Last week we went north. We swam, and kayaked, and paddle boarded, and caught frogs, and had adventures, and played legos, and colored pictures, and…argued. It was a really fun time, but not all the time. We’ve been on top of each other for close to six months without an end to look forward to yet, and my kids are in their adolescence. It’s just the reality of the situation. At one point, after listening to them bicker while swimming, I went up to the fire pit…with their towels. When asked if I could please leave the towels, I told them towels were for kids who knew how to get along. I feel no remorse.
Knitting: I didn’t do as much as I had planned but I did manage to finally finish the evergreen socks. I love how they turned out. I’m also working on the scarf I started a few weeks back.
Watching: I didn’t watch much while up at the cabin, but I did rewatch Hamilton on Disney+. I haven’t finished watching Weeds, but I think I’m finished watching Weeds. I’m trying to go to bed earlier so I can get up earlier meaning most of my television watching has to be children appropriate.
Reading: I finished Euphoria (★★★★☆) by Lily King and The Night Swim ★★☆☆☆) by Megan Goldin. I loved Euphoria but The Night Swim was a slog. The story was okay. Could have been great. But I kept getting caught up on the editing. There were a couple of times where I felt there were story inconsistencies and another time a paragraph began with the same sentence that ended the previous paragraph. It’s fiddly but it was enough that I almost one starred it. I’m currently reading Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner. I’m not feeling it.
Making: We did tie-dye. These popsicles are going to be cooling us down on this horridly hot and humid week. I’m going to have a whole slew of green beans from the garden in a couple of days and I’m tempted to try and make dilly beans. The final adjustments to the school room before the kids start next week. (I am not ready). Phone calls – on behalf of Jacob Blake, Breonna Taylor, the USPS. I don’t know if it makes a difference to anyone but me, but doing something keeps me from feeling despair. So I do it.
What are you -ing this week?