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Happy Monday, all! Today is my 13th wedding anniversary. My husband and I got married on a chilly, rainy May 11 at a church called Peace with about 60 folks in attendance. Our reception was in the Dulany room of the student union at my alma mater, a sweet little wood-paneled and wallpapered room with a china room attached. They've since torn that building down, and the new Dulany is positively soulless. We had London Broil, no wedding cake, no dance, no alcohol. We had pictures taken by the Little Niagara Creek that runs through campus, and my father and brothers ran our wedding presents into our lakeside apartment in their tuxedos in the pouring rain.
Oh how much we've learned about ourselves, each other, and marriage in those years! We're still hopelessly in love. Still annoyed by the same things, too. I've said it many times in the last 13 years, and I'll say it again today: I never expected to have this good of a marriage. I feel like I kind of won the marriage lottery.
My marriage advice: Agree on the big stuff.
My husband's: Be patient.
I'm in a bit of a reading slump. I'm still reading every day, but I haven't really been enjoying what I've been reading. I abandoned my first book of the year when I quit Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed last week. It wasn't a good fit for where I am in my childfree decision.
Somewhat foolishly, I then picked up a book I abandoned last year, My Life in Middlemarch. Is the second time a charm? Well, it does mean a great deal more having read Middlemarch in the interim, but frankly, I'd rather just re-read Middlemarch than this book. It's much too academic for my taste. But I am learning a great deal about George Eliot's life--though I'm not sure it endures her to me or does much to shed light on her masterpiece.
I'm still reading One Writer's Beginning, which is getting a little slow. I'm enjoying my audio of What the Dog Saw, leaned last week about Ronco kitchen gadgets, ketchup, stock investment, and hair dye. And I'm enjoying Novel Interiors, thankful for the fact that it's more pictures than text.
This week I'll be reading Dana Perino's And the Good News Is.... Perino was President George W. Bush's press secretary, and I've enjoyed her straightforwardness and pragmatic attitude for many years.
I also wrote several book reviews last week. I don't know if I'll catch up on all the books I've read this year, but I'll at least review the highlights (and maybe some of the lowlights, too).
What are you reading this week?
Are you on a reading high, at low ebb, or somewhere in between?