Monday, August 16, 2010

Keeping It Together(ish)

Really, I'm still around, just not doing anything all that exciting. Trying to keep the cogs turning when the kids are all buzzing around me. Trying to play catch up while they are away at Nana and Papa's. (Cleaning with my "new" homemade scrub...just a grated half bar of Dr. Bronner's peppermint and some Borax are now leading me to shiny sinks, tubs and toilets! Smells heavenly and refreshing and almost makes me WANT to clean. ALMOST.)

Sorting clothes, back to school shopping (online mostly as who wants to drag three little ones to stores and then actually give them CHOICES about things?? ), trying to organize, trying to purge, trying to stay cool in between.

And the real reason I haven't been in this space, or done much of anything beyond laundry and cooking (if you can call it that), is that I've been reading. I have to admit, for a girl never to be without a book as a child and a former English Lit major in college, I don't read much as an adult. (Yes, I use the term "adult" loosely, especially when it comes to literature. You'll notice all my books are "juvenile" fiction) But there is a reason for me not reading much these days and it stems around the fact that once I start,


My compulsion is to live in the world of my books. You kids need to eat? Be disciplined? You want to leave the house? Sorry, Mommy's busy with a book. You'll have to go trouble someone else. Oh, there is no one else? Drat, I shall have to put down the book and I am certain to be crabby or depressed because of it.

Hey. Some people have soap operas, I have kids' fiction.

But I'm going to have to pull the bookmark at some point here or nothing will get accomplished. In the meantime, I'm enjoying my reading adventures while I'm on a roll. The toilets will wait, right?


Theresa said...

I knew we were related :)

Anonymous said...

I read aloud to my kids way past when they could read to themselves simply for the pleasure of rereading many of my childhood favorites and trying some new kiddie lit! My favorite memories of Gram are having her read "Anne of Green Gables" to me when I was definitely old enough to read it myself.

blue china studio said...

Oh yes! Another true reader! I feel like we are a lonely bunch. I have the same problem with reading but I do not feel guilty about the compulsiveness of my addiction.

Yes, the toilets will always be there. Go read!

Melissa Crowe said...

We've read all those books! Annabelle LOVED the Benedict Society books. Have you read any Elizabeth Enright books? Oooh--I love those ones: The Saturdays, Goneaway Lake. . . I want to go reread them right now!

Sherrie said...

When I start my empty nest next week, I have lots of projects that I want/need to do but HIGH on the list is to finally sit down with a book again. I can not wait!

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Glad you are enjoying your reading, can you read to your kiddies and drag them into you books with you - they can live off snacks whilst they listen intently :-) ohh sorry I am dreaming lol!

beemahoney said...

I want my children to be away at Nana and Papa's. hehe.

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

I know the feeling. I wait all day long to read so I won't be interrupted and by the time I get a chance my eyes are drooping.
This summer I am too lazy to find a new book. I've been heading to my trusy bookshelf for old favorites.

Amber said...

The toilets can ALWAYS wait! Also, I'm so interested in this cleaning product you concocted. It really does work??

joanie said...

Ooooh, I like the sound of your homemade scrub, but don't think we have the peppermint bar in these parts :(

I'm the same with reading so I only do it when I go to bed, but then I stay up WAY too late, especially if I have a good book. Hope you're all well :)


Jen said...

I have been reading this summer also! Don't know if I'll be able to keep it up in the fall, but I hope so, because I've been really enjoying it.

Now about this cleaner... where do I buy the stuff, and will it clean a white sink that is impossible to clean?

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

When I get into a book (yours look right up my ally!), I am the same way. Your summer looks lovely, though!