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Whatnot – Week 1

The House with lights!

My weekly fall tracking has ended. Most of the colorful leaves were blown away over Thanksgiving. We had horrible winds. I mentioned how Edison kept threatening to turn off our power. It was no joke. My patio furniture went flying. There was no way anyone could have eaten outside.

It’s still nice in Southern California though. Cool in the mornings which make the morning walk a crisp, energetic affair. But by the afternoon it’s 70 degrees with a gorgeous blue sky. I love this time of the year!

We put some of the lights up and the tree is up. Had to keep it simple this year which is fine. I am not totally into the holiday yet. Might not be this year. It all feels weird to me. On my walk this morning I passed the elementary school my kids used to go to.  They are doing small cohorts for special education and as the kids arrived, there was a line of school health representatives in full hazmat suits taking their temps. I hesitated because it looked so strange to me. Who would have thought we’d ever go through this in our lifetime? I mean, I’ve read plenty of dystopian fiction and still, it seems surreal to me.

How are you all doing? I am back at work today after a very long break. It will be a long day.

Sunday Matters: Here We Go

Sunday Matters

For those who celebrated, Thanksgiving is now behind us. I have cooked the meal so many times that it’s second nature but I was not feeling it once the meal was ready. Does that happen to you? My appetite completely vanished. We had high winds and Edison kept texting me saying our power could go out. Luckily, it did not but it was a little nerve-wracking. 

My son came for Thanksgiving but had to leave that night because he had some school projects to finish. We had a good time watching movies though. Overall, it was a really good time but it did feel different. 

Saturday we put the tree and lights up. We decorated sparsely since much of our home is being used for virtual auditions but it’s fine this year. Everything seems like it’s taking a lot of effort and we are heading into another shutdown so simple is fine and will have to do. 

Right Now:

Not doing much. I have youth group on Zoom later and nothing planned before then. All sorts of online deals still happening but I am not in the mood to buy anything. I am always tempted by the books though. Like I need more. Ha. Here we go, right into the Christmas season. 

This Week:

My daughter’s Juilliard audition is this weekend. Good thoughts and/or prayers appreciated. 

I return to work on Wednesday, remotely. Why do vacations go by so quickly? I don’t have long to go before I am off again though. Gotta use that vacation time up. 

Reading:

I am reading Parable of the Sower. It’s very good. 

Watching:

We watched all sorts of movies these last few days and a few episodes of Season 3 of The Crown. Bohemian Rhapsody, was quite good. 

Grateful for:

  • That my son was able to spend the day with us.
  • This time off I’ve had. I really needed it. Extra naps and no schedule made for a nice week. 
  • Walks with the pup continue to be the highlight of my day. 

I wrote this post from my phone because I dismantled my workstation so we could use the dining room for dinner the other night. This picture of our tree should be above but I can’t fix it on my phone. 

Hope you had a great weekend. What’s new with you?