Life Lately

Life lately has been very full of children, children who are off school for the summer and alternate between wanting to do everything right now and wanting to do nothing at all.

Life lately has been full of children who are constantly hungry.  If they are gone for the day at school they can't eat all the food in the house.  They are home.  They eat it all.  And they leave the dishes on the counter.  We are working on that.  Well, I am.  They are proving remarkably obtuse.

Life lately has been full of The Lymond Chronicles.  Yes, still.  I am on book four and I have reached the point where I am ignoring everything else including the books I have requested from the library.  The constant feeding of hungry children is interfering with my reading time.  The nerve of those kids.

Life lately has been full of summer food.  Fruit salad, hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, too much ice cream, corn on the cob.

Life lately has involved my, probably doomed, attempt to become a runner.  I never run.  I hate running.  I have suddenly decided to take up running.  It is very confusing.  What is even more confusing is that I am finding it strangely satisfying.

Life lately has involved writing blog posts I am not sure I will ever publish.  I might, it is just a bit scary.  The writing was cathartic though.

Life lately has involved realizing that my daughter is growing up and I am not sure what to do about it.  Where is my bright, sunny little girl and what am I supposed to do with this changeling who cries at the drop of a hat?

Life lately has seen me sitting by the pool chatting to my dad while my daughter swims.  He is retired now so we see a lot more of him.  It is nice.

Life lately has meant I have had to continually talk myself out of buying books.  I keep seeing fantastic recommendations on blogs and I want them but I can't buy all the books all the time.  Feel free to convince me otherwise.

Life lately has seen my son accidentally getting the exact same haircut he had when he was five.  He isn't very good at describing what he wants so he ended up with a very short cut.  He hates it but it makes me smile because every time I look at him I see my little boy instead of the 6'1'' giant he has turned into.

Life lately has meant I made plans with one of my oldest, best friends to meet for lunch.  We live a ways away from each other and this doesn't happen very often.  It makes me happy and I can't wait.

What has life lately been like for you?


  1. Of course here I am to comment on Lymond :) I don't think I drew breath from half-way through Pawn in Frankincense to the end of Checkmate. I am really thinking it's time to pick up the Chronicles myself again!

    I talked myself out of buying a book on-line today. I'll probably go back & buy it tomorrow - so no help here, sorry.

    I have a friend who suddenly (it seemed to me) decided to train for marathons. I walk most days, but I'm not drawn to running yet.

    1. I haven't had as much time to read lately and it is driving me a bit crazy because I just want to know what happens. I know there must be a twist in there somewhere, there always seems to be a twist. Maybe if I neglect all my responsibilities I can finish book four today....

      I have books in an on-line cart and I keep getting e-mails reminding me about them. I'll cave at some point.

      Marathons, oh my. I will be happy if I can run for 30 minutes on the treadmill. Who am I kidding? I'll be happy if I can run for 10. I probably won't keep it up but I'll enjoy it while it lasts.

    2. It's Dorothy Dunnett, there will be twist after twist after twist, until you don't know if you're coming or you're going :)

  2. Life lately has been an avalanche of work. It's jolly good that I love the work and the environment of my office. The same load on a job I detest would be soul-crushing, but because I love the job, work feels fulfilling.

    Life lately is constantly thinking what a difference one year can make. 2015 was an awful, terrible, no-good year but 2016 has been nothing but kind and giving.

    If there's one blip it would be reading much less than usual. But I have the week off starting Wednesday for the Lebaran holidays and so I will rekindle my relationship with my one true love: BOOKS!

    1. I am glad to hear that this year is so much better for you and that you have a job you enjoy. That makes such a difference.

      Enjoy your week off. I hope you get lots of relaxation and lots of reading. I look forward to hearing about all the books you get through.