It's very strange, for me, to live in a place where it doesn't rain for 5 or 6 months out of the year. 5 or 6 months IN A ROW. No showers, no thunderstorms, no drops of water from the sky.
It has started raining today, a slight pitter-patter on the glass ceiling of our sun room (which currently houses our cupboard full of Costco-sized purchases of bottled water, "sparkly" water (Jack's words) and Gatorade), as well as all the pool toys stacked on a wire baker's rack. Because we are FANCY WITH OUR SUN ROOM.) and it makes it peaceful in here. Soon we will be able to use the firewood we purchased this summer to take full advantage of our fireplace.
I've been reading a lot. I joined a book club and it's been fantastic. Sure the meetings are two hours long and we talk about the book for a total of 15 minutes. But THAT'S THE POINT. Two hours with a group of adult women, eating delicious cinnamon rolls and talking shit about our children. That's basically the definition of a book club, as far as I'm concerned.
Speaking of reading, I've learned that our library is participating in the borrowing of e-books. I'm beyond excited about this. I love my Kindle. Loooooooove. I also read very quickly and with the Kindle I currently have the option to just hit Menu and buy a new book when I'm done with the old. It is very awesome and very dangerous. Since I've had my Kindle (thanks, Dad!), it's pretty much all I read on and it's gotten to be (has been, will be) an expensive habit. Except it's reading, so it's for educational purposes and therefore TOTALLY JUSTIFIED. So, we (re)discovered the library a while back for books for Jack. But guess what? They carry books of ALL TYPES. And you can borrow them for, like, 3 weeks. FOR FREE. Sorry about all those $12.99 books I bought, honey! Haha...ha...ha? (And, *boom*, Randall's head explodes.) So, needless to say, I'm exploring the world of the library. Here I thought it was that quaint little place in my hometown where we had to use honest-to-god, paper ENCYCLOPEDIAS to do research for papers, but it turns out that the library is an awesome place to find fun stuff to read. I kind of do a little search of the titles and, I'll be honest, the design on the front of the book, and say, "Hey! I'll try it! It's free!" I've actually discovered some great books this way.
Here's what I've been reading, in no particular order:
Winter Sea (reading now and loving)
The Kitchen House (reading now and loving)
So, I've been trying to keep up with my reading addiction, knitting addiction and Survivor and Project Runway addictions. And I think back to when I didn't have a child and I'm like, what the hell did I do with all that free time?