Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekend Update

We've been camping in Michigan for one week and we made it out alive.  I love camping but I kissed my [dirty] carpet so thankful  am I to be home!! Camping makes one appreicate home so much...the indoor plumbing, the kitchen sink,  baths, wifi, the ice box, a roof!   We went to Michigan so teenage son could fish and so sweetheart husband could run the Charlevoix Marathon [his 10th].  I planned to have some marathon reading sessions in-between adventures.  My reading dreams are always bigger than reality.  I did spend a fair amount of time with my lovely  in-laws and enjoyed a wine-tasting with them (quietly, just the 3 of us).

What I did read:

Maggie's Door by Patricia Reilly Giff (yes, I started off easy but it was good and I love Giff)
Serena by Ron Rash (oh, my)

What I'm still reading:

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs (lighter reading after Serena)
Singing for Mrs. Pettigrew by Michael Morpurgo (still, I know, V and A)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (I'm on chapter 10 with peaceful girl-oh what joy to be rereading this aloud for another child!!)

What I carried  all the way to Michigan and back without reading:

 The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alen Bradley (even though I'm really looking forward to this one)

I also did a little knitting and worked a large crossword, which are both easy activities to do while riding in the passenger's  seat so I can talk to driving husband.   I'm so grateful for his driving abilities!!  Love you. 

We had very sporadic cell and wifi service and it was refreshing to be off the grid.  I did have two posts pre-written before our departure last Saturday and I was thrilled with how well my Father's Day tribute turned out.  It is difficult for teenagers to be without their technology but I love to watch my son fish much more than play FIFA soccer on his ipod.  Stepdaughter is still waiting to hear about housing assignments at Oberlin so had to check email each time we landed at a cafe.  Please...she wants the new green choice available only to freshman!!!  [waving magic mama wand]

I have several posts to write about camping and knitting as well as the books I finished.
As I browsed through other blogs tonight, touching base with many on my blog roll, I saw lots of challenge up-dates (woe is me!)  I need to get my reading in gear!! 
Now that our major vacation is done and checked off my summer to-do list and number one son is off for a month camping with grandparents I may have tiime to read a few  many days away~in my hammock. 

Now since I am very sleep deprived [how much sleep do you really get in a tent while it is downpouring?] I need to get some rest.  No alarm.

What about your week...what fantastic and marvelous adventures did you have?


Tif Sweeney said...

I am sadly very behind on my challenges and I really need to get caught up!! I'm hoping to do that during the month of July (especially considering that some end in July)!

We saw Wicked this last weekend! That was definitely my highlight that will be helping me through all of this week as well! Have fun relaxing, catching up on sleep, and doing all that laundry that I can only imagine after a long camping trip!!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Glad u r home to modern comforts. I was never a camping fan. Glad you got some reading done while you were away.

Anonymous said...

Well, like Diane, I'll admit that I am not an outdoor girl too much and certainly not much of a camper. It sounds like you guys had a very nice trip though. It is nice to get away from the electronic lure when possible, even if it is a little hard these days. Have a good week!

Lisa said...

We camped this weekend too, just the one night though. I always take two books with me and I rarely even read a chapter. By the time the boys crash I am ready for sleep myself! I got a GREAT camping picture of us all asleep this time though, now if I could just find time to blog.

Janssen said...

There is NOTHING better than coming home after camping and getting in your shower. And then having the AC on.

Elaine said...

I love to go camping! You are one of the very few people I know besides myself who still uses a tent instead of a camper. (It sucks when it rains, though, I know...) My kids and granddaughters and I are going camping by the ocean in Georgia later this summer. Now that I can concentrate well enough to read again I have been reading quite a bit in between packing and cleaning bouts.

Jenners said...

I think that is the purpose of camping ... to make you appreciate the comforts of home!

I bet a nice hot shower felt sooooo good!