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Anyone else happy that it's the weekend? It's been a crazy busy week here (so, what's new?) but more so because we are reaching a big deadline in our project at work. Suddenly, there's a lot of things to iron, issues to sort out, postponed items to consider, etc, and an overtime schedule is becoming the new routine now. Much as I'm looking forward to the deadline being behind me, the zeal currently gripping the team feels exciting too.

Next week, we have two convocations in the family. The husband's brother and my brother are going to throw their caps to camera-clicking moments. We'll be driving down to Raleigh this weekend to stay with our lovely friends there and head over to Winston-Salem for the first convocation. Then we'll be heading north to New York to celebrate the second. We'll be spending the rest of the week in New York and may make a trip to the Niagara Falls as well. This is going to be our second vacation in as many months and I'm really looking forward to the break. It's going to be a long vacation-less period after that.

Last night, I started reading Kate Atkinson's Life After Life and so far, it's engrossing. I know it's been a hit or miss book with most liking the concept but then getting tired by the repetitiveness. I'm curious to see how it will fare for me. I just finished Ben Winters' The Last Policeman, which I loved immensely. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series, when they release.

What are your plans for today? We'll be heading out for some shopping after lunch and spend some time today doing some cleaning chores (yawn) but other than that, I hope to get some good reading time.

Comments

I have Life After Life set aside to read still, too. I'm hoping to end up on the positive side of it. I really loved The Last Policeman and was thrilled when I found out that it was going to be a a series. It was such a refreshingly different thriller
Sam_TinyLibrary said…
Sounds like you have a great week full of celebrations ahead of you :)
Good luck at work as your deadline approaches.
Helen Murdoch said…
Two graduations sounds like a lot of fun. Our dance competition season just ended so I am hoping that things calm down a bit here for a while!
Lucky duck! Bring us tons of pics!
Ti Reed said…
You are one busy lady. Have fun on your trip!
Athira / Aths said…
Thank you! I will be happy when this all dies down a bit.
Athira / Aths said…
I hope you get a lot of reading time now. I'm also hoping for a quieter summer at home.
Athira / Aths said…
I was surprised to know it was a trilogy but excited! It looks like it will be a fabulous series!

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