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.

It’s Friday and I am Packing…Still

Happy Friday! This has been a long, long week. Why does it feel so long? Could it be, the impending office move and my need to pack boxes when I still don’t even know where I am going? Could be.

Today, I packed up my Murakami collection. Let me tell you, that hurt a little bit. I’ve been gazing at those titles and news articles for some time now. They were just above eye level and while working, I would occasionally raise my gaze to say hi. See that picture below? Trish sent me that article. Thanks, Trish.

Murakami

And then, there are photos like this one:

The Kids

I have been working here a really long time! Going on twenty-one years to be exact. I am going to miss this space for many reasons. I still don’t know the exact location of where I will be, but I know the area and it’s sterile. Very sterile and… lacking character. I don’t think I will be able to display my things like I did here. I am going to have to have a renegade shelf for my prized possessions.

Going through all of this stuff makes for dusty work so I am a weepy sneezy mess. I am not a keeper of things but some things, because of my line of work require me to hang onto stuff longer than say the average employee. If it were up to me, I’d dump half of it.

But, it’s Friday and I am having lunch with a work bud which improves the day quite a bit. Tonight The Teen has his last driving lesson on the freeway! Give me strength.

Tomorrow we have a track meet at a high school far away. The Girl chose to drop an event so that we can get home at a decent hour so she is only doing high jump, long jump and 4×100 relay. The Teen and his girlfriend have a date at the zoo and then later the Observatory but that is on the opposite side of  where we will be for track so we are trying to figure out how to get them there and back.

I think the read-a-thon is this weekend, right? Maybe I can get some reading in at the meet but I doubt it. If you are participating in the read-a-thon, what are you planning to read? If I can get any reading in, I want to finish Blood on Snow and The Children’s Crusade.

Oh! I just remembered that the LA Festival of Books is this weekend. I sometimes go but the venue just doesn’t do it for me. I probably won’t go this weekend since I am totally booked Saturday,  but I will take a look to see which authors I’ll be missing. Any of you going?

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.

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?

A Day in the Life – Ti’s Typical Day

A Day In the Life

Oh, that Trish. She comes up with the neatest stuff. The other day she invited us to document a typical day and then to share them all on March 27. I joked with her that she’d fall asleep if she read about mine so jab jab, don’t fall asleep! Okay? Ready?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

4:20 – I wake. Shower. Get dressed. My in real life friends are so glad that I shower!

4:30-4:45 – Go downstairs. Pop a piece of toast in the toaster. Turn on the morning news. Do make-up while listening. As you can see from the time used, my routine is minimal at best. A quick swipe of lipstick and some eye shadow and I am good to go. Unless I wake up looking dead, then I use some BB Blur cream. Today, the cream got used.

4:45-4:50 – The Otter Pup staggers down for her morning treat which happens to be a sweet potato stick from Trader Joe’s. After her treat, I give her snuggles and then tuck her into her downstairs bed. Pink blanket and all. She is a crazy little sleep head in this pic!

The Otter Pup

The Otter Pup – Not amused that I am snapping a photo while making her sit.

4:50-5:00 – Fix hair. This consists of some styling cream, a brush, safety goggles to prevent a repeat of the eye stabbing that took place several weeks ago and hair spray.

5:00-5:05 – Prepare breakfast for The Girl. Today, it’s a bowl of cereal. Sometimes it’s toast with PB. Breakfast MUST be ready when I wake her up because the Otter Pup and I do not like loud slamming and screaming in the morning. Also, toss some food into my lunch box to eat later. Today, it’s an egg salad sandwich made the night before.

5:05 – Run upstairs to get The Girl up. She groans. I toss stuff into the laundry basket. I then return and tell her that breakfast is on the table. She groans. The Otter Pup comes up to get her moving. Today it’s loud barking. Some days, it’s a nip to the butt. I run back downstairs.

5:10-5:15 – Get my bag ready for work. Grab toast that I forgot about. Make an iced coffee. Blowing kisses at The Girl, who is still half asleep but eating, I run out the door. Her brother is still asleep but The Hub and Pup take it from here. Run back to write out check to the gardener. Almost forgot. Also leave a note for The Teen to remember his SAT workbook for class tonight.

5:15-5:55 – Jump in the car. Turn on radio. Drive, drive, drive 25 miles to campus. At this hour, the traffic is not bad. Pull into favorite parking spot. Make the short walk to my building, seen below. I work in the basement (garden level but there is no garden) of the library. No windows down there.

The Oviatt Library

The Oviatt Library – Rear Entrance

6:00 – The Girl calls me. Wants to know what time I am picking her up. The same time as always, 4:50 p.m. She says, “Okay” and then tells me what the pup is doing. I tell her to have a good day. I ask her if her brother is up. She says “sort of” and then I tell her I love her and to have a good day and remind her to do her homework at daycare. She groans at me. I say goodbye.

6:05-6:45 – Say “hi” to custodian in the hallway. She doesn’t speak any English but always smiles really big. I really have to go to the ladies room but she just mopped so I skip it. Arrive at office. I keep the door locked because weirdos hang out on campus in the wee morning hours. Make tea. Pull Kindle out. Get comfy in shameless reading spot. Read a little. Check phone a little.

6:45-7:15 – Check work email. Update some webpages. Glance at Facebook to see what the heck has gone on since the night before. Spend a few minutes in Feedly catching up on blogs. Check and answer personal emails.

