I think I finished three books in the past week. They're older books that I never got around to reading and they were all wonderful. I pretty much unplugged while we were in Phoenix and just relaxed and read (and ate and drank and swam). I never expected to love the desert when I moved to Arizona but there is just something so magical about it. I love the way it smells in the evening when there is a bit of moisture in the air. It's just the slightest bit of dampness but it gives everything a different feel. The sun sets are beautiful, the saguaro everywhere.
I brought my camera and didn't take a single picture except for a few on my phone.
Being unplugged, away from the lure of Facebook and of sitting around jumping from link to link or text to text, always feels nice. I love the space it creates for thinking. Sometimes that leads to more reading for me, but today I just felt like listening to music.
I used to spend hours just sitting and listening to music. I got lots of good suggestions from you about what to listen to on Facebook (doh! Back in the saddle!) --- my request was like the Lumineers but not the Lumineers --- because I've exhausted that album (I've also exhausted Mumford and Sons). Some of the bands recommended are ones I've heard on various Pandora stations but never explored more and others, I've never heard of. (What you recommended: The Avett Brothers, Shovels and Rope, Band of Horses, Dawes, Trampled by Turtles, The Jayhawks, Civil Wars, Head and the Heart, The Lone Bellow, Nathaniel Ratliff, Mumford, Lincoln Durham, Uncle Lucious, Daughter, Of Monsters and Men, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros, Young the Giant).
I'm excited to explore. Right now, I'm settled into listen to Yankee Foxtrot Hotel which is one of my forgotten favorite albums of all time. I honestly had no idea Wilco had new albums since Sky Blue Sky.
Does anyone else have suggestions for me? My kids will probably go nuts with the mellow music but you can only listen to the Disney princess songs before you crave something with a bit of heartache, right?
Also, just two days until the girls and I travel to Ohio to visit family and attend Donovan's cousin Tyler's wedding. Can't wait.