Summer is a great time to get started on that stack of books that you’ve meant to tackle for some time; between sunning by the pool, jet-setting all over the world and just having a break to finally breathe from the mayhem of everyday, non-summer life (for the lucky ones, that is), this list is your answer to breaking out of reality and getting lost in some great prose.
It’s hard being a summer dad. While the rest of your family is in vacation mode, your life stays exactly the same. Mornings are the worst, waking to a silent house, getting ready like usual while everyone else sleeps in as long as they want. No goodbye, no out-the-door kisses. Nights are bad too. Having slept in, they are ready to party: one more snack, pop in a movie, “why go to bed, we have NOTHING to do tomorrow?!?!?” Wish I could say the same. Continue reading
If there is one thing I lament in life, it’s the absence of sufficient free reading time. I love to read, but by the time I get all my work done, and chores done, and finish all the other things I have to do, there is precious little time left over for anything else. I read, sure, 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there, but it’s not the luxuriant hour upon gorgeous hour that I crave. So on those rare occasions when I get to take a vacation, I am always excited to finally get caught up on some reading. Continue reading
No, I’m not talking about an old high school girlfriend, a forgotten box of gourmet chocolates, a favorite book, or even a trusty pair of awesome green jeans (that I would still look GREAT in, by the way). No, I’m talking about my lawn mower. I just mowed my lawn for the first time since May. And I’m surprised how much I have missed it. Continue reading