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Sunday Matters: I Feel It

Sunday Matters

What exactly do I feel? I feel as if the school year is already upon me and I dread it. Without a vacation this summer and the lack of road trips in general, this was really a non-summer to me. I tried super hard to inject summery things into my days and weeks but none of it worked. I’ve been anxious and just a little too unsettled to relax.

The plus side? I’ve been a reading fool. It’s the one constant thing that brings me pleasure each and every day (besides family time) and this, I’ve been loving. After a long day of work, coming home to air conditioning and a good book has been wonderful. I am going to be very sorry when that time is filled with homework help and the running around that is my life.

This week, both kids register for school and they start classes on 8/13.  We started back to school shopping which always does me in, but we are not done yet and I just looked at the cost of the senior fun pack. Goodness! It’s going to be an exciting year. I just wish we could quietly ease into it. You know?

Right Now:

I am writing out bills (fun!), filling out school paperwork (even more fun!) and tossing back some coffee and a gluten-free bagel. Some of you have been suggesting gluten-free bagel brands for me to try but none of them are available where I am. So today, my bagel is just OK. Someday, I will find a good alternative. After breakfast, we are off to church.

This Week:

I’ve got book club on Thursday and I haven’t read the book yet!  I better get right on that.

Haven’t done a darn thing to The Girl’s room yet. How does one remove a border? We took it down but we can’t get the adhesive off and it’s holding up the entire process.

Reading:

I should be reading my book club book (Everything I Never Told You). I’ve read maybe 15% so far.

Everything I Never Told You

Just finished Murakami’s Wind / Pinball. It started off a little weird. I was worried I wasn’t going to like it but I ended up loving it.

I am 82% done with Atlas Shrugged for the #AtlasRAL. This book surprised me in a totally good way.

Watching:

Mad Men. I am halfway through the last season and now Netflix doesn’t have the last few episodes!!!! What happened to them?? They WERE there a few weeks ago. I am very angry about this.

I’ve been watching Humans too but very, very slowly. My kids think I look like the main gal. I don’t think so but they think so. Makes me want to stand in a dark hallway and pretend to be a robot.

Humans
Anita/Mia from Humans
Me
Me, being silly.

Making:

I do try to cook a good Sunday meal because with church in the morning and then going back later to volunteer, it just feels good to come home and have something good. That takes planning though and although I had some recipes bookmarked (turkey burgers, for example) we’ll see if I actually have time to go to the store to get the stuff I need in order to make them!

Grateful for:

My reading time. It’s really the one thing this week that’s kept me from jumping out of my skin.

What are you all up to today? I missed two Sundays in a row because my MacBook would not boot but it seems to be working fine now.

Atlas Shrugged Read Along (#AtlasRAL) – Part Two

Atlas Shrugged PT 2

It’s the summer of the chunkster! A group of us decided to read Atlas Shrugged (#AtlasRAL) this summer and we have hit our second milestone which was to complete part two by July 31st.

“There are no evil thoughts except one: the refusal to think.”
— Francisco d’Anconia

In part two, the world’s greatest thinkers and producers give-up and then disappear. Wyatt sets all of his oil fields on fire so now there is a major oil shortage. Hammond disappears and he was the last producer of railroad cars for the industry. Dannager of Dannager Coal eventually closes shop. What is going on with these people?

A few thoughts:

  • This book is blowing my mind!
  • As Dagny struggles to hold the railroad together, she is the center of attention for many of the men in the story. A lot of drama in the relationship department.  As another blogger said, “Pick a man, already!”
  • The idea that these “thinkers” are being picked off by “destroyers” of humanity is an interesting thought.
  • A very special cigarette, not of this world, makes an appearance. What is THAT about? Aliens? An alternate dimension?
  • What is with the clock above the city? Only one character seems to see it and in each reference, it floats above the city. What?

Atlas Shrugged RAL

Question to ponder:

There are two teams in this book. One team believes that whatever you do, should be for the good of the people. The other team believes that everything you do, should be done for yourself and only yourself. In the beginning, I sided with the do-gooders. But now, I am siding with the selfish folk. Can  you think of an instance when being selfish is best?

Initial reactions:

The size of this book is not an issue for me. At 1200+ pages, I’ve had absolutely no trouble getting into the story and have in fact, read ahead of schedule. I have to make myself stop so that I don’t get too far ahead because this is a read-along, after all.

For those reading with me, what are your thoughts so far? Two of you are already done with it and I know a few of you just finished part one but overall, what are your thoughts about what you’ve read so far?

If you are curious about the comments going back and forth on Twitter, search on #AtlasRAL for some good entertainment.

If you need a page breakdown of the book, click here for a visual.

Next up, finish the book by August 15th. We are in the home stretch!