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Sunday Matters: Long Weekend

Sunday Matters

I love holiday weekends even when I don’t have anything special planned. Just the idea of having an extra day to do ANYTHING appeals to me.

Right Now:

We went to church on Thursday so we could sleep in today. Yesterday we were at a volleyball tournament and had to leave pretty early in the morning so my plan at the moment is to be a total slug.

This Week:

Tuesday, my life group is going out to dinner to celebrate a graduation. Japanese food, here we come!

In other news, school ends on Thursday for us. Unbelievable, really. There was a theatre showcase to attend but it’s been rescheduled so many times and now I think it’s been cancelled for good.

Volleyball camp starts on June 4 so there won’t be any downtime to speak of.  I gotta figure out the online summer school program too. Still waiting for info from the school counselor about that. With all the electives and sports,  history will be taken over the summer.


I finished and reviewed The Female Persuasion and liked it very much. Right after finishing it, I started The Other Mother and let me tell you, it is impossible to put down. I started it and before I knew it I was 150 pages in. Now, I am done with it! The review will post this week.

On a very sad note, my pre-order for King’s new book, The Outsider never came and it’s a holiday weekend, the perfect time to read it so I may have to walk into a store to buy it and then deal with the return/refund of the other copy later.


Not really anything new. But I feel like watching some old movies this weekend or a really good action movie. I still haven’t seen Black Panther.


Memorial Day begs for something to be grilled but what? With me being gluten-free and The Girl being a vegetarian, meals are somewhat complicated. The other day I used a veggie crumble as a meat substitute in a casserole and after eating it had a terrible reaction to it. It was ALL gluten! I had no idea.

What are you making? Kabobs sound pretty good.

Grateful for:

The extra day off, of course!


Review: Start Without Me

Start Without Me

Start Without Me
By Joshua Max Feldman
William Morrow & Company, 9780062668721, October 2017, 288pp.

The Short of It:

What happens when a recovering alcoholic returns home for Thanksgiving, only to abandon his family because he just can’t imagine being with them?

The Rest of It:

Adam is home for Thanksgiving and overwhelmed by his family. He’s a recovering alcoholic and being home is just too much for him to deal with.

Marissa is a flight attendant and pregnant with another man’s baby. Her husband, who senses that their relationship is strained, has no idea what he’s in for when she shows up for the Thanksgiving meal.

Marissa and Adam are strangers but when they meet at a restaurant, they lean on one another for support as they figure out this next step in their lives.

I love stories centered around the Thanksgiving meal. There is always so much tension to these gatherings, relatives you haven’t seen in forever, cousins that drive you absolutely mad, mothers who over-fuss about everything. DRAMA. Start Without Me is full of drama but not really AT the dinner table. It takes place all over as Adam abandons his family to take a breather from reality.

It took some time for me to get into this story but by the final pages, I was pretty into it and wanted to see how things would turn out for Marissa and Adam. The cover sort of makes it  look like it could be a funny story but it’s not really funny. It’s not depressing but definitely not funny so I just wanted to put that out there.

Have you read this author before?

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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