Commenting Problem

UPDATE: I think it’s fixed now!

I am aware that some of you are not able to comment on my blog via desktop or laptop. There seems to be a problem with the WordPress theme I am using (Digg 3 column). Commenting via mobile device seems to be okay. I’ve submitted a ticket and hope to have it corrected soon.

Sunday Matters: A Cloudy Start to the Weekend

Sunday Matters

This past week went by quickly. There was lots to do between work and all the other stuff going on but nothing too major. The Girl auditioned for choir but we don’t know if she’s in yet and she didn’t think to ask when the results would be posted. Thanks for all of the good luck wishes. I’ll let you know the outcome.

The track meet yesterday was a long day of cold! The rain held off but I am still trying to defrost my behind after sitting on those metal bleachers.

Track Meet

The Girl got 1st place for the 100m. First time she’s done that. I was at the finish line and it was so close. She was so focused. Maybe because it was so freakin’ cold and she had been out on the field for an hour in staging in nothing but her track uniform, which isn’t much but it was so awesome to see!

The Teen passed his last driving lesson. Time for the real deal now. He’s rehearsing for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels which will be the weekend of the 7th. It’s coming up fast. He finishes his SAT prep class this week and will take the test this Saturday while we are in Simi Valley for JV finals.

I was finally told where my office space will be. It’s got some privacy but it has no view of a window. I DO have two windows but they overlook a hallway. Why? I haven’t a clue. There are shades on them but they are a little transparent. I may feel like I am being watched but maybe not. I will take a picture when I can. The person who is currently there hasn’t packed yet.

Right Now:

Coffee! Lots of it. I am going to church today for my regular service and then taking The Girl to a teen group later in the afternoon. I submitted my application to volunteer in the student ministry. Me! I know. I have a lot on my plate but at the same time, I feel the need to give back. My childhood and other things I have been through have led me here and even though it’s a little scary, I am taking the plunge.

This Week:

We had a logo change at work which has affected all of our webpages, stationary, etc. I will be busy updating what needs to be updated.

Trying to also figure out how to celebrate The Hub’s birthday which is this Saturday. We have a track meet that day and we have to somehow get The Teen to his SAT class which is not in our home town.

Reading:

The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer. It wasn’t working for me at first, but now that I am at 60%, I find myself reaching for it.

Watching:

Still watching Mad Men. Also got The Girl to see Star Wars IV for the first time. We will be watching V and VI next week. Trying to get ready for the new one coming out. It was fun to see again. A rather simple story line which I actually remembered pretty well. She likes Chewbacca the most!

Making:

Not sure. I have a bunch of chicken. Maybe a chicken stir fry?

Grateful for:

Family time. I love it when we watch a movie as a family and we were able to do that this weekend.

Cannot Wait for Wind / Pinball!

Wind / Pinball

I am so excited! These two novels (Hear the Wind Sing & Pinball, 1973) have finally been translated in English and will be coming out on August 4th in one volume. As part of the Trilogy of the Rat which includes A Wild Sheep Chase & unofficially Dance, Dance, Dance (both I’ve already read), this volume will complete the collection. Look at that cover!

Why is it a trilogy when there are actually four novels? Dance, Dance, Dance was written as a sequel, but it’s actually not a part of the trilogy.

Blurb courtesy of the Book Depository:

The debut short novels–nearly thirty years out of print– by the internationally acclaimed writer, newly retranslated and in one English-language volume for the first time, with a new introduction by the author. These first major works of fiction by Haruki Murakami center on two young men–an unnamed narrator and his friend and former roommate, the Rat. Powerful, at times surreal, stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism, these novellas bear all the hallmarks of Murakami’s later books, giving us a fascinating insight into a great writer’s beginnings, and are remarkable works of fiction in their own right. Here too is an exclusive essay by Murakami in which he explores and explains his decision to become a writer. Prequels to the much-beloved classics “A Wild Sheep Chase “and “Dance Dance Dance, ” these early works are essential reading for Murakami completists and contemporary fiction lovers alike.

He’s so famous now, that they don’t even need to include the full title on the cover! I am so freakin’ excited! Is it August yet?

Sunday Matters: On Reading

Sunday Matters

I’ve had an excellent reading week. I made a real effort to get through some of my review copies and managed to get through three this week. Almost four. Maybe it’s because I’ve been so high strung and anxious this week. I don’t even care. I just want to continue at this pace and put a real dent in my list.

Right Now:

After the track meet yesterday and much of it being spent in the hot sun, it feels good to sleep in a little bit. Even just a little extra sleep makes such a difference in how I look and feel. I wish I could do it more often.

After a few cups of coffee and a bite to eat, we’ll head to church.

This Week:

I should know about my new office space by Monday. What I know at the moment, is that I will be upstairs.

As for the other stuff, one doc appointment this week and I am really hoping to pick up my new glasses but finding the time to do it is tough!

