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Whatnot – 11/30/22

Emma as Puck in Dreamland 2022

Our trip to Missouri was great! We got to see Emma as Puck in Dreamland, which is a modern take on Midsummer Night’s Dream but with aliens! It was such a fun musical with super fun costumes. The only hiccup is that Emma ate some janky Chinese food the night before so the day of the show, she was battling food poisoning. We weren’t sure if her understudy would have to go on. Instead, we forced her to go back to her apartment to rest, armed with Imodium and Dramamine. The extra rest did the trick and she was great. 

It was a super fast trip. We maybe spent two hours with her. The next day we left for California. My God was it cold. It was 20 degrees most nights but no snow. My face was frozen. That Monday, Emma flew to Seattle to spend Thanksgiving with her brother and we had a simple  meal with just the two of us. You’ll all be happy to know that the Otter Pup did very well with one of her favorite people watching her. We’ve never left her overnight anywhere so it was a first.

I am reading Murakami’s new book, Novelist as a Vocation. But guys, I didn’t love the new King book, Fairy Tale. I still have to write the review but I found it to be very similar to two Murakami books, Windup Bird and Killing Commendatore. I was so into that first 30% of the story but then it took a drastic turn into fantasy. I suppose I knew about the fantastical elements but I was not a fan.

Although my scans showed some calcification of one kidney, the doc says it’s not a stone. So what is it? He seems unconcerned. The knees continue to improve! I can walk half a mile now and have taken the pup for walks regularly.

With December just around the corner, I have some volunteer gigs I signed up for that should be a lot of fun. One is a snow day at church and the other is working a Christmas service in kid’s ministry.

Two things I need to do. Get Emma’s flight home for Christmas break and shop for our club’s book exchange dinner which is coming up on 12/7.

How are you?

Whatnot – 11/16/22

Thanksgiving centerpiece.Here we are. A week away from Thanksgiving. I pulled out my Thanksgiving notebook so I could plan the meal, but once again, it will just be the two of us. After my daughter’s show wraps, she will hop on a plane to Seattle and spend Thanksgiving with her brother. They spent last Thanksgiving together too but in Kansas City. We thought about making reservations and we’ve been invited to a couple of meals but I just love an easy, going, Thanksgiving. I won’t be making
ALL the things, just the tried and true, must have dishes. It will still be nice. Plus, the pup loves to smell the turkey cooking. 

My book club meets tonight to discuss The Essex Serpent. I was way behind on reading it because I got sucked in by the new King book but I ended up reading the club book in one sitting so I am ready for the discussion. I am still reading King but will add Murakami’s new book, Novelist as a Vocation.

My scans from last week showed a potential kidney stone but the doc hasn’t called me about it so maybe it’s a watch and see. I do not want surgery again and will avoid it like the plague. In other health news, the knees are getting better.

This past weekend we were out and about and the holiday rush is in full swing. We hit one of my favorite indie bookstores but I left empty handed. I had two books on my list and they didn’t have either one in the store. I can easily order them online but it’s not the same as buying books in person. Everyone else seemed to be buying up the store. I don’t like the craziness of the holidays but it was good to see all of the stores doing well again.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? The Sunday after Thanksgiving student ministry is having a Turkey Bowl with flag football. I will be on the sidelines cheering them on.