|Susie and Sophie want |
good views of the fireworks
Another wonderful week of summer, with the boys enjoying their rowing camp, and tolerating the astronomy & story writing seminar that I signed them up for. Fourth of July was fun -- it's the first time in ages that I've been home for it (I miss you, Ellen!) so I don't really have any traditions. Since it fell on a Thursday, it was my turn to cook, so I dragged X out shopping with me and made some fun salads (sardine pasta & roasted potato). Then I served hot dogs and corn on the cob so as to satisfy patriotic requirements, with French croissants and ice cream for dessert. We ate outside as a picnic, which was much cooler than usual, since I was in Washington instead of Texas.
The city here bans all fireworks, so at 10pm I volunteered to take A & N to see the show over the lake, and I forced P to accompany us. We spread our blanket and chairs on the beach and enjoyed a nice display, close enough to see well but far enough away that no painfully loud music assaulted us. I offered to sing patriotic songs to the kids, but they all demurred.
I'm still hitting my book a day, although counting the picture books seems like cheating. And so far they are almost all library books, because that's what I'm drowning in.
June 21: Lord Peter Views the Body, Dorothy Sayers (audio), library
June 22: Mrs. Harkness and the Panda, Alicia Potter, (PB), library
June 23: Smells Like Dog, Suzanne Selfors, (kidlit), library
June 24: Eggs 1 2 3 Who Will the Babies Be, Janet Halfman,
June 25: Looking at Lincoln, Maira Kalman,
June 26: Blue Jasmine, Kashmira Sheth
June 27:The Worst Case Scenario: Deadly Seas, David Borgenicht & Alexander Lurie
June 28: The Guardian (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier), Jack Campbell
June 29: Last Scene Alive, Charlaine Harris, (mystery), reread
June 30: Dead Over Heels, Charlaine Harris, (mystery), reread
July 1: Mirage, Matt Ruff, (SF), library
July 2: Fire Lord's Lover, Kathryn Kennedy (SF, Romance), library
July 3: The Giant Ball of String, Arthur Geisert (PB), library
July 4: Four Corners, Kira Salek, (memoir), library