Sunday Matters: Trying to Remain Hopeful

Sunday Matters

I’ve never been one to sugar-coat anything. Anyone can tell what I am feeling just by looking at my face. Well, this past week has not been an easy one. These “safer at home” orders are so necessary and in my head, I am all for it. But my body is physically showing signs of distress. Not sleeping. Antsy. Motivation to do anything? Non-existent. To say that I have cabin fever would be an understatement. Plus, I am so pale right now. Like, Edward Cullen pale.

BUT, we celebrated my husband’s birthday this past Saturday so that was good. We had some takeout and took a drive.

Right Now:

Hopefully we will watch the church service online. Last week, although we had good intentions to do so, our plans changed and we ended up watching the service mid-week. Still planning to meet with my high school group later this morning.

This Week:

It’s May. Unbelievable.

My daughter signed up to take a tap class online. It’s taught by an instructor we know so she is happy to practice dance while getting some physical activity in.

Much of this week will be spent pondering which schools she will apply for. Can you believe that “the girl” will be applying to colleges this fall? Also, when you apply to schools for musical theatre, you almost always have to have a coach of some sort to assist you with auditions and the like. If you have any experience in that area, let me know. In this new world we are living in, I have no idea how fall will be impacted. I already know that most schools are not requiring the SAT for admittance since they can’t take it now.


I am finishing up Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. If this book sounds familiar it’s because I was reading it last weekend too. Again, distraction is a beast.

After it, I am reading Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jeanine Capó Crucet for a book discussion later this month.

Make Your Home Among Strangers


I finished all those Harlan Coben shows on Netflix and they were just what I needed. Now, based on how much I enjoyed those my friends gave me a list of shows to try next. I think we might go with Broadchurch.

New Things I’ve Tried:

Haven’t really tried anything new but I’ve never ordered furniture online before and we need a new set of couches for the family room so that might be happening.

Grateful for:

  • Sunny, not too warm weather.
  • Time to do little things like paint the cabinet that has been peeling for ages.
  • Sounds silly but soap and water. Spending some time cleaning and it feels good.

Let’s all check in with one another. Are we good? We are, but to be honest with you all, I am getting tired of the entitled who demand that beaches open. I love the beach too! Love it! But the protests are ridiculous. It’s not about the beach. It’s political. I don’t want to start safer at home orders all over again.

Review: The Lying Game

The Lying Game

The Lying Game
By Ruth Ware
Gallery/Scout Press, 9781501156205, March 2018, 416pp.

The Short of It:

School girls, up to no good.

The Rest of It:

The story alternates between the past and present. Isa, Thea, Fatima and Kate attended Salten, a boarding school for girls where they participated in “The Lying Game”. For kicks, they told lies to their fellow classmates for points. It was a silly game but kept them occupied and sometimes the consequences of such lies got them in quite a bit of trouble with administration.

One night, their loyalty to each other is called into question when something goes wrong and they are forced to do something that they hope will never resurface again.

Fast forward to adulthood. The girls are now women, some married and with kids but when Kate sends them a text saying, “I need you.” All three come running.

The Lying Game had a lot of promise but it was a bit long, over 400 pages and the secret wasn’t all that juicy. Perhaps the length of the book watered down the big reveal or I didn’t completely buy how close these girls were to each other. It kept me entertained and I was eager to turn the pages but so much of it centered around Isa and her infant daughter who required constant feeding and a lot of the same statements were made over and over again which made me think a good editing job would have really improved the reading experience.

I’ve read Ware before and some of her books are great and others just so-so. This one was good but it could have been a lot juicier, in my opinion.

Source: Purchased
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