C's bookshelf: read

The Peculiar
Maggot Moon
The City and the City
The Road
A Certain Slant of Light
The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Brown Girl in the Ring
Well Wished
The Innkeeper's Song
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
American Indian Myths and Legends
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Return of the King
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring Break, first day

Well, spring is in the air.  And today is the first day of spring break, beautiful, awash in warm sunshine and potential.  My family is up and excited by the prospect of a week off.  What to do, what to do… I’ve gone swimming and three loads of laundry are in progress.  I noticed a lot of garden chores that need doing when I came home from swimming.  I am sitting upstairs trying to think what to write.  The kids are downstairs singing “I’m blue, da ba dee da ba dye da  ba dee da  ba dye, if I were green I would sigh da  ba dee  da  ba  dye!”  They have made blueberry pancakes and cleaned the kitchen.  I am overjoyed and grateful but now I don’t know where all those important papers are that were piled on the center island.  My husband has finally gotten into the shower and is singing, at the top of his lungs, little ditties of his own creation. I sit here still trying to think what to write for slice of life post.  My eldest daughter comes in and starts telling me a story of the complicated relationship shiftings in her high school.  I try not to let my eyes glaze over.  My second eldest daughter comes in to tell me we are out of toothpaste.  I tell her to start a list.  The boys are in the backyard now screaming with glee and chasing wild bunnies in the bushes.  Perhaps I will quietly close the door and take a nap.


  1. Ha! It's just all the excitement of ten glorious vacation days (I guess). You have such a humorous style, Katie. The utter calmness in the face of all these 'goings on' makes me laugh every time. And I hope you do get to take a nap once in a while on break.

  2. I love how you are able to create in writing the sense of being in the midst of all that's going on at your house. I grinned when I read the last line--it's the sort of thing I'd be thinking in that moment too. :)

  3. I hope you quietly did just that--what a terrific way to start spring break! Mine's just ending and I'm now plowing into the essays I need to have graded before we begin again and head into the end of the semester.

    I have loved having whole days of nothing ahead of me--and look forward to that again: in a few weeks!

    lovely post--
    Elizabeth E.