The Sunday Salon: Life, It Is a Challenge

Sunday Salon

Without going into too much detail, life has been a tad challenging of late. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t bringing me down. It is, and I try to get through the work week so that I can recover over the weekend but this past week was less than stellar and I find myself dwelling over stuff which is something I do not like to do.

It’s not something horrible or anything like that, it’s just been a struggle lately. Work. Kids. The juggling is getting to me. I try very hard to be a good parent but at times I feel as if I am not getting through.

So, to distract myself from life, I’ve buried myself in this book:

House of Leaves

This is a BIZARRE read. The story is terrifying and yes, it is classified as horror, but the format is so odd. It’s pieced together in such a way that requires the reader to figure it out. You’ll be reading one character’s story and then with a subtle change of font, you are suddenly reading someone else’s point of view. One page could have just one word on it. Another page could have several but in a circle pattern. Another reader on Facebook said it was difficult to navigate and that is what you have to do, navigate the story. But, it’s perfect for my mood right now.

What is going on this week? Well, The Boy turns 15! FIFTEEN. Who can believe it? Certainly, not me. He’s got a lot going on on his actual birthday so we are taking him out Tuesday night for dinner. Unfortunately, he also has an appointment to get his wisdom teeth out this Friday. Poor planning but when you don’t have any time to do anything, you take what you can get and this Friday is it. At least it will be over and done with.

I’ve also started the dreaded back to school shopping. I know! I know! It’s way too early, isn’t it? But they start school in like four weeks and it’s creeping up on me. I hope to finish it up within the next two weeks because I cannot stand the crowds right before school starts. And you want to know what made me really happy? The fact that the school district finally put all that personal info online! No more paperwork the first day of school! You can’t believe how happy that makes me.

Okay, now for the regular stuff.

What ELSE am I reading?

House of Leaves is my main squeeze but I am also reading Reconstructing Amelia. I must say, it’s growing on me but it does seem a little juvenile. I have no idea if it’s classified as Young Adult but it does feel that way.

What am I cooking?

I am so tired of food. If my kids didn’t need to eat I think I’d skip it. So, although the weather is quite odd and thunderstorms have been mentioned, I am not cooking chili or soup or anything like that. Instead, we will be eating chicken and rice for dinner. Sort of boring but with all the snacking we do at Concerts at the Park, food in general feels overrated.

What am I watching?

I have been on a cleaning jag but while cleaning, I am watching Something’s Gotta Give. I WANT that house. It’s so gorgeous.

Something's Gotta Give House

Isn’t it dreamy?

What are you up to today?

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36 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Life, It Is a Challenge”

  1. Loved that house too when I watched the movie! Hang in there. I won’t lie to you and say it gets better just different challenges as they get older. Mine is about 5 weeks from college and never comes home because he wants to be with his friends, has an attitude, and expects Mom to clean up after him. Growing pains! I’m not sure if I could stick it out with the format of that book. Have a great week!

    1. I am seriously dragging myself around these days. It’s totally bringing me down. I know it gets better at some point but I just don’t have the energy these days to be optimistic about it. Thanks for the kind words.

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  2. I’m up to about 5-foot, 7-inches still. Not growing, you know. 😉

    Sorry, I can’t resist sometimes (okay, all the time). Seriously, though, I was up to a little reading and napping today.

    Also sorry to hear about the struggling and juggling. Hope it gets better soon for you.

  3. Life can be a pain at times. You’re giving your kids a good foundation – they may challenge you at times, but they’ll come back to what you’ve taught them.

    1. Thanks. In my head, I know this but it’s difficult to remember after a week/weekend like the one I just had.

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  4. I agree with Kathy…it really does pay off. My two oldest ones are out of the house and they do come back. They do realize the sacrifices you’ve made, and when you need them, they will be there for you just as you have for them. Both of my girls were so patient, loving and protective after I had my surgery this summer, and like me, none of those adjectives fits either one of them under normal circumstances ;P Work was just about to do me in by the end of the semester in May. I gave back the two classes I had been assigned to teach for the summer and haven’t stepped foot on campus for 2 months. It feels sooooo good. We do start back up mid-August, and I’m not looking forward to it, but I’ll have to figure out some ways to deal with it…I need to plan on going to work, doing what I can do, and then coming home. Period. Hang in there 🙂

    1. I am at the point where I don’t think they will ever understand the sacrifices made. It’s depressing and I hardly ever get depressed.

      Hope your return to work goes smoothly. I am usually okay for the first few weeks but then I get worn down by the routine of everything.

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  5. You and your book recommendations! I’m not making any forward progress! Listen I hear you on the juggling. My head is almost hanging and I’m dragging my feet towards the inevitable back to school crap. The first month of school is always frigging awful. We have less than a month left in the summer and do you think my son has done ANYTHING towards his online math exercises or summer reading? No! I’m losing it. Anyway. I’m ready to stand back and let him crash and burn.

