Monday, April 27, 2009

Life Gets in the Way

Our family took an unexpected trip to the Oregon Coast with friends this weekend, and had a great time digging in the sand and climbing on the large rocks at the beach. The beach house turned out to be much more plush than expected. My friend, who is normally The Most Laid Back Mom Ever, transformed into Just a Regular Mom as soon as she saw the furniture and the light, fluffy carpet in the house her former client (who used to be the Milwaukee Brewers' manager, back when I lived in Wisconsin!) had loaned us for the weekend. She made everyone take off their shoes in the house, and banished wrestling on the king-sized bed. It was great.

Unfortunately, we had to leave at 7:30 Sunday morning for the 3-hour drive home to get to church on time--which is sort of funny for Unitarians, who have no guilt about spending a Sunday morning going for a hike or marveling at the magic of tide pools. But I had a class of 8th and 9th graders to teach, and Ben's 6th grade class was filling orders for composting worm bins so he wanted to be there to help with the drilling. Sunday night Ben and Chris had a father-son class and Evan came and helped me at the ticket table for the Homeschool Prom.

When Chris told me Monday morning that I was turning the pages of my book too loudly for him to make the pain of his sinus headache go away, I immediately headed to the drugstore for sinus meds for him. Figured I'd better get the boys out of the house for at least part of the day so he could rest enough for me to make it to my rehearsal that night, so we went to a friend's house for the afternoon and I never did get to the end of my book.

So, if you've come here for the blog tour of Joanna Scott's Follow Me, allow me to direct you to reviews on S. Krishna's Books, Medieval Bookworm, and Bermuda Onion's Blog (she has a giveaway, also, as does Red Lady's Reading Room) along with many others. [Please let me know in comments if you'd like a link to your tour post included here]. I could have managed to post a brief summary of the book and not much else, but that's not me. Do check back for a full and honest review of Follow Me, coming soon!


  1. I'm looking forward to your review. (Thanks for the link love!)

  2. Why am I not surprised you're Unitarian? I'm Quaker. Out of the entire post, I zone in on Sunday service. I've been on midnights so it's been a long time since I've attended Meeting. I'm so looking forward to my shift change and the opportunity to attend service without the fear of falling asleep while driving.

  3. You're welcome, Kathy. I think you often do a better job of summarizing books than the back cover.

    Susan, I hope you get to go to your services soon. Unitarians and Quakers seem to have a lot in common, in terms of values, though the worship experience is pretty different from what I hear.

  4. It sounds like you had a challenging weekend! The weekend at the oregon coast must have been beautiful. I was part of the Follow Me tour also and have a review and giveaway you can add a link for HERE