What I’ve Been Up To and What I’ve Been Reading

Palm Desert Sunny
Palm Desert when it's sunny!

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.


13 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Up To and What I’ve Been Reading”

  1. So sorry about the weather. I would love to go to Palm Springs. You are so lucky to live in beautiful California! I am trying to read Fly Away Home but can’t make it through a few pages each night before I am asleep:)

    I think I am going to put the short story book on my to read list.

  2. Ugh, rain with kids is so hard because you have to keep them entertained inside. I always dreaded rainy days as a teacher. However, am I a freak if I say I LOVE the weather right now? Cozy, cozy, cozy makes it feel like Fall. 🙂

    Wolf Hall is very hard to get through, but you will feel oh-so-good about yourself when you do!

  3. I don’t even dare TRY Wolf Hall. I know exactly where you are coming from on the Wi-Fi-less vacation. It is nice, but the itchy lack of it is always in the back of your mind. It is also very very hard to read anything on a family vacation. Glad that you are back!

  4. Looks beautiful Ti. Not a bad idea disconnecting now and then. I so want to read the Job Clinch book: Kings of the Earth –hope u love it.

  5. Nothing worse than a vacation hampered by bad weather.

    And you’ve got a lot of reading to do, Missy! The “Everything Is Going To Be Great” book will go by real fast … it is very funny (but very raunchy … don’t let your kids see it!)

  6. My parents have a place in Palm Springs. It’s so pretty there..usually. Sorry to hear about the weather for you. Yuck. And it is kind of nice to be disconnected for a bit, but you do feel a little too disconnected after a while.

  7. Good luck with your reading! It’s frustrating when you go on a trip and things don’t go according to plan, but it sounds like you still managed to have some fun.

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