Sunday Matters: A Nice, Sunny Weekend

Sunday Matters

This week was pretty good. Lots going on (as usual). Seems to be the norm with me but not a bad week overall. We had fun at the track meet yesterday. I worked the long jump pit for the first time. It was a lot of fun but it was HOT. I think The Girl struggled a little with the heat because her get up and go, got up and went. After a full day in the sun, it was nice to come home and rest a bit. Then, The Teen’s girlfriend came over for dinner. It was a good day.

Right Now:

Udi’s makes a new gluten-free bread and it’s delicious!! I am having it toasted with butter and marmalade and of course, there’s coffee too. We are about to head off to church and then from there, The Hub and Girl will be going to Six Flags. That means, that I have the afternoon to myself!

This Week:

Nothing out of the ordinary. Same old stuff for the kids with the addition of two doctor’s appointments and book club.

Reading:

This is becoming a thing but I am STILL reading The Book of Strange New Things. It’s really good and gives me lots to think about but it takes a lot of time to get through. So much so, that I forgot to read my book club pick, The Tempest. I gotta get on that for this week’s meeting.

Watching:

Tonight is all about the season finale of The Walking Dead. I feel as if we are about to lose a major character. I am thinking Glenn but I sure hope not.

Making:

Tacos!

Grateful for:

My free afternoon. I promise not to clean. I will most likely use my U-verse coupon to see Mockingjay, Part 1.

What are you up to today?

Walking Down Memory Lane

As readers, it’s fun to re-visit or at least ponder the books we read when we were younger. I know my reading tastes have changed quite a bit but I thought it would be fun to share some of the books I read when I was younger. Kay’s post from the other day reminded me just how fun those reading years were so be sure to check out her post as well.

These books are in no particular order:

Nancy Drew

I read every single Nancy Drew book in the series and then moved on to the Hardy Boys. Girl detective, a mystery to solve, a handsome boyfriend. I was all over these books.

Sweet Valley High

Sweet Valley High was a favorite. There were several books in the series, all of them good. Twins, in high school. Two totally different personalities. Fun stuff.

Flowers in the Attic
Flowers in the Attic. A family is forced to live in the attic of their wealthy grandparents’ home after their father is killed in a car accident. It’s a bizarre story and there were at least four other books in the series. Talk about dysfunction!

The Outsiders

The Outsiders. I still love this book. Ponyboy, a Greaser, tries to figure it all out with his brothers as they deal with the aftermath of a fight which leaves a young man dead. I read this on my own, then in middle school we read it together as a class and then watched the movie. I handed it to my son at a time when he absolutely would not read a book and he loved it, too.

Harlequin Presents
Harlequin Presents. I am a little embarrassed to even say I read these but I could not get them into my hands fast enough. There was this bookstore inside the mall and my friends and I would head over with our pocket-money to spin that wire rack and take a new book home for the weekend. I was maybe eleven or twelve at the time. Oh la la! Actually, they were pretty tame.

Carrie
Carrie and Stephen King, in general. I read many of his books when I was young. Carrie was just one of them. I also read many of his short story collections during this time. The library had several copies, always available so I never had any trouble getting a copy. Except for the librarian who took it upon herself to give me a lecture every time I checked one out. Apparently, a young girl should not fill her mind with such horrible things. Tsk. Tsk. I mean, look at me. I turned out okay, right?

What books do you remember from childhood or from your early teen years?

Sunday Matters: Madness

Sunday Matters

This has been a very interesting week of challenges. I think I caught myself going mad at least three times, possibly four. Just too many things coming at me at once and me being too tired to want to deal with any of them. Some things that put me over the top:

  • My daughter not getting the part she tried for in the play.
  • Attending junior high orientation, the same night she got the news about the play. Hysterics. Sadness. I needed drugs. Didn’t have any.
  • My car leaking gasoline everywhere the same day we get the other car back from having the alternator repaired.
  • A freak electrical storm which forced track practice to end early and caused The Girl to almost pass out from fright.

But that’s all behind us now and Saturday we had The Girl’s first track meet and she decided to add High Jump as an event. Something she’s always been afraid to try. It was a proud moment to see her do that when I know that deep down, she was terrified. We also attended a choir concert for The Teen. A very nice way to end the day.

The Teen? How has he been? Well, he’s been pretty good. Plugging away at his SAT prep class and preparing for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in May. He should be getting his license here pretty soon if he ever finishes his driver’s training.

The Girl? Trying to decide what elective to take in junior high. Will she take yearbook like her brother? Or audition for choir? Or will she opt for four quarter long electives? She’s not sure yet. She’s leaning towards yearbook but that and choir she has to apply/interview for so who knows how that will all go.

Right Now:

About to head to church. I sure need it! In addition to my coffee I really want to tempt fate and eat a bagel but I know I can’t do that with my gluten issues. I really want one though.

This Week:

Should be a better week. We don’t have much going on except track and the basic ensemble rehearsal for the show.

Reading:

Reading

  • The Book of Strange New Things (really good but it’s a big one)
  • The Bullet (hoping this is a page turner)

Watching:

Same old stuff but soon things will be ending and I’ll have to fill-up my time with something else.

  • The Walking Dead has only two more episodes! Daryl is on a bike again! Things are happening.
  • Bates Motel is getting good too but this is a quieter show. Not as much action but it’s riveting.
  • Breaking Bad has become one of my fave shows. I am on season four, episode six. My lunches have been enjoyable while watching this one.

Making:

I never got to make gumbo last week so I really want it this week. Of course, The Teen will complain. He doesn’t like food that goes over rice.

