Out by me, the kids have what is called “fall break” but this year, The Boy’s break was only two days long so we headed to Palm Desert for a weekend getaway. We also went to celebrate The Girl’s 7th birthday which is later this week. Usually this is the perfect time of year to visit. The temps are usually cooler but the skies are still blue and the sunsets are brilliant.
Well…not this time. It started with a flash flood on the way there (no pics of it) and then there was a lot of lightning which made swimming difficult even though it was a warm 95 degrees. We spent a lot of time shopping and eating, which may sound wonderful but it wasn’t the plan. Even with the rain I didn’t really get to spend much time reading. My tote bag was full of books as was my Kindle, but there were only two books that I read from and that was only once the kids crashed. I didn’t make much progress in either one of them.
Oh, and did I mention that there was no Wi-Fi? To be honest, it was nice to take a break from all of the devices that keep me connected during a normal week but I missed you all. I worried about your out-of-state moves, your four-legged friends, your kids, their kids, your health issues, etc. I’m glad to be back so I can re-connect with all of you.
On a reading note, here is what I must read within the next few weeks, and if I left one or two out it’s not surprising as I am going from memory (which is not always good).
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver ( loving it)
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (so, so hard to get through)
Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch (loved his first book, Finn so I am looking forward to this one)
Everything is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert (a memoir of Shukert’s grand tour of Europe)
The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell (Zombies!! Lots of zombies!)
Sunset Park by Paul Auster (loved Invisible, this one comes out 11/9/10)
The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy (a delicious collection of short stories)
Black Hills by Dan Simmons (love Simmons but having a hard time getting into this one)
In addition to all of this reading, I have to write a paper on the poems from lit class. Yep, the lit class that I missed this week because of my weekend getaway. Don’t you worry. I’ll get it all done. I always do.
Hope your week is going well so far.