Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Books And Bread

Wally Lamb is one of my favorite authors. He won me over years ago with 'She's Come Undone.' Since then, I've collected his books and read them 2 or 3 times over. He is nothing short of brilliant and talented and captivating.

Earlier this year, I made the decision that after I tucked Lisa and the kids into bed and worked on blog columns for a couple of hours, I would unplug. That meant I would read instead of playing my usual Cookie Jam and Cookie Jam Blast or scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed.

Not too long after, I ordered a couple of books.

'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' by Heather Morris and 'Between Shades of Gray' by Ruta Sepetys.'

Both were exceptional. I finished both books in less than 2 weeks.

A couple of days before reading the second book, I ordered 2 more books.

'The Moment I First Believed' and 'I'll Take You There.' Both written by Wally Lamb.

I read those almost as quickly as I did the books prior.

I was itching to grab the last 2 books I didn't have from Wally Lamb. It's a 3 part series of sorts, but not the typical "series."

These books contained stories written by women from the York Correctional Institution here in Connecticut.

Lisa told me to order the books from Amazon as part of my Mother's Day gifts from the kids. I did. They arrived today.

I am beyond excited to dive into these books but on the other hand, the 3rd book in this series will not be available until October 1st of this year.

Lisa told me to order it when it's available. 

On Lisa's end, she's still working 10-12+ hour days. This has been going on for a month now. I've adjusted my schedule. We've made adjustments in other areas. That includes doing grocery shopping on the weekends instead of during the week.

And, me taking care of all of the housework, meal prep, cooking, etc. on top of my work load.

Lisa volunteered to make a quick stop to purchase bakery bread and rolls to make my life a little easier.

I told

This afternoon, I made a loaf of homemade bread and a single sandwich roll for her breakfast and lunch tomorrow and Friday.

"But, it's so much work. I know you've had to carry the load for many weeks. I want to make it easier for you."

I told Lisa about a blog column I published a few days ago about balance.

Lisa's work life is not easy.

My Work at Home Dog Mom Life is not easy.

But, at the end of the day, we find that balance.

Lisa knows that I end my day with reading a few chapters from a really great book.

I know that she much prefers my homemade bread and sandwich rolls.

Enough said.

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