Thoughts on Wednesday

For once, I am actually ahead of the game instead of posting my weekly Thoughts on Thursday post on Friday ... or Saturday. This post ended up being very different than I planned, as we have been quarantined for the last several days with a Strep-inflicted Big Kid. He was supposed to walk in his first parade this weekend and participate in a historical cemetery walking tour with his gifted class. Unfortunately, those plans were shelved when I received a call from the school nurse Friday that he had a 102 temp ... halfway through having my hair highlighted. Oy. He has been fever-free since Monday night so I think that he is on the mend now.

Listening: I have the perfect workout song for you today. If you are feeling droopy and need a kick start to get you going, I promise this will deliver:

Ha! I love this song hard.

Reading: I stayed up way too late reading "Paper Hearts:"

Claire Contreras has such an effortless way of writing. Every once in awhile a talented writer will knock my wig off and Contreras is one of those writers. She did an excellent job of bringing emotion and angst, but not letting the story dovetail into melodrama. This is a second-chance romance set in New York City. It is glamorous with both main characters having those dream jobs that don't exactly exist, but I wasn't looking for gritty realism. It is the second in a series, and while you don't have to read the first book, I recommend it. My only nitpick: she changed the spelling of the main male character's name from the first book to the second book and I found that strange and jarring.

Writing: Five stories for the Vets Week issue. Sigh. Hold me closer, Tony Danza. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel though with our Vets Week issue being the last of the fall special edition trifecta. We knocked out our Cummings Research Park issue in September and our Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation edition last week. After this last one is completed, it is the 2015 roundup and then a holidays hiatus for the newspaper. Woot!

Anticipating: The holidays. I know that most of you think that I am chock full of crazy -- even more than normal -- but around Team Skelley, Halloween is the beginning of the holiday season. Halloween kicks it off and then we have Veterans Day, which is a pretty big tadoo in the Rocket City. From there we move into Thanksgiving and then it is my favorite time of the year: Christmas! I might have already purchased a couple of rolls of Christmas ribbon: you have to strike while the iron is hot!

Enjoying: My husband being home. We keep such things on the internet DL, but The Engineer has been on temporary duty (TDY) for three weeks, the longest that we have ever been separated. Working for the Army has made me very sensitive about complaining about his being gone because what we experience is nothing compared to what military spouses endure, but as the kids get older, they do miss their dad tremendously. As do I. It is always a sweet and welcome image to see him walking down the airport corridor.

Happy Thursday! Err... Wednesday!

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