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Sunday Matters: Where Are the Decorations?

Sunday Matters

We are halfway through October and only a few houses have Halloween decorations up. Normally ours are up, but my son usually has a hand in it and this year he is busy with Fright Fest on the weekends so he hasn’t been able to put them up. For three days a week he dons this make-up and scares people all night long. Fun, huh?

fright-fest
Yes, this is my kid!

Right Now:

Not a lot going on at the moment. I tried to sleep in a little but coffee was calling.

This Week:

Volleyball games, rehearsal, etc. You guys know the drill. I am seeing my physical medicine doc for my three-month check and every time the appointment comes up I think I am okay and don’t need to go anymore but then the other day, while trying to fix the ceiling after the AC leaked, my severe neck/jaw pain came back so I will welcome the cortisone shot this Friday, for sure.

Reading:

I am at the halfway point with Sleeping Beauties and it’s really getting good although I felt like it took many chapters to get there.

I’m about to begin my book club pick for next month, Lab Girl.

Watching:

American Horror Story is very good this season. Although some parts of the story are very predictable, other parts surprise me. I’ve got a lot of friends watching it too so it’s fun to talk about the show afterward.

The season finale of Fear the Walking Dead is this weekend. The producers of The Walking Dead announced that there will be a crossover between the two shows. I expected as much but the characters and story line are all over the place in Fear so I wonder how it will work.

As for movies, I had a day off so I watched:

  • Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (love Doris Day!)
  • Rope (love Hitchcock!)

If you are a fan of Charlie Brown, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown airs on 10/19 on ABC. Record it!

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Making:

I hit Trader Joe’s last weekend and bought all kinds of things for us to eat so the family has had Gyoza dumplings, Orange Chicken and I had some Chicken in Coconut sauce with rice. I also bought some risotto and pasta fixings.

I like to cook from scratch but the kids are old enough and their schedules are all over the place so Trader Joe’s works for me (at the moment). In a few minutes they can put something together and not have to resort to cereal.

Grateful for:

Days off. It seems obvious but this past week I took a day off and it was glorious. I cleaned and cooked and read and watched movies and was still able to catch The Girl’s volleyball game. I love to have a clean house and unfortunately, with both of us working full-time my house is never as clean as I want it to be.

It’s still warm here in Southern California but what have you done to celebrate fall so far?

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Sunday Matters: Rough Week

Sunday Matters

Last week was rough. One of my daughter’s volleyball teammates lost her father in the Las Vegas shooting.  Her brother was also shot, but is stable. A few years prior, she lost her mother so this particular loss is especially difficult. If you feel at all compelled to give a few dollars, you can find the GoFundMe here.

According to the news reports, there are seven others from our town who were shot as well. This hits very close to home.

Right Now:

We are sitting here watching the news and it amazes me how quickly we move from one topic to another these days. Such a tragedy and the news has already moved on.

This Week:

This week should be a little less busy. I have a couple of appointments but nothing big. I was asked to submit my vacation plans for the holidays and I was more than happy to do that even though it forced me to consider just how fast the holidays are approaching.

Reading:

I finished my book club book just in time for the meeting so now I am back to Sleeping Beauties for the read along (#sleepingbeautiesRAL).

Watching:

We sat down to watch Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and we really enjoyed it. I wasn’t aware that it was a Time Burton movie.  Makes me want to read the book now.

Still watching Fear the Walking Dead and it’s good. I think there are only a couple of episodes left since The Walking Dead starts soon.

American Horror Story – Cult continues to entertain me. It’s a little twisted and bloody but the story is coming together nicely. I can’t really tell where it will go from here but I am expecting a complete turnaround for one of the main characters, Ally.

Making:

We had pizzas one night. Breakfast for dinner, one night. Cheese stuffed chicken breasts with broccoli. I resorted to chicken tenders and tator tots one night out of desperation. I also baked a cake for the birthday girl.

Grateful for:

My family. We work hard and some days I feel as if we are always waving to each other as we come and go but for the most part, we still make time to be together and that’s really what’s important.

How are you doing after the events of last week? Even if you didn’t know anyone involved, it still weighs heavily on you, doesn’t it?