Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sheldon Card

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day? I remembered last week that it was coming up and then promptly forgot about it. In fact, I booked a doctor’s appointment for today and a tax appointment for tomorrow. How romantic! Honestly though, I am just hoping to cook a nice meal and enjoy some down time this weekend. We did nothing but eat out last week and my body is begging for  a home cooked meal, even if I do have to make it myself. No, seriously, I do not mind.

The photo above is not the card The Hub gave to me but if you watch The Big Bang Theory, you will get the humor. My idea of fun at the moment would be a Big Bang marathon, some yummy food and my fave spot on the couch. Yes, I have a fave spot too. Just like Sheldon.

Today, my kids are off from school but The Teen is all over town doing singing telegrams for choir so The Girl went to work with The Hub. I will be enjoying a Valentine buffet lunch with co-workers at the University Club and then I will be leaving early for that doctor’s appointment. Tonight, no plans really. The Teen will still be singing and the rest of us will probably grab a burger and come straight home which is perfectly fine by me. I am just so, so tired.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

The Sunday Salon: Are You Ready for 2014?

Sunday Salon

It’s taken me until now to realize that it’s Sunday. My clock is off. Always happens when I am off for a long period of time! Well, the day started off lovely but now The Girl is tossing her cookies. I knew something was up after she got up two times last night. She never gets up and when she did, not once, but twice, the first thing I said to The Hub was, “God, I hope she’s not sick.” Oh well! She’s perky. No fever. I have her camped out on the couch right now, just to be safe.

We didn’t have plans today anyway. In fact, my plan for the entire week is to just camp out here, but the kids might have something to say about that. Both the kids and Hub cannot lie low for any length of time. They get antsy. Me? I could hole up on the couch for days on end. Just throw some snacks at me every now and then, maybe some iced tea to go with them and I am good to go.

By the way, it’s like summer here. So Cal can be very unpredictable this time of year. We have a wind warning and man, is it windy! But it’s warm and sunny and so NOT like December. My Christmas stuff is still up and will be until after the new year. Speaking of which, The Teen is going to a New Year’s Eve party at the church he attends. Yes, he attends a different one than we do. Long Story I think we plan to order Chinese food and just hang out at home. New Year’s day will be spent at home as well.

Are you ready for the new year? I enjoy a fresh start and have already cleared out some clutter from the year. Also, between you and me, I really like the even years. I am hoping 2014 is a good year. I’d like to spend more time as a family and not be so stressed from extra-curricular activities and all the back and forth that goes with them. I’d like certain members of the household to be a little more responsible when it comes to schedules. YOU know who you are.

What am I reading?

I took a year off from book club and have been thinking about attending again. The book for this Thursday’s meeting is Canada by Richard Ford. I’ve never read him before but I started Canada yesterday and I am about 60% done. I am enjoying it but the last chunk is not as enjoyable as the first half.

I got my Goodreads year-end report the other day and noticed the numbers were off so then I had to go through alllll of my reviews to see which ones I forgot to add. I HATE that. Now my stats report is off for the year. What can you do? My numbers were down anyway. I hope this year will be a better year for reading. I just wasn’t into reading this past year. Funny, coming from a book blogger.

What am I cooking?

The weather is like summer so we will be grilling these ginormous steaks I picked up. And to go with them? Nothing less than ginormous baked potatoes and buttered green beans. I’ll be careful eating the potato. By the way, my throat is feeling much better. Not sure if The Girl will be able to eat but I’ll fix some soup for her if she can’t.

What am I watching?

We’ve been watching a lot of movies. Mostly, stuff we have on Netflix. We saw The Great Outdoors and Only You (Robert Downey Jr. version) last night. Oh, we also saw Death Becomes Her. Remember that one? It’s so old. I’d like to see a drama tonight but The Girl is all about comedy and rarely lets us see a drama. I’d also be okay watching back-to-back episodes of The Wonder Years. I love that show.

What are you doing today?

The Hot Potato Incident

Did you make it through the holidays okay? I’ve been enjoying all of the updates on Facebook and Instagram and replying when I can to blog posts. From the looks of it, everyone had a pretty good Christmas.

