I admit, I was enjoying a quiet weekend at home. Didn't feel much like being on the computer, but preferred to spend most of it enjoying the solitude. The girls went horse-back riding with the Club on Sat., and then had a birthday party to attend on Sunday, so I just sort of reveled in that!
I finished the book, The Case Against Homework. I'm sure I will be writing several posts about the book and homework in general in the future. Right now, I'll just say that I highly recommend the author's blog, Stop Homework, as well as the book.
The girls are out of school for the year. They had their last day last week, and are happily enjoying their summer at the Boys & Girls Club.
It does not feel at all like summer in SoCal right now. We've had many dreary days, and today there's a light mist in the air. I'm fine with the precipitation, but I just wish it were more like a warm summer thunderstorm like I remember from my days in Pittsburgh. That's the best thing I can say about Pittsburgh.
I don't think I'll do a separate post on the Tony's this year, but man, I was emotional throughout them! I cried several times, starting with after the opening number. I know, weird.
Maybe part of that is because we're going to New York for Christmas!! I cannot wait to be back in the City! My parents and I had planned to take the girls for 2010, but then, we all got too anxious and decided to go this year instead. My mom already got tickets for us to go to Radio City Music Hall on Xmas Day, which is one of the NY experiences I haven't done yet. I'll be adding a countdown here very, very soon.
I've also been spending more time lately with actual interaction rather than virtual. I got to see Natalie again last week, which was great. And I saw one of my best friends from high school, which I thoroughly enjoyed. We're already planning a night out together. I also got to lunch with the fabulous Jessica Gottlieb yesterday.
The girls did an amazing job at their showcase a couple of weeks ago, and I was thrilled that Sylvia's former principal came (as well as my parents, and another family friend) to cheer them on. It was a really wonderful night.
I've just been feeling so rich lately...rich in the friendships and truly amazing people that we have in our lives. And just content with my life.
I know that the last time I said this, I had a major shoe drop on me, and I'm cognizant of the possibility that it could happen again. But reading those again, I realize I'm in a completely different place now than I was then.
For me, letting go of the belief system that everything happens for a reason has been a major release. I mentioned, in an entirely different context, to some people that life is all just good times and bad times, with some fairly stable conditions thrown in every now and then. We all suffer pain, we all experience joy. None of us are immune. Somehow, I find that comforting. I no longer wonder what I did in a past life to deserve certain things, or anything like that.
We'll see if I sing a different tune when the next bad thing comes up, but today, I am good. Not great, not believing that life is heaven on earth, but quietly content.