Weekly Wrap-Up: The Hey, Nobody’s Sick Edition

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You know, I just realized that I should have started naming my Weekly Wrap-Up posts like Friends episodes — The One

This week would be The One Where…

We took the first part of the week off.  Brian was off Monday and Tuesday, so we enjoyed some really nice family time.  Monday we took our annual tax-refund-funded trip to our favorite Japanese steakhouse.  We’re still cheapskates at heart (well, Brian is, anyway), so we went at lunch.  Yum!  I was very proud of me — I put half of mine in a to-go box right away so that I didn’t overeat.  Even though we went at lunch, everyone brought home enough for another meal later in the week.

Later Monday afternoon, we went to the Y so that I could try to get to the point where I could walk normally again.  On Saturday, I took a spin bike class that was designed specifically for the people doing the wellness event through Chick-Fil-A.  I got brownie points:  I was the only one who showed up.  I was so sore, though, that I didn’t walk normally for two days.  I went back for more on Monday, just to try to work the soreness out.  Believe it or not, it worked!  Still, it wasn’t until Thursday that the soreness was completely gone.  I’ll do the class again, though.  It was a great workout.  Have you ever done a spin bike class?

Tuesday — can you believe it? — we got more snow!  Thankfully, it wasn’t much and it was warm enough that it quickly melted.  So, we went to our favorite used bookstore.  Tuesday is the best day to go because they seem to have all the trade-ins processed from the weekend.  They had multiple copies of a book I’d looked for, to no avail, on Saturday.

I’m on a new kick.  B.T. — before Twilight — my reading genre of choice was historical romance.  However, I have a few favorite authors that I’d read over and over.  I’m trying to branch out.  A few weeks ago, we were in the used bookstore and I saw a copy of Dear John.  I’d been thinking that the movie looked good, but not something Brian would like, so I decided to just read the book instead.  I really enjoyed it, so I’ve decided that maybe that will be a good way to choose some new books — pick a movie that I’d like to see, but Brian wouldn’t and just read the book instead.

So far, the plan is going well.  I’m currently reading My Sister’s Keeper, which I’m really enjoying (though I could do without the profanity) and I’ve got The Lovely Bones on my shelf to read next, as well as a second book by the author of My Sister’s Keeper.  I’m also on the lookout for the other two books from the author of The Lovely Bones.  I saw them at Target and they both sounded interesting; I just don’t want to pay full-price for them.  What good books have you read lately?  Like I said, I’m trying to branch out.

Wednesday was back to school with music class.  While Megan was in her class, I walked down the hall and noticed a room full of moms and kids practicing for the play that the first grade class does each year at the year end music recital.  I seriously considered dropping to my knees right there and thanking God that I don’t have a kid in the play this year.  I didn’t have on it in last year either, but I’m still thankful.  The play is always cute, but it’s a lot of work and stress for the parents…oh, and probably the kids, too.

Thursday, we finished up Story of the World, Vol. 2.  Next week we’ll start on Volume 3 and American history.  I had thought that I might part ways with SOTW for American history, but now I’m thinking that I’ll use it — and The Light and the Glory for Children, which I picked up at the used bookstore — as my spine, while picking up some good literature base ideas from Truthquest.  I’ve got to get busy and do some planning this weekend, but I’m excited.  It’s always fun to start off on a new study for a change of pace.

Today, we mostly tied up lose ends so that we’ll be ready to start new stuff on Monday.  Oh, we also finished up All About Spelling, Volume 1 on Thursday, too, so we’ll be starting Vol. 2 on Monday.  See?  Lots of new stuff to, hopefully, get me out of the funk I’ve been in and see us through the last couple of months of school.

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  1. I'm so glad everyone's feeling better.

    What is up with the snow? We had more on Wednesday. Totally messed up our field trip because the world shuts down. LOL

    And yay on starting a new history book. That's always fun.

  2. So glad you are all finally well.

    I know what you mean about the play.- I feel the same way about not having anyone in band this semester!

