Well, that was quick. May always seems to be a busy month. Years ago it was First Communions, Confirmations, recitals, concerts, and sporting events. Now we have progressed to graduations and moving kids around. And let's not forget about Mother's Day and Memorial Day.
After attending Twin A's boyfriend's college graduation and party last Saturday, I was thankful for the rest of the long weekend to recover, but Tuesday I was back on the road to help her move out of her apartment. Yesterday we loaded the SUV and my husband drove her (and the guinea pigs!) to Manhattan. She will live with Daughter #1 while working a summer internship at L'Oréal. There was no room left for me, but that means I am enjoying a quiet weekend at home. No complaints!
In the midst of all the packing, unpacking, and repacking this week, we hosted a greyhound sleepover. This allowed Zelda (on the right) an opportunity to meet Red Angus, a recently retired racer who will be staying with us for 10 days while his new family is on vacation. After a few tense moments (for me) and several growls (from Zelda), they reached a tentative understanding. Zelda remained standoffish, but Angus seemed pretty happy to be here. He'll be back tomorrow... and I am hoping they'll be pals by the end of his visit.
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (a read/listen combo)
Wow, what a story! Review coming soon.
The Seven Sisters by Margaret Drabble
Quiet, but enjoyable. It's rainy and cool today, perfect weather this book.
Chowderland by Brooke Dojny
From Netgalley. Requested for my husband, who loves seafood in a bowl.
The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg
Another $1.99 kindle deal. I need to stop buying and start reading these books!
In the kitchen//
I finally tried Trish's Molasses Glazed Chicken Thighs this week. The whole family loved them, and I ended up making more just a few days later!
Today I'm cooking a Boston-Style Creamy Clam Chowder from Chowderland... should be ready by the time hubby gets home from NYC. I'll review the cookbook in an upcoming Weekend Cooking post.
On the blog//
Tuesday Intro: The Sevens Sisters
Beach Bag Recommendations, 2015 Edition
Review: Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
Around the internet//
I'm in a classics mood this week. O's review of Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell and Cat's review of The Kill by Emile Zola both make me wish I could read a lot faster!
The 2015 Audie Award winners were announced Thursday night. Audible.com provided a live stream of the event, but I was only able to watch part of it. Have you listened to any of the winners?
It seems like it was all BEA, all the time this week. Between twitter, Instagram, and the Armchair BEA blog posts, it was almost as good as being there.
Did you see that Flannery O'Connor will appear on a new postage stamp? I was disappointed yesterday when my post office was sold out of the Maya Angelou stamps (despite the misquote), so I'll make it a point to check for these on the June 5 release date.
How was your week? What are you reading?