Tuesday, August 6, 2013


My summer of being very, very busy, continues. I just finished my second one of these babies:

I've learned what ABV means (Alcohol By Volume) and IBU (International Bitterness Units). I've learned that I actually like my beer like I like my coffee - strong and dark, none of this "blond" nonsense.

Not only did I finish (and love) GONE GIRL, but I recently read three very different books that I also loved, this:



I read this great article and decided that yes, life is way too short to be busy.

Every year for the last seventeen years people have said, "Have a great summer!" Or asked, "Are you having a great summer?" I have nodded, lied, agreed, responded appropriately, all the while hating summer and the horse summer rode in on.

This year, we have actually had a great summer.

To all of you that suffer in summer with your kids, especially special-needs kids, home and at loose ends, there is hope. While Wil is still far from easy and I am still very much responding to his every wish/need/command, he is more independent. He is able to find stuff to do for longer stretches of time. He is able to make some of his own plans and carry them out on his own. He is able to be left alone for a couple of hours without worry that disaster will strike.

While not easy, it is easier.


fullsoulahead.com said...

I am SO HAPPY that you are finally at long last having a great summer.


kario said...

Excellent! When I could drink beer, I loved dark, strong beer, too. My favorite was Black Butte Porter. Alas, it all has gluten in it and I have yet to find a dark, gluten free beer, but maybe someday.

I love that you are having a good summer. I hope that they only get better from here, my friend.

Elizabeth said...

I'm actually having a good summer, too, Carrie! I think your constant uplifting outlook (tempered by humor, realistic kvetching and, of course, beer) is an inspiration.

Monet said...

So glad to find your blog. My older sister has a special-needs kid...I'm sure there is much she can relate to here! And I love Anne Lamott. I've been meaning to pick up that book!