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Chatter about everyday life. This may include kids and work stuff.

Things That Fill Me Up

Things that fill me up

Guys, between this soul-sucking job and books that have completely stalled me on the reading front, I am floating around like flotsam in the ocean. I’m not much of a break taker but bookish talk can’t really happen when reading isn’t in progress in some way.

Instead, I will focus on what I am reaching for these days in an attempt to pick up my weary soul and spark something resembling motivation. Maybe you feel like me right now? If so, I hope you find a little nugget of joy in this post.

This is what’s filling me up lately:

That Sounds Fun Podcast with Annie F. Downs

  • Love the conversational tone.
  • Thoughtful, well-researched topics.
  • Guests you can relate to.
  • I always feel good after listening to an episode.

That Sounds Fun podcast

Morgan Harper Nichol’s Instagram Account

  • She’s an artist so her posts are so pleasing to the eye.
  • Each of her posts has meaningful content that lifts you up.
  • When I am feeling defeated at the end of the day, this is the account I spend time with.
You Make Today Better
Morgan Harper Nichols

Happy & Free Bible Reading Plan

  • A short, 24 day plan that gives me hope on my way to work each morning. I let the wisdom seep in before starting my day.
  • Good, real-life examples of what holds us back from happiness and freedom. If you’ve ever felt tied down or held hostage to something, this is a good plan for you.

Happy and Free Bible Plan

The Idea That Fall Is Here (even though it’s not in Ca.)

  • I mean, Pumpkin Spice Bagels. How can you go wrong?
  • Cinnamon brooms. Put one in your car and thank me later.
  • Homemade soup.
  • Woody-smelling candles. Reminds me of nature.
  • Fluffy throw blankets. If I turn the AC down, I can wear these.

That’s it! These things have brought me some peace during this very frustrating time. I just want to do my job and be. I want to be happy like everyone else. I am simple in my wants and have never asked for much and yet these past few months have been such a total bore.

But, now that I finished my book club read, I hope to knock the review out, finally get to King’s new book and hopefully put this reading slump to bed. Reading always resets my brain so not doing it has caused the muck to stack up.

Hitting the reset button now.

Sunday Matters: Activities in Full Swing

Sunday Matters

I announced it on Facebook already but The Girl made the freshman volleyball team. I don’t know how she will balance it all but it’s her freshman year and she reminded me that she is trying things out. We are supporting her efforts and will reassess if something needs to be tweaked next year. Volleyball, concert choir, community theatre and high school theatre. It’s going to be a fun and busy year.

Right Now:

Not much going on this weekend besides the normal stuff. I am out of bread for toast so a gluten-free egg sandwich from the coffee shop is sounding pretty good. In a bit, I am going to tackle my garage. It appears to be breeding.

This Week:

I’ve got some appointments scheduled.  I feel as if I am always going to medical appointments. I guess with kids it’s hard to get around that.

My son’s girlfriend leaves for college this week so there will be some emotions I’m sure.

First volleyball game is this Tuesday. We are not going. First, it’s way early in the day and we are working but mostly because The Girl does not want us to attend her very first game.


I finally finished A House Among the Trees and even managed to post the review. Now I’m reading The Breakdown which seems to be very popular as so many of you have already read it. I am actually almost done with it. I love it when you can plow through a book in just a couple of sittings.


I am trying to clean up my DVR list because I only have 20% space available and all the good shows will be starting soon. That means I have been watching Roseanne, The Bob Newhart Show, and I need to get to the following movies:

  • The Princess Bride (never seen it!)
  • Interstellar
  • Down and Out in Beverly Hills (Oh, the 80s)
  • Ruthless People (I must be on a Bette trip)
  • Rope (Hitchcock)
  • The Abyss (most terrifying deep sea dive ever + aliens)
  • The Graduate (because it’s awesome)
  • The Conjuring (because it’s almost that time of year)
  • The Great Outdoors (a classic)

Uh, I have a lot to watch.


I made some pasta cheesy thing one night. I made chicken curry another night. I had Cheerios one night. I would love to collect some gluten-free casserole recipes. Casseroles sound so good lately.

Grateful for:

Page-turning reads.

Name one book you are looking forward to reading this fall. Me, you ask? King’s new one, Sleeping Beauties. Look out for the read along info soon.