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Sunday Matters: Reading for Fun

Sunday Matters

I try to read and review two books a week but this week I stuck with one because it was long, and I was enjoying it too much to rush through it. Reading for fun is not a new concept but us book bloggers often find ourselves weighed down by dates and how many books we need to read that week. I let all of that go this week and just enjoyed an older title and it felt good. It is listed below. We should all read for fun, don’t you think? Especially now, in these pandemic days of ours.

Right Now:

Coffee, online church, and then my daughter’s theatre intensive virtual showcase. Two weeks of singing, dancing, acting along with master classes with some well-known peeps will all come together in the final showcase. She made a lot of friends and really enjoyed the experience.

Later… a youth-group meet-up for tea to discuss how fall will look for us since we can’t meet indoors. We do live in California so meeting outside can be done very late into fall. The only thing I worry about is the lack of daylight (depending on the time) and bugs. No matter how much repellent I put on, I am always eaten alive by insects.

This Week:

I was told to use some vacation time since I am way over the max and need to use up about 165 hours before December. It’s a good problem to have but who wants to use vacation time when you have no place to go? So, I am taking days here and there to extend the weekend. The first of those days is this Friday! I booked tickets for my daughter and I to go to the botanical garden. Timed-entry, face masks, limited attendance. It will be hot but also good to get some fresh air.

My hair appointment was cancelled but I am okay since I did get a cut about 5 weeks ago. Most of our salons are closed again unless they obtained special permission to operate outside. Mine, has not.

Not much else happening. Still practicing driving with the girl. Her final professional lesson is 8/10. I want her to get her license before the DMV closes again.

Reading:

The book that I enjoyed this week was Truly Madly Guilty which I reviewed this past Friday.

The next book on my summer list is In a Dark, Dark Wood. I had it all ready to go but forgot to turn Wi-Fi off and now it’s gone from my Kindle. So, if I can’t quickly get another copy, I may move on to this Coben book The Boy from the Woods which is also on my summer list.

Watching:

I introduced my daughter to Steel Magnolias. It’s funny and charming and sweet and based on a play, which really appealed to her. We laughed and cried. So many stellar performances in that one.

My daughter has been on a crime kick so we watched a little of the The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Netflix. That case still gets me after all these years. I can’t lay guilt on the parents because I feel that most parents do the best they can but leaving your child in a hotel room with the door unlocked, while enjoying a meal halfway across a resort in Portugal seems a bit reckless. Perhaps they were just too trusting? Anyway, I can’t finish it because it makes me angry to think about.

Grateful for:

  • Coffee or really any food enjoyed on the patio. We are hitting the dog days of summer (104 degree temps) so I go out early and come right back inside once it gets too hot. The Otter Pup likes it too!
  • Plants. I have been having fun placing plants in and around my home. My friend just gifted me this sweet little beauty. I name my plants… this is Midge. She is a succulent.

Midge

How are you? This past week was filled with school thoughts, including the final year of high school and also college stuff. I just worry too much about everything.

Sunday Matters: Doing the Best We Can

Sunday Matters

One good thing about being home all the time is that I have a lot of time to read. In the beginning, I could not focus and stopped trying but now that there is more of a routine established, reading has been my saving grace. I just keep those books coming. As soon as I turn that last page I go right into another. Even if it’s late at night. It’s working for me and helps with mental health because if you spend too much time thinking about the world around you then it’s too easy to find yourself falling into a hole.

Right Now:

My day is pretty much wide open except my daughter has her second driving lesson with an instructor later today. They used to come to your home but now they are requiring us to be at the school (which is closed) so I will need to drop her off there for her lesson.

This Week:

Senior registration is this week but it conflicts with my daughter’s musical theatre intensive so for the first time ever, she’ll do the make-up registration the following week.

I have a backyard meetup for youth ministry mid-week. Just to check in with other leaders but our plans for fall are up-in-the-air at the moment. We have some options but not many of them work for my group.

Reading:

I finished and reviewed The Second Home and The Safe Place. Both, were on my summer reading list, so for once I am making progress with a list.

I started another book on my summer list, Truly Madly Guilty. I am already halfway through it. I like Moriarty’s writing. Her books are so easy to fall into.

Watching:

I am back to watching Hoarding and Lakefront Bargain Hunt. Mindless TV is all I want right now. Watching Hoarders makes me want to throw everything away. Haha.

Grateful for:

  • Shrimp tacos (a perfect food)
  • Really good lemonade
  • A clean smelling home (I spend so much time home now)
  • T Swift’s new album Folklore. It’s SO different and mature

Every week I ask you how you all are but not many respond. I suspect we are all floating in a pool of ennui.