Whatnot – 05/03/23

Hillside of flowers.Hello, friends. After all the rain we’ve had, everything is green and flowers are popping up all over. It’s so pretty! We are supposed to get a little more rain later this week. I hope we do. We’ve had a couple of 90+ days already and I am not ready for summer temps.

My reading has been like molasses. Slow going. I finally finished Demon Copperhead. It was very good and like everyone told me, very long. I don’t mind long but it seemed like it was maybe 75 pages too long. Now that that’s done, I can write the review and dive into my next read, The Last Word by Taylor Adams.

In a couple of weeks, my daughter will be flying in for a short visit. She will be done with finals and will be starting her new job shortly after. She only has a week or so. Just enough time to hit Disneyland, and the beach. Two things she misses dearly. 

I am giving another message for student ministry on Mother’s Day. I just finished writing it. I just need to fine tune it. It’s about how everyone (should be) invited to the table. The IN group and the excluded are topics students can relate to and honestly, adults too. Inclusion is very important to me. 

Last weekend we visited the Auschwitz exhibit at the Reagan Library. It was very good. Quite moving. It included an audio tour and took a good three hours but it was all so well done. I spent a lot of time pondering the personal articles belonging to children. It was all so powerful. I highly recommend going if it comes to your city. 

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday. He went to dinner with friends. I think this weekend we will grill and then go see the new Guardians movie. 

That’s it from me. I’m still trying to navigate chronic pain. Some days are better than others. Today, is a good day. I hope you are well. Have a good week. 







9 thoughts on “Whatnot – 05/03/23”

  1. I hope you have some good days ahead. Grilling sounds like a dream to me. We’ve been plunged back into March and low 40s at night and 50s here during the day. It’s not May weather here at all – usually we’re hitting 80 now. 😦 I haven’t read much since April ended with a bang and lots of poetry reading and reviews. I do have some pre-scheduled posts of fiction books I read for the first week of May and that’s good because an entire dept. at the office is out with covid, including my project partner, which means all the work is landing on my desk. I’m just happy I work remotely.

    1. We’ve had quite a few people show up to the office with COVID lately. If I get COVID on top of my other stuff I am doomed.

  2. Lovely to see the flowers! I have to start Demon Copperhead for my book club soon. I just got thru a long novel with Rebecca Makkai’s and not sure I can take another so soon, argh. Glad your daughter will be home yay! And why is the Auschwitz exhibit at the Reagan Library? Just wondering the correlation. hmm thanks.

    1. The exhibit is quite large. I imagine much of it had to do with available space. It is a traveling exhibit though so will be elsewhere too. Read Demon now, heavily, because I didn’t finish by the time my club met so I had to deal with spoilers. Length is not an issue for me but it’s dense and heavy so it took much longer than I would have liked.

  3. Happy birthday to you husband! My husband’s is today and my mom’s is on Sunday. Like Susan, I just finished a very long book by Rebecca Makkai, so I’m ready for something short & snappy. I also finished Maame by Jessica George, which I LOVED! I’ll bet the Auschwitz exhibit was very moving. Many years ago, I spent several hours in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. and was deeply affected by the personal belongings… Hope you continue to feel ok and that you are able to enjoy your walks before it gets too hot.

    1. I would have spent another 30 min or more at the exhibit had my legs not given out. They held up pretty well though. Many people skipped the audio tour which was included with the ticket and it was so informative.

  4. Sounds like you’ve got some good stuff going on! I get to see my daughter at the end of the month and am really looking forward to it.

    I drove down to Ventura today and the drive was beautiful.

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