Sunday Matters: The Upside Down

Sunday Matters

If you watched Stranger Things, then you know what the Upside Down is, but here, I am using it to describe how I feel at the current moment. I am here, but not quite here. Living my life but sometimes navigating what feels like some alternate reality. You ever feel as if you are watching yourself in a movie or something? No? Just me? Okay, now I feel like a big weirdo. Carry on.

Right Now:

We had too much stuff going on to attend church this past Thursday so we will be heading out for that soon. And then, we will be shopping for a new TV! Ours works perfectly but it is so old and will no longer work with Netflix as of the end of the month so we gotta get a new one.

This Week:

This week and next is OZ, OZ, OZ. The Wizard of Oz is always a fun show to do because of the flying. So much flying, that a professional fly team is used. Flying performers make it super interesting backstage. My daughter is Aunt Em. She’s pretty excited about the tornado scene.



I am hoping that The Dreamers comes in from the library today. Many of you are reading it now and it looks like something I would enjoy.


It’s not out yet but it’s slated for Netflix soon. I seriously thought, and maybe still think, this is a joke but it’s listed on IMDb. Guys, Space Force is coming, by the makers of The Office. Yes, THAT Space Force, the United States Space Force that is the proposed new branch of the Armed Forces. I am dying.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I do not like to take photos of myself and I really do not like to share videos of myself but in an attempt to be more relatable, I’ve started to post Instagram stories every couple of days. I don’t know how people look natural on there but I’m trying and my eyes tend to look in all the wrong places but hey, maybe I’ll get better. If you choose to see the train wreck in action and don’t already follow me there, you can find me there as TiBookChatter.

Grateful for:

I am grateful for all the people who make me laugh. Many of you have become my close friends and now that we’ve gotten to know each other, the sense of humor (both yours and mine) seems to be popping out all over. I love, love, love it when something funny gets posted somewhere and three people share the very same post with me. Guys, you get me. Thank you.

My question for you. Do you guys like to be on camera? Even with all the filters and bling, I still don’t know how to look like a normal person on camera. Plus, I talk so slow and I don’t talk like that normally.

22 thoughts on “Sunday Matters: The Upside Down”

  1. You have had a topsy turvy week but you survived! With humor, too. I hate taking pictures of me and I am certain I have a whiny voice! Checking out that Netflix show…thank you! Oh have fun with your new tv! You will love it…I am certain!

  2. When I was a kid, I always wondered if I were real or in someone’s dream, if that makes sense, so I have an idea of how you’re feeling. I hate having my picture taken and especially hate videos – I don’t know how to pose and always seem to be making a face. I wonder if I’m like that in real life. Good luck with Oz!

    1. That’s how I feel. Now that I have been posting these videos I see some weird expressions. I wonder if I make them all the time. What a weirdo, if so. I also roll my eyes a lot.

  3. No, I’m not fond of pictures of myself. And I think I sound strange. So, I get that completely. New TV. Good luck. The picture will be clearer and there will be more tech to learn – at least that’s our experience. Auntie Em – good luck with your daughter’s performance. Have a great week, Ti!

    1. The tech is easier since all the apps for Netflix and Hulu are built in but getting the signal right was a challenge!! We had good, high quality HDMI cables but they were duds apparently. Had to buy a different set.

      I think most people think they sound weird on audio. I just hope I don’t sound like that in real life.

  4. Hope next week you feel more like yourself! I played Auntie Em, once many moons ago. 6th grade, the only show I was ever in. I never like how I look in photos, or sound on video, so I give you credit for putting yourself out there. I put in a request to follow you on Instagram,
    I am looking forward to hearing what you think of Elevation by King. I thought it was a great novella. I really like all his non creepy writings.

    1. I’m glad you commented because I didn’t see the Instagram notification. I have accepted and requested to follow back! I still haven’t read Elevation. Book wise, I am off to a slow start for the month. I do have it though.

  5. I don’t love being on camera (mostly because my weight is currently up, up, up) and I definitely don’t do the filters. I heard an NPR piece that “snap” surgery is a thing now; it’s where (mostly) women get plastic surgery to look the way they do with filters. Ew.

    1. I can tell when people use a beauty filter and I have used them before in videos because the lighting makes me look like death or something but I just use the subtle ones…not the real drastic ones. I don’t know how people can shoot without some sort of filter. Unless they are airbrushed with makeup I don’t see how they can look the way they do. Also, my normal resting face looks like I don’t feel well. The struggle is real.

    1. I used to have a really good speaking voice. I am actually the recorded voice for the campus switchboard. But when I suffered from lupus, my vocal cords were affected due to the inflammation. Now, when I listen to that recording it sounds nothing, and I mean, nothing like me. Years of damage took its toll. I had to have a voice restriction placed in my file.

  6. Looking forward to your thoughts on The Dreamers. I’m with you on the photo taking, I really don’t enjoy having my picture taken but then I’m bummed when I’m never in any pictures😂 I might try putting myself in more of book pics on Instagram, we’ll see

    1. I think I sent my other email too soon but I always like it when bloggers include photos of themselves. I am trying to be more intentional with that. It’s not like I want to give my entire life away or anything but it does enhance communication a little because it nearly always prompts a comment or email.

  7. Wish I could be one of those naturally photogenic people (like one of my daughters), but I hate having my picture taken. Videos are even worse! I’ve never used the instagram story feature, but watch them every once in a while. Good luck with the production this week!

    1. I know that some people who seem to be photogenic naturally, really do put a lot of effort into how they stand, which side the photo is taken on, etc. I don’t. That’s clearly my problem. LOL. Thanks for the good luck vibes for this production. Whenever flying is involved I always get a little nervous. Mine won’t be flying and it’s a professional team but it makes the backstage area a real off limit zone when performers are trying to get to their mark.

  8. I hope the upside down feeling you’re having is gone soon and that you can be more actively engaged. I hate my photo taken, hate the sound of my voice on audio, and absolutely hate the whole thing on video. LOL I’m such a critics of myself.

  9. I’ll be curious to hear if you like The Dreamers. I liked it all right. I need to get back to using Bookstagram but I often forget about it. And no I’m very unphotogenic. so I can relate. Good luck with OZ.

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