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Sunday Matters: Hello December

Sunday Matters

Did everyone survive Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday? I’ve never received so many emails. It was really annoying. In fact, it turned me off. Just too much stuff and my house is already full of stuff. Enough, already.

Right Now:

Yesterday we went to Disneyland and spent the entire day there. My legs feel like they are broken from so much walking but we love going. My son is still missing Disney so much. He sees it in an entirely new light now and it’s just magical.

This Week:

I have some fun stuff this week. I have book club on Thursday. We will discuss Sourdough by Robin Sloan. Remember Mr. Penumbra? Same author.

I also have a work Christmas party on Friday. I don’t have a good ugly sweater for it. Not sure what I’ll do about that.


After Sourdough I am not sure what I’ll pick up. I am behind with my reading goals for the year. So much so that I just changed my goal on Goodreads. Yep, you can do that. So technically I now have three more books to read in December which is doable.

What should I read? I have King’s Elevation. I also have a non-fiction book I’ve been wanting to read, If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey. Ivey writes this podcast I’ve been listening to, The Happy Hour. Her book looks pretty good.


I started The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix. Holy cheeses. I watched the first episode while in my car, in the dark. I am not jumpy. Jump scares don’t really bother me but the visuals in this one. CREEPY and terrifying. NOTHING like the book it’s supposedly based on.

New Things I’ve Tried:

Disneyland has really upped their game in the gluten-free department. We tried a new restaurant yesterday and they had an allergy menu and made me a delicious pulled-pork sandwich from it. It was nice to have the same thing my family was having and not be left out.

Grateful for:

I’m grateful for the awesome day we had yesterday. Beautiful, cool, weather and the crowds were not bad at all.

Today I have the hit the market and later I am volunteering but I will be recovering in-between. Fifteen hours at Disney did me in.

What are you up to today?


Last Week, This Week

The Ottterpup

Last week I took the entire week off from work but Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I spent battling a fever. Why do these things happen to me?

My fever and I made many trips to the various markets to get what I needed for the big holiday meal but spent much of my time wandering around in a DayQuil fog. However, I did manage to pick everything up eventually.

By Thursday, I woke to rain but I felt much better. Good enough to whip-up a kick-butt meal. But I was sleepy because The Otter Pup was sick the night before. That photo above is her at the table, waiting for her grub but since she was sick it was greatly reduced to plain turkey and sweet potatoes. That face is her, “Where is my gravy?” face.

I was inspired by Bryan’s post recently so here is what we did on Thanksgiving:

  • I woke at 8 o’clock to set the table and prep stuff.
  • I cooked all the traditional dishes except green beans. We had brussels sprouts instead.
  • While it was all cooking we snacked on cheese and nuts but good lord I bought a lot of cheese. DayQuil fog will do that to you. Oh, I need to get cheese! Even though I already bought pounds of it.
  • We watched the parade but ending up turning it off because it was really cheesy and sub-par.
  • We sat down to watch Miracle on 34th Street, the original, but I somehow selected the colorized version and not the B&W version but my cold-addled brain said, WTH and it was still good.
  • I was supposed to also watch Home for the Holidays but forgot.
  • No one wanted to play games or do puzzles so I read Murakami and drank eggnog while The Hub watched football and the pup begged for food.
  • At 4:30 p,m. I pulled all the food out and had dinner served fifteen minutes later. It was SO good. Three days of not eating made the food seem super good but the kids had more than two plates so maybe I should always be in a DayQuil fog.
  • We took our time eating. I had been washing dishes as I cooked so there wasn’t much to deal with. The weather was cool, a nice breeze was flowing through the house and I had all the candles lit. My son was in charge of the playlist so the music was nice too.
  • After dinner we just hung out and ended it with pie. No shopping or craziness.

Overall, it was a perfect day. Here’s a meal photo because why not? Also, my daughter set the silverware out so ignore the placement. Those sweet potatoes are a Southern recipe I tried which involved placing raw yams into a dish, covering them with brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, cinnamon and… heavy cream and it was awesome.


On Black Friday I did venture out to buy Michelle Obama’s book but that’s it. I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. I am just now catching up on my blog reading.