Book Club and End of Week

23Aug08

Ahhhh, Saturday!  It’s early on a Saturday morning.  Marc’s still in bed and I have a chance to think about the end of this week.

As I mentioned, it’s been really busy.  We finished out our group at Orchard Gardens.  We covered Media Literacy on Wednesday, Healthy Relationships on Thursday and on Friday we played Cranium.  I think that the girls enjoyed themselves throughout.  I am definitely glad that I helped to facilitate this group.  It was great working with my co-facilitator, Leah, too.

So, besides doing the group on Friday, I also ran a Big for a Day Program.  Big for a Day is part of my regular job duties as Program Support Specialist with the agency, and it serves girls who do not yet have Big Sisters.  We went to the Aquarium.  This specific event was unique, because it was on a weekday, and we used volunteers from State Street.  It turned out really well.   (I wasn’t expecting ANY girls to want to come on a Friday during the day, but we had a full roster.)  Anyway, the girls got to spend time with some great volunteers at the Aquarium AND they got lunch.

Beyond the work adventures, Marc and I hosted book club at our house.  We read Peony in Love by Lisa See.  I believe it was discussed that maybe (as a rule) we should avoid books that have “love” in the title.  I guess that might give you an indication on what people thought about the book.  We have decided to recover by reading a classic…1984.  I know, I know, it’s hard to believe that I (along with most of my fellow book-clubbers) haven’t read this book, but it’s true.

Friday, we spent the evening with Sara and Abby, visiting with the bed-resting mama.  We brought DELICIOUS Thai food from our local Arlington Thai place (in a hot bag, so it wouldn’t lose any of its warmth on the way to Cambridge).  Abby, who is a Thai Food aficionado (regardless of her pregnancy), said that it rivaled Brown Sugar in deliciousness.  After, we just hung out and talked and laughed.  They’re both amazing.  I can’t believe their good spirits, even after three weeks of bed rest (for Abby) and three weeks of running around (for Sara).  I know I’d be grumpy and frustrated (and Marc would be the same), but Sara and Abby are still smiling.  Maybe it has something to do with the baby that’s on its way…!  Speaking of, Sprout was kicking his mama — apparently, he wasn’t crazy about the elastic of her pants, and was kicking Abby along her waistband.  It was good to be with them and nice to be out on a Friday.  They gave me the first two books in the Twilight series to read.  I am assured that I will blaze through these books and fall in love.  So.  Though I am the tiniest bit skeptical (vampires???), I will give them a try.

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5 Responses to “Book Club and End of Week”

  1. Lucky you, getting to read 1984 for the first time. Magnificent, bleak, unforgettable. Not quite as potent since Communism turned up its toes but a damning assessment of the human capacity to dominate…and allow ourselves to be cowed.

    Good reading…

  2. I still can’t believe you haven’t read 1984 yet.

    Thank you guys so much for coming over last night – we had a blast, and it was nice to have company. The food was indeed delicious. Maybe I’ll stop my quest for new Thai places…

  3. 3 elysabethreichman

    Any time you want us to bring it over, just let me know. Have hot bag, will travel.

  4. Kent loves 1984 and one of my students devoured “Twilight.” I’m reading “The Red Tent.” I picked it up from a hostel in Peru…it was originally bought in Ecuador. 🙂

  5. 5 elysabethreichman

    I’m not loving Twilight! But I’m hoping that it’s just the first book, and that the other ones might be better…


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