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Sunday Matters: I Took a Trip Down the Rabbit Hole

Sunday Matters

How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was great. I caught a few of you on Instagram and Facebook and it looked like everyone had a great time with family and friends.

I don’t know what happened to me but I had the week off and spent the entire week battling some unknown infection. When you have Lupus, doctors typically blame everything on it so I don’t really know what I had. I just know that I was down for the count. I was able to pull the meal together but I did not have an appetite for it. and had trouble eating,  which kills me because it’s my favorite holiday of the year.

I am very thankful to have had the time off though. I didn’t plan to spend it being sick but at least I had the time to stay home  because there was no way I could go to work in that condition. I spent most of it on the couch watching movies. The weather was sunny but crisp which made for some nice couch time. I just feel as if I lost the entire week. It’s a weird feeling. Very much like falling down a rabbit hole.

Yesterday, I didn’t feel all that great but I had to get out of the house so we drove to Santa Barbara, did a little shopping and had a nice dinner out. Also, somehow all the decorations went up so we are set in that department.

The beach was just so gorgeous. Look at that view!

The beach!

Right Now:

I’ve got a cup of coffee in my hand and it’s the first time all week I’ve been able to enjoy it. I am listening to my church’s service online and debating whether I will make it to the service today.

My son had to go to Hollywood to shoot some promotional stuff for the show he’s doing right now, The Cat’s Meow but he did not pick a good day to do it since the streets are shut down for the parade. Sigh. The Hub went with him. The Girl is still sleeping. The sun is streaming through the window and I am just loving the quiet.

This Week:

I am off on Monday and I am so glad I decided to take the extra day because it is going to be a busy week:

Monday: Rehearsal for The Girl and Teen. Two different shows.
Tuesday: Doctor’s appointment. Unrelated to my current issue.
Wednesday: Rehearsal for The Teen.
Thursday: Hair appointment, Book Club Holiday Party.
Friday: Opening night of The Cat’s Meow, Middle school leader Holiday party.
Saturday: Working concessions and seeing The Cat’s Meow this night. It also runs the following weekend so if there’s not enough help I may wait until next week.


Rereading Kafka on the Shore. I am at 50% right now. Wasn’t able to do any reading this past week so I hope to finish it up tonight and tomorrow. I am about 60% into Irving’s Avenue of Mysteries and it’s grown on me. Such a rough start but I am enjoying it now.


Oh my goodness. I’ve watched so much this week due to my time on the couch. I watched Birdman, Singin’ in the Rain, Home Alone, loads of The Twilight Zone, Miracle on 34th Street, Little Man Tate, Elf on the Shelf, episode after episode of Seinfeld and Roseanne, and I’ve got a lot recorded to watch today.

Let’s not forget tonight’s mid-season finale of The Walking Dead!!


I honestly haven’t a clue. We have tons of leftovers so maybe it will be a leftover night.

Grateful for:

I am grateful that the pain has subsided and that I am feeling more like myself today.

Sunday Matters: Thanksgiving Prep

Sunday Matters

Since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, I am normally pretty prepared for it by this time of the month but 2015 has been challenging for me in many ways and this month I am not ready. Yet.

I have the week off though and need to get my butt in gear in order to get it all purchased and prepped by Thursday. As you know, we stay at home, typically in jammies and do nothing but eat and watch movies all day long. But this year I have some other things to consider which is throwing me off my game a bit.

I just have to remind myself that it will all be okay.

Right Now:

I am pouring coffee into my body at an alarming rate. Then, we’ll head to church and then later I am doing a fun event with my small group which involves Target, purchasing a toy for a toy drive, a scavenger hunt and hot chocolate!

This Week:

I’m off Thanksgiving week and the Monday following Thanksgiving. Yay! I plan to get all of my food shopping done this Monday so that I can relax a little.

The Girl wants us to hit some Black Friday sales but I don’t know. I haven’t ventured out on Black Friday in many years. It may not happen.

However, we are in need of a little road trip so we may drive somewhere  for the day. I feel the ocean calling my name.


I am about 40% into Irving’s Avenue of Mysteries and it’s growing on me. It is a really strange story and took me forever to get into it. I mean, I almost gave up on it. But, I think it’s beginning to get pretty good.

Re-reading Kafka on the Shore and loving it (again).  Murakami’s writing is exactly what I need this time of year. It energizes me and gets me all geared up for more reading.


I watched an old Doris Day movie, The Tunnel of Love. It was pretty good but also very slow. I love the theme song which is actually sung by Day. Check it out if you want to be taken back in time.

I watched Serendipity again and realized that I want to buy myself a copy just to have it around. It’s a sweet Rom Com starring John Cusack. It’s a good Christmas movie, too.

Last week I saw Spectre. I love Daniel Craig and thought he did well with what he had, but the story was too long and drawn out. No real villain. It lacked in those areas but was still enjoyable. Or would have been had the guy behind me not been talking the entire time! This is why I do not go to the theater to see movies these days. He was a Bond enthusiast and talking about Bond and all but still.

I am going through my Christmas movies and lining them up for viewing! What’s your favorite Christmas movie? I have so many.

Just a few that I love:

The Family Stone

The Family Stone (love!)
Christmas Vacation (not Christmas without it)
Christmas with the Kranks (could be me in a year or two)
Home for the Holidays (Holly Hunter version)
Miracle on 34th Street (adore)
Love Actually (love, but wish my version did not have the nudity in it)
Elf (smiling is my favorite!)

I have way more. What are some of your faves?


I have no idea what I’ll make for the week besides the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Today? Not even sure about that.

Grateful for:

So grateful for this time off. Also grateful to be able to spend some extra time with the family.

The Girl took my laptop so I am posting this from my phone. Hope the formatting is okay.