Folks. For kicky giggles, I've been weighing myself at the end of the weeks, often, just to see if this "running thing" is actually all that and (enough calories to afford eating) a bag of chips. I've slid back into the previous decade on the scale, so I guess I'll keep on keepin' on. That's not actually why I've been running, or at least it's about at the pinky on my hand 'cause I'm a believer in things are what they are, amen. But at the same time, if the numbers go down a snitch, how 'bout that?! Who knew that logging the miles meant the cinnamon rolls still taste delicious and don't sit so heavy on the hips? Pretty much everyone.
We're squeezing out all of the goodness that is Spring Break part II (SBII), which has had some glorious moments. Allow me to gush.
1. The boy took over half of the dropping off & picking up of children duties. He missed a turn the second morning & apparently heard about it from the Younger 'cause "that's not the right way to school."
2. I had a coffee date on Wednesday, whereupon the boy across from me spent time looking up information on a house for sale that he drove by. He overlooked the fact that I drive by these houses every day. I already know the knows about these things.
3. My mom called in the middle of our date, and when I called her back, I coyly intimated that "I was on a date with my boyfriend." Now I'm covered. No one will question me in the future should I ever want to take another boy out on the town.
4. Baseball started this week! It's been a lousy week in the records column, but for the first week of the season, it's still pretty great!!!
5. Not only have I skitched my driving duties, but I've largely ignored the Younger on at least 2 occasions when I pretty much forgot that I had children at all. This introvert needs some chunks of time like that once upon a season.
6. The boy had minimal track stuff this week. It's been a nice week of farewell before we'll see him again at the end of May. Maybe June, depending.
In the meanwhile, I've been making a more concerted effort to read, starting with The Word Detective by John Simpson. If you're into WORDS and all things OED (Oxford English Dictionary) - because who isn't? - then this is an enjoyable read. And the dude is all together willing to make fun of himself in an entirely British sort of way. And I like that.
But, gentle readers. The last time I went to the library intending to get 1 or maybe 2 books, I accidentally checked out 8. I'm still just in #1 (though #8 is a cookbook all about cupcakes so I've tasted that a bit, too). It's oy vey difficult to find time to chew up some reading and still see my boys.
Life is a constant push and pull scenario. Woe, woe, woe is me.
Coming up next includes a memoir by a woman who grew up with a thief for a dad (but she didn't know it), some fluffy fiction because I figure it's been a year and maybe it's time that I remember what a good story is, and a couple of looks at some historical moments/people of whom and about whom I know absolutely nothing.
And on that note, allow us to pause for a moment in honor of a couple of spunky gals - Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I read Sotomayor's memoir a few weeks back, and trust you me when I say that it's not political at all. She makes a point to stop right where most just begin to know who she is. Her life, like so many, is nothing short of extraordinary and que interesante - an excellent read for anyone who needs a sample of a woman in charge of her own destiny. I just finished The Notorious RBG last week (prompting my ill-fated trip to the library), and it's. just. delightful. There's no gloss, no veneer, no political tom foolery. It's just about what makes RBG so notorious - another thoughtful work about a woman we should all wish to know.
So that's what's been going down and what's coming up in real time these next few days. Also, my cat has wretched breath and is about to get booted off my lap. The nightly struggle...