It has been somewhat of a rainy week here in Middle Tennessee. In many ways I am thankful for it. For one thing, the earth needs the rain. (Although the grass grows more quickly, and wasn’t it like yesterday when Travis mowed the lawn?) Another thing is that the rain has kept us in the house some this week making it convenient for me to get some needed things done like setting up the house some more and lesson planning. School begins for us in a week. This is how our summer has been- last day of school, pack up the house, move, unpack and set up the house, and then the beginning of a new school year. Whew! It has been a good summer, though. We are feeling at home in Gallatin more and more each day. 🙂
So this weekend is in a way one of the last “quiet” weekends for us. I feel like the turnaround from Friday to Monday is like a blink in a sandstorm. But I wouldn’t change a thing. Honestly, I am ready to get my kids back into a routine. They don’t know which end is up, and on some days neither do I. It’s all about survival around here, folks! Getting back into our rhythm will be a good thing and will hopefully bring a little sanity to our family life.
Some things that I am digging lately are…
This body lotion. The summer heat has wreaked havoc on my hands, so when I found a BOGO on these from Ulta, I had to give them a try. These lotions have been handy when I don’t do a coconut oil and an essential oil blend.
Roku and Sling. We don’t have cable, and we cannot seem to get a good signal on our antennae for local channels, so when we found a deal for a free Roku with 3-month pre-paid subscription we took it. I like how we can select which programs we want to watch without paying for channels that we don’t use.
Kroger Clicklist. I didn’t know such a thing existed until recently- where was this when I had newborns?! Anyway, basically it is a service some Kroger stores offer where you set up your shopping list online and order your groceries in advance to be picked up curbside (I mean they even load the groceries for you!) at a specified date and time. There is a small service charge of $4.95 after the first three ClickList orders, but the pay off of a stress-free shopping experience without wrangling three small children through aisle after aisle in a grocery store is so worth it!
This book. Talk about enlightening. I have just gotten into it and have been meaning to read it for some time, but now that I am I can’t put it down. I was up past midnight reading it last night. The stories, the history, and the ramifications of the great migration of blacks from America’s south provides some understanding on urbanism, the black community, and the pervasive effects of racial injustice from Jim Crow days to modern day. I may have more to say after I finish the book, but so far, as a white woman, I find this to be a helpful education on a community of people who are my neighbors and fellow Americans. And I must say it is beautifully written.
I am hoping to have a productive week this week as we get ready for another school year. The clothes and supplies are bought. The house is in somewhat of a working and livable condition. And I think we have had about as much unstructured time as we can handle. So…
Here’s to another week of reckless freedom! Reality will kick back into gear in seven more days. Hope your week, however structured or free it may be goes well for you. 🙂