Status Report, July

Sitting…at my dining room table. I was on the porch but it’s like 200% humidity out there. Ugh.

Drinking…coffee, black, from my husband’s LiveStrong mug in honor of The Tour.
Watching…The Tour. The Tour de France, that is, though I’m not watching right now exactly. We are a household of cyclists, my husband and two of my boys (maybe more to come), so The Tour is a greatly anticipated event each year. And with Lance’s comeback? All the more exciting. And yes, I do watch with them and actually find it all pretty interesting–but that’s fodder for another post.
Resuming…my hurried pace of driving kids all over town all day long. I enjoyed a brief respite last week while my oldest two were away at a youth conference but this week, it’s back to the races. Literally.
Anticipating…vacation in a couple of weeks. We need it. All of us.
Hoping…to be able to meet up with Melissa of Breath of Life while we’re on vacation in her neck of the woods. Won’t that be fun?
Still looking…for some comfortable shoes to wear while on vacation. We will be walking. A lot. It seems that as the comfort level rises as does the shoe price so I want to be sure to make a wise investment. Any recommendations?
Planning…to attend the True Woman Conference in Chattanooga in the spring. Anyone else? I am so excited! Registration opens August 1.
Completed…Writing Places by William Zinsser and really enjoyed it. I’ve decided I love memoir. Reading memoir makes me want to grab a spiral notebook and a pen and sit under a tree somewhere and attempt to create something beautiful out of the dull, ordinary moments of my dull, ordinary life. As if. I don’t, but I always want to, at least for a day or two. Anyway, speaking of Writing Places, we’ll be giving a copy away next month at 5 Minutes for Books; watch for it!
Wanting…something really, really good to read. I have a stack of books waiting to be read (and, no, Jennifer, I’m not complaining) but I’m looking for something that is pure fun, a delight to read. What are some of your favorite pleasure reads? If you share your list with me, maybe I will post a list of my all time favorites.

Deciding…what to do when I get up from the computer. I need to (choose one or more of the following): Walk. Laundry. Chore lists for the boys. Clean house. Call the dentist. Go to the cleaners. Run kids all over town all day long. Yep, it’s the glamorous life of a stay at home mom. Dull, ordinary, and not exactly the stuff of memoirs. No matter for in the midst of the dull and the ordinary (and the hopeless and the depraved) God has chosen to make known the greatness of the riches of His glory, Christ in me, the hope of glory! Him we proclaim!

Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

7 thoughts on “Status Report, July”

  1. Ah… shoes! I love shoes, and the more comfortable, the better.I bought a pair of New Balance runners for walking. Very comfy.Sandals? Merrells are my friend's favorite, but I wear Birkenstock sandals only, as they are the best fit for my feet. Mephistos are also good, but I couldn't wear them because they were too wide. Columbia also makes walking sandals, and I have a pair of those, but they aren't as comfy as my Birks.Other shoes… well, I like Sperry Top Siders, but they are not good for walking, because they have no arch, but they are good for general puttering, and the slip on factor is nice. I have Birkenstocks that are like a slip on loafer, and again, good for me, but not for everyone.Some of my friends are die hard Clarks fans, but I bought a pair last year and found them not good for me.

  2. I cannot tell you how happy it made me to see that you love memoir. I'm working on one right now, but every publishing blog I read says "Don't try to publish a memoir unless you are famous." (which I'm not) "Nobody wants to read about your life." And it discourages me so much I don't want to do it anymore. Ugh.Books. In the summer, for some reason, I seem to go back to the Kick Keswick series by Marne Davis Kellogg. I'm on my 3rd go-round right now. These books are simply fun. Start with the first one, "Brilliant," and then move on down the line. You'll love them.

  3. Wish I could recommend a book, but there's no reading here because…'s all Tour all the time! I have to confess that I am enjoying all the drama this year.

  4. My husband has been out of town this week and whenever he calls, he asks if I've been watching The Tour. I have to admit, I haven't. It's not that I don't like it (I don't mind it) — we've just been too busy. No TV, no computer. No Tour.

  5. I have some Teva shoes (not sandals) that are much more comfortable (and light!) than I ever imagined they would be. I like Born and Clarks most of the time, too. I have had a couple of pairs of Danskos, but I find them to be heavy and clunky.

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