Last night felt like a busy, but fun, start to the weekend. Asher had received an invite to play laser tag right after school at a local bowling alley with the 5 other boys in his school cohort (same boys that are together all day, every day- plus masked). He was really happy to get to go do something SOCIAL!! (outside of school).
Then he had swim practice, so I drove him out to that….It was a ~25 minute drive, then 1 hour practice, then ~25 minutes home. It was a beautiful evening and I “should have” gone for a walk…but instead I sat in the car and finished my book! I read the entire hour without stopping and it was wonderful.
I’m officially DONE with The Bear and the Nightingale trilogy! I LOVED THESE!! Honestly, this is definitely outside of a genre/ book style I would normally read (it’s almost like a fairy tale?), but I’m soooooo glad I branched out! I just loved them. So magical and enchanting! I loved the characters- especially the wild, fiery, strong female lead.
Just shows, it pays to try new things. 🙂 (Also- it is one of the rare books/series I have read that has overwhelmingly ALL mostly very positive reviews on Goodreads.)
After swim, we all went downtown for dinner. I have been downtown literally a handful of times (if that) since the pandemic started! It was fun to see the Capitol again (always have to take a picture….add it to the collection….). We went to dinner with Ivan’s Mom at the old Mexican restaurant I waitressed at for 3 years during college. It is also where I met Ivan! His cousin worked there too when I started, and we met through him. (The restaurant has been in Madison for YEARS and years.)
BUT- we recently learned that the entire block where the restaurant is has been sold off and will be bulldozed to put up a massive apartment complex!!!!!! (seriously?? another one?? They will also be taking out an indie bookstore, other bar/restaurants and more….ugh.)
We feel kind of devastated about this, since this restaurant just holds a little piece of our story and history. Plus, we personally know the owners and its fun to go back now and then. 😭😭SO. SAD.
Rest of Weekend Plans:
-catch up on a little work (~2 hours) I deferred on yesterday afternoon so I could wrap up early…
-update our finance spreadsheet
-Ethan- soccer game at 4:00
-Ivan maybe going to buy some new shorts for the boys?
-hopefully a walk + workout combo both days
-clean the basement! (just like straighten, dust, vacuum…nothing crazy)
-frantically try to read as much as possible of The Giver of Stars before book club on Monday. Oops. Failed on timing that one….
Thought of the Day:
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.
I am grateful for stumbling back across the Deep Questions podcast…I think I had listened to this once before, but then I somehow forgot about it. The other day it was suggested for me in my Podcast app and I tried it- and now I have been binging on it all week! I really like his calm, practical approach to things.