This past week has made me so proud to be an American. I’m an Olympic Junkie. I cheer our athletes from my family room as if they were my children breaking world records. I weep almost every time I hear our country’s national anthem. I’ve been enthralled by each athlete’s personal story. I’m all in. My children keep laughing at me, but I don’t care. I’m inspired and grateful to be reminded how wonderful the American spirit really is, especially during the ridiculous political season.
Some favorite moments: Lilly King beating some Russian ass. The two runners in the 1500m race who helped each other up after colliding during a race (although poor Abby D’Agostino has a torn ACL and meniscus). Laurie Hernandez’s smile on the podium. Aly Raisman’s parents whenever they’re on camera. The shrieks from the Final Five when they realized Zac Ephron was in da house! The death glare on Phelps face when le Clos was taunting him in the waiting area.
My kids have been back in school for almost two weeks, so we’re settling into our routine. We’re not at full throttle yet, as many extracurricular activities don’t start until September. As much as I dreaded the start of school, I welcome the return to routine. As with every August, I’m reenergized and ready to get organized, take better care of myself (and the family) and sleep more. This is the first back to school season since I went back to work, so that’s been a bit of an adjustment. But we’re off to a good start.
Cammy, 3rd grade
Aud 6th grade (middle school!) & Bear, 8th grade
Bear’s even taller than me when I’m in heels!
I’ve been watching a lot of television. Aside from the Olympics, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Stars Hollow. Yes, I’m finally on the Gilmore Girls bandwagon. I felt left out after reading so many excited blogs about the upcoming NetFlix Gilmore Girls movie. This coincided with Audrey’s request for us to find a mother-daughter show to watch together. She and her dad spent the spring and early summer binge watching Once Upon a Time, and she decided we needed to have a similar bonding experience. Gilmore Girls seemed to fit the bill. I was excited – until Aud bailed after the first episode. I kid you not. So now I’m up late, by-myself, getting to know Rory and Lorelei. No spoilers please! I have a ways to go and most likely won’t be done with the series by the time the movies are released, but I don’t care. I’m enjoying it.
Because of work and travel we missed all the summer movies. The only one I saw was The Angry Birds Movie (I took Camden and Bear and then fell asleep halfway through). I have a lot of catching up to do. I’m dying to see Me Before You. Have you seen it? Please tell me it’s good – and that doesn’t veer to far from the book. Others on my to-see summer make-up list: Bourne Ultimatum, Bad Moms, and Ghostbusters.
I’ve been reading and listening to books all summer, but really haven’t found any that have blown me away. It’s weird, but in the last couple months I haven’t LOVED a book passionately enough to give it five star on Goodreads. Y’all know that I’m fast and easy with my five star ratings. My last five star book was from early June (Emily Giffin’s latest novel). Some of my books from July & August: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosan, The Children by Ann Leary, The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close and The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger – all solid fours. Have you read anything lately that you love? I’m taking recommendations.
I’m been compiling my road trip superlatives and I’m not sure if I should share them. Do you all really care? Or is it superfluous and braggy of me to share my favorite (and not-so favorite) places from our road trip? I’m feeling a little self-conscious about it, because I don’t want to offend anyone. Thoughts?
Speaking of road trips – I attempted to begin the process of planning for next year and I’m not feeling the excitement I usually do when I open my atlas. I’m quite overwhelmed, really. I’m not sure I have the energy to do it again. We already decided that next summer is the last road trip. The kids are getting older and I think they long for a more traditional summer. My working has also added to my ambivalence. Getting the time off won’t be easy – and I’ll need some serious time to complete the last few states to reach all 48 contiguous states. And then there’s the money. Maybe we should just spend a week at the beach. I don’t know. And yes, I know, first world problems.
In the meantime, I have cross country to keep me busy. Hunter’s first big meet is this weekend. And before I know it it’ll be Labor Day and Audrey’s birthday and the leaves will start to change. Another summer in the books I’m afraid.
I almost forgot! The HerStories Project’s Voices column will be back in September. We’re taking submissions now – you can find the details here. Our first theme is “Friendship.” And don’t forget, The HerStories Project pays $40 per column!
It’s Friday – and this is a link up with Finish the Sentence Friday, hosted by Kristi at Finding Ninee. Read her sweet post right here.