Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Life: It Goes On - August 23

Well, then. I don't suppose I can pass today off as Sunday, can I? Oh my, what a busy weekend we had and I'm still playing catch up. Which, you may have noticed lately, is going to be a big job!

Friday evening was prep for the bridal shower for my niece and, literally, all of Saturday was devoted to the actual event. It was a lot of fun and she got some great gifts for helping with entertaining. Sunday we were back in the car to head to The Big Guy's hometown for a baby shower and got home eight hours later. Fun to celebrate the impending grandparenthood of some of our oldest friends (in fact, the wife introduced BG and me!).

This Week I'm:

Listening To: Nearly finished with And The Mountains Echoed. It's really less a novel than a collection of tightly woven short stories which makes for an interesting listen.

Watching: I may have teared up a little as the Olympics came to an end the other night. The only thing that makes it okay is that The Voice is starting again. Although, I'm a little leery about Miley Cyrus as one of the judges.

Reading: Finally, finishing Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad. Let me just say this - all of the hype is true. I've also started Greg Iles' Natchez Burning which is really interesting following on the heels of Whitehead's book.

Making: Shortbread cookies (that recipe never left the house) and two kinds of sangria (which did). Because you can never have too much sangria, I made quadruple batches of both the red citrus and the peach basil.

Planning: A going away party for Mini-me, who leaves for a trip to California in a week and then is back for one night before his adventure in Milwaukee begins. Trying to spend as much time with him as we can get before then!

My mom, me, the bride, Miss H, my sister
Thinking About: 
How funny this pic of the hostesses of the shower with the bride looks. Miss H is already nearly 5'10" and then threw on some tall wedges. She makes the rest of us look like hobbits!

Enjoying: An unexpectedly rainy August. We have hardly had to water all summer. We get a few hot, dry days then a heavy rain that saturates everything. Of course, this means that it's more humid than usual this time of year which means my hair is a hot mess.

Feeling: A little overwhelmed. I really should have gotten more done while I was watching the Olympics the past couple of weeks!

Looking forward to: More family time this weekend. You know how much I love that!

Question of the week: What's your best tip for keeping all of the plates spinning at once?


  1. It is definitely a much wetter summer than we are used to getting. I like it because it means everything is still green and blooming. However, the mosquitoes are ridiculous this year. To the point where you almost cannot enjoy the outdoors.

    Enjoy catching up and your family time this weekend!

    1. And still it rains! We went on a picnic the other night and got eaten alive even though it was much earlier in the evening than mosquitos usually come out. You'd think by this time of the year, we'd be used to spraying before we leave the house this year!

  2. LOL! I just finished drafting a post called "Finding The New Normal" about all those spinning plates. Wish I had an answer. ;)

    Huh...I didn't realize that And The Mountains Echoed was more of a collection. I keep forgetting about the book and that makes me a little more interested. Speaking of shorts, I'm slowly listening to You Know When the Men Are Gone and I think it was you who really recommended the audio a long while ago.

    The rain has been a blessing hasn't it? I'm loving that we're no longer in the 100s and hoping that it stays that way for the rest of the month and into September. Hello fall!!

    Enjoy the rest of your week. I was really disappointed when I realized today is only Wednesday and now have to figure out another dinner to make. :) Plates. Spinning.

    1. I am loving the cooler temps; just trying to forget that it means winter is coming!

  3. If I miss my Sunday post I just don't post it, ever. My computer had a virus and so I have been without my laptop at home but my Mac is all better now... well I hope so. They said it was fixed many times.

    So that Underground book is pretty good? Oprah usually picks some good ones.

    Your daughter is pretty tall. Mine is only 12 and she stands at 5'6". I think she will hit 5'9" at the rate her feet are growing, already a women's size 10.

    1. Your Mac had a virus? That hardly ever happens - one of the reasons we've basically gone all Apple these days. Hope it's working now! I hope The Girl's feet stop growing! So hard to find shoes bigger than a ten - Miss H really struggles to find shoes at a reasonable price.

  4. Hmm, I wasn't really interested in The Underground Railroad, but maybe I'll have to give it a peek.

    Yep. Loving the rain this month. Weird, but I'll take it. I've hardly had to water any of the mulched beds this summer. Woot! (Hope this doesn't mean a horrible winter, though...)

    1. I was thinking the same thing about winter the other day - we sure won't need the moisture that we usually need from the snow but being in this wet pattern probably means we're going to get socked with it.