Grateful for:

My bed. I need to catch-up on sleep and although my bed is not new or fancy or adjustable in any way, it feels good to get into it after a long week.

Shameless Reading Spot: What’s Yours?

Do you guys watch Seinfeld? You know that episode where George builds out the space under his desk so he can take naps while working?

Seinfeld - George

Every time this episode comes on my husband and I laugh because this is a trick I have been doing for years. NOT while working and NOT to take naps, but before work, I throw down my yoga mat and sort of “hang out” there with my book.

It’s true.

I made the decision a long time ago to get to work earlier than I have to. Mostly, to avoid traffic but back in the day, I did it to go to the gym before work. That doesn’t happen anymore. But, I’ve come to love my early mornings for lots of reasons. It’s super quiet, no one is here, I can enjoy my coffee, read, listen to Spotify if I want and yes, throw down my yoga mat, get comfy and literally fall into whatever book I am reading at the time.

This morning I was thinking about why this spot appeals to me so much and I have to say, that it reminds me of my childhood. My favorite library growing up had reading cubbies for the kids. Made of wood, they were just the right size and when you read inside of one, you could shut the world out around you.

Here’s a shot of mine, minus the yoga mat but as you can see, it’s not tricked out like the one George had. Heck, it doesn’t even have a back to it. My old desk did. Oh, how I miss it.

Desk

My husband knows me so well that yesterday when he asked me how I was feeling in chat, this is what went down:

Chat

So, am I weird? Do you guys have a shameless reading spot? It’s not something I would yell from the rafters but I think maybe readers could understand my weirdness. No?

In My Book Bookmark Winners!

In My Book Bookmark/Card

The In My Book giveaway is over and out of 24 entries, I’ve randomly chosen three using Random.org. The winners are:

Jen from The Relentless Reader
Tif from Tif Talks Books
Anne Berger

All have been contacted by email. They each get to pick one bookmark design of their choosing. Thanks for entering!

Sunday Matters: Time-Change Hangover?

Sunday Matters

Is it possible to be hung-over from the time change? Sure feels like it. My internal clock is still off. Twice this week I worked past my normal working hours because I thought it was earlier than it was. And… I cannot seem to fall asleep when I need to. I end up being a chatter box until The Hub tells me to be quiet. I hate that he can fall asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow. I mean, really. Also, it was 90 degrees the other day and I am sure today will be a repeat of that.

In other news, The Girl got called back for both the role of Brigitta and a nun (The Sound of Music). She said the call back went well. The final cast list posts on Tuesday afternoon.

And… if this isn’t a coincidence then I don’t know what is. My daughter is auditioning for a part in The Sound of Music and then Thomas writes up a post with this title which happens to be a play on my name and is a direct result of a comment I made on his blog. I tell ya, that post put a huge smile on my face.

Right Now:

Enjoying some coffee. Seems to be my usual Sunday morning thing. Also enjoying some cheese grits and an egg over easy and then we are off to church.

This Week:

This is one of those weeks that will be difficult for me to juggle. Lots and lots going on. Rehearsals and maybe even more rehearsals than scheduled since the final cast list posts on Tuesday. Track practice with the first meet this Saturday, high school open house the same freakin’ night as the junior high orientation which will force us to go on a night not assigned to us, Jazz pop dress rehearsal for choir, Jazz pop concert on Saturday night, and I am sure I am forgetting something. Oh  yeah, SAT prep classes start.

Reading:

I am really trying to catch-up with my review copies so I am putting a huge dent in The Book of Strange New Things which is reminding me a lot of The Sparrow, at least the first part is.

Watching:

  • Bates Motel started up again with Season 3 and yes, I am watching crazy Norman and his mother.
  • Still watching The Walking Dead. It’s just so compelling. I cannot look away.
  • I just started Breaking Bad, Season 4. OMG. Just, so good.
  • Movies? Haven’t really seen any but I feel like watching Tootsie.

Making:

I haven’t a clue what I will make for dinner but I have a craving for:

  • Tacos ( I can eat tacos 24/7)
  • A really large BBQ Chicken salad with homemade ranch dressing.
  • Gumbo

Strange cravings. All so different.

Grateful for:

The quiet moments. Hard to imagine that I have any, but I do.

What are you up to today? What’s on your plate for the week?

Fluffy, Furry, Stinky – Pet Sematary (Final Stretch)

Tony - Catuck
After a lumbering start, I am in the final stretch of the Pet Sematary read-along, affectionately referred to as #gangstercats on Twitter. Check out Tony (above). He’s really a duck but he thinks he’s a cat. Sent to me by the host of this read-along with instructions to gussy him up. So he’s all decked out in his gangster-like finery. He’s meant to protect. But will he?

BTW, the whole #gangstercats thing is actually from a line in the book. You know, in case you were wondering and thinking we all lost our minds.

Some observations of the book so far (without spoilers):

  • This is my 3rd time reading it, but my first time reading as a mom and let me tell you, the kid stuff is a little hard to digest. It’s rough going from here on out.
  • The “cat-uck” (half cat/half duck) you see above can’t hold a candle to the cat in the book. The cat in the book is scary, smelly and not the fun-loving furry minx you’d expect from a family pet.
  • King has said many times this is his scariest book to date and yes, I can see that being an accurate statement. But at the same time, I don’t have nightmares about this stuff. The evening news scares me more.
  • Reading the book has made me want to see the movie again and let’s face it, the movie was horrible.

That’s it for now. I plan to finish it up soon but what does one read after a book like this?

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