The Sunday Salon: An Easter Hello

Sunday Salon

Hello all. How’ve you all been?

It’s been busy around here. Mostly, good stuff but with nightly activities and the spring break that came up  out of nowhere, I felt as if I was Fred Flintstone in his floorless car, running  just to keep up.

A few updates. I had some health stuff going on and the biopsy came back NORMAL. I was very relieved to get those results. I really started to think about what I’d do if they came back abnormal. Not a fun topic of discussion right before vacation so it was a huge relief that the news came in right before I left. Thank you for the prayers and support.

I also alluded to stuff going on at work. I have been known to feel a re-org coming on and sure enough, I returned from break and it happened. The details are not solid yet but my job, it-is-a-changing. Again. Wish me luck with that.

Oh and one other thing, one BIG thing. I got baptized this past Friday! Let’s just say that as a child, my childhood was less than ideal. I had guardian angels along the way that steered me in the right direction so I always felt a spiritual connection but could never find a church that I felt comfortable going to. About a year ago, we went to a special service that a local church was holding and for the next couple of months we’d either watch the service online or go every once in awhile. It’s not traditional. There’s music and lights and a coffee shop, but the Pastor really clicked with us and although the message is what you’d expect to get in church, it’s delivered in a comfortable, friendly way.

On Good Friday, my family and I decided to take the plunge and participate in the baptism celebration. It was SO not me. Cameras, lights and lots of people cheering us on. I was so embarrassed but at the same time, very happy to have finally found a church that we love.

Here we are, freshly dunked! The Hub was getting the car but he participated too.  It’s a horrible pic of me, but you all know me so I know you will forgive the matted hair and the lack of make-up which seemed to disappear once dunked. Not pretty but that’s okay. 

Just baptized!

Just baptized!!

In case you are wondering, The Teen did not participate but he went with us. He has been going to the Mormon church and although I had hoped that he’d join us, he decided not to. Religion is a very personal thing, and I don’t like it to be jammed down my throat so I am letting him take this journey on his own. As a mom, there are lots of decisions I have had to make recently that have been difficult, but knowing my own struggle with religion, his choice of religion should not be one of them.

I was so worried about stupid stuff like the temperature of the water and looking like a dork once dunked but with everyone cheering you on, you stand there dripping wet, but happy. I thought The Girl would get scared last-minute but nope, she wanted to be first!

So, that was my excitement this past week. Yesterday , The Girl had a track meet. It was held on a really old, dirt track and none of the kids knew how to run on it. Out by us, all of the tracks are turf so The Girl struggled a little with her times, but still enjoyed herself. We then had her best friend over for dinner and a sleepover. It was a fun night. They colored eggs and got barked at by the Otter Pup.

The Teen had to work the prom last night so he’s not up yet. I suspect he’ll sleep right into the afternoon.

Here are a couple of photos from yesterday:

Chatsworth Track Meet

The Girls at the track meet. Mine, is the one in the middle.

Dinner with the Girls

A fun dinner with The Girl and her BFF.

What am I reading?

I am reading A Wild Sheep Chase in bits and pieces. Murakami is always so enjoyable and thought-provoking that I find myself savoring his writing. It’s not a book to blow through quickly. I am also reading The Walking Dead governor books. VERY good. I am in the middle of And The Mountains Echoed, a good story but my interest is waning.

What am I cooking?

I wasn’t going to make anything special but then last minute decided to cook-up a ham. I saw a recipe for a peach & brown sugar glaze and I was craving greens so we’ll have the peach-glazed ham, collard greens, mac & cheese (both gluten-free and non), mashed potatoes, carrots and rolls. I picked up a peach pie for the Fam and then I got a creme brûlée for myself. Yum.

What am I watching?

I’ve been watching Chrisley Knows Best. Have you seen that show?? It’s crazy but I can’t stop watching it.

That’s my week and weekend. I am helping myself to another cup of coffee and then hopefully I can take a nap later. What’s your plan for today? I am glad I went to church on Friday because I am dragging this morning.

The Sunday Salon: Three Day Weekend

Track Meet Saturdays

Well, it’s been a fun but crazy weekend. Friday, a retired co-worker came for a visit so a group of co-workers and I headed to a local restaurant for dinner. That was a nice way to start off the weekend. Lots of laughs for sure.

Saturday, we had another track meet. This time, it was an away meet and about a 45-minute drive to get there but the surrounding campus was very pretty. I didn’t mind the view one bit. And this time we brought the umbrella so sun was not an issue. Thank goodness. We got there around 7:45 am and it ended around 3pm. The Girl did great! No injuries and no tossing her cookies! It was a good meet. And that red thing you see is not a tent. They are called Sport Brellas and are low profile umbrella/tents. They are all over the place and we will be getting one real soon.

