Monday Update #4 (A day late…again!)

What can I say? Yesterday was a holiday AND school started today – for my kids (YAY!) and for ME (meh), so I’ve been busy, busy, busy. But did I mention that my kids are back in school?!?!? Right at this moment, I am sitting in my house…by myself. By. My. Self. And it’s quiet. QUIET. I’ve made phone calls, followed up on emails, confirmed appointments, did some homework…and I still have 3 hours before I have to think about going to get them.

But in all seriousness, as much as I have been dying to have time to get things done, to make phone calls in peace, and so on, it actually gets harder every year for me to send my kids back to school. It’s truly bittersweet. With my oldest, I was so young, I had no idea what the future held, but I was also really busy working my buns off and being a single parent. Honestly, I just don’t remember feeling anything but happy about her growing up, enjoying it, relishing each stage. Now, maybe because I’m older, because I know I’m done having children, because who knows why…I get a little verklempt about my babies growing up. Every year, more and more of the “baby” falls away and is replaced by “kidness”. It isn’t so much that I don’t want them to grow up, or that I don’t enjoy this stage, it’s just that I mourn the last stage in a way I hadn’t before. I’m not sitting here shedding tears about it, but dropping them off was two parts “yay” and one part melancholy. Being a parent is full of weird emotions. 😉

Now that my confessional is over, here’s a bit about my reading life the past week:

Finished:

Started:

Next up is likely to be:

Of course, I’m trying to give in to mood reading, within certain parameters (see how Warlight got pushed a week? The Hours called to me!), so what’s next is flexible. As far as new approvals, I’m trying (so, so, so hard!) to stay away from new requests. I have got to get my galley pile wrangled, people!

Hope everyone has a fabulous reading week! Can’t wait to find out what you’ve been up to. 🙂

4 Replies to “Monday Update #4 (A day late…again!)”

  1. Glad you are enjoying some alone time. It is hard when you spend all your time with others and do not get to concentrate on yourself. Enjoy and do not worry about mixed emotions, that is part of being a mom.

    • Thanks! It can be challenging, especially if you’re the kind of person who needs a lot of down time to recharge (introvert here!). But you make do, and then take naps and read when you can. 😀

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