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Sunday Matters: Apologies

Sunday Matters

My poor blog has taken a hit these past few weeks. Lots of reading going on but with school starting back up, reviews are pending. I think I will be in better shape next week.

Right Now:

I am a in a strange place right now. I am excited about the school year but already exhausted. Somehow, I find myself full of purpose which adds to the exhaustion because I want to do ALL the things. Why couldn’t I be this motivated at say, age 20?

This Week:

Classes start this week at the university and we are expecting over twelve thousand freshman this fall. This is a record number for us. There will be a lot of hustle this week but it’s an exciting time too. I love seeing those shiny new faces.

On a personal note, my daughter ended up getting the part of Ross in Macbeth. This is new for her. She’s been in many musicals but never a dramatic play. They are doing a gender switch for some roles  including Macbeth. Rehearsals ave already started. Rehearsals and auditions for Annie start September 9th so on with the shows, as they say!

Reading:

I am attending a book discussion this week for Judas by Amos Oz. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read it. I really had no idea what direction it would take. It was an interesting read for sure. Hope to have the review up soon.

Also, my daughter’s competition theatre team is doing Jesus Christ Superstar and the musical this year is Godspell. It was fitting that I read a book titled Judas while all these show decisions were being made. I see a trend, no?

Watching:

Last week Fear the Walking Dead aired a pretty good episode. Finally! Other than that though, just watching Seinfeld. I need humor in my life.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I’ve been floundering around trying to figure out meals for this household of mine because with everyone home at different times I need easy, simple and quick. Stuff that can be put together quickly and often without my help because I am not always home to cook either.

Those delivery meal services would never work for me because my husband likes large portions and seconds and it just wouldn’t be cost effective for us. So, I’ve been buying meal bases and then adding things to them. Trader Joe’s has fried rice packs in the freezer section that cook up quickly and I just add shrimp or chicken. I’ve also tried their mashed cauliflower and added grilled steak for a quick meal.

I need to do more of this. Plus, I got some good meal planning tips last week from Bryan’s wife Kim. I hope to try them out soon.

Grateful for:

I am very grateful for my mail order pharmacy. We don’t take a lot of meds in my family but there are a few we do take and it’s just so easy for me to order them online and have them be delivered for free. My Kaiser is pretty nice but who wants to go there to pick up a bunch of germs with their meds? No one.

It’s almost fall! What are you looking forward to this fall? I am looking forward to King’s new book!

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Sunday Matters: Well, That Was Nice

Sunday Matters

Summer was just a blip on my radar this year and practically non-existent. I did manage to read three books on my summer list of four (so far) which is pretty good for me.

Because summer was compromised by a busy schedule, after a leadership conference yesterday we had planned to hit the beach but my son wasn’t feeling well and my daughter had to work on an audition she has this week so my husband and I went but it was a complete bust. Two beaches, completely crowded due to the fair and a beer festival so we came right back.

Right Now:

I didn’t sleep well last night. I’ve had this feeling of dread lately. Not anxiety really but I was tossing and turning all night long. This coffee I am drinking now better do its job. Don’t have much planned today.

Later, I’ll be visiting with some from student ministry as we tour our new building but that’s it. Our building was supposed to be open by now but it’s been delayed.

This Week:

On Monday, I volunteer for outreach. School starts for my daughter on Tuesday. The rest of the week is pretty open.

Reading:

I posted my review of The Friends We Keep. It was very good. I loved it.

Currently reading City of Girls. I am enjoying this one very much. It is about a young girl and the “the-a-tre” said in the most snooty voice possible.

Watching:

I haven’t picked up any new shows. I have just been flipping channels. A little too distracted to zero in on any one show. Fear the Walking Dead has been on a break which is weird. Maybe the creators realize the show is going nowhere.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I haven’t been using any one product long enough to share them here but I’ve been using a vitamin C serum along with a retinol oil to resurface my skin and after six weeks of it I am finally noticing a difference. My issue was dullness. I’m sure my health concerns of late didn’t help but it’s turning around.

Grateful for:

I am feeling hints of fall! I love it when fall rounds the corner. For California, we’ve had mild summer so far. We typically have very warm temps for September but I am hoping we skip it.

My question for you this week, do you meal plan? Or do you just make what sounds good? I am spending way too much on groceries these days and need to simplify.