I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be more glad that it will be Friday when this post goes live. I need the weekend. It’s been a long week for no particular reason. Maybe it is still getting into the swing of things with the girls back to school or that I’m working on a particular aspect of my project at work that is both monotonous and frustrating. Regardless, the week is almost over and I thought I’d post something light and fun for today.
Something that has made me smile consistently all week has been pictures of my niece, Charlotte. She just celebrated her first birthday. I cannot describe how much I wished I could have been in Chicago this past weekend, but Facebook has made it much easier. My sister posted these pictures of her eating her first birthday cake. How can you not look at these and smile? She is adorable and I love her to pieces.
Not as little and messy any more, but just as cute are my two girls. Allison (the tallest) is now a 4th grader and Emma (the goofiest) is a 5th grader. No matter how hard I try, I cannot stop thinking about how this is her last year in elementary school. It seems like yesterday that Emma was the baby smeared in chocolate icing. As every parent discovers, time flies.
Emma’s first day of school was really rough. I could tell by the way she got in trouble at her after school care and with her father when he picked the girls up. We had a good heart to heart talk that night. I hoped that I both gave good advice and that Em gave the best of it a try. I am happy to report that she’s loved school every day since then. Tonight I over heard her tell Danny that she loved school. It made me happy. Special thanks to my Twitter buddies for their good wishes and kind words that night. Support makes all of the difference.
Emma has always been a reluctant reader. She’s discovered that reading helps her to get to sleep at night. She’s a nigh owl and it’s been a struggle to get her to fall to sleep at night since she was an infant. She still claims it’s boring and that’s why she is able to fall asleep. But reading about someone or something else takes us out of the weeds of our own lives and when you can get your mind to stop racing, you can fall to sleep. I will quietly hope that this develops into a broader love of reading, but I’m not pushing a thing. Last night they discovered that we have two copies of a Junie B. Jones book. Emma challenged Allison to see who could finish it first. They may see it as a competition, but I see it as their first sisterly book club read. Woot! I’m thinking I’ll let the “winner” can choose the next selection.
Earlier this week I reviewed Night Film. My finished copy arrived on Tuesday and I am IN LOVE. I have had fun touching it and skimming the pages. The inside cover is gorgeous and my favorite thing about it right now.
I love the spooky trees. I found out as I was squeeing all over Facebook and Twitter about it that there is an app to go along with the book. OMG! I downloaded and played with it for just a short period of time, but it is going to be a fun part of my weekend. I am going to enjoy exploring the book all over again. It makes me so glad to be a reader alive in the here and now. Certainly the extra technology isn’t necessary to enjoy this book, but it is impressive how immersed Marisha Pessl was in this world she created and how she’s taking that to another level. If you haven’t picked up a copy, why don’t you? That and the free app are more than enough to make for some good, Friday fun.
Finally, the 23rd is always my favorite day of the month because my Audible credits refresh today. That always makes for a fun day. I’m picking up The Good Thief’s Guide to Berlin. I love this Chris Ewan series and that Simon Vance fellow sure can make for a pleasant listening experience. My second credit is still in play. I’ve been eyeing Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel and narrated by Karen White (love her!), The Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Freemantle and narrated by Georgina Sutton (new to me), and The White Princess by Philippa Gregory and narrated by Bianca Amato (loved her work in The Kingmaker). So many good audiobooks, so few credits when it comes down to it.
Have a great weekend everyone!