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After the Ides

A strange March weather day today, going from pouring rain to bright sunshine to hail and back again over the course of a few hours.  I spent most of it in the car, doing errands and running Eldest to the doctor for a quick check up.  Amazing how a day off from work goes by so quickly in the space of just a few errands.

We all survived the high school musical "Once On This Island," with Eldest doing a marvelous performance as the lead, Ti Moune.  There were 8 performances in all, spread out over two weekends, and I saw 7 of them.  For a while there the earworming was so bad I would wake up in the middle of the night with the songs going through my head and be unable to get back to sleep!  The family schedule is getting back to what passes for normal, punctuated with singing lessons, choir rehearsals, and Youngest's practices for "Guys anad Dolls"--for at least a couple of weeks until the next adventure, Youngest's Ensemble trip to New York City.

I've been reading a lot of mystery novels--right now I'm in the middle of the Maisie Dobbs series (set in the early 30's) by Jacqueline Winspear.  For a while there after Eldest was born (and it's been a long time--she turned 17 yesterday), I couldn't read mystery novels because they suddenly became too scary for me.  I think it was one of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta mysteries that made me put them down for good--not because the novel wasn't worthwhile (it was terrific), but because I was alone in the house with the baby and the book's wacko psycho killer gave me the serious willies.  Now that the kids are older, I've been able to go back to the mysteries, but mostly now I read historical ones--the psychotic killer action thus being safely in the past.

Other series on my shelf that I'm following include the Sebastian St. Cyr series by C.S. Harris, Laurie R. King's amazing Mary Russell series, Lauren Willig's flower-titled books, and Deanna Raybourn's Julia Grey series. Although for most of them I've reached the stage where I've exhausted the paperback backlist and am stuck awaiting the "hardback-only" new releases.


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Mar. 17th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to Eldest!
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