I actually did a search on Google for blog topics. That’s what it’s come to. I have nothing to say.
Time to wrap this blog in bubble-wrap and old newspaper and shove it into a box. Seal it up tight with packing tape. Put it in a corner of the garage.
Well. Not really. This blog isn’t going anywhere. But it’s sitting in a rocking chair with an afghan over its lap. At least that’s how it seems some days.
So since you’re here, let me just bring you up to date.
- All four of my kids have a cold, but they have spaced it out, so one is at the lingering-cough stage, one is at the sneezing stage, one has an earache and one is dizzy and worn out. My husband and I are–so far–avoiding this one.
- I am obsessed with reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction last year. It’s a giant book. (And best of all, I bought it at a thrift store for $3.99.) I am thinking of sneaking it into the bathroom when I got upstairs in a few minutes–even though it’s 12:30 AM. Why do I have to do stuff like work and cook and clean and sleep when there is a good book to read? As my 12-year old would say, “That’s not fair!” (I swear, I hear her say that phrase more than any other.)
- I finally hung a couple of oval mirrors in the bathroom. The giant mirror fell almost two months ago. Since then, we’ve been getting ready by stooping to look into small mirrors propped by the sinks. Very unsatisfactory, but for some reason I am slow to solve these petty problems. I plan to create an entire “mirror wall” in that bathroom. Check back in a year and we’ll see how much progress I’ve made. One must not rush into these things.
- We survived the heat wave. This morning, while driving my son to his college class, I noted that the temperature was 66 degrees. It was downright chilly. I loved it. (The warmth returned all too soon–it was 80 in the house by the afternoon. Boo.)
- I went with a friend to hear Benny Hester and Kelly Willard in concert last week. It was the first time I’d ever seen either one in concert and it was simultaneously disappointing and super fun–it was disappointing because Kelly Willard did not sing ANY of the songs she’s written and recorded over the years. (I don’t understand this.) But it was super fun because Benny Hester and his band were excellent. I felt like I had gone back in time to the eighties when his music was on Christian radio. (Is it still? I don’t know. I barely ever listen to Christian radio.) Anyway, time warp for sure, sitting in that “Christian coffee house,” listening to that music.
- Tomorrow a friend of ours will arrive for a two-night stay at our house. He’s just stopping here on his way overseas. His pit-stop means I will spend my morning Swiffering up dog hair and gathering dishes and cups from every room and returning items to their rightful homes (for instance, that white board needs to be relocated to my daughter’s room. And so on and so forth.)
And finally, you should know that the fruit fly population has dwindled to almost nothing. An occasional fruit fly hovers in my line of sight every once in awhile. I’ve put the brand new bananas I bought into a Zip-loc bag to prevent this whole situation from flaring up again. I randomly clap flies out of their flight paths from time to time.
Just for kicks, here are the topics HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator came up with for me using the nouns “fruit flies,” “novels” and “houseguests.”
1) The history of fruit flies
2) 10 Quick Tips About novels
3) The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on houseguests
4) 7 Things About fruit flies Your Boss Wants to Know
5) 14 Common Misconceptions About novels