    1. Yep. We are in the same crash and burn place. Summer reading just started with 25 pages and replace your son’s math with my son’s history and we are once again looking into a mirror. I would like very much to step back. But the end result is not one that can be fixed easily and that would create more problems I think. THEY don’t see that of course.

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  6. Okay, your comments on House of Leaves has now piqued my interest, big time. I think that the more dark and disturbing a novel is, the more I am drawn to it. (I have no idea what that says about me.)

    I feel your pain on all the juggling. I feel so ashamed that I cooked on meal last week for the kids. One. The rest of the time, I picked up something on the way home from H’s dance classes. With Jim out of town, working, the heat, and just feeling somewhat down, I couldn’t find a way to make it all work. The juggling is getting old, and I was hoping for a break from it this summer, but that is definitely not in the cards. Oh well, from what everyone says, we will be thinking back on these days and wishing we were still in the throes of them.

    Good luck, my dear, and I hope you can get out of your funk this week!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I cooked one real meal and the rest were like what single people eat: sandwiches, cereal and instant soup. How sad! I am just not in the mood!

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    1. Oh yes! The Alec Baldwin movie, It’s Complicated. I love that one and there is a great house in that movie too.

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  7. That house! Holy cats. Gorgeous 😀

    Happy birthday to your “little” man. My son turned 15 this summer as well. Sigh, time flies and all of that.

    Sorry to hear you’ve had a difficult week. I hope you have a much better one this time around. I’m waving my no-stress wand over you and yours 🙂 I’ve realized that the weather VERY much affects my mood. It was disgustingly hot here for a string of days and it made me a cranky, sweaty, crabby, not-so-nice person.

    1. Thank you got waving your no-stress wand. I guess the weather could have something to do with my mood. It’s rainy and humid. It’s certainly not helping any. I am usually a very upbeat persona and a couple of times a year I feel blue. I don’t usually feel blue now but with all these teenage drama (Good Lord!) it’s come early.

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  8. Hope things start to get to get better soon. The parenting thing can be the most incredible thing – in both good and bad ways. As moms, we give up so much of ourselves and our time for them and they don’t really understand that until they are much older. Good luck with everything and happy birthday to The Boy!

    1. Thank you. He was a really easy baby and toddler so I suppose he is making up for it now. Does that mean that The Girl will be an easy teen? Because she was quite the bear when little.

  9. Hopefully this coming week will be better than your last. Being a parent is hard work!
    I see from your sidebar that you are reading A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams….I loved it! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

    1. Thank you, Tina. This parenting stuff doesn’t get easier as I go along. I don’t remember so much teen angst when I was a teen.

      Anyway, A Hundred Summers has languished on my shelf for too long. I started it and then promptly stopped because my mood is all over the place, but I plan to pick it up again this week.

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  10. I am sorry stuff sucks right now! I get it. With kids who are active there never really seems to be any down town (she says sitting in a dark hotel room in NYC preparing for a dance convention). I hope you get the time and relaxation you need, if only for 30 minutes a day 🙂

    1. I need a little road trip. Something to break up the routine but The Boy get his wisdom teeth out this Friday so it won’t be happening this weekend.

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  11. Oh my…I am always sad when you are down…but I was depressed yesterday, too…and BORED! I am never bored…I have to think about this and try to figure it out…sigh!

    1. I was bored too! I never get bored. I had cleaned everything, watched a couple of movies and just could not settle down. I went to bed early and did not sleep one week. I am totally wired right now too.

      Sigh.

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    1. House of Leaves scares me too. It’s funny because when people are down, they reach for comfort reads. When I am down, I read for darkness. LOL. Makes me feel better. I know, so strange!

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    1. Your funk probably has to do with post-vacation stuff. On the one hand, it’s good to be home but with home comes all the other day-to-day stuff. I get like this a couple of times a year, but usually not this early. The teen has thrown me over the edge!

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  12. I’ve seen House of Leaves recommended a thousand times, and (I think) I’ve actually bought a copy and tried a bit of it. Now I’ll be interested in seeing your thoughts on it.

    1. Lots have bought a copy but not many have actually read it.I am at a part now where it is boggling my mind to figure out who is saying what. I am going to stick with it but it’s getting more confusing the deeper I go. People online that have read it said the book changed them in ways that they cannot explain. Do I want to be changed? Only time will tell.

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  13. House of Leaves is SO weird. I read it when I was 22 or so, and I loooooved its weirdness. Very creepy too. I’ve never been able to get into this other stuff. Only Revolutions made this one look like a walk in the park.

  14. House of Leaves seems to be making the rounds again…I’ve heard good and bad about the book and its format — some love it and others completely despise it. I’m glad its perfect for your mood.

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