Me, to Jesse: I want to quit my job.
Jesse: WHAT? You love that job. What happened?
Me (laughing): Oh, not THAT job. My other one. My unpaid one.
I was only kidding, but I also told my mom that the only reason I could keep working is because I found something that I love enough to make it worth it. I have zero understanding of how full time working families do it. (My mom says they have fewer hobbies and less of an obsession with things being just so.)
May was just a month. Lovely and fast and too full and exhausting.
June feels a bit that way too. Abram is now a freshman. V has their last day of school today before becoming a junior. I am officially the mother of two high schoolers. I have two detail things to finish (a runner for the stairs and pocket door hardware) and a lot of painting and then I will be unpacking boxes and reorganizing paces and returning our basement to a teen hang out. We’ve been so hot, and dry, and hazy from Quebec wildfires. Temp are supposed to cool down this week, but there is still little to no rain in the forecast and every morning we get a new air quality alert.
Let’s talk things.
Watching: Succession. I’m glad it’s over. I didn’t like a single character but felt compelled to keep watching. I loved The Diplomat and the last episode of Ted Lasso. (The rest of the season felt meh, but I love all the characters so much.) I also watching Missing on Netflix one night while knitting away. It’s not my usual fare, but held my interest.
Knitting: I’m working on Jesse’s socks. Finished one. Almost at the heel on the second. I think I’m going to try and do at least one pair of socks a month this year. I owe so many people socks! I also really want to get the sheep pillow finished at some point this year.
Reading: Yellowface by R. F. Kuang (I stayed up too late to finish this. The main character is truly horrible and yet I liked and rooted for her. I loved it.), When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo (weird and beautiful) Horse by Geraldine Brooks (beautifully written, a little heavy handed at times early on, but I thought the ending was very well done), Chorus by Rebecca Kauffman (the person who recommended it called it “quiet” and that was such a good descriptor. It’s also very sweet.) Heartburn by Nora Ephron (very strong voice, but otherwise unimpressed). I’m also slowly reading Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond and trying to get more time to read The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (VERY sad. VERY good.) Since goodreads is Amazon, I’m trying to transition to using The Storygraph, if you want to follow along with what I’m reading.
Making: The garden is in and sprouting. The heat has definitely upped the weed pressure so I’m impatiently waiting for the plants to get a little bit bigger to help keep those at bay. My carrots did well until I thinned them but now I have no carrots. I think the heat fizzled them out but the beans and tomatoes are growing. I smile every time I see my zinnias getting a little larger and I’ve got my fingers crossed for my pumpkins. I have the worst luck with pumpkins.
So that’s me. Would love to hear how are doing and what you have been -ing the last few weeks!