**eta: thank you for all of the book recommendations! I've written them all down. I also recently found out that our library will purchase books upon request - yay! Supposedly, there is no limit, but they might change their mind once I get started with my list o' books...
Our house is under construction, so it is going to be another month and a half before we are even close to being settled. Cooking in a tiny apartment kitchen, using others' furniture, not having any room to get away from each other or to sew anything...and no money to go shopping (increased taxes and healthcare costs have taken a big toll on our finances)...I feel like a caged animal.
Its very difficult to blog this way - in spurts, in a library, with an antsy two-year-old climbing the little computer station (in fact, this took two days to finish because of a tantrum). For me, blogging is a creative process, and one that needs to be somewhat spontaneous and yet polished. Without pictures to help express myself, without the ability to just "pull up" to my computer when the mood strikes, and with lots of people milling about while I try to put my thoughts together, it's just a blog buzz-kill.
But I'm thinking about you all, wishing I had the time and ability to roam your blogs and be inspired. I wonder what you all are up to, how your summer is going, etc, etc.
Since I am outnumbered by my daughter and husband, who both apparently love NASCAR, I have been doing a lot of reading. So far:
- Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
- The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst
- on-again-off-again The Power of Play by David Elkind (I'm actually taking notes on this one for later blogging)
I'm now limited to books I can find at the library, so the newest ones aren't usually available. But there are still many here that I haven't read (I'm considering Bel Canto by Ann Patchett). Any suggestions for a next read?