Last night D. brought home Blizzards for the girls and for himself, and my “I’ll just have two bites of yours” turned into me eating half of his Oreo Blizzard. (Can you see why he doesn’t like to share with me?)
I have a friend who insists that DQ is not a “deliberate dessert” (meaning it’s not worth the calories the way a chocolate torte would be), but I beg to differ. (And what’s not deliberate about driving to Dairy Queen?) I haven’t had a Blizzard in a while, and I had forgotten how much I love them. I also forgot that eating ice-cream (even if it’s soft serve) in the evening makes it difficult for me to sleep.
Which is why I woke up at 4 a.m.
And I got up because I have a ton to do. I had pushed all my other responsibilities to the edges of my plate in order to finish Use Your Words, and now those things are clamoring for attention: a book review; student writing that is long overdo (sorry, ladies!); a summer-fall freelance project I took on so I could (theoretically) have a break from teaching and have more time to write; a few outstanding permissions issues for the book (such a nightmare); and my grandpa, who is back home with my mom now, but not doing well.
So I’m awake and thinking about the next few months. I really want this to be a summer filled with hours and hours of reading. There are a couple of books I started this spring and had to put down in order to finish my manuscript, but now I’m desperate to get back to them, to spend my days immersed in someone else’s words.
This is what’s on my desk (some in various stages of being finished):
Tracy Seely’s My Ruby Slippers
Caitlin Shetterly’s Made for You and Me
Angela Balcita’s Moonface
Rae Meadows’ Mothers and Daughters
Alexa Stevenson’s Half Baked
Charles Baxter’s Gryphon
I’m hoping to have at least some of these authors as guests here at Mother Words, but with everything else I’m doing when will I finish these books? We have reduced childcare for the summer, and I’m so tired at night that it’s hard for me to stay awake to read. Maybe I need to start getting up at 5 a.m.? Going to bed as soon as the girls do?
How do you fit your reading into your day?