Sunday Matters: It’s a Formal Kind of Weekend

Sunday Matters

The Teen’s winter formal was this past Saturday. There was no last minute dash for clothing or anything this time around. He got a suit for Christmas and he wore that. They chose to make the corsage and boutonnière, which kept it all simple but nice. They had a family member take photos and they met up with friends for dinner before heading to the dance.

Winter Formal 2015

While he was out of the house, we kept The Girl entertained. She’s easy. She just needs buttery popcorn and a good comedy and she’s good to go. It’s funny, because she doesn’t talk to her brother all that much when he is around but she misses him when he’s gone so we have to keep her occupied. That’s the five-year gap in action.

Right Now:

Enjoying a cup of coffee before heading off to church. The Girl was invited to Six Flags by a friend so they will be attending an earlier service and then will spend a few hours at the park. That means The Hub and I are on our own for church today since The Teen attends a different church.

This Week:

Theater meeting this week for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and rehearsals for Annie. Oh, and a hair appointment. That’s all I have right now. Oh yeah, work stuff but it will be the second week of school so hopefully things will settle down a little. Actually, the first week wasn’t all that bad except for some work drama that really should never have even happened.

On my to-do list. fixing our leaky faucet. You know how little things come up here and there around the house and it just takes forever and a day to fix them? Like that door painting thing I took care of months ago. It was on my list for ages and seriously, it took me 20 minutes to do. Well, the faucet is no longer just a drip-drip. It needs to be dealt with.

<Update> We took it apart, could not find a replaement part so we put it back together until we can find one and now it’s not dripping. Go figure.

Reading:

I finshed West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan (review to come) and I am now trying to figure out what to read next. As far as ARCs, I have some good ones to dip into. Her by Harriet Lane, Dead Wake by Erik Larson, The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer, Nesbo’s Blood on Snow and Five Nights in Paris by John Baxter. And really, that’s just a drop in the ARC bucket but those are the ones that are the most recent.

But, I also have soooo many awesome library books like I’ll Give You the Sun, All the Light We Cannot See, and Us.

See my problem? How does one choose? Plus, there is a Murakami that I have not read, South of the Border, West of the Sun. Decisions, decisions.

Watching:

Halfway through season two of Orange is the New Black. Not as fun as season one but still very enjoyable.

I am also on a classic movie kick and have been recording a lot of movies lately. Ones I’ve never seen like Singin’ in The Rain. How is that possible?

Making:

At the moment I am making nothing but I have been craving Chicken Scaloppine (lightly pan seared with butter, wine, capers and lemon sauce). Mmmmm.

Grateful for:

Artsy kids. Both of my kids have a love for the arts and that makes me very happy.

Happy Thought For the Week:

The nice weather has really cheered me up. I’ve been a little down with being sick but this warm, sunny weather has made me happy and I believe it’s continuing all this week. It’s easier to tackle the work week when it’s like a spring day outside.

Sunday Matters: Winter or Spring?

Sunday Matters

Right Now:

It is so lovely out right now. It’s 54 degrees at the moment and will probably end up being in the 70s. The sun is streaming through the window and I hear the coffee pot doing its thing. It feels more like Spring than Winter.

This morning, the plan is to hit church and then rush home for the Green Bay game. Of course we’ll miss about an hour of it but The Hub seems to think he will jinx something if he watches the first hour so he’s okay with missing it.

This Week:

Off on Monday. Yes. But still have rehearsal. We are in the final rehearsals for Annie. The Teen is getting his ‘Rooster’ down and The Girl’s feather duster/servant dance is coming along nicely. The shows are almost sold out. It’s going to be a good crowd when the show hits in February.

There are two doc appointments to deal with this week and I have to keep reminding myself of them because no matter how many reminders I set (Wunderlist, Sunrise, Keep) I continue to forget about them.

Speaking of shows, The Teen created a Kickstarter for the Spring production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He’s almost 50% there but I’m rather proud of the video he put together so if you want to take a peek, do so here.

This Saturday is the winter formal and for once, The Teen does not have to work it. Now that he’s out of ASB he can go and just enjoy it.

Reading:

I am reading this little gem. F. Scott Fitzgerald and old Hollywood. How can you go wrong?

West of Sunset

Watching:

Last night I watched Election. Remember that movie? Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. The Girl wanted to see it but there were a few parts in there that we had to FF through. I don’t remember those parts being in there the first time I saw it.

I watched Moonrise Kingdom, again. Fun movie. Watched a few more episodes of Orange is the New Black (season 2).

Haven’t caught up with American Horror Story at ALL. Four episodes on my DVR to watch. I can’t watch it when The Girl is around and at night, I am wiped out from the antibiotics I am on. I will get to them soon.

Making:

At the moment, nothing but I want something good tonight. It’s so nice out. Maybe something on the grill?

Grateful for:

This three day weekend and naps. I am not much of a napper but I’ve needed them these past few weeks.

