In my Jane Austen reading project, I’m currently about halfway through Northanger Abbey. As with Mansfield Park, I don’t think this is many people’s favorite Jane Austen book. But I am plodding along, reading between 5-10 pages a day. It’s a short book (230 pages) so I should be done by the end of July. If you read it and liked it, let me know! After this, I only have Persuasion and a few short works to go.
After spending much of the past few weeks on the road, I’m now here and staying put for a while. So I have a few goals for the next few weeks. One is to get ahead of everything that can be done before my August travel. That means recording podcasts into September. The other is to do a “reset” of some spots in the house that have gotten a bit unwieldy. This tends to happen when the normal routines get disrupted. I made a list and I plan to tackle just one spot at a time.
Helping with that — we scheduled a donation pick up next week. So all the toys/books/clothes need to be pulled together by then. I think this is a good forcing mechanism!
On my NYC trip this week I reread Juliet’s School of Possibilities, and I enjoyed it. That was good, because I’m always a bit nervous re-reading my old books. I think I should give my prior self a wee bit more credit. I particularly liked the descriptions of fall at the Jersey shore, so maybe I need to put visiting the beach in autumn on my adventures list.
I keep going back and forth about what my next book should be…
We are sending one kid off to camp for three weeks this weekend — a new experience for him! I think he’s going to enjoy it. He’ll be in an air-conditioned dorm room. I bought the size Twin XL sheets that were required. Then the other four kids are in day camps at three different places! So there will be some extra driving required. But fortunately I’m around.