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Sunday Matters: Losing Track of Days

Sunday Matters

The sign of a good vacation is not knowing what day it is. I am at the point now and had to check the calendar to make sure this posted on the right day and even then, I was late to post it.

Right Now:

My church takes a break this week and only provides an online service so I watched from the comfort of my couch. Our plans got all mixed up this past week due to weather. We are rescheduling Disney but the day we chose is also expecting horrible weather now. What can you do? The Hub goes back to work soon and my son is only here for so long so we will have to deal with the weather.

My view as I headed out the other day.

This Week:

No plans for New Year’s Eve. I think my son and daughter have their own plans. New Year’s Day I usually make dumplings and just hang out. My gluten free version is always a challenge. It’s one of the few, good memories I have of my father. He always made Tibetan dumplings on New Year’s Day.


My First Book of 2020 is A Good Neighborhood so I will start that this week. My Goodread’s reading goal was not met this year. I tanked in September and could not get it together. Work caused me stress and it carried over into my beloved reading time. All I want to do is read good books. Is that so hard?


I’m starting The Crown this week. Too many have recommended it.

We saw the latest Star Wars movie. I liked it better than the last installment.

My husband has found the show Live PD. I have lost brain cells because of it.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I’ve had a couple of bills go missing in the mail so now I am paying them online again. I used to, until a major screw-up took place that caused me to go old school but I will give it another shot.

Grateful for:

My family went to a football game today so I had a little time to organize things. I feel better when things have their own place so I’m grateful for the extra time.

What’s up with you? This is posting so late I probably missed most of you!

Review: The Passengers

The Passengers

The Passengers
By John Marrs
Berkley, 9781984806970, August 2019, 352pp.

The Short of It:

Interesting concept. Wasn’t sure it would work well but it all came together and raised some good questions about privacy.

The Rest of It:

A select group of participants, chosen for the secrets they harbor, suddenly become hostages as their self-driving cars are overtaken by terrorists.

What added to this story is that a group of jurors have been appointed to watch their every move inside their vehicles and as their secrets are revealed, they determine whether they live or die.

Sound crazy? It is!

The pace of the story took off with a bang but then slowed down considerably as each passenger is revealed to us. Once we get past all the introductions the pace picked up again, significantly. I had mixed feelings about the story. It felt a little cold and it was hard to like anyone in the story, which affected how I felt about their chance for survival, but what the story says about privacy and what we allow technology to know about us gave me pause. This story is not that far-fetched, which is chilling.

I enjoyed The Passengers. I read it in one sitting. If you want a quick read that has a little more to it than just a lot of action, then give it a try.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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