Happy Thought For the Week:

It’s going to be a short week which is good because classes start at the university this week and it will be a bit hectic.

What are you up to? Reading anything fantastic that I need to know about?

Sunday Matters: What’s In a Word?

Sunday Matters

I am still pondering my one word of focus for 2015. I am really stumped. I have a few in mind but none seem to fit. I know a few of you had a difficult time selecting a word as well. Hopefully I’ll have it before say… 2016. Simplicity was a good one for last year

Right Now:

Due to a certain football game, my church activities have been pushed to this evening. We’ve attended the evening service once before and it’s kind of a boring crowd (to be honest). I hope they are a little more lively tonight. The good thing is that I don’t have to rush to get ready so I am sitting here doing what I do best, sip coffee and keep the couch warm.

My return to work was okay. One day dragged on and on and I can be all fine about it now because it’s over but at the time I was in major bitch mode and wanted nothing to do with anyone or anything. Many of you stopped by to cheer me up or caught me on Facebook and it was great. Really. I wish I could put all of you in my pocket and just carry you around.

This Week:

Nothing major this week. Rehearsals, a driving lesson for The Teen, one doc appointment. Totally doable. I may have to toss the Otter Pup into some suds as she is smelling a little corn-chippy. Cat lovers are going “ewwwww” but yes, dogs tend to smell like corn chips after awhile. Maybe because of the corn in their food? I don’t know but her name is not Fritos so she must have a bath. Lucky for me, she loves her baths.

Reading:

I am reading some good stuff. One book is for a tour later this week. Very interesting read. You’ll read all about it later this week. I started the new Stewart O’Nan, as well.

Watching:

I’ve got to get caught up on American Horror Story. I’ve missed the last three episodes. I have them all recorded. I just need to carve out some time to catch up. That is one show that The Hub and Teen watch with me so it would be good if we could all watch at the same time. A dream, really.

The Golden Globes are on tonight. Not sure if I’ll watch though. I am more of an Oscar gal.

Making:

I am in the mood for chili. I don’t think anyone else is though.

Grateful for:

Good medical insurance. I’ve needed to use it a few times this past week and although I had a premium increase this year, I don’t care.

Happy Thought For the Week:

I should have plenty of time to read this week which is always a good thing.

Sunday Matters: One Last Hurrah

Sunday Matters

Work. Meh. I have a few more days to ponder it but it’s never easy to return after a long break. I feel like I am all hungover. My sleep patterns are all over the place and my body is off, but in a good way.

I’ve eaten stuff I don’t normally eat, visited with family that I don’t normally see and have watched movies with abandon. It’s been wonderful. As I look at the calendar, I realize that I have less than a week to read my book club book, and a little more than that to read the tour book I signed up for.

That eye/headache mess. Phffft.

Right Now:

I am on my stomach, in bed, typing this out, waiting for the house to heat up before I venture downstairs for coffee. As soon as it gets warm enough, I’ll get ready for church. The Girl does not want to go which means it will be a perfectly pleasant morning dragging a sulking tween around.

This Week:

I return to work on Wednesday. I purposely took the extra days to not have to deal with MONDAY. But rehearsals start-up again this week so it will almost be like a regular week. I need all of your good thoughts for Wednesday because when you have this much time off, you really start to think that big changes are needed. You know?

Reading:

I am reading It Was Me All Along, written by a blogger I follow. I didn’t have an elaborate way of picking my first books this year. It had to do with what I was behind on because of this headache and all the stuff that came with it. It’s very heartfelt. I am enjoying it. It’s about her obsession with food. Which is just perfect to read at the beginning of the year after all of the excesses enjoyed over the holidays.

Watching:

I watched The Great Gatsby and it really was a visual masterpiece. I snuck August: Osage County in while purging my shelves. It was full of tension, that one. Which made it great to watch while chucking books into a box. Thwack! Thwack! I really liked American Hustle. Enough to want to see it again. I just got The Hundred-Foot Journey from Netflix so I hope to watch that today.

Making:

Nothing. Yet. I did make spaghetti and meatballs the other night, along with a really good pot-roast but the cupboards are bare again. I will hit the market on my way home from church. Fun! With The Girl in tow, and all. The Hub won’t be too thrilled either. We all hate grocery shopping.

Grateful for:

A few extra days with my kids.

Happy Thought For the Week:

Friday. I am already looking forward to it.

Sunday Matters: Rest

Sunday Matters

I have been on vacation since the 19th and I can’t believe that one, precious week has already passed. Disneyland was a blast, Christmas Eve was enjoyable and Christmas dinner was very nice. I think I’ve gained at least five pounds.

With all the health stuff I’ve been dealing with, I’ve come to the conclusion that I work too much and don’t sleep nearly enough to function like a normal human being. I’ve been catching up on sleep and even with all the extra naps and sleeping in, I am still exhausted. That can’t be good.

So, I am taking it easy. Lots of couch potato activities that involve movie and TV watching. I am still going easy on the reading. I finished one book and wrote-up the review, but I may just take a break from reading for the rest of the year as I am worried about the eye thing coming back.

