Sunday Matters: Getting Back on the Horse

Sunday Matters

My reading tanked these past few weeks. From the looks of it, the same thing happened to many of you as well. But, I am back in the saddle again thanks to my book club read, The Testaments. It has been on my list for ages but did I really want to read it now? With all this chaos going on around us? Yes. Yes, I did. I am not going to lie, I keep thinking about the Supreme Court confirmation process while reading it. That whole People of Praise thing is just too much.

Right Now:

Sundays are a lot more pleasant now that I do my errands on a different day. I just want to be lazy on Sundays. Give me a huge cup of coffee and some toast and I am good. Add an online church service, a relaxing Spotify playlist like this one, and a good book and that is all I need.

This Week:

I have a book discussion this week for The Testaments, a college preview to attend for the University of Arizona, and although I was hoping to have an ultrasound for this weird pain I’ve been having, (turns out it’s not a kidney infection), the darn appointment isn’t until November 10th! They were thinking appendicitis or this cyst I have been dealing with, but November 10th? I guess I will know before then if it’s appendicitis. Goodness.


I am going to try to squeeze another R.I.P. book in before the end of the month. I really need to read two but you know, that distraction thing is strong. It will be Lisey’s Story by King.  I don’t think it’s noted as one of his best which is why I’ve not read it, but HE thinks it’s one of his best books. That makes me want to read it.


Fear the Walking Dead started up again and let me tell you, it was good. I was going to give up on it once I knew of a certain character’s fate but once again it has looped me in.

Grateful for:

  • Ballot Trax (Where’s My Ballot). Ballot has been counted!
  • My little sidekick, the Otter Pup. She has been so sweet during this pandemic. Follows me everywhere. Sometimes just gazes at me lovingly.
  • A quiet house. The only thing I liked about my work commute was the solitude in my car. In the early morning hours, I enjoy the same solitude just sitting here with my coffee.

Have you voted? If you are waiting to vote in person, check to see if your area has early poll voting because I think there will be very large crowds on election day.

Other than that, what’s new?

11 thoughts on “Sunday Matters: Getting Back on the Horse”

  1. My reading has slowed this month, simply because the book I’m currently reading isn’t calling to me. I’m enjoying it (Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz), but I’m not sucked in at this point. Too many distractions with Dodger baseball and election news, I suppose.

    Thanks for the Spotify playlist. I’m always looking for new tunes!

    I’m sorry you have to wait so long for a scan for your pain. If it gets worse, don’t hesitate to get to the ER!

    I dropped my ballot off yesterday and will check on its status in another day or two. We only have mail-in ballots here, so no long lines, thank goodness!

    Enjoy your peaceful Sunday!

  2. Yes, I voted this week… returned my ballot in person and was able to check online to make sure it was accepted & counted. Now to stay sane until the election is over! I’ve only read one book the entire month, but hoping things are beginning to turn around now. Have a good week, Ti.

  3. It has been more difficult to concentrate. Waiting for the madness to be over already (fingers crossed). I have several reviews to write but, less motivation. Hope your week is a good one.

  4. I agree that ballot trax is wonderful; it felt so good to know that my ballot had been received and accepted. I also have the Testaments on my TBR shelf and need to get to it. I look forward to seeing what you think of it.

  5. Hey Ti, so glad your ballot is in! I voted too in Virginia but unfortunately they don’t seem to be using Ballot Trax so will have take their word for it. Every state should use it! Sorry about your kidney trials : Nov 10 sounds like awhile to wait to get an ultrasound. I had one on my shoulder recently and then had a cortisone shot, which I hope works. It’s nice that you have Otter Pup with you … our dogs help us more than we know. The Testaments is a good one … and I hope you have a good discussion with your group. Enjoy.

  6. Reading has been an issue for me as you know. I haven’t read anything since my days off earlier this month, unless my daughter is reading to me.

    I’m dropping my ballot in the official box when I take my parents to early voting next week, which in Maryland hardly seems like early voting. 🙂

    1. We’ve had fake drop boxes installed by the GOP and now someone is setting fire to the official drop boxes. I am so glad I voted early and that my ballot has already been counted.

  7. I bought Testaments a long time ago fully intending to read it right away and it hasn’t happened yet. I need to pick it up soon but it may happen. I read The Handmaid’s Tale after the 2016 election and it carried so much symbolism then and so many parallels. It will be fitting if I read it after the 2020 election, regardless of outcome. I’ll either celebrate that we are going away from the book (hopefully) or mourn that the noose is getting tighter. Gah!

    I can’t believe they are delaying the ultrasound! I thought if something sounded critical enough, doctors tried to get you in as soon as possible. Fingers crossed that it’s nothing serious.

  8. I’m glad you found a book that worked for you. It’s so frustrating when I start and stop books because I can’t focus.

    November 10th is a long time to wait. I wonder why they are putting this off for so long.

    I’m trying to stay peaceful and calm every day. Christian meditation (probably any sort of meditation) helps me a lot.

    I hope you have a good week, Ti.

    1. November 10th is the soonest appt they had, even with the doctor expediting it. Everyone is being pulled for COVID testing. My own doctor is on some task force so I’ve had to deal with other doctors while dealing with this.

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