Summer Play

At the beginning of the summer, I kind of thought we would have more structured play time with the girls. Now that we have a little more than two weeks left of our summer break, that seems so silly. The girls will have plenty of time to be structured once school starts. We did a lot of running around and free play time, but we did get together for a few crafts – a sticker mosaic, some stamps, coloring, and play-doh. Here’s my adorable flower from last night’s activity.

 

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Books Books Books

As mentioned in a previous post, here are the nine books I have read so far this year:

  1. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
  2. Three Wishes – Liane Moriarty
  3. Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  4. The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  6.  The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty
  7. Emotionally Weird – Kate Atkinson
  8. Photographing Fairies – Steve Szilagyi
  9. The Last Anniversary – Liane Moriarty

Yes, I have read four books by Liane Moriarty this year. They make me laugh, and it’s such a breeze to get through them. I have tried to squeeze in some more serious reading as well, but there’s nothing wrong with just getting lost in a fun story for a while.

 

Happy Thoughts on Monday Morning

Sometimes, I sit down, take stock of my life, and I am overwhelmingly happy.

Sure, there are things I would change, things I wish I had done differently. But, overall, I am very pleased with this life. And I treasure those moments of clarity and contentment.

I hope as I get older, I can find those moments more frequently. As I mark things off my life’s to-do list, I hope that I find those were all the things I really did want. I hope I can be comfortable and calm and happy so that I can share those feelings with my husband and children.

No matter what the rest of my Monday holds, at least I started off thankful, content, and looking forward to the day.

Fiction vs Non Fiction

I have run into a problem when sharing my poetry, and I wonder if it happens to other people.

I recently handed over a little poem that I threw together, and the person immediately suspected it was written with a certain other person in mind. Even though, in my eyes, there was very little resemblance, he was convinced.

When I write poetry, it often starts out with a feeling, a snippet of a conversation, or an image that gets stuck in my head. In that way, it comes from reality. Beyond that, I try to embellish it. I add fictional details, emotions that were not necessarily a part of the initial idea.

I have since added a disclaimer before I share any of my writing. For example, the poem I am about to share with you is completely fictional. I think I have only ever tried moonshine once. I was with my husband, sitting at my mother’s kitchen table.

 

Perfection

 

We confess things in the lamp light

After midnight and a few drinks.

Discovering each other through memories

Rendered hazy over months and years.

 

We share secrets, lowering our voices

When we get to the juiciest parts,

Divulging the heartaches and mistakes.

We are damaged but interesting.

 

I trace one of his scars with my fingertips,

As I notice my own cracked cuticles.

Our bodies are not flawless lying here,

But we are perfection to each other.

 

I know this moment will fade like the rest.

In a year or two, I will call up this memory,

And I will forget the color of the sheets,

Specific words, the flavor of the moonshine.

 

But I will remember this feeling,

The longing to make this last past sunrise.

If only our courage and desire could withstand

The intrusion of the bright white sun.

Catching Up

Okay, I’m going to start this post without guilt. Yes, it has been a full five months since my last post, and that’s pretty sad, but I’ll never get restarted if I let myself wallow. So I have decided this will be a catching up post, so that I can move on with new things.

1. I have read 8 books so far this year, and I am nearly half way through the ninth. I am very excited about this, and I have so enjoyed the books I have chosen. I will likely use a future post to list these books.

2. I had two very successful children’s birthday parties. Zoe’s was Tangled themed as mentioned in a previous post. Abby’s had a Monsters University theme. I really need to work on my cupcake decorating skills still.

3. I did, in fact, decide to take on that design project for my friend. I have created album covers for 5 albums so far, and we will be working on the sixth soon. It has been a rewarding experience, and I look forward to continuing it.

4. Both girls are out of school, and summer vacation is in full swing.

5. I have been writing poems randomly in free moments, which makes me feel good. I also have the start of two separate short stories.

I think that catches us up pretty well. now, to see what happens next.