The Teen was not able to come with us due to a mandatory dress rehearsal but he called us to tell us about the 3rd or 4th earthquake that hit while he was taking a shower. I think it spooked him a little but as many as we’ve head in the past 72 hours, this is nothing compared to the Northridge quake. It does make me wonder if something larger is just around the corner though.

Last night, we attended a movie event at our church. They showed the movie Soul Surfer, which is about Bethany Hamilton, a surfer who was attacked by a shark back in 2003 at the age of thirteen. She lost an arm in that attack and our church scheduled the movie night in anticipation of her visit. I was worried The Girl would not be able to watch parts of it but she was okay.

Bethany Hamilton

Photo credit: Wikipedia

We had a great time at the movie event. The Girl invited a friend and her family to come and we all had a really good time. But on the way home, the church sent an email warning of large crowds for Sunday services. This morning, we decided to stay home and watch her speak online. I really wanted to go to the service but the line wait was over an hour-long and they were only letting 1000 people in for sure so watching online was the next best option. It was a good talk but I think watching online was fine.

Sunday Salon

What’s going on for the rest of the day? Laundry and cleaning and maybe some reading. The Teen is off for more rehearsing and later he is performing in a Master Chorale performance.

I am rather happy because this is a three-day weekend for me since my campus is closed on Monday in observance of Cesar Chavez day. Yay!! And guess what? The kids have school which means it’s a ME day.

What am I reading?

I am reading lots of good stuff. I started Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and love it. I am almost done with Casebook by Mona Simpson and really, really love it. I am about to start a third book but don’t know what yet. I don’t want to break my reading mojo by choosing the wrong book.

What am I cooking?

Nothing. Just not in the mood. I am going to try to convince The Hub to pick-up something for dinner later. Chinese or maybe some chopped salads. Scratch that. He just told me NO on Chinese take-out. Drats!

What am I watching?

Tonight is the season finale of The Walking Dead. The rumors are flying that a major, beloved character will be killed. I will totally lose it if my beloved Daryl Dixon gets killed off!! I can’t even bear to think about it.

Well, the washer is ready for the next load so off I go. What do you have planned for today? Something more glamorous than laundry, I hope.

The Sunday Salon: Running, Singing and Lots of Sun

Sunday Salon

This weekend was jam-packed with fun but man, was it busy.

Friday, The Girl came down with some sort of stomach bug. Might have been a migraine, still not sure. We didn’t think she’d be able to run in Saturday’s track meet but it was a home meet, which gave us a little more time in the morning to assess things and since she so badly wanted to make-up for her spill during last week’s meet, she got dressed, loaded up on fluids and off we went. She’s a tough kid.

She made it through all four events and even with her throwing up the night before, she improved on all four events. But, it was another long day and it was very warm in sun so we were all grateful to be able to go home and rest for a little while. My nose looks a little too red even with the sunscreen I put on but it felt good to get a little sun.

After a bite to eat and some lounging, we headed out to see The Teen perform in the Jazz/Pop Concert that his choir put on. It was a great show and there were lots of hilarious moments. It was a treat to just sit in the dark and be entertained.

Today, I could not get anyone to go to church with me so I went by myself. It was a great service and it was nice to take an hour to just sit and reflect. I don’t get to sit down and reflect too often without something needing to be done or someone wanting me to do something for them. The music was great and I just tuned the world out. It was just what I needed.

Of course, my trip to the market afterward negated every good feeling in my body but I digress.

What am I reading?

Finished The Museum of Extraordinary Things. It was meh. Not horrible, just meh. I have about 5% of Life After Life left and I can’t wait to be done with it! I started The Cold Song. It has started off strong. Let’s hope it sticks.

What am I cooking?

Not a thing. I bought stuff to cook throughout the week but today, we are picking up roasted chickens and fresh tortillas from the Mexican market and we’ll nibble on fresh chips and salsa for dinner. Simple and perfect. Those tortillas are to die for! Actually, I am baking a chocolate cake for later but now I am wondering if The Girl will be able to have any. Darn it.

What am I watching?

We had a free movie weekend but there wasn’t a darn thing worth watching. Tonight, The Walking Dead. Man oh man, just two episodes left and I am dying!! So much has happened. I can’t wait to see how the season wraps up.

The Girl is still not 100% so we might throw in Working Girl and make some popcorn because everyone knows that popcorn with extra salt can cure many ills, including a stomach bug.

That’s all I have. What’s going on in your world?