  3. I love used books stores!! It's one of those things I'm really looking forward to when we return to the States. Glad to see everyone feeling better.

  4. I'm so iffy about SOTW. Why do you like it?

    I'm not baiting, I promise. I just can't decide if it would suit us or not, so I'm quizzing anyone who says they use it πŸ™‚

  5. You had such a great week to read about!

    Speaking of reading, I suggest you look into books by Adriana Trigiani. She is Italian-American, and her background makes the books so enjoyable to read!

  6. I really like the idea of naming weekly wrap ups like Friends episodes… the one where… πŸ™‚

    Thanks for hosting. These weekly wrap ups have become a bit of therapy for me. I can see that, yes, indeed we really are accomplishing something amidst the hodgepodge.

  7. @ Hodgepodgemom — That's exactly why I started doing these Weekly Wrap-Ups for myself, so I could focus on what we DO accomplish, rather than stressing over what we don't.

    @ adjunctmom — Um, I don't know; I just like it. We've always schooled in a loose classical style so I like SOTW's four-year cyclical approach to history. It's very readable and engaging, rather than being a dry history text.

    I also like that the activity guide offers hands-on activity ideas and supplemental reading suggestions, including fiction and non-fiction literature.

  8. You might want to read The Time Traveler's Wife as well… my Mom recommended it very highly. I read My Sister's Keeper and The Lovely Bones on her recommendations as well. So… just a thought.

  9. We used SOTW Book 1 this year. We listened to it on Audio CD. My boys (who are 6 & 8) really enjoyed it – and they asked to listen to certain sections more than once, which I liked because it really increased their retention and understanding. We'll move on to SOTW Book 2 this Summer.

  10. Thanks for the book suggestion, Jennifer. I've heard of that one and I bet I'd like it. I'll put it on my list.

  11. We're getting our taxes done next week, I know it's only once a year but is seems like such a hassle LOL.

    It sounds like a great week, I'm so glad everyone is feeling better. And you are rocking and rolling on the workouts. Go mama!

    I read the lovely bones, it's a pretty good book. My favorite, the only book I've read more than 3 times is The Horse Whisperer.

    I loved it so much that I HATED the movie when I first saw it because it doesn't stick to the book…but now I love the movie too. Robert Redford *sigh* πŸ™‚

  12. I have taken spin, consistently for a few years, but not in ages now!! I LOVED it! I got into running after my 3rd and am just getting back into after my 4th:-). Keep spinning for me too!

    Thanks for hosting and sharing!

  13. oh, and an sotw comment for adjunctmom– i discovered sotw when my kids were 13, 8, and 5. it is hard to find something that appeals to such a wide age-range, but sotw did. all 3 of them loved it and would sit and listen in rapt attention- even the youngest, who didn't even *have* to sit with us. my two youngest are 11 & 14 and still love it (since we've taken our time w/post-1600's history, we're just finishing vol 4 now). swb just has a very engaging writing style.

    the other thing that initially appealed to me about it was that vol 1 covered more than just the typical egypt-greece-and-rome, but delved into other ancient cultures as well. this is true of all the volumes– we read not just about "western" history but about the history of many asian, middle-eastern, & african countries.

  14. i loved my sister's keeper – but make sure you have tissues nearby for all of picoult's books. they are all just as sad as MSK.
    I loved "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" and "The Memory Keepers Daughter"

  15. @ Melanie — Yeah, you warned me just a little too late. I finished My Sister's Keeper last night. Sheesh! I'm surprised I didn't wake my husband up with all the snubbing and sniffling. I'm glad I didn't go see the movie!

  16. How about The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society? I loved that book, and I was astonished at how MUCH I loved it. Haven't read The Lovely Bones, but I did read My Sister's Keeper.

    FWIW, we use Story of the World as well. We are currently on book 4. I love how engaging it is, and those pricey activity books are worth it IMHO. BUT it is not as in depth as I prefer, so we take it slow and supplement. It provides a great framework for us.

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