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R.I.P Challenge, #14

RIP Challenge #14

It’s almost September and you know what that means…

The Readers Imbibing Peril challenge is just around the corner. This is the only challenge I participate in. The. Only. One. Here are the details so you can join. Full details can be found on this page.

The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:

Dark Fantasy.
The emphasis is never on the word challenge, instead it is about coming together as a community and embracing the autumnal mood, whether the weather is cooperative where you live or not.

The goals are simple. 

1. Have fun reading.

2. Share that fun with others.

There are different levels of participation which even include movies which I am always down for. Besides my usual Halloween picks, like Halloween and The Shining, I plan to read Stephen King’s new book The Institute!

The Institute

To join in, check out the details for RIP 14 here.

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!


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?


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!