I noticed that the satisfaction that I feel when all of the laundry is done is really different from the satisfaction that I feel with other chores. Maybe it is because being done with the laundry is literally momentary unlike other chores, even mowing the lawn usually lasts about a week (although with all this rain, that is a chore that I am really dreading). And I need to note that unfortunately, I am using literally correctly :(
I just finished a fabulous book, "The Fault in Our Stars". Interesting about this book, my daughter noticed that I was reading it and she said, "Hey, my English teacher just recommended that we read this book." I don't know if that's a good thing in her eyes or a bad thing but I just finished it and gave it to her. I"ll let you know tomorrow if she liked it, yes, she will read it that quickly unless we happen to find an NCIS marathon. As for me, I'll let this review by Jodi Piccoult do the talking, "An electric portrait of young people who learn to live life with one foot in the grave. Filled with staccato bursts of humor and tragedy, The Fault in Our Stars takes a spin on universal themes--Will I be loved? Will I be remembered? Will I leave a mark on this world?--by dramatically raising the stakes for the characters who are asking." The other really special thing about this book is it made me remember something that I'd forgotten existed: that magic moment when you become completely engaged in a book and you can't wait to pick it up again. I can even tell you the exact page when it happened with this book (page 87 if you are curious). It's been quite a while since I have felt this way about a book and it's surprising that it was this book because I have to admit that I was reluctant to start reading it. But it seems like the books that I'm almost afraid to read because they deal with such difficult subjects (in this case, cancer) always end up being the most compelling and memorable. Does that happen to everyone or is that just a me thing?
Speaking of cancer, my friend, Stacey Norling, professional photographer extraordinaire, recently applied to become a part of Shoots for a Cure and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for her. Sadly, she lost her mom to cancer earlier this year and in part because of that, I think that this would be an excellent marriage between a wonderful charity and a super talented photographer.
The other day, I asked my daughter if she would like me to make her a salad to bring to school for lunch. Full disclosure, I do not make my kids lunch, they make their own lunches. I did make them when they were little but I feel that they are now old enough to do it themselves. I do not do this because I am mean, which is what they think, I do it because I think that it's important to teach kids to be self sufficient. Anyway I gave her the lunch and she said, "Wow, mom that was so nice. Thank you." She's a teenage girl so you can see where I might think that this is kind of a big deal, seeing as it was sincere and not accompanied by any eye rolling or door slamming.
My son was supposed to have a game on Wednesday. I say supposed to because it got rained out. Too bad I wasted my time and went up to the field because the baseball league didn't update the website until after the time that the games were supposed to start. What exactly is the point of having a website and requiring us to check it if it is not going to be updated until after the game was supposed to start? The coach did send an email but for some reason, we did not receive it on our computer until 5:42. I have to admit that the ride home was one of the rare occasions that I was swearing in front of one of my kids. But really, nothing irritates me more than wasting time needlessly.
In honor of the quote above, this week's Friday Night Video is "Photograph" by Def Leppard.