This was the first official week of summer vacation. The three younger kids went to Vacation Bible School. My eldest tagged along with my husband on a work trip. It was a retreat, with families invited, but I couldn’t go, so it didn’t make much sense to send kids who couldn’t look after themselves. My son went snorkeling, and went to the kids’ club or hung out in the room watching videos (not dissimilar to my hotel room experience). I think he had a good time.
Also this week: the bittersweet recognition that the summer solstice means these are the longest days. From now on, we will have less light, all the way to December.
I flew to Florida (again!) for a speech. On my trip home, our pilot and air traffic control timed everything around Philadelphia’s horrible thunderstorms. They delayed us a little to deal with one patch of weather. The lady next to me was quite nervous about this; she explained that she had a tight connection and was traveling to her grandson’s graduation the next day. We wound up looking through the airport map in the magazine to plot out the bus route to that terminal where she’d make her connection. As soon as we landed we got the somewhat happy news that her connection was 20 minutes delayed, meaning she would definitely make the flight. Then…two minutes later we got the much-less-happy news that her flight was canceled. I suggested a car service (it was a short commuter type flight). I’m hoping she made it. We got slammed with another thunderstorm, and it took me an hour to drive what should have been a 30-minute trip home.
I am currently reading Dune. The edition I have is 800 pages, which seems daunting, but much is dialogue, and reads quickly. I’m already about 250 pages in. I’m curious if any blog readers have read it, and what they thought. My goal is to finish by the end of June so I can include it in my Books Read in June round-up.
Other things I’m doing in my free time: puzzles! Jig-saw puzzles make for a good, non-screen, low-energy activity. I’m partial to the 200-piece Crocodile Creek ones, since with a pre-teen child helper, we can finish those in about 45 minutes. However, the kids are growing, and apparently Crocodile Creek now makes 500-piece puzzles, so I just bought two of those. We shall see what our timing looks like on those; my guess is it will be more than 2.5x our time on the 200-piecers.
If anyone is going to Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit in Portland next week, let me know. I’m speaking on the Saturday of the conference and would love to say hello in person!
Photo: A new 200-piece puzzle that my 9-year-old and I assembled last night. Dinosaurs and a world map. Puzzles have completely consumed our dining room table; I guess the dining room is more practically the “puzzle room.”