The Girl auditions for middle school choir this Thursday. She is going to be singing You and I and then has to sing Happy Birthday. I sure hope she makes it. She has a husky quality to her voice so I hope the song choice serves her well. Making choir would really boost her confidence.

Rehearsal and track practice rounds out the week.

Reading:

Not sure what my next read will be. Maybe Five Nights in Paris. Maybe Dead Wake. I’ve been thinking about reading The Fountainhead again or maybe Atlas Shrugged. I’ve been watching Mad Men and Atlas keeps being mentioned. The first is over 700 pages and the second is over 1200. Read-along anyone?

Rand

Watching:

Mad Men

Mad Men! I feel like a traitor to all women for watching it but I am fascinated with the time period (60’s) and some of the stuff that goes on is pretty jarring to watch since no one lives that way today. Women smoking and drinking while pregnant, bosses sleeping with their secretaries and anyone else they can get their hands on, etc. The office politics alone will make your toes curl. I am so into it.

Bates Motel

Bates Motel is really getting good, too. Four more episodes of crazy!

Making:

It’s warm out which makes me want to grill something. Steak with a big kale salad?

Grateful for:

Reading. My escape this week has definitely been reading. So glad to be back into it.

Sunday Matters: An Abundance of Eye Rolling

Sunday Matters

Strange title for this post, huh? Is it possible to sprain your eyes from too much eye rolling? This past week was a blur. When I really think about it, nothing huge happened. Just a bunch of tiny things to set the eyes rolling:

  • Teen left for choir tour. Routine was off because of it. He comes back later tonight.
  • I was told that I have to change offices at work. No more shameless reading spot. No more working in the library building. This is rather huge. I’ve been here for a really long time. Not sure how my early mornings will work now. I move in 2-3 weeks and they don’t know where I am going yet.
  • The Girl did something to her wrist while high jumping. Then she had something going on with HER eye. The drama!
  • Still cannot figure out my comment issue with WordPress. They can’t figure it out either but I am unable to respond by phone at all, and when I respond via desktop, all of my email header stuff continues to be included. It’s a serious drag because I love to reply to comments.

There’s more but I am done with it all. Ready to start a new week.

Right Now:

I am sitting in my track pants and attempting to be a functioning human being. Coffee helps. We will hit church later this morning and then the rest of the day is up for grabs. Errands. Probably have to do some since we hit Santa Barbara yesterday but I am in denial about what we have to eat in this house.

This Week:

I will be cleaning out my office space. I’ve moved a lot while working at the university but mostly it’s all been within the same building. Each time I’ve weeded through stuff so I don’t have that much junk but I have a lot of books from all the books sales I’ve taken advantage of. Do you keep a bookshelf of fave reads at work? I do. It’s mostly classics. I am going to be really sad to be leaving the library.

Let’s see, what else? Rehearsals will be back in full swing now that break is over. The Girl has the lap-a-thon for track, SAT prep for The Teen, and I have a hair cut appointment. Oh, I need to pick up my new glasses too. I hope they don’t make me look like a total dork. The Teen said they are hipster-ish.

Reading:

I finished Blue Sun, Yellow Sky. I will write-up my thoughts on that one shortly. I am currently reading The Bullet. It’s starting off so-so for me. I figured it would start with a bang (pun intended) but it’s a little slow for me. At least the beginning is.

I may start We All Looked Up. I need to light a fire under my butt and what better way than to read a story about a mega asteroid coming to Earth?

We All Looked Up

Watching:

I finished Breaking Bad and loved it to pieces. I asked for recommendations on Facebook and so I started White Collar, but it’s a little slow for me! Matt Bomer is easy on the eyes, but I think I will save him for American Horror Story. He’s joining the cast! I settled on Mad Men. It’s hard not to watch that one.

Making:

I picked up some beans to make soup with the leftover ham from last week. I’m sure it will make for some tasty lunches this week.

Grateful for:

I am so glad that we live close to the ocean. Not that close, about a 70 mile drive one way, but close enough to make the trip when we feel like it. After spending the day at the beach yesterday, I feel totally refreshed.

Okay, now it’s your turn. What are you doing today?

Sunday Matters: The Easter Edition

Sunday Matters


Right Now:

Happy Easter! Normally we’d be heading out to church right now, but our church had several Easter services to choose from so we attended service on Friday. Our friends were getting baptized too, so it was a VERY special service.

Today, The Girl has a friend coming over for brunch and then later we will enjoy a simple Easter dinner.

Easter - Cross

This Week:

This is Spring Break for my kids but The Hub is not able to take time off and The Teen leaves for his choir tour to San Diego on Wednesday so this is not a typical week. There is still one rehearsal for The Teen and three nights of track practice for The Girl to prepare for Saturday’s meet.

Reading:

My reading has been so slow because of the eye problem but I went to the doctor again and there is no permanent damage to the eye. It’s just taking a long time to heal because of all the computer work I’ve had to do for my job.  So I have some new drops and after being off the computer all weekend, the eye feels good. Now, I just have to keep it that way.

