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Sunday Matters: Happily Reading

Sunday Matters

This year has been a really good year for reading. I haven’t read that many books but there are several that I’ve loved and really enjoyed. I think maybe it has to do with my more casual approach to reading. I finish a book and pick up whatever sounds good. Sounds so easy and yet I’ve never really done that before.

Anyway, it’s been a good week for reading too, except there are no quiet places to read on campus. We are in week 3 of classes and all of my reading spots are occupied by students. It must be funny to watch me try to find a place. Turn a corner… nope. Turn another corner, nope. Go upstairs, nope. It’s going to be awhile before things settle down in that area.

Right Now:

It’s been a pretty relaxing weekend overall. Not much planned. A little cleaning. A little organizing. Church. Stuff like that. I have to mend a few tops for The Girl. I do not sew. I know how to use a hot glue gun (ask Teen) but these jobs require a needle and thread so if I get right on it I will be sewing later.

This Week:

Rehearsals start for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Monday. Audition prep is on Wednesday. The Girl isn’t sure what she wants to audition for as of yet. The Teen inquired about one role but scheduling for him is pretty crazy right now.

Reading:

I finished After the Parade by Lori Ostlund.  I really loved it. I am in the mood to start one of my R.I.P Challenge reads but the one I wanted to start expired on my Kindle. Poor timing.

Watching:

Oh my word. American Horror Story – Hotel. I am all caught-up and it was way over-the-top. Totally watchable and disturbing in a “can’t look away” type of way but how did that even make it on TV?? It’s always been graphic but the Mature rating might have been a little too light for the content.

Making:

In my mind, it feels like fall and I am in the mood for a really good seasonal drink but it is still warm here so maybe some iced cider?

Iced Cider

Definitely too warm for chili and soup even though I could eat soup 24/7. I have no idea what to make this week. This is becoming a thing with me.

Grateful for:

Reconnecting with friends.

Sunday Matters: My Extra Long Birthday Weekend!

Sunday Matters

The Labor Day holiday falls on my birthday so I get my birthday off which is really nice. And, because I did my much-needed car shopping mid-week I do not have to spend it at the dealership. Plus, the middle-school ministry is not meeting because of the holiday weekend so I have a Sunday evening to myself.  Triple win.

Here is me, at 10 o’clock, Wednesday night at the dealership. I was tired and had not eaten since that morning so forgive the deer in the headlights look.

Me and my new car!
Me and my new Subaru Forester.

Right Now:

The Teen had a really bad case of food poisoning Friday night which he hasn’t fully recovered from so hopefully he can join us today. The plan is to head to Santa Barbara right after church. Or maybe Solvang and then Santa Barbara. I haven’t quite decided but I feel the need to get out-of-town for the day.

This Week:

No work on Monday. Medical appointments for the kids on Wednesday but not really much else. The Teen is adapting to his full college and work schedule and The Girl’s schedule is beginning to pick up.

Reading:

I am reading After the Parade by Lori Ostlund and it’s quite good so far.

After the Parade

I need to sit down for a few minutes to figure out my list for the R.I.P Challenge.  Will you be joining in on the fun too?

Watching:

I haven’t been watching much lately. With the car shopping, back-to-school night and the test that The Girl needed help studying for, I haven’t  spent a lot of time in front of the TV this past week.

Making:

I have yet to cook anything but I bought food! This week I plan to make spaghetti, chicken tacos, a chicken stir-fry and tuna salad. I have a craving for tuna salad.

Grateful for:

I am very happy and grateful to be able to spend this long weekend with my family. The Teen took off from work and even though he’s been sick with food poisoning it’s nice to have him home. I am also grateful for the teachers that my daughter has this year. She had a great academic team last year so I was really praying for an excellent team this year, too.

That’s it from me. What is happening in your world?