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Whatnot – 07/27/22

Seal BeachI finally got to the beach last Saturday. It was great. The weather was cool but still sunny. We walked the pier, the town, had a great fajita lunch and then ice cream. Of course! On the drive home I stopped at one of my fave Indie bookstore, The Book Jewel. I visited the bookstore cat, Paiges although she had just woken from a nap and wasn’t social. Ha. I bought a copy of Verity. I have heard so much buzz about that book. I have to see what all the fuss is about. 

Although LA is headed for another mask mandate, everything is ramped up again as far as activities and calendar appointments. I will admit, I feel a little overwhelmed when I have more than a few things on the calendar these days. Since I have been sharing my car with my daughter over the summer I have to plan accordingly too because some days I am without a car so that limits when I can do things. I’ve been trying to schedule some coffee dates and the soonest I can schedule is September. That seems wrong.

On another note, with all the comings and goings of my kids, the garage is a war zone. I put a sun umbrella out there the other day and a huge wall of their crap came tumbling down on top of me. Needless to say I will be spending time out there this week getting rid of stuff. And you know what? All the Halloween stores have already put signage up so I am feeling the fall push to organize. I mean, I can’t even get to my fall decorations at this point.

I mentioned that I was in a cooking mood the other day. Well, nope, that didn’t happen. It just seemed like too much effort to go to the market and buy stuff. Easier to eat a yogurt bowl or a bowl of cereal.

I don’t have big plans for the rest of the week. I have to work on a writing project that I have and of course I will be reading more of Irving’s The Last Chairlift.

Are you hyped for fall already or do you wish things would slow down a little? I love fall but I feel like I missed summer so fall can hold off a bit.

Sunday Matters: I Was a Very Unpleasant Person for a Whole 20 Minutes

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Why? You might ask. Well, because after bragging about my advanced review copy of Irving’s new book, The Last Chairlift, which comes out in October, I plopped myself down with it and noticed it was only two chapters! It’s nearly 1000 pages so I immediately had to rant to Diane about it. Her digital copy was complete so she talked me down from the ledge and had me download it again. I did so FIVE times and finally got a full copy. Phew! It sounds dramatic but you know how it is with highly anticipated books. I went through ALL the emotions.

Guess what! It’s my son’s 24th birthday today! Many of you have known him since he was The Boy. Time flies! I’m sure this is how he is spending it. He just recovered from COVID. He avoided it all this time but this new variant is a beast. Mild symptoms. Three days positive but now well for the baseball game he plans to attend today. Root Beer was a good little nurse.

Root Beer the Cat

Right Now:

Same old routine today. Student ministry until about 1pm and then whatever. I haven’t cooked anything in a long time. Maybe I will make a pot of something. Ha. It’s still warm here but comfort foods sound good to me.


Happily reading The Last Chairlift, which is good so far. I realize that picking up a chunkster that was not on my summer reading list will slow down my reading progress overall but you can’t ignore an Irving book when you’ve been graced with a review copy.


We are still watching the Korean zombie show, Sweet Home. We have one more episode in Season 1 to watch. I heard that they are working on another season so it will be interesting to see where the story goes. Out of ten episodes only the last three moved the plot along but now it’s really interesting.

I really want to see the movie Nope. I’ve shared how movie theater experiences usually leave me wanting. People on their cell phones, talkers, etc. They all drive me crazy. We may wait for the hype to die down a bit. A little bit of trivia. The town this movie is set in is supposed to be my town, Santa Clarita.

Nope movie poster.

Grateful for:

  • Good friends. It’s been a little hard to schedule things these days. Everyone’s calendars are back to being booked up but we still try.
  • My husband was gifted this men’s sunblock that is a clear gel and meant for balding men.  LOL. He immediately got rid of it and so I snatched it for myself. It’s made by Cremo and it’s great on my face! Not greasy. No smell. No shine.

Have a great Sunday! Enjoy every minute. Read something good, make something good, rest.