Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Back For A Bit

Ok, so I'm back from the family vacation, but I'm taking off again on Saturday to visit my youngest out in Blacksburg, so not much down time at home just yet.

Oddly enough, I didn't take many vacation photos this year. Maybe because this is the schedule I followed most days:

  • Light breakfast

  • Beach time (8:00-11:00 a.m.)

  • Shower

  • Breakfast/Lunch

  • Book store/coffee shop or yarn store

  • Nap time

  • Beach time (after 2:00 p.m.)

  • Shower

  • Dinner

  • Beach time (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

All in all it was a very relaxing time, we had gorgeous weather, and I got to spend time with my oldest daughter and my youngest stepdaughter, as well as my mom, dad, sister, and nieces; today was incredibly hot though, so hot in fact, that I only did one beach stint.

With all the beach time, I managed to read three of the six books I brought with me, plus one that I bought while I was down there.

A Disobedient Girl--a riveting plot that had a twist at the end; I highly recommend it.

All the Living--a sparse book that was very readable; reminded me of another author, who's name escapes me, although the blurb suggests Marilynne Robinson's style, so maybe that's it.

Girls In Trucks--I liked this, but I felt like I had either read some of the chapters in short story form or I had tried to read it before and skimmed a lot of it. Good, but not as good as the other two.

The Likeness--I loved this one; it's the follow-up to In the Woods, which I also loved. A densely written mystery set in Ireland that kept me up late reading it, just like her first one. So, so good.

I also bought yarn, but I'll show those off tomorrow. As for the actual knitting, I started and finished a baby hat for my niece to give away, I finished a baby sweater that had been languishing in my UFO pile, I started a cotton string bag but it made my hands hurt so I put it aside, I started a pair of handwarmers, but didn't like the pattern so I frogged it, and I finished three more squares for the baby blanket. Not too shabby.

Now I'm going to try and cool off, as it's still over 90 degrees outside (at 10:00 p.m.) and hovering around 80 degrees inside. Summer hit us fast this year.

PS Playing around with Blogger's new templates; what's your opinion?


  1. Sounds like an absolutely perfect vacation! I'm jotting down those books. I'm almost finished with my current stack and always looking for a good beach read.

  2. Mmmmm. I dunno. I need some proof you were at the beach. How about you show us your tan?