7:15-9:00 – More work stuff. Emails. I can’t seem to get through them. One has to do with troubleshooting an issue but the person doesn’t give me any info to go on. Freshen up tea. Search for content for some news articles I need to draft.

9:00-9:20 – Run to next building to attend a change management meeting. This is where everyone decides what services will be maintained and when, to not cause problems with multiple outages going on at the same time.

9:25-10:00 – Answer more emails. Write-up some survey answers for a web discovery project. Pop a cup of tea into the microwave.

10:05-12:00 – Grab tea. Head to training lab to assist co-worker with a training session on our web content management system. While there, answer work emails, write-up outage notification, draft some news items, check personal email. Help participants with class exercises. Answer questions.

12:05-1:10 – Return to office to grab lunch. Head back to empty lab to catch Breaking Bad on Netflix. I am on Season 4, episode 10. Of course, one this posts I will be done with season four.

Breaking Bad

Watching Breaking Bad at Lunch

1:15-2:00 – Answer more web discovery survey questions. Not sure how to answer these. Review webpages for old content and broken links. Contact appropriate areas for any outages taking place this weekend. Publish news items sent to me by the student.

2:00-3:10 – Pull some images for a design project I am working on. It’s for an event in May but probably needs to be done soon for marketing purposes.

3:15-3:30 – Took a break. Contacted junior high about choir auditions for The Girl and then chatted it up with another blogger in chat.

3:30-4:00 – Attempting to troubleshoot an issue that really doesn’t belong to me but no one seems to be helping her so I shall. It would help if I had the access to actually look something up.

4:00-4:55 – Leave work. Cannot leave fast enough. Head to car. Turn on radio. Drive home. Traffic is okay. Not too bad. I take this road over a mountain to avoid the freeway, which is packed at this time. As you can see, others have the same idea.

Traffic

Traffic on the way home.

4:55-5:05 – Pick up The Girl at daycare/school. Ask her if she has her sweater, homework, etc. She gets upset because she made “food craft” which is a pretzel and it’s not done cooking so we wait for the damn pretzel.

5:05 – Head home, which is just down the street.

5:10-5:15 – Arrive home. Call out for The Teen. Forgot he is at his SAT prep class. Get The Girl to unpack her backpack. Make her a snack before track practice (fruit, cheese, crackers & pretzel). Open mail, get bags ready for the next day. Dinner?

5:15 – Hub calls and says he is stuck at work with Time Warner and an internet issue. Can I take The Girl to track practice? I guess. I wander around kitchen and throw a tuna casserole together with the meager items found in the pantry. Pop in the oven to cook.

5:45 – I take The Girl to track practice. Come home. The Teen calls me and wants to know who is picking him up at 7. I was JUST there. Geesh! Told him that hopefully his dad will.

6:15 – Dinner is a mess. Gluten free pasta does not bake up well in the oven. Tossed it into the trash as I cannot salvage it. No dinner and the entire house smells fishy. Grilled cheese?

6:30 – Throw a load of laundry in. Open mail. Hub calls and says he is finally on his way home. I tell him to pick up The Teen.

7:20-7:50 – Go to high school/track to wait for The Girl’s practice to be over. Chat with another mom.

7:50 – Get The Girl. She wants jelly beans. They hand out jelly beans after practice so I wait for her and then drive her home. I do a lot of waiting around, don’t I? Take laundry out and throw it into dryer.

8:05-8:30 – Late dinner. Kids eat cereal and waffles. Hub comes home.

8:30-9:00 – Get The Girl to shower and put her stuff out for tomorrow. Tuck her in. We say goodnight which the Otter Pup “helps” with, knee nip included.

9:00-9:45 – Watch a little TV. Too tired to stay up long. I introduce The Teen to season one, episode one of The Walking Dead. He watches the show with me now but has never seen episode one. Imagine! During he show, I fold the laundry.

Rick TWD

The Walking Dead – Season One

9:45-10:15 – Go upstairs and get ready for bed. Read for about fifteen minutes. My current night-time read is In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. Sometimes I will read a little of the Bible from an app but my eyes are bugging me so I skip this. The Otter Pup jumps on my back and falls asleep.

10:20 – The Hub comes up and makes a bunch of noise which of course wakes the pup up.

10:20-10:45 – I prattle on about the day, what’s coming up this week, etc. Hub is already out and yet I am wide awake. I probably fall asleep somewhere about 11:20.

Thoughts:

Kind of exhausting, isn’t it? And this day didn’t even include play rehearsal which is usually squeezed in between practice and dinner. Since The Girl didn’t get a big part, she doesn’t have as many Wednesday night rehearsals and since The Teen had SAT prep, he didn’t go to rehearsal either.

I realized after I wrote this up that I never had dinner that night.

Documenting all of this was really hard to do. I find that a lot of the time I am on auto-pilot with all the kid stuff but putting it in writing really makes me wonder how I make it through the week. Most of my days have more stuff going on and then the weekends are not used for rest, which is a problem for me.

I suppose I should use this as a reason to change things up but there really isn’t much I can change with the kids being where they are right now. They’ve given up activities too and yet, the day is still full.

I have to ponder this some more as the process of documenting it all has left me a tad depressed. No time for fun carved out in any of this. I am just a bucket full of sadness today!

Have you ever documented an entire day?

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