The past few weeks have been crazy. Up until Friday evening, I hadn’t been home for a week and a half. I opted to drive to Chicago on the 15th for a work conference so that I could bring my daughters with me to celebrate my Grandma‘s life. The hours of driving time were worth it. I got to spend time with my sister, Donielle, in Chicago before heading to Michigan for Grandma’s funeral. We sent Grandma off so very well. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spring Lake, MI.
After the service and burial, my siblings, our children, and a few of our cousins joined us at North Beach, Grandma’s favorite beach. It was an equally gorgeous afternoon.
As exhausted as I was (and really still am), I look back at that time as one last gift to me from Grandma. I got to see, hug, and talk to family and friends.
I’d like to say that life will get back to normal or at least semi normal now, but we’re headed to Williamsburg at the end of the week for a couple of days with my best friend, who will be taking the girls back to Michigan (again!) with them. I’ll be taking another road trip to Columbus the following weekend to pick them up. Then, as schools here start very early, we’ll jump immediately into Back to School season. I’m hoping to catch my breath a little while the girls are gone, but life is going to be hectic until the middle of September. I never thought I’d look forward to the boring routine of nightly homework.
While I very appropriately finished The Good Girl by Mary Kubica in Chicago, that was all the reading I got done while I was away. Last night I picked up The Book of You by Claire Kendal and started reading. I picked this book up last year in Vero Beach, FL when I was visiting Anita from Anita Loves Books. I’m in a psychological thriller kind of mood. I take the dust jacket off when I read. The cover itself has nothing other than the man’s profile on it. Creepy! It’s early days, so we’ll see how this one lands.
Until Saturday, I hadn’t listened to an audiobook in 10 days. I hope to never break that record. I came back home and did some work outside Saturday and got reacquainted with The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl. This book ended a long Simon Vance dry spell (six months!) and I’m also enjoying the story. I’m just over half way now, so I’m also contemplating what to listen to next.
So that’s my life in a nutshell. I would love to promise I’ll be a more prolific blogger, but it may take some time to get back into the swing of things. I do hope that you are all enjoying your summer and are getting some excellent reading in. Is there anything you’ve been enjoying that I should keep my eyes on?