I'm a firm believer in work. I'm talking actual, physical labor that gets you sweaty and tired and gives you a nice farmer's tan. For some reason, if I put a certain amount of work into a day or week, I feel entitled to some "me" time. For example, I spent the last one or two weeks doing various degrees of housework and yard work, filling up all my time with chores I usually avoid, but all for a good purpose which I'm sure you all can appreciate. (Not that I had this goal in mind at the time, it just happened to work out this way). I spent the entirety of Friday reading. It was glorious! Aside from taking care of the basic needs of my children, I sat on my couch with a pillow and blanket and literally read a book from cover to cover.
It was called "Beastly" by Alex Flinn, soon to take film form at the end of this July. When I saw it at the book store the other night, I couldn't pass it up. I mean, how often do I indulge in true chic lit? In answer, not that often, and it was worth every minute. Now, I'm not tauting this book to be anything but a fun read. It does happen to be based on one of my favorite fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast, which is probably why it caught my eye in the first place. I believe the author handled certain subject matter with a delicate hand. And having the pleasant experience of reading the story from the beast's perspective was incredibly satisfying. Enough said.
Oh! And the icing on the cake was that I finished the book right when my kids were getting out of school. So I packed them in the car and we spent the afternoon at McDonald's while I wrote.
Such a good day! :)
p.s. The first pic is a nod to fans of the movie "Return to Me", when they're walking through the zoo and watching the construction workers. If you've seen the movie, then you know the part that I'm talking about. :)