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Sunday Matters: Back to School They Go

Sunday Matters

I am coming to you a little late today. I took Friday off to register The Girl for middle school. That was a long day. Yesterday, The Girl and I stripped off all of the border in her room (thanks Serena for that fabric softener tip!).

We painted her dresser, got her a nightstand and painted that too. The Girl likes to collect stuff so it wasn’t as easy to get in there to do what we needed to do. Anyway, I was sore and exhausted and just now managed to drag my butt out of bed. We will be painting her room next week but it’s coming along.

Right Now:

I am enjoying my first cup of coffee and thinking about fall. The Halloween stuff is already out and I don’t mind. I love fall and if I get to spend some extra time thinking about it, so be it.

In a little bit we’ll head to church. I don’t know why but I am really excited about going to church today.

This Week:

School starts this Thursday for my kids. The Girl doesn’t get her schedule until the first day of school. I hate that! Will she know where to go? Will she be able to find her rooms? Plus, she has a rotating schedule so she begins with a different class each day. Why do they do that?

Work really picks up this week as we prepare for the return of students to the university. I am in denial. Summer went by way too fast and now it’s going to be very, very busy until about mid-September.

Reading:

I finished Everything I Never Told You but haven’t written the review yet. I am currently reading Nantucket, by Nan Rossiter. It comes out later this month! Still reading Atlas Shrugged but will be done with it this week!

Watching:

I haven’t really had the time to watch much this weekend. Somehow we landed on a Steve Martin movie yesterday, Bringing Down the House. I’ve seen it before but it was less funny this time around. I think I was just too wiped out.

Making:

I watched The Barefoot Contessa yesterday and she made this chicken dish with olives and lemon. Man, it looked good. Maybe I will make that.

Grateful for:

Books. I may not have had a real vacation this year but through books I do feel as if I’ve gone places. Hey, sometimes you take what you can get.

What are you up to today? Cooking anything good?

Sunday Matters: I Feel It

Sunday Matters

What exactly do I feel? I feel as if the school year is already upon me and I dread it. Without a vacation this summer and the lack of road trips in general, this was really a non-summer to me. I tried super hard to inject summery things into my days and weeks but none of it worked. I’ve been anxious and just a little too unsettled to relax.

The plus side? I’ve been a reading fool. It’s the one constant thing that brings me pleasure each and every day (besides family time) and this, I’ve been loving. After a long day of work, coming home to air conditioning and a good book has been wonderful. I am going to be very sorry when that time is filled with homework help and the running around that is my life.

This week, both kids register for school and they start classes on 8/13.  We started back to school shopping which always does me in, but we are not done yet and I just looked at the cost of the senior fun pack. Goodness! It’s going to be an exciting year. I just wish we could quietly ease into it. You know?

Right Now:

I am writing out bills (fun!), filling out school paperwork (even more fun!) and tossing back some coffee and a gluten-free bagel. Some of you have been suggesting gluten-free bagel brands for me to try but none of them are available where I am. So today, my bagel is just OK. Someday, I will find a good alternative. After breakfast, we are off to church.

This Week:

I’ve got book club on Thursday and I haven’t read the book yet!  I better get right on that.

Haven’t done a darn thing to The Girl’s room yet. How does one remove a border? We took it down but we can’t get the adhesive off and it’s holding up the entire process.

Reading:

I should be reading my book club book (Everything I Never Told You). I’ve read maybe 15% so far.

Everything I Never Told You

Just finished Murakami’s Wind / Pinball. It started off a little weird. I was worried I wasn’t going to like it but I ended up loving it.

I am 82% done with Atlas Shrugged for the #AtlasRAL. This book surprised me in a totally good way.

Watching:

Mad Men. I am halfway through the last season and now Netflix doesn’t have the last few episodes!!!! What happened to them?? They WERE there a few weeks ago. I am very angry about this.

I’ve been watching Humans too but very, very slowly. My kids think I look like the main gal. I don’t think so but they think so. Makes me want to stand in a dark hallway and pretend to be a robot.

Humans
Anita/Mia from Humans
Me
Me, being silly.

Making:

I do try to cook a good Sunday meal because with church in the morning and then going back later to volunteer, it just feels good to come home and have something good. That takes planning though and although I had some recipes bookmarked (turkey burgers, for example) we’ll see if I actually have time to go to the store to get the stuff I need in order to make them!

Grateful for:

My reading time. It’s really the one thing this week that’s kept me from jumping out of my skin.

What are you all up to today? I missed two Sundays in a row because my MacBook would not boot but it seems to be working fine now.