Our Christmas was very nice. We started off with that trip to Disneyland which put me in just the right mood. I needed it. Christmas Eve at the in-laws was very mellow and laid back and Christmas dinner at the 94th Aero Squadron was perfect.

We even managed to see Saving Mr. Banks and if you know anything about me, you know how I detest the movie experience these days. Cell phones and talking drive me nuts and sure enough, a group of teens almost ruined the entire thing until MY teen went over and told them to shut the heck up! That’s right! On Christmas, my teen told those girls off. Surprisingly, they left! Everyone was thrilled. Merry Christmas moviegoers.

By the way, the movie was very good. A little sad, but good.

The only thing that has plagued me since Christmas Eve is the damned hot potato I ate. With the lupus and the food allergies and all, my esophagus is a mess already but a bite of hot potato, that was as hot as say…lava, burned the hell out of my throat and my throat has been swollen ever since. If it wasn’t better by today, I was going to go to the ENT but it seems to be a little better today. Oddly enough, the only thing that distracted me from the pain was cleaning.

Books

So, I have been cleaning. I organized by bookshelves although from this pic, it sure looks as if I am not finished with them. They were horrendous before. I cleaned out drawers and cupboards and tackled The Girl’s room. What a mess! I cleaned out the garage and went shopping for food. I’m set, at least for a few days.

Now that all that pesky stuff is out of the way, my focus is reading. I asked everyone on Facebook if I should take a break or start another book and they told me to start another. Unfortunately, the one I chose was all over the place but a quick read. Now I am wondering what to pick up next. Probably the book my book club is reading right now, Canada by Richard Ford.

Are you reading right now, or just catching up on TV shows and movies? Did you have a nice Christmas? What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? WE are staying in but The Teen is going to a dance at the church. I am perfectly happy with my cozy couch and a good movie.

Merry Christmas to You!

Merry Christmas 2013

Happiness, to you and yours! May your Christmas be filled with the magic of the season.

The Sunday Salon: Christmas Countdown

Hello! My vacation started one day earlier than planned due to a surprise campus closure so I have been off since Thursday. Sigh. Which was great because I had to spend half of the day getting a new phone. I work in IT but when it comes to your own phone, you like things a certain way and I needed to spend time on the process which I just did not feel like doing on my vacation. But, I had no choice and finally got it taken care of. I ended up with a Moto X, in case you were wondering.

Small World

It was nice to have that extra day because the very next day, we headed to Disneyland! Disneyland at Christmas is just the most magical thing ever. The lights, the sounds, the food and smells. I love it. The weather was mild and the crowds weren’t bad. We waited fifteen minutes for most rides and that’s amazing since most rides average an hour or more at this time of year. It was an amazing day, but after nearly fourteen hours, The Teen fell ill. He could not wait another second to begin the trip home so we left and he’s been down for two days now with a horrible cough.

Tonight, we are doing our annual Christmas light tour with friends but I don’t think The Teen will be able to make it. He’s still asleep but we’ll see how he is feeling. I am making cookies for the trip and then somewhere along the way we hit the coffee shop for holiday drinks. We drive around, look at the neighborhood lights and listen to holiday tunes. It’s fun. We have been doing it for over fifteen years if you can believe it.

Tomorrow we are hitting the Christmas Eve service (a day early) and then we’ll spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws. Christmas day, we have reservations for Christmas dinner. This restaurant is on an air field so you get to watch the planes take off. It’s fun. The kids love it, as do I. No cooking and no cleaning! My present to myself.

Sunday Salon

What am I reading?

Not a thing at the moment. I might just call it a year with this last book I read.

What am I cooking?

Just cookies today. I am making Snickerdoodles, gigantic Ginger cookies and Coconut Macaroons dipped in dark chocolate. The Snickerdoodle recipe is new but the other two are the BEST cookie recipes ever. They come out just like the picture and everyone always asks for them. Try them!

What am I watching?

We watched Christmas with the Kranks last night, along with the I Love Lucy Christmas Special that aired on CBS last Friday. It was a little strange and creepy to see Lucy in color. I still need to see Frosty, A Family Stone and a host of other shows/movies but I’m getting there.

What are you doing today? What do you have planned next week?

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