Watching:

The Girl and I went to see Cinderella. It was a very sweet movie. I thought the acting was pretty good and the visuals were really lovely.

On the other side of the spectrum, Breaking Bad. I am on the very last episode of season five. It’s killing me.

Making:

This morning we are having bacon and cinnamon rolls and maybe some eggs for me. I love eggs over easy. I don’t have any of that good gluten free bread left though.

Later, I am making an apricot glazed ham, mashed potatoes, green beans with almonds, corn and biscuits.

Grateful for:

This day at home with the family.

 

20 Questions About Me

20 Questions

Two things you should know (in addition to the 20 things I will mention here):

  • The eye has not completely healed and I’ve had to cut back on reading both books and blogs so reviews are a little backed up.
  • I am having problems with replying to comments on my own blog! I can reply, but doing so includes my email headers as well. WordPress knows about it and is working on it but it’s taking a long time to fix. So when I reply to you by email, you may see a lot of extra stuff in the reply.

Okay, now for this post. I was tagged a long time ago and made a note to work it in soon, and now is just the perfect time since I am so far behind in my reading.

I was tagged by The Reading Wench! Thank you!

20 Questions About Me:

1. HOW TALL ARE YOU?

5’4″

2. DO YOU HAVE A HIDDEN TALENT?

I can twirl a baton like nobody’s business. I can do the splits. I can’t GET UP from the splits but I can still do them. 

3. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST BLOG-RELATED PET PEEVE?

Bloggers who never reply to comments. 

4. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST NON-BLOG RELATED PET-PEEVE?

People who do not say thank you when I hold a door for them. 

5. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SONG?

One song? I can tell you this, I get really really happy when I hear Brown Eyed Girl

6. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ETSY SHOP?

I sometimes look at the bookish offerings and I’ve purchased custom dog tags before but even the smallest transactions seem to have problems so I don’t visit often. 

7. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND YOUR FREE TIME WHEN YOU’RE ALONE?

Typically, reading but lately I try to catch some winks. I don’t sleep enough. Need to work on that. 

8. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE JUNK FOOD?

Nachos. The horrible kind with the fake cheese sauce, piled high with jalapenos. The kind you get at a school, track or football event. 

9. DO YOU HAVE PETS?

We have Chloe. We rescued her from the shelter at 6 months of age. She resembles an otter pup when she rolls around so she’s earned the nick The Otter Pup. Here she is, looking pissy because The Girl took her from me.

The Otter Pup

10. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FICTION AND NONFICTION BOOKS?

Too many to list. But I do like dysfunction and darker, heavier reads. I seem to really like dysfunction in marriage and books about suburbia. 

11. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCT?

I am a minimalist when it comes to beauty products, but I have a few that I swear by:

  • Noxzema (I have spent hundreds of dollars on cleansers and they all make me break out, but Noxzema never does and it’s dirt cheap. Makes my face feel all tingly.)
  • RoC Retinol Correxion (Again, I’ve spent a lot of money on more expensive wrinkle creams but this one is $20, lasts for 3 months, used nightly and works the best).
  • Coconut Lip Butter from The Body Shop (I end up buying many tubs of this because The Otter Pup chews them up! It’s the only thing she goes for, she is usually so good.)

12. WHEN WERE YOU LAST EMBARRASSED?

When I fell on Father’s Day while attempting to board a battleship for a tour. 

13. IF YOU COULD DRINK ONE BEVERAGE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Water.  I am not that into beverages but if I had to pick something other than water, I’d choose iced tea. 

14. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?

Again, too many to list but The Breakfast Club never gets old. 

15. WHAT WERE YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL? PROM QUEEN, NERD, CHEERLEADER, JOCK, VALEDICTORIAN, BAND GEEK, LONER, ARTIST, ETC?

I was on drill team and later pep squad… which is sort of like a cheerleader. But I was also into drama and hung out with all types of people. 

16. IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU LIVE?

I’ve never been out of the country. That said, I don’t think I can accurately answer the question but someplace remote would be good, but not too remote. I’d like to be able to drive into town within a reasonable time frame. 

17. PC OR MAC?

I use both for work but I prefer the operating system of my Mac. 

18. LAST ROMANTIC GESTURE FROM A CRUSH, DATE, BOYFRIEND?

This is small but married people of more than 20 years will get it. I like it when The Hub pours my Sunday morning coffee and brings it to me. It’s as if he knows that I need it right at that moment. 

19. FAVORITE CELEB?

Tom Hanks is pretty damn awesome but from the past, I had a thing for Doris Day. Loved her movies. I know she is still around but I miss that era. 

20. WHICH BLOGGER DO YOU SECRETLY WANT TO BE BEST FRIENDS WITH?

I want to be best friends with everyone. I only follow certain bloggers and if I do, that means that I’ve identified some of my craziness in you… that’s a compliment by the way. 

I am not going to tag anyone because I never know who to tag but this has been fun.

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