So, I’m 39 years old today. I am beginning trip number 40 around the sun as of 12:24 this morning.
I’ve mentioned the pandemic and other current events on here, and this year has been normal for no one. I miss sending my child into screen free camp days and sitting outside and cheering my helicopter Mom head off when he does something impressive on the flag football field while eating concession stand fries. I miss my friend potluck parties that involve pools and diet coke. We all miss things.
Now my parents have reached a point where they need to be close to one of us and I have spent the last two weeks helping my sister care for them and then move them out to be with her. The universe converged for both their other homes to be sold. The home they have had since 1983 is spoken for by another family already, two weeks after it went on the market. My home town is still my home town but my parents are not there. And in the down time I have had there lately, I have revisited the nooks and crannies that make it a cool little town, a blend of past and present, that made it feel just a little bit magical to me during a childhood where I was always searching for magic. My magic search has evolved but have to admit I’m still looking for it.
The blog image today is the sundial from the park behind the public library, a place I where I spent a lot of time growing up. Easily one of the most magical spaces, especially with this.
This has also spurred a life review. Seeing my parents change gears and being unable to do everything they used to do makes life feel painfully short for the first time in my life. I want to be sure that by the time I get to where I can’t do everything anymore that I made the most of my functional years.
I want my son to have memories of me being a fun and involved mom. I want to stay connected, loving and involved as he is a teen and young adult with more propensity to challenge me and call me out and want the space to do things his own way. I want him to be able to come to me with anything. That’s a big chunk of how I’d define a life well lived.
I hope I get the space and energy to travel more. I love my job, I definitely feel that I contribute to society with it, but sometimes the administration stuff has made me less enthusiastic. I want to survive those challenges better.
I have become more involved with caring for my home this year, probably attributable to the pandemic, but the chickens and gardening and organizing and working through craft projects rather than buying more has been a thing. It’s way too easy to buy more than I’ll ever get to.
Hand in hand with that, I wanted to talk about how I have been doing with my read down goal that I set back in January.
I have read at least one a week for 100 straight weeks.
My longest reading streak is 79 days, Jan 10-March 29. Not a record, I’m frustrated I lost focus close to the end. I think what happened was I went into my springtime writing binge and forgot to read. Anyone who does both knows the balance is important and challenging.
23 books read this year
Four authors that I meant to get to!
Book Buying “Ban” Success Rating: Fair
I bought three books in January
None in February! But I did get audiobook companions.
Two in March
Four in April
Three in May
Four in June
Looks like I was really good at my read down in February and March. Losing some control this month and April!
I have read books that I have hoarded since 2013. I have not done some of the public domain books I got when I first got my kindle in 2010, so those are the oldest. I shifted off tackling them to beef up the amount of YA I have read for novel querying purposes.
Short story collections remain hoarded and unread to a ghastly degree.
Writing has been amazing progress and as I am off this week I am hoping my brain will get enough rest for me to finish my edits and maybe even (gasp) another round of queries.
Looking forward for the chance for my brain to unpack a little this week with everything that has been bombarding it since COVID became a life limiting entity in March.
In two weeks I will be posting on books, so hang in there.