Right Now:

The church we attend is on ‘vacation’ this week so the service is online only. This is okay with me. I plan to sit here with my half cup of coffee and enjoy the service anyway. I’m itching to do something by the coast but our little road trip yesterday was a bust for a number of reasons. Not sure we’ll venture out today.

This Week:

No big plans this week. The Teen is attending a New Year’s Eve party with his girlfriend and we’ll most likely order in and hang out. One exciting thing that takes place at the end of this week is a visit from my uncle and cousin. I haven’t seen them in a really long time and she is bringing her darling baby boy with her.

Reading:

I could not read Bag of Bones for the read along because of my darn eyes. I feel awful about that because I was really looking forward to joining in. I could not read the new Murakami either. I think I will save it for the beginning of the year.

Watching:

I’ve been watching all sorts of things. Lots of Roseanne, Lucy and Seinfeld. Plenty of KCET programming like Huell Howser, too. We watched What About Bob? (Bill Murray) last night and Friday (Chris Tucker), the night before. Also managed to watch all of the holiday episodes of Adam 12 and Emergency! Not to mention all the holiday movies we watched which included It’s a Wonderful Life, a classic.

I have a bunch of movies recorded that I’d like to see like The Great Gatsby and American Hustle. I have to be in the right mood to see them, though.

Making:

I made tacos a few nights ago but haven’t cooked anything since. With all the eating we’ve managed to do, I am not in the mood for anything.

Grateful for:

I am glad for this time off, even if a good chunk of it is spent sleeping.

Happy Thought For the Week:

No work this week and I am looking forward to my uncle and cousin visiting.

What have you all been up to? I’ve been online a little bit, just to keep on top of the big stuff but I am still reducing my computer time so that my eyes can rest. How are you?

Christmas Eve Happenings

Christmas in California
Due to some eye problems (long story), I have been away from books and the blog and basically, the Internet in general and it’s been a real pain. In my head, my vacation was supposed to be filled with reading and until this morning, just looking at printed text of any kind (online, phone, physical book) was excruciating.

Finally, finally I believe I have a handle on it. This, of course, makes me extremely happy.

I can read today, and that is what I plan to do until it’s time to celebrate with the in-laws and the rest of the family. I do have to make a veggie platter but that’s easy. The Christmas shopping is done and the presents are wrapped. Life is good. The Hub is working until 3pm and then we’ll head on over to see the family shortly thereafter.

The Girl just got up and The Teen is still sleeping. We’ll work a movie in somewhere but right now I am sipping coffee and watching I Love Lucy. It’s supposed to be a warm 70 degrees today here in California but I must say, it’s beautiful out. The air is still fresh from all the rain we had.

I may not be online tomorrow so I want to wish all of you who celebrate it, a very Merry Christmas.

 

Sunday Matters: Vacation!

Sunday Matters

After fifteen hours at Disneyland yesterday, I can honestly say that my vacation has begun. Boy, it was a fun day but man I am wiped out! When we got there, we were told that we were the “guests of the day” which translated to free, reserved parking and an escort to a special parking spot. That has never happened to us in all my years of going there.

Disneyland 2014

We never go on a weekend, but with The Hub’s company struggling, he was unable to take a work day off, so we just agreed to make the best of what we expected to be a horribly busy day. But you know what? We got there when they opened and got on all of the big rides with little to no wait time. By 2pm, the park was standing room only but by then we were ready for a break so we did a little shopping. It was a great day and it all worked out.

My 40-something body cannot take 15 hours of walking back and forth, though. I am literally hobbled this morning. I’m sure I am quite the sight.

Right Now:

I just had some toast and coffee. The Girl is going to see The Nutcracker with grandma and then later today, we are going to see our church’s Christmas show with friends.

This Week:

Christmas Eve will be spent with the in-laws and Christmas Day dinner will be reservations at a nice restaurant. Other than that, some wrapping and lots of movie watching. My eyes are still giving me a hard time so reading is a little spotty but I am going to try to get some in.

Reading:

I need to finish two more books before the end of the year, only because I am halfway through with them and just want to start the year off with fresh reads. Still reading The Rosie Effect. Sorry to say that it’s just not working for me.

Watching:

We watched Christmas with The Kranks and I hope to watch Deck the Halls and Christmas Vacation this week. Gotta work It’s a Wonderful Life into the line-up as well as The Christmas Story.

Making:

Not a thing. Although I will have to make something with the kids home this week. Yes. They are officially off for winter break.

Grateful for:

I am so grateful that our day at Disneyland wasn’t a bust. I really worried about the crowds. My kids, myself and The Hub do not do well with crowds but the day was fine and I worried for nothing. The only must-do ride we did not get on was Peter Pan. The wait for that ride was 2+ hours all day long. Crazy!

Happy Thought For the Week:

No work until January 7th. Hopefully, no drama. Lots of down-time.

You?

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