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Sunday Matters: Sometimes, It’s Hard

Sunday Matters

This past week was difficult. Just a bunch of things piling up. Nothing out of the ordinary but sometimes, physically, my body doesn’t want any part of it and rebels in the form of bad sleep patterns, all-over stressed-induced pain. I mean, honestly, it sucks. I am horrible at self-care but clearly I need more of it.

Right Now:

Taking a moment to enjoy my coffee while looking into my backyard. It’s reminding me that it’s been neglected. The table and chairs need to be hosed down and prepped so we can sit outside. We aren’t big outdoorsy people. Bugs and heat usually do me in but the IDEA of sitting and eating outside sounds so nice.

This Week:

Not much going on this week. I have one fun outing on Wednesday to discuss There There by Tommy Orange. What a book.


Still reading Daisy Jones & The Six. Many have said that they gave up on it because of the format and switched to audio, which was so much better. I have no problem with the format. Ages ago I majored in screenwriting first,  so the format is not an issue for me. I heard it was going to be a TV series. That will be interesting.


Everyone will be watching Game of Thrones tonight but not me. I am just not into it.

I finally got to the theater to see Us. Have you seen it?

New Things I’ve Tried:

I tried a charcoal face mask from The Body Shop the other night and it was amazing. It felt so good on my face. Tingly and smelled good. My skin looked a few years younger after I rinsed it off but the effect only lasted for a day. Ha. I would totally buy it again though.

Grateful for:

Plants. You should know that I am a plant killer from way back. I kill all kinds of plants, even plants that survive in the desert without a lick of care. But the ones I currently have are still alive. I have some at work and some by my kitchen window and they seem pretty happy. I love to have greenery around. It cheers me up.

Question: What is your favorite thing right now?

Review: Tomorrow There Will Be Sun

Tomorrow There Will Be Sun

Tomorrow There Will Be Sun 
By Dana Reinhardt
Pamela Dorman Books, 9780525557968, March 2019, 288pp.

The Short of It:

Vacation Lit is a thing and I am a sucker for it.

The Rest of It:

Two families arrive in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Jenna has organized the trip to celebrate her husband’s fiftieth birthday–she’s been looking forward to it for months. She’s sure everything is going to be just perfect–and the margarita refills delivered by the house staff certainly don’t hurt, either. What could go wrong? – Indiebound

A lot, but not in the way you expect. I imagined a kidnapping or a murder or some psychotic episode but this vacation goes wrong in the way many vacations go wrong; small, subtle clues that all is not what you pictured and that life is about to get challenging. Annoying, perfect friends, a husband who spends too much time working even while on vacation, teens who go off to do their own thing only to leave their parents worrying about their whereabouts. And then in the midst of it all, a full staff of servants who become reluctant witnesses to it all falling apart.

I love vacation lit. I don’t travel much so when an author takes me to another country through her writing and keeps me turning those pages, then I consider it a win. I was entertained and the story was realistic in what could happen on a vacation like this one. I felt as if I got to know the characters pretty well and the pace felt right. If you enjoy vacation lit, give Tomorrow There Will Be Sun a try.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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