enjoyable. Her descriptions of dogs (she has several), her gardens (she is an avid gardener), and of brothers squabbling (she had boys) are just awesome.

  5. Happy Birthday to your son!

    The idea of that inn you mentioned sounds wonderful. I think I'd have to go multiple times so I could stay in a variety of rooms. :-)

    Unplugging is something I should do for a week too.

    I hope you have a great week, Lisa.

  6. It is so wonderful when a mother can feel proud of her child.
    I feel the same way about my 26 year old. He made me a better person, and so did his sisters.

    Happy Birthday, and to Mom, a job well done!

  7. My summer was about to pick up, until they told me that my son's summer school class was not completed because they only gave him half the class. He is now on a fierce deadline to finish an entire semester in one week. There goes our road trip to Santa Barbara. The only summery thing we had planned. School starts in a week!

  8. The Summer days seem to be rushing by especially with family activities and other
    distractions. I'm thankful we had a bit of a 'retreat' time in Italy because it's a question of fitting everything in, especially reading, right now. Should really unplug the computer! It's good to make plans for the Autumn. I always associate the season with doing new things, meeting friends that have been away during the Summer holiday period etc. However, it's also good to enjoy the present moment. Belated best wishes to your son. The food you prepared for the birthday dinner must have been enjoyed by all.