Lo! Hark! And all those other angelic proclamations!
The temperature has finally, finally dipped below 90 degrees in our corner of the world. We are celebrating by finding long pants (Thomas currently has two pairs) and by PLAYING OUTSIDE.
It's the best idea ever. No, really.
There is no time to waste. Now is the season where we live off peanut butter sandwiches and whatever else I can cram into a lunchbox.
Thomas is so in love with his friend, L., right now. He asks to see him (or go to his house) nearly every day. It's the sweetest thing, except for when I plan to do anything else except for hanging out with L. and his mama.
Either way, I want to hang a sign on my door, "Out of the office". We are not home. We are PLAYING.
As for me, I'm busy planning a day trip to see my beloved Carrie and her girls, hanging out with Beaux's family this weekend,enrolling Thomas back into Mother's Morning Out (because I need my ALONE TIME) and I keep plotting to share what I've been reading with you. Here's a short list:
1) Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Wow. This book sucked me in from the first page, even if I was unsure if I was going to like the story. Dark, twisted murder stories aren't my forte, but Libby Day is an unflinching narrator. Let's just say this isn't a book to read while you eat your lunch but it's a gripping read, for sure.
2) Lost City Of Z by David Grann. This one took me awhile to plug through, not because it wasn't good, but it just took awhile. It was fascinating to learn about the explorer Colonel Fawcett and his many explorations of the Amazon. It's all nonfiction but there are some chapters written from the point of view of Colonel Fawcett, which really was unnecessary, but somewhat amusing. If you want to read something nonfiction that's not a straight memoir or biography, this is a good choice. Plus, you learn a lot about the Amazon. From what I have learned, I have no desire to visit the Amazon, unless I can travel in a self-sustaining cloud of bug spray.
3) The Magicians by Lev Grossman. *cue angelic singing* Now THIS, my friends, is a read. If you consider yourself even a halfway Harry Potter enthusiast, you should read this book. Even if you hate Harry Potter, you might like to try it out. Beaux actually read this before I did (because he bought it for me and then decided he wanted to read it, too, not to mention he's read the Harry Potter series multiple times over) and also enjoyed it. This is definitely not a children's book by any stretch of the imagination. I am very excited to know there's a sequel coming out next year.
4) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Okay, I just picked this up today from the library. There's a lot of buzz about the movie based on the book right now. I heard an interview with the author and the director on NPR and then was seized with one of those dangerous moods I get, to drive to the nearest bookstore and buy the book immediately. I settled with putting it on hold at the library, obviously, and am just a few pages in.
See, I love to write about what I'm reading, but always sound like such a goof when I do. I never want to give away too much, and what I it boils down to is: "I liked this very much! I want you to read it, too, so we can talk about it!"
In the meantime, you know where to find us. We're planning a whole tour of local playgrounds. Waste not the golden days of early fall!