What I read: This week I have been reading All the Light We Cannot See. I generally love reading all fiction and nonfiction books related to WWII and this book was no exception. If you have read The Nightingale and liked it, then you probably would enjoy this book as well. Both books are extremely well written and captivating from the very first page. I personally feel that All the Light We Cannot See was a little more dark in places but still managed to be enjoyable (not sure if that is the right word choice because nothing was happy about this book!)
Emma (15 years old) is reading The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion (Book #3). **If you loved Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, you would enjoy this series.
Ben (8 years old) is reading Judy Moody Around the World in 8 1/2 Days and The Wizard of Oz (***In full disclosure we hated this book!!!! It was gory and overall the characters were not lovable in any sense of the word. Did you know that the Tinman used to be human until the witch cursed him and he began to chop off his body parts???? Yes really! The munchkins, winkies, and the flying monkeys were slaves to the evil witches as well. And when any of her friends were in trouble, Dorothy was like “Oh well, I hope we see them again…” Ben kept saying, “This was supposed to be a kid’s book!”)
What I watched: I am currently watching Season 10 of Murdoch Mysteries, finished the latest season of Grantchester on Prime, and started the latest season of Endeavour. **I love mysteries.
Struggles this week:
-Insomnia. I frequently have bouts of waking up super early in the morning (like 2-3 am) and this past week has been a doozy.
-Staying up until 11pm holding my son Ben as he talked to me about his fears over the corona virus (to give you a point of reference, he generally falls asleep by 8:30) Does anyone else’s children wait until bedtime to unleash all of their worries on their parents? Of course, then this mama stays up all night worrying because that solves everything:(
Blessings this week:
-My husband finally came home from a work trip. I am very happy to have everyone back under one roof.
-Getting to visit two of my sisters and dropping off some goodies to perk up spirits. **We only visited outside and no one touched anyone!
-Having an impromptu book swap with my sister so now our kids have over a dozen new books to enjoy. (We are missing the library)
-The kids washed our cars in between rainy days.
-My mom and I have been sharing food items that we couldn’t find in the stores with each other and talking on the phone lots.
-Our biggest blessing is that we have not been sick and I hope that we keep it that way.
Things I learned:
-That my daughter needs to talk to one of her friends everyday to keep her sanity. Apparently her brother doesn’t count:)
-That isolation is not so bad when you are with the people you love….and have a great internet connection.
-That the bad times highlight the fact that there are so many good and helpful people in the world. It makes this awful situation so much easier to bear, knowing that we are all pulling together.
Something I was happy to accomplish this week:
-Finished a puzzle with my children and looking forward to the four more we have left to do. **In full disclosure, Emma and I did 99% of the work, but Ben watched and talked to us…so that counts!
-Deep cleaned our bathrooms
Funny things that happened:
-As my kids were hankered down in the bathtub waiting for the tornado warning to pass, Ben says, “This is kinda fun. We should do this more often.”
-I ran into Target to get a few things we needed and saw a woman shopping with her husband. He kept prompting her that it was time to leave and then would walk off and start yelling “Marco” and the wife would respond, “Polo”. I smiled a sympathetic smile, and then she leaned over (at a safe distance) and said something like, “I might have to kill him before this is over”. #TheStruggleIsReal
This is one of my favorite memes of the week:
Stay safe and try to keep on laughing!