On the upside, I got about 15 hours of sleep last night. This was due to the fact that I hadn't slept even an hour the night before. Sleep and I have become strangers lately. I'm not a fan of that. In the times I can't sleep, I read, so I've read about 3 books this week. Not a single one of them was the book that Ian told me I should read and let me borrow. I'm terrible at this. Instead of a sweet sci-fi book by Piers Anthony, I've been reading a trash novel series called the Dark Hunter series. They're by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Again...TRASH novels, but the mythology created is pretty fantastic. Too bad they can't take the concept and tone down the sex a bit and make it more story. It would work for me.
Plus, the last book in the series I read (Dance with the Devil, if you're curious) introduced like 2 or 3 additional mythologies which I think she's created separate series of books for. That's gonna probably be something I read eventually. These are my terrible guilty pleasure books, and they're what I've been reading lately when I can't sleep. I'd look infinitely classier if I could tell you that I've been reading the classics when I can't sleep. I do have a copy of Oliver Twist that I need to read sometime soon. It was my favorite book as a child, and I'd like to read it again. It had a Cinderella element to it that I think a lot of people really overlook which is a real shame. I think a lot more girls would enjoy it if they realized that was there. It's one of my favorite classic novels because in the end everyone gets what they deserve. Oliver gets happiness and a family, the bad guys are punished, and Rose is happy. It would be a good one to read again.
I also have been carrying my copy of Frances Mayes beautiful Under the Tuscan Sun which is an annual summer read for me. If you've never read it, you should. It's just so good. You feel like you're part of Italy and it makes you want to be there. I read it in the summer when I am daydreaming about where I'd like to run away (which happens at some point every year). It's just a beautiful way to escape. Plus it's full of recipes that I'd like to try eventually. Chase down this book with some fresh sun tea in a tall glass full of ice on a front porch, and you are in business.
Unrelated to all these books, Calle is graduating from high school again. It's funny because I moved so far from home, but I still have little siblings graduating. Can't help but be proud of her. We were talking about how strange it will be in the fall when we are both in college. We're separated by 10 years, but we're still both going to school this fall so we can work with kids. She'll be a teacher and I should finally finish my theology degree so I can be a youth minister. Mine just means I'll be more qualified to work the job I already have with Children of Change as we grow and work with kids. I'm hoping Calle's path is a little less confusing and complex than mine. I know she's going to face challenges, but I'm hoping that she's smart and strong and makes sure she listens when God calls so she doesn't face as much needless heartbreak.