Sunday, July 13, 2014

Life: It Goes On - July 13

Hello, summer! It is well and truly July now - hot, humid, and starting to dry out. The Big Guy is out puttering around doing yard chores but the cats and I are hiding inside, watching the World Cup final. I'm not a big fan of soccer but it's growing on me as a background to other things I'm doing. I'm much more excited to be on the countdown for college football (as opposed to futbol!) - just 49 more days until players actually have to be hit to fall down and writhe in pain. These soccer players are such floppers and whiners!

We've been doing some entertaining this week, first BG's brother and his wife Thursday night and last night Mini-me and his girlfriend. It's our first time meeting her and you've got to like a girl who comes to dinner with a bottle of wine under one arm and a homemade cheesecake in her other hand.

This Week I'm:

Listening To: For music, I spent yesterday's work hours cranking up the Foo Fighter's channel on Pandora - lots of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Incubus and Weezer. Very energizing. Yesterday I started Elizabeth Kostova's The Swan Thieves on audio. It's a long one - I think I'm going to be very happy that there are five different narrators so I can keep things straight.

Watching: I'm back to Orange Is The New Black on Netflix. Miss H has also been watching it and we are finally at the same place so we can watch together. Although, some of it is a bit awkward to be watching with your nineteen-year-old daughter!

Reading: I finished P. S. I Love You this week. Definitely not my usual read and I can't say I was surprised to see that Cecelia Ahern was only twenty-one when she wrote it. I liked the movie much better. Now I've got Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast on the nightstand. I've only just stared but am a little surprised by how much I'm enjoying it. Hemingway and I have not been on great terms in the past.

Making: Grilled vegetables, caprese salad, homemade ice cream, enchiladas, and guacamole. Yep, definitely been entertaining.

Planning:  Vacation in a couple of weeks with the whole family. Can. Not. Wait.

We talked until midnight!
Grateful: To have kids who think it's important for BG and I to meet the new people they bring into their lives.

Enjoying: Farm fresh produce. We've been to our favorite stand twice this week for zucchini, onions, peaches, watermelon, corn and tomatoes. It all just tastes so much better fresh picked.

Feeling: Lazy. There is so much I should be doing around here but, instead, I'm playing on the computer and reading.

Looking forward to: Meeting my second cousin for the first time! She lives in South Carolina but has never been to Nebraska when her parents came for visits.

What are you looking forward to this week?


  1. My mom has been curious about Orange is the New Black (she is very conservative) and I definitely don't think I could watch it with her. Especially after this past seasons when I felt they went in for the shock value most episodes. I definitely preferred Season1.

    Swan Thieves huh? That's a chunkster that has been collecting dust on my shelf. I'll be curious how you like the audio. Maybe I'll dual read it. And 49 days until fall ball? LOL! You're really excited, huh? It'll be fun this year as my brother will be at Arkansas so I'll have someone in the same conference as my Aggies again. :)

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  2. What am I looking forward to? Friday. Is that wrong?

    Swan Thieves was long but good on audio.

  3. I love watching shows with the older kids but it definitely does get awkward at times! I tried A Moveable Feast when I was in college but didn't love it. I think it definitely deserves a reread. Have a great week!

  4. I have been addicted to sirius but miss pandora! We just had a whole-family vacation and it was so nice to have kids/grandkids with us. Except for the screaming terrible two, who I will not travel with again until he turns 15! Did you like the husband's secret? I couldn't keep track of things and didn't get invested by 50% in so I gave up.

  5. It's been fun seeing and hearing people get excited about soccer. It's always been my favorite sport, although I'm more of a casual fan. I like going to the games now and then, but I don't really follow a particular team too closely. We didn't really watch any of the World Cup games in our house though--other than the final game. I'm a big television person when it's just me, but when my husband and daughter are around we either have the TV off or are watching one of my daughter's shows.

    That's good to know about the book P.S. I Love You. I've been curious about it.

    I hope you have a wonderful vacation, Lisa!

  6. I started The Swan Thieves years ago, but never finished. I need to do that.