Sunday Matters: Downtime

Sunday Matters

How are you doing this fine morning? I think most families are beginning to wind down. I know that we are in the final stretch. The Teen is now a senior and The Girl promotes this Friday. It’s true, The Teen starts summer school tomorrow. Not much of a break for him but to keep doing what he does, he has to take his required courses over the summer.

As for work. The university has classes year round so we don’t get much of a break during the summer but the pace does slow down, which allows me to work on all of the projects I haven’t had time for.

Regardless, it just FEELS like summer now. I want to sip iced tea and swing on a hammock. I don’t own a hammock but it does sounds nice, doesn’t it?

Right Now:

I am sipping coffee, eating cinnamon toast and getting ready for church. A new series starts today called, Respect the Beard. I have no idea what it’s about. Sounds very interesting though,

This Week:

This should be a good week. The only thing I have on the calendar, is The Girl’s promotion ceremony on Friday. I am taking the day off. The Hub will attend the ceremony, go back to work, and then we’ll all meet-up to have dinner.


Still reading Misery for a read along (#MiseryRAL) and it’s SO MUCH FUN.

Still reading A Little Life.

I finished All the Light We Cannot See. For the most part, I enjoyed it but there were a couple of things that seemed a little too convenient to me.

Never got around to picking up King’s new book, Finders Keepers.  I plan to get it very soon, but I just haven’t been able to hit the store and I haven’t decided if I want it on my Kindle or not.

I will be announcing the read along I am hosting in July very soon. It’s a chunkster. I know many groan when I mention the book in question but come on! It will be fun. More on that soon.


I haven’t been able to watch Mad Men at all this week. My secret hiding spot at work was booked for a conference all week long and that’s usually where I hole-up to do my Netflix bingeing.

Doesn’t Orange Is the New Black start this week? Need to make some time for that one.


Yesterday, I made the best Dijon Chicken.  Another blogger posted it on Facebook and it was so easy and super delish! Thanks, Patty! It was really nice to eat a home cooked meal. We’ve been eating so much take-out  that I was craving real food, cooked at home.

Tonight, I’ll probably make  tacos. I need something easy and quick since I am volunteering at the church later.

Grateful for:

Downtime. Rest. Naps. I came home from my dental appointment Saturday and collapsed. My bed never felt so good. SO grateful to finally have a moment to breathe.

What’s been going on with you? What do you have planned for the week?

23 thoughts on “Sunday Matters: Downtime”

  1. Downtime sounds perfect as that’s what I’m doing here for a few days. I wish it were summer here, though.. It’s been a little on the chilly side here, but it’s still a good time to read. Always.

    1. It was close to 100 degrees yesterday, they said the same for today but we are also expecting a big tropical storm. We sure could use the rain but humidity and I, do not get along. 

  2. It sounds like you will get a much needed break from the hustle and bustle this week. I can’t believe the Teen will be a senior!! I need to pick Finders Keepers up too.

  3. I am going to a painting party later this afternoon. I signed up before I broke my finger, so this could be interesting. Otherwise I am hoping to read – we cleaned all day yesterday! Enjoy your slower schedule! And congrats to The Teen and the Girl- a senior and a seventh grader!

    1. I want to go to one of those painting parties too! I bet you’ll do fine with the finger.

      From:”Book Chatter” Date:Sun, Jun 7, 2015 at 9:21 AM Subject:[Book Chatter] Comment: “Sunday Matters: Downtime”

  4. Sounds like a relaxing week…almost! I am a magnet for certain recipes…I will make that chicken this week…today I am making sesame noodles and a marinated Chinese Chicken thighs…we have no Chinese takeout near us so we want these for the Tony Awards tonight!

    1. We will be watching the Tony’s as well but they come in so late here. We have to eat before then.

      From:”Book Chatter” Date:Sun, Jun 7, 2015 at 10:51 AM Subject:[Book Chatter] Comment: “Sunday Matters: Downtime”

  5. I have some writing to finish and send out to my two betas who were waiting for it this weekend. Unfortunately, I’ve fallen behind my target. Managed to read 3 books though, which is good 🙂 This week is my son’s Summer Fair – lots of fancy hats and a lawn party wish I could avoid 😛 Parents’ stuff is not nearly as great as the kids’ performances. Glad you’re resting at long last 😀 Having pizza tonight – hubby is making it!

