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It got busy this week! Lots going on at home, work, and otherwise as well.  Life My daughter's school decided to close on Friday, along with several other schools in the area, with some being closed from Thursday. Not enough staff. The school had been on a mask mandate since the beginning of the pandemic, dropping it only for one week when the pandemic had appeared to have stabilized last year. And yet, they dropped the mandate completely at the beginning of this year, when cases were exponentially rising, only to bring it back again starting next week. I've gone from being very annoyed to angry to feeling fatigue in these first two weeks already. I won't lie - we all mask around here and try to avoid going where we don't have a need to be in, and still, we are not taking anything close to the extreme precaution we all took at the beginning of the pandemic. I cannot and don't want to keep my kids home - I have at least that much faith in the schools' precautions

The Sunday Salon -- August 8, 2010

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It sure has been some time since I blogged. I took two days off books and blogs and work, and now I'm back finally, with my grey cells tingling with an itch to browse blogs. If you have been following my blog, then you know that I just defended my thesis three days ago, and I've been basking in that sheer pleasure for the past few days. My brother's coming next week and I will be seeing him after more than a year. I still haven't seen my parents for more than a year, and it doesn't look likely that I will go home any time soon. But if things work out well, they'll come here next Spring. *Fingers crossed*

There's so much I have missed out on in the blogging world, and then there's a LOT of reading to catch up with. I planned to do a readathon this weekend, but that never happened. Instead, I spent part of the last two days at the Steppin' Out festival in Blacksburg, with friends. It's my last week in Blacksburg (hopefully not forever), so I want to spend some time at my favorite haunts over here.

Hopefully, I'll get some reading time today. I started with Blankets by Craig Thompson yesterday - I'm hoping to finish that within the next half hour. And then, I'm finally picking up The Passage by Justin Cronin. How has everyone's week been so far?

Happy reading and happy blogging!

Comments

Welcome back, Aths, and congrats on the thesis. I can relate!

Here's my salon, at a new venue:

http://accidentalmoments.wordpress.com/2010/08/08/the-sunday-salon-august-8/
Steppin out looks awesome; what a great way to spend some of your last weekend in Blacksburg!
bermudaonion said…
You certainly deserved some down time after all your hard work, and Steppin' Out sounds like the perfect way to spend it.
Marce said…
Time for some fun for sure, enjoy your last week there with friends and enjoy you brother family time.
Athira said…
Laurel-Rain Snow, thank you so much!

Helen, I certainly agree! I had a wonderful time at the festival! I especially loved the pottery items I saw there. I ended up buying a mug, but if I had already moved to my new place, I would have bought more.

Kathy, I'm so glad I just did what I wanted and had loads of fun over the weekend. I can't wait to get back to blogging and reading now.

Marce, thank you so much! I will certainly miss this place, I sure hope to have loads of fun this week.
Frances said…
Congratulations on your thesis defense and weekend fun. It feels great getting back to recreational reading after being bogged down by obligations/responsibilities, right? My summer has been crazy and I have kept the reading light which has turned out to be very enjoyable. Happy reading!
Congrats again on your thesis! I can't imagine how relieved you feel right now... take some time to relax and read!
Tales of Whimsy said…
I'm so glad you're getting to relax :) Congrats again darling!