Sunday Matters: Preparation

Sunday Matters

This past week was pretty good. Still stressing over end-of-the-year stuff but the overall vibe of the week was better especially as Friday approached.

Right Now:

Guys, I am completely psyching myself out. This time next week, I will be on a bus full of high schoolers going to summer camp. I’ve done it before, but you may recall that I had a back injury the last time. An injury that happened as I was putting my heavy suitcase on the bus! A slipped disc, metal bunk beds and no drugs in sight made for a very long week. Amazing things happened that week, but me surviving was one of them.

Hume Lake

I do not want a repeat of that experience but as you know, my health has been dicey these past few months and I am worried about my ability to keep up. It’s so physical and I am not competitive at all. Amazing Race type activities do not agree with my body.

Please think good thoughts for me. Pray for me, if you do that. I would appreciate it. I am a little overwhelmed by all that needs to be done before I leave too.

This Week:

I will be preparing for the trip but my daughter is also starting her online summer classes while school is still in session.  I have to take this week to  make sure she can access what she needs before I am gone for a week with no signal and no Wi-Fi.

I am not a good packer, which is why my suitcase weighed so much the last time. But we have to bring stuff to decorate the cabin, costumes and the like. I mean, I need a lot of stuff for a trip like this and I have yet to purchase any of it.


I finished No Exit by Taylor Adams. The review will be up later this week but man, was it a page-turner!

Now, I am reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee for a discussion group later this month. It’s been out for quite some time, but it’s really very good. Pulled me in right away.


After watching All in the Family / The Jeffersons Live last week, we’ve been binge watching The Jeffersons non-stop. I had forgotten how great that show was.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I don’t have brands to share yet because I am in a try-me phase, but I’ve started to use facial oils with retinol. It’s weird to put OIL on my face since I’ve always battled oily skin but it seems like a lot of these retinol treatments are in oil and for some reason, my skin is loving them.  At this age, my skin feels dead. Not a good feeling so I am hoping the retinol jump-starts cell growth.

Grateful for:

I am grateful for another opportunity to do camp but also pretty terrified. Plus, my daughter won’t be with me this time (with all the stuff she has going this summer) and it feels weird.

Did you ever go to summer camp as a teen?


Review: The Invited

The Invited

The Invited
By Jennifer McMahon
Doubleday, 9780385541381, April 2019, 368pp.

The Short of It:

Not your typical ghost story.

The Rest of It:

Nate and Helen come to town with the hopes of building their dream house and living out their lives in peace and tranquility. The land they purchased was a good price, secluded, surrounded by nature and… haunted. Helen figures this out fairly quickly but Nate is not convinced even though one bad thing happens after another.

As they build their home from scratch, Helen learns of the history behind the land and also gets to know her teen neighbor, Olive, quite well after she attempts to scare them away, pretending to be the ghost of Hattie, a young mother who was hanged for witchcraft years ago.

But there is something mysterious going on and both Helen and Olive attempt to get to the bottom of it. Helen, out of curiosity and later, duty. For Olive though, her mother walked away from her and her dad without a trace and she believes the stories surrounding Helen’s land has something to do with it.

The Invited was a welcome surprise. It had a little bit of everything and the story was rock solid. Reading it was a nice way to spend a couple of days. I’ve not read this author before but I would absolutely read her again.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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