    1. The Summer Fair sounds like work but also a little fun! I don’t have a good head for hats though. I would definitely need help in that dept.

      Pizza! I miss pizza. Sometimes I can find or make a good gluten free one but not easily.

      From:”Book Chatter” Date:Sun, Jun 7, 2015 at 11:29 AM Subject:[Book Chatter] Comment: “Sunday Matters: Downtime”

  6. Congrats to your teen on his new senior-hood and to your girl on her upcoming promotion. Glad you got a bit of rest. And Dijon Chicken sounds really, really good. Will check it out. Have a good week, Ti!

    1. That Dijon chicken was so good and so easy. I have some for lunch tomorrow.

      From:”Book Chatter” Date:Sun, Jun 7, 2015 at 12:55 PM Subject:[Book Chatter] Comment: “Sunday Matters: Downtime”

  7. I have that same summery feeling at the university. I’m not sure what’s different except the pace seems slower…even though I’m twice as busy. Fewer people hollering for what they need because most of the faculty are gone. And the parking gets easier. I love that part of it. That dijon chicken looks divine, and I’m adding it to our rotation.

  8. Wow, the Teen is already a Senior?! Time flies quickly. I’ve not read Misery but would like to read Mr Mercedes. I’m back to blogging, my first post is up today.

  9. A Week with no commitments sounds fabulous! You certainly deserve it.

    We’ve been eating out a lot lately too and I am getting sick of it. I am hoping this week will be different. We’ll see.

  10. Down time? What is this mysterious down time of which you speak? Can you share?

    I made a home-cooked meal tonight, but I fear it will be my last one for at least three weeks. Holly’s recital season starts tomorrow, which means dress rehearsals, tech rehearsals, actual performances. I will see more of the theater than I will my own home. You know how it goes. There is a reason we do this to ourselves, right?

    I’m so glad things are winding down for you. I think you all need a break from things for a bit. It’s been a stressful spring for all of you!

  11. Sounds like you did find downtime! Hooray! That dijon chicken sounds like something I should try if it’s easy.

    Not much going on here but I managed to finish The Cherry Harvest about the home front during WWII and German POWs working on local farms. Still mulling over what I want to say since I have mixed feelings about it. I want to read All the Light We Cannot See too!

  12. Down time is always great and I think always needed nowadays. Ok what is a promotion ceremony? We don’t have that here so I’m curious.

    Misery is good but I haven’t listened anymore this past week. I got hit with a wicked summer cold. It’s been a week and its still hanging in. I can’t wait to see what the chunkster will be. I love chunky books! Hey what do you think of A Little Life? I’ve been debating on reading it.

    Yes Orange starts this week. I can’t wait! I’m hopelessly addicted to that show. Other than watching that my week will be slow since I’m still recovering from this cold. Just some reading, listening, and maybe some gardening.

    1. I stayed home from work yesterday because I got hit with a really high fever (104) and a really painful windpipe, like someone punched me. I was making a soft whooping noise so I feared whooping cough. It is going around again! But once the fever broke, my throat pain went away and now I just feel slightly weak. I am at work and okay. Don’t really even feel like I was sick at all. So weird! Promotion ceremony is the same as Graduation but here, the word graduation made kids think they were done with school. Weirdos. So they changed the terminology. 

  13. It’s so busy around here with the end of the school year things. You’d think with us homeschooling it wouldn’t affect us, but it’s the dance recitals at two different schools. Last weekend and this coming weekend are totally booked up.

    I don’t know why, but I just haven’t been in a Misery mood. Really need to change that. I’m very eager to hear what your readalong will be!

    And I need to finish Mr. Mercedes so I can even think about Finders Keepers! I started it in audio last year, really enjoyed it – but then never got around to the second half of the book for some reason!

    1. Not in a Misery mood? I am 75% in and really loving it this time around. I think the live tweeting really makes it fun. For me, anyway.

      I haven’t picked up Finders Keepers yet! Haven’t had the time to drive clear across town to get it.

      We have all that end of the year stuff too. Ends Friday. Bittersweet.

      From:”Book Chatter” Date:Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 7:42 PM Subject:[Book Chatter] Comment: “Sunday Matters: Downtime”

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