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Sunday Matters: Where is Chicken Little?

Sunday Matters

By now, you’ve heard that the entire West coast is burning. It started here with a Gender Reveal gone wrong, and then continued Northwest and I can’t even tell you how many fires there are or how many structures lost. The skies here are yellow and it feels like the end of the world. I keep thinking about Chicken Little and “the sky is falling!”

This is the Bay area which is much worse than where we are:

San Francisco
Photo Credit: San Francisco Chronicle

Right Now:

This week was hard for a number of reasons so I plan to focus on self-care today. I am at the point in this pandemic where I am “done” with it but of course, you can’t be done with a pandemic until it’s done with you!

Halloween was cancelled for LA County and then later that day they walked it back and said it was not banned but not recommended. My neighborhood is always packed with van loads of kids and parents strolling around with wine. I want to join in but I don’t want to die so if we hand out candy I will probably do some sort of table setup and just supervise from afar.

This Week:

We are deep into the college application process and will continue to be this week and probably all of September and part of October. We visited a couple of schools this past weekend but most of the schools my daughter is interested in are out of state.

I just realized I need to read a book for a discussion this week. It’s Kindred by Octavia Butler. I better get on that.

It was announced on Thursday that the Cal State Universities will be virtual for Spring 2021. I expected it but at the same time it was like a punch in the gut. This decision affects my campus as well as my son’s. He is fine with it. I don’t know if that means I will remain at home though.

Reading:

As I mentioned above, I will be reading Kindred here pretty soon for a discussion but I just finished Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill and should have the review up soon. Wowie! That book gave me all the Halloween vibes.

I think I may also read Wendy Walker’s new one, Don’t Look For Me.

Watching:

Ratched comes out on Netflix this week (9/18)! Yes, that’s NURSE Ratched to you. I cannot wait! I need something to pull me away from the news.

Grateful for:

  • We got our flu shots on Friday. Grateful to have gotten them early.
  • Instagram cooking Reels. I’ve been browsing some simple meal ideas and it’s giving me hope. SO tired of planning what to cook but lately these short videos have been helpful.
  • Like-minded friends who get where I am coming from politically. I am not at ALL into politics but for this election, how can you not be? I am voting for decency this term. Period.

Tell me something that is going on in your life. Something I can pray for or something great that has happened recently. I’ve felt very disconnected from everyone this week even though I try so hard to connect with others.

To be honest, I believe I am sick of myself.

Sunday Matters: Another Year Older

Sunday Matters

Yesterday was my birthday! To celebrate, we took a trip to the Central Coast which also happens to be where my son is. It’s a quick visit since he has to work too but it’s still nice to get away and see his new pad. He starts school soon so the timing is good.

Due to the Labor Day holiday it’s very crowded, as you can imagine and we are doing our best to social distance. The last time we were here was Father’s Day and it was packed then too. I’d like to come when it’s not packed.

Right Now:

We are going to grab some coffee and breakfast and then it’s back to the grind. Actually, youth group starts up again tonight on Zoom. We changed our meeting time to evenings so we shall see how it goes.

This Week:

I am off on Monday for Labor Day and I added Tuesday as a vacation day to extend my birthday weekend. I have nothing planned.

But… my daughter DID pass her driving test so thank you for the good wishes. She will be practicing some more and applying for jobs this week.

Reading:

The R.I.P Challenge is officially underway!! If you’d like to see what I plan to read check out my short list. I think the first book I will read for that is Heart-Shaped Box since it’s been on my list for years.

I am also still reading What Alice Forgot. It’s not pulling me in like her other books.

Watching:

My husband got me into a car restoration show. I call it Rust Bros because that is what’s on the intro but I guess it’s really called Rust Valley Restorers on Netflix. It is a fascinating show with some really interesting people. Even if you are not into cars, which I am not, I can appreciate the hunt for the right part… or the sentimental restoration of a beloved car. It’s a really good show.

Grateful for:

  • That my daughter passed her driving test!
  • My short trip to the Central Coast

Let me know how you are doing. We are all in this together and we need to continue to support one another. It’s a trying time for sure.