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"But, uh, back to the lecture at hand..."

Today was one of those weird days when the time drags by SOOOOOO slowly,but somehow, it's not annoying. It just means you can get everything you need to do done! It wasn't until about 6:30 that the day's lingering attitude started to get to me! I mean, really. By 6:30pm, everyone should be home and relaxed! But, such is life!

Besides, even if you do get home late, how can you even think of being crabby when your cute husband is in the kitchen making you a yummy dinner? I got to lay on the couch and read for a bit, and then enjoy some chicken and veggies with Pete! I think Wednesdays and Thursdays are my favorite days, since Pete doesn't work those nights and we can spend some time together...even if "spending time together" consists of me blogging and Pete playing some game or another on his XBox! We are in the same room and all I have to do is lean in to get a kiss, so it works! At any rate, I meant to take a picture of dinner before I are anything, but I forgot until there were only about three bites left on my plate. But they are lovely-looking bites anyway, right? :-)

And speaking of the book I am reading, it is "the perks of being a wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky. It's another recommendation from my amazingly smart, well-read sister-in-law Ann Marie! I am trying very hard not to devour it, so I can extend the joy of reading it for the first time for as long as possible, but I am sure I'll finish it tonight! Even though the main character, Charlie, is much younger then I am, I find myself relating to his observations about life. Isn't it great to pick up a book and make a new friend?

Of course, I am amazed that I put my new phone down long enough to even pick up a book! I fully think I am addicted to my new phone. It's sooooo sleek and pretty and gadgety! It's like my laptop in my pocket! I mean, I can check Facebook on it! E-mail! Perez! And Twittering? Oh yeah. I tweet. Sometimes four, five times a day! It's a drug, and I'm addicted.

I think the only thing I may have a bigger addiction to is blogging!

(project 365)


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