Saturday, July 2, 2022

July plans

I'm feeling rather flat today. I can't seem to muster motivation to do much besides sitting around around watching tv or taking naps. I did download a couple of new e-books to read yesterday: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory and My Real Children by Jo Walton. I love both these authors, so I expect the books to be good. Maybe something entertaining to read will help me shake off the despondency I'm feeling. I only have three weeks of summer vacation left and then it's back to work (which I'm suddenly much less excited about).

Next weekend should be good, though. Marla, Martina and I will finally be taking our trip out of town. We settled on Raleigh, NC because of the Van Gogh Immersive Experience. Marla's husband booked us two nights in a really nice, modern hotel that looks wonderful. We're also making plans to have a couple of nice meals, since the area is known for lots of great restaurants. Gregg's sister Karen is going to join us for the Van Gogh thing, since she lives in Raleigh. We've agreed not to mention to Lou (my step father-in-law) that I'll be in town. I would love to see him, but since we're only there for a couple of days I'd feel rude leaving my friends during our girls' trip to visit family. I can always drive up to Raleigh another time for that. 

The week after we get back, we've set an appointment to get Poppy spayed. I've tried to put it off as long as possible, since too-early spaying or neutering can have negative health consequences for a young dog. Now that she's around 8 months old, though, she could go into her first heat at any time. The vet assures us that it's safe and a good time to go ahead. Plus, if I do it before I go back to work, I can be home all day with her while she recovers. 

The last week before I head back to work will see me hosting my book club for July. I'm actually providing all the food and drink, but the actual meeting will be at Sara's house. She has a pool, and we like to meet at pool owning member's homes during the summer. I was thrilled when she suggested her house because I won't have to go into a frenzy of house cleaning ahead of time! It's always so stressful to me to have lots of people over, even if they are my friends. Since we'll be at Sara's, I can concentrate on the part of hosting I love: preparing the food! I have lots of ideas about good stuff to make, and I'm looking forward to it. 



15 comments:

  1. Boy, your summer will fly by won't it. I don't know if that's good or bad. But I hope the Van Gogh exhibit will do you good. Might just be the ticket.

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  2. Ah- the moon must be in flat. I've felt the same way. I listened to the audio version a few years ago of "The Other Boleyn Girl" and enjoyed it very much. Those Philippa Gregory books have a very good narrator.
    I'm glad you've got your trip ahead of you and also the book club that you can cook for and not have to clean for! Perfect! I completely understand.
    I'm sure that Poppy's spaying will go fine but I know it might be a bit worrisome for you.You are such a good mother to your animal sweethearts.

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  3. I hope your "girls' weekend away" and your upcoming book club will put the bounce back in your step!

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  4. Spaying is great! Friends of mine waited too long and had to put their little girl in diapers. I found it amusing because I'd warned them, they did not.

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  5. Philippa Gregory! Now that is a blast from the past - when I was between 13 and 15 years old, I devoured any book of hers I could get my hands on, same as the books she wrote as Victoria Holt.
    Your trip with friends will be so good! If you had more time, you could meet our fellow blogger Mary šŸ˜Š
    A book club meeting by the pool, how I would love that!

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  6. Your Raleigh trip sounds fun. It's always tricky when you have to sneak in and out of town without letting everybody know -- I have the same challenge sometimes when I visit Florida. I keep it off Facebook, so no one feels overlooked!

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  7. Your girl's night out in Raleigh will be so much fun. Enjoy. And good to have Poppy spayed; you seem to be right on schedule.

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  8. Thank you for the two book tips - haven't read either author.

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  9. Yeah! The trip up to Raleigh should be just the tonic you need but don't feel too guilty about lazy days. Sometimes vegging out is just what the mind and body need.

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  10. You are right that we need things to look forward to...

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  11. I is hoped Poppy will have a speedy recovery and be right as rain.

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  12. We had our Nell spayed before her first season on advice from our vet, she was and is fine, 13 years old now. 'My Real Children,' is a great read and I went on and read some of her other books too. I think we all can have 'dips' in our moods and you have recently been dealt a disappointment so a reason to feel flat.

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  13. Meant to say hope you feel a bit brighter soon.

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  14. Having that trip to look forward to would be a big picker upper for me

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  15. my problem is when I read novels about the Tudor era is I know everything about the Tudor era and makes me insane when they take liberties...the new tv show on Starz called becoming ? Ellzabeth? oh my Goddess, I had to quit watching it...they had so much shit wrong all I was doing was screaming at the tv...don't need the stress so I quit watching it.

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