Things are better in our household than they were a week ago. Thank you all for the kind words. We had family staying with us for about two and a half weeks, but now the house is quiet (relatively -I have a 3 year old, after all). Nothing is normal or will be normal for a while, but at least now I'm not privately freaking out about sending myself into preterm labor from the stress. So that's good.
Stress relief around my house? I wish I could say it was writing. Sorry, ROW, I'm failing miserably here. I'm at 92,500 for Aeris and no closer to the end of this book. The good news is, I've been writing again. The bad news? I just can't see where this book is going to end. It's kind of become a joke among my friends and family. "How many words is it now? How much closer are you to the end?" I think I will have some major, major editing to do to get this thing down to a size that people will actually want to read. hahaha
On a happier note, stress or not, the garden keeps growing, and I keep harvesting from it. Basil, garlic, potatoes, squash, beans, even some sad little tomatoes! I am also the youngest Suzy Homemaker alive, in that I just put up a dozen jars of apricot jam, another dozen of peach apricot, and some applesauce from an early apple tree. This week I'm looking at doing a batch of plum jam, YUM. I love plums, but I've never done plum jam before.
I have to get all of these done now, because pretty soon (2 weeks or so from now, I still can't believe it!) there will be another child around here demanding my attention! So excited to have my stomach to myself. I think I'm probably the only person I know that detests being pregnant. I love being a mom, and all the mommy stuff that comes with it, but pregnancy is just the pits. hahaha
I have done a lot of reading. There have been a lot of nights of no sleep, so I've put in some hours there. I won't list everything I've read, because not all of it even got a review from me, but here are a few I enjoyed and wanted to share:
Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel (I kid you not, this is the first time I haven't had to look up her name!) 4 stars (Also picked up a book from her other series to read)
Fire by Kristin Cashore got a rare 5 stars
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly also 5 stars (I didn't even mind that it was first person present tense!)
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card got 4 stars
All worth reading, depending on what genre you're into.
Recently purchased books, that I can't wait to read:
Cross my Heart by Katie Klein
Gifts of the Blood by Vicki Keire
Days of Sacrifice by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Divergent by Veronica Roth
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Hope to have better news of my word count on Wednesday. In the meantime, Happy Reading!