A house full of teenagers is a house that goes to bed later and later, and our mornings were starting later and later.
So this week, I declared that all teens should be in bed by 10 pm, with a book or kindle, no phones Last night, from my bed, I heard doors opening and closing and footsteps in the hallway. Glancing at the clock, I saw that it was 10:20 pm.
Ah-ha, I thought, climbing out of bed and heading toward the kids’ rooms. Seeing a light under the girls’ bedroom door, I knocked and entered with my most terrifying frown. Prairie takes one look at me and rushes, “Mama, you would be proud of us. Rachel and I were downstairs having lots of liberal conversation with the boys until 10 pm.”
My girls having liberal conversation with their brothers? Well, okay then.
I blew the girls kisses and told them goodnight. In bed, I relayed our kids shenanigans to Sid. “They’ve got your number,” he said.
I began reading a lot of books and watching quite a few shows that I did not bother finishing. I kept reading these and felt they were worth my time.
*Books absolutely worth owning and giving space on my bookshelf.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Gods in Alabama, Joshilyn Jackson
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, Diana Gabaldon
*At Home in Mitford, Jan Karon, a comfort re-read
The Curse of Crow Hollow, Billy Coffey
*The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson
Bossypants (audiotape), Tina Fey
The Artist’s Way Julia Cameron
*Heretic!: An LGBTQ-Affirming, Divine Violence-Denying, Christian Universalist’s Responses to Some of Evangelical Christianity’s Most Pressing Concerns,by Matthew J DiStefano and Michelle Collins
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, Austin Kleon
*The Gospel of According to Mark, various translations
*Maya Angelou (Poetry for Young People)
*Mary Oliver Poetry — Why I Wake Early: New Poems
A Man Called Ove
Foyle’s War (rewatching with the girls)
The Good Place