Monday, here you are!  Our weekend flew past!  I am NOT complaining at all because I am not the one in our household who actually has to work today. BUT…I am the one who will be cleaning our house! Top to Bottom.  It is that kind of day.  And I cannot lie, but I am excited.  I love to do some deep-cleaning.  There is something so therapeutic and orderly about it that tickles me inside 🙂

We left for Orlando late Friday night because I had a long day in downtown St. Pete at the Poynter Institute.  So much more to say on that.  We spent the weekend with the family.  Lots of Family Time! Titan received some much needed attention from Cody and Jayla, our neice and nephew; as well as a HUGE yard to run around to his heart’s content.  I am not going to pretend that I don’t enjoy when this guy is exhausted 🙂  Oh, how I love when he follows us around the house, lays on top of us, and uses our body parts for chew toys. 

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Saturday was a pool day.  A glorious one at that.  Cody, Jayla, and I played our regular game of Marco Polo.  When that got old, Cody asked his mother to look up “Cool Pool Games” …without much success.  I remember when I was a kid we had all kinds of games we could play in the pool, but for the life of  me I couldn’t remember them.  I recalled two names-Alligator (did I make that up?) and Categories.  Don’t ask me how to play those- no idea. 

We tried once again to get Titan into the water and swim.  Well, Ryan tried because last time I got some serious scars because it was like putting a cat in bathwater.  This time, though, Ryan held him and he was very calm.  He seemed to be okay as long as his dad was holding him:) Aren’t they cute!

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Titan had a fun time with everyone, as usual! He thinks he IS the party.

What I’m Reading:

I also finished another Jodi Picoult book this weekend, Plain Truth.  I’ve read a lot of her books and she is by far one of my favorite authors.  This one was not disappointing.  I always like to take something away from a book I read, and this one made me think a little deeper about my faith.  This book is about an Amish girl who is accused of neonaticide and her lawyer/cousin going through her own life hardships like wanting a baby more than anything in the world and being too old to conceive/in the wrong relationship.  There’s the plot for the book right there- enough said 🙂 This book is one of Picoult’s older books and I am glad I decided to pick it up 🙂

I started a new book yesterday by Kristin Hannah-  the things we do for love. (I didn’t capitalize that because this is how it reads on the cover:)  This one is about a woman who cannot conceive and it breaks apart her marriage, as well as a 17 year old girl, who has an alcoholic, negligent mother. 

 AND…I am starting to notice a theme in my recent reads.  All I can say, is Ryan bought them for me:) LOL.

What I have begun doing in these two books, as I was taught in my recent stint at Poynter, is writing in my books.  When I notice phrases, character traits, words, or anything the writer did- I underline, jot in the book, make notes, etc.  I teach my kids to do this all year long on typed up copies of stories. But, if I’m buying the book and own it-why have I not been doing this?   I usually do so when reading nonfiction or documentaries, when I am trying to learn something. Even the novels I use to teach.  If I want to write a book someday, why am I not doing this already?


Yea…that’s me:)

Well, I am glad to be home and need to get this cleaning party started!! 

Question 1: How do you feel about cleaning?  Do you find it as therapeutic and enjoyable as I do?  Or do you think I have a little bit of crazy going on?  (I won’t be insulted:) )

Question 2: What are you currently reading?