Category Archives: Life

Sunday Matters: Things Have Changed

Sunday Matters

The world of book blogging is so different these days. Interaction is as an all-time low and yet I plug on. My intent for this blog was to record my thoughts about the books I’ve read but the community aspect was a welcome bonus. I miss it. People are busy. Distractions are at an all-time high. I really need to be plugged-in or the world kind of takes over.


Right Now:

I am typing this with a sore arm. I got my flu shot yesterday. Hard to believe it’s that time of year but it is. Just sitting here, watching the news and sipping coffee.

Have you pulled your Halloween decorations out yet? This may happen soon for us. I’ve seen a few houses decorated even though it’s been warm this week.

This Week:

Monday and Tuesday is “fall break” here but I do not have the days off. The callback list for The Music Man posts late Tuesday.  There is a volleyball game Thursday and right after that a dress rehearsal for the choir concert which will be Friday and Saturday. I also have book club. Saturday is The Girl’s 14th birthday.

In addition to everything else, my son got a job performing at Six Flags for Fright Fest so every weekend he shows up for make-up and then works until 1 a.m. He’s 19 but I still worry about somebody punching him out from sheer terror. He, of course, thinks this is ridiculous even though he knows it happens. He learned this when he worked tech at last year’s Fright Fest. They also throw bricks, apparently.


My Sleeping Beauties read along did not get the participation I had hoped for (#sleepingbeautiesRAL) but some of my fave people were able to join last-minute and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! I am four chapters in and it’s pretty good so far. I just love a good King chunkster.

My book club meets this week too so I must also get to The Lathe of Heaven but it’s pretty short.


AHS - Cult

American Horror Story is starting to get good.  Information has been revealed about some of the main characters and it’s interesting how it’s all coming together.

Fear the Walking Dead is still holding my attention but Madison is so annoying. She is the main character and from all the fan comments no one likes her, so why does she remain?

With today being the first day of October that means it’s time to come up with my horror movie viewing list. I always wait too long to watch and then before I know it, Halloween is over so this year I want to start early.


I made a taco bake one night. I also made a chicken stir fry. A pasta and sausage with cream sauce dish which is my absolute favorite thing. Pizza was in there somewhere. I really have a craving for seafood but no one eats it but me.

Grateful for:

Weekends when we can get away, even if only for a half day. Since The Girl’s actual birthday is filled with activities we took this past Saturday to celebrate and it was good.


Sunday Matters: Out of the Fog and into Fall

Sunday Matters

The past week was a blur. It was a combination of a full schedule, fun stuff (homecoming, volleyball tournament) but also me wading through the fog of pain meds (long story).

Right Now:

I decided to switch things up a little so I went to church last Thursday and this morning my life group and I will be serving a meal to a group of seniors at the senior home. Apparently, there is no meal service for them on the weekends?? What?

Later tonight, my teen group and I will be attending a concert in honor of Freedom Sunday, a global effort to end human trafficking. The stories alone will rip your heart right out of your chest. It needs to stop.

This Week:

We are waiting to see if The Girl gets a callback for The Music Man. There is a volleyball game and a dental appointment. Ugh. I really just want to hang out on my couch and read. I’ve got zero energy these days.

Still trying to figure out what is tearing up our backyard. I am reading a book where creatures come out to destroy everything so of course, I am envisioning very large creatures ripping up my lawn.


I am really into Bird Box by Josh Malerman. It came out a couple of years ago but I don’t remember seeing it. It’s RIVETING. These “creatures” take over the population but they are only a threat if you SEE them, so those who have survived spend their lives blindfolded. Crazy, right? I am half way done with it and I haven’t been able to put it down.

Read Along:

I think one person has officially signed-up for my read along and two unofficially. How can that be??? It’s King people! It starts on Tuesday! You can’t possibly allow me to read it by myself.


I finally saw IT! It wasn’t scary. Reminded me a lot of Stand by Me and Stranger Things. It was very good.

I am totally into American Horror Story: Cult even though it’s getting some not-so-great reviews. It’s just wild. Anything goes and even when I feel as if the creators are toying with us, I don’t care. It’s been the perfect distraction to everything going on in the world. Which is weird because it’s about everything going on in the world.


I baked some chicken one night ahead of the night I actually planned to eat it. That seemed to work out well because I don’t typically have time to bake things the night of. Too busy driving The Girl to where she needs to go. I need a little chauffeur hat. But, the chicken was so good. Just top with a high quality bottle of Caesar dressing and bake.

I also made spaghetti with chopped mushrooms and marinara.

We also had leftover chili which of course was better as leftovers.

For some reason I am craving a veggie burger.

Grateful for:

Good coffee. Coffee is no longer a beverage, is it? It’s a thing. A lifestyle. Once in awhile I will purchase coffee from a shop but not often. Mostly, I make it myself and I make it nice and strong with lots of cream and a dash of cardamon or cinnamon.

By the way, I saw two houses fully decorated for Halloween and according to the ads, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back (does it even leave?) so I guess the season has changed.

What is your favorite fall activity? Mine happens to be walking on the beach at sunset. It’s cold, but you bundle up and it’s just nice. You?