The Sunday Salon: The Overflowing Calendar

First Meet

This post is coming to you a little late. We had a very full day at the track yesterday. It was The Girl’s first meet of the season and it was an away meet, at a school that happened to be hosting for the very first time. Let me tell you, the people were so incredibly nice but it went on for twelve hours!! My two-hour volunteer block stretched into nearly six hours because no one else showed up. And as you can see, by the end of the day, people left with their kids because it was just way too long of a day.

That is The Girl in front, doing her thing.

The upside, is that The Girl was awesome but had a little spill huge spill, during the 100m. At first, I didn’t think she was able to get up because she hit the turf full force at full speed, but she managed to pull herself together and finish the race. It was horrible to see! She was going so darn fast when she did it.

What you see below is just one of the injuries. She basically took out her entire left side and although she is somewhat smiling in this photo, she was definitely not smiling this morning. I am just so darn glad she got up and finished the race. The crowds in the stands, the stands were actually full for that race, stood up and cheered her on. I was so glad to see the opposing teams cheering her on too. I was so sure she was going to be carried out on a stretcher because when I say she hit the ground hard, I mean it.

Doesn’t she look like a little bad ass Daryl Dixon in this pic? The Walking Dead fans, will chuckle at that She is my little ass kicker.

Turf Burn

But after a day like yesterday, none of us wanted to go to church this morning because after twelve hours in the sun and heat, we just couldn’t think of getting up but of course we did. So we dragged our sorry butts to church and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Later this week, we have track practices, Jazz Pop rehearsals for choir, open house at the high school and that biopsy that I mentioned in a previous post which I am really, truly dreading. Wish me luck.

Sunday Salon

What am I reading?

I am not sure if I will ever finish Orfeo. It started off strong but it’s been painful reading a few pages every day, to just get through it. I may give it up. I started The Museum of Extraordinary Things which is pretty good so far. Still trying to get through Life After Life. Very slow but the story has picked up a tiny bit.

Oh, and I finished Me Before You. There are no words. I wish I had not waited so long to read it.

What am I cooking?

Today was one of those “hungry” shopping days. The weather has been glorious so we hit the market after church to pick up something to grill. We ended up with steak, salmon and chicken! Everyone wanted something different so whatever doesn’t get eaten, will be the stuff of salads later this week. We are also having baked beans, corn on the cob and baked potatoes! Yep, a “hungry” shopping day for sure

What am I watching?

Well, I had to stop watching Lost at lunch because The Girl wants to watch it with me now so all that I have been watching lately is The Walking Dead and Bates Motel. Both, too good to miss so my Sunday and Monday nights are pretty set. I wanted to squeeze Catching Fire in there this weekend but it didn’t happen, and won’t. I am about to crash on the couch for a much-needed nap and that is all I can think about at the moment.

What did you do today? Reading anything good?

The Sunday Salon: Chugging Along

Sunday Salon

I am SO not a fan of Spring Forward. Losing a precious hour isn’t something I take kindly to but after a few days, I’ll be over it. Today though, I feel out of it! Two cups of coffee and I am still in a haze.

Lots of excitement this week. Next weekend is The Girl’s first track meet so this week she’ll be deciding which events to run. Her first meet is an away meet and expected to last ALL DAY LONG. I am excited but at the same time, what the heck are we going to do at some strange school for 9+ hours? Her events do not run back to back, as far as I know. That is a long time to be sitting around.

The Teen is rehearsing for his Jazz Pop concert (Choir), his Master Chorale performance and his part for The Drowsy Chaperone. As always, so much going on in this house!

Tomorrow, I have to register The Girl for summer camp. That came up fast. These days it just seems like the months fly by, so why do the weeks drag so?

On a completely different note, I am heartbroken over the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. How can a jet just disappear like that? I can’t even imagine what those families are going through and the info on the stolen passports is very disturbing. I have been watching the news and reading all of the news sites but there hasn’t been too many developments as of yet. I am praying for all those involved.

Switching gears…

What am I reading?

I started Me Before You. I am about sixty pages in and enjoying the writing so far. I also started Life After Life (Atkinson) and I am finding it to be a little on the slow side. Too slow for my mood right now but it’s a book club read so I am going to push on so I can put it behind me. Will it get better?

What am I cooking?

Not a thing. Just not in the mood. Funny how that happens when the weather gets warm. We may head out for salads later. A grilled chicken salad sounds perfect to me.

What am I watching?

We finally saw Gravity last night. It was just okay. I thought the story needed a little bit of work but the visuals were pretty stunning, even though I was watching it on the small screen.

As for TV, The Bates Motel started up again so my Monday nights are spent watching that. The Walking Dead is on tonight and I cannot wait to plop down in front of the TV for it. At work, while at lunch, I have been watching Lost which I am enjoying quite a bit.

What do you have planned this week? Reading anything good?


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