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Sunday Matters: Preparation

Sunday Matters

This past week was pretty good. Still stressing over end-of-the-year stuff but the overall vibe of the week was better especially as Friday approached.

Right Now:

Guys, I am completely psyching myself out. This time next week, I will be on a bus full of high schoolers going to summer camp. I’ve done it before, but you may recall that I had a back injury the last time. An injury that happened as I was putting my heavy suitcase on the bus! A slipped disc, metal bunk beds and no drugs in sight made for a very long week. Amazing things happened that week, but me surviving was one of them.

Hume Lake

I do not want a repeat of that experience but as you know, my health has been dicey these past few months and I am worried about my ability to keep up. It’s so physical and I am not competitive at all. Amazing Race type activities do not agree with my body.

Please think good thoughts for me. Pray for me, if you do that. I would appreciate it. I am a little overwhelmed by all that needs to be done before I leave too.

This Week:

I will be preparing for the trip but my daughter is also starting her online summer classes while school is still in session.  I have to take this week to  make sure she can access what she needs before I am gone for a week with no signal and no Wi-Fi.

I am not a good packer, which is why my suitcase weighed so much the last time. But we have to bring stuff to decorate the cabin, costumes and the like. I mean, I need a lot of stuff for a trip like this and I have yet to purchase any of it.

Reading:

I finished No Exit by Taylor Adams. The review will be up later this week but man, was it a page-turner!

Now, I am reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee for a discussion group later this month. It’s been out for quite some time, but it’s really very good. Pulled me in right away.

Watching:

After watching All in the Family / The Jeffersons Live last week, we’ve been binge watching The Jeffersons non-stop. I had forgotten how great that show was.

New Things I’ve Tried:

I don’t have brands to share yet because I am in a try-me phase, but I’ve started to use facial oils with retinol. It’s weird to put OIL on my face since I’ve always battled oily skin but it seems like a lot of these retinol treatments are in oil and for some reason, my skin is loving them.  At this age, my skin feels dead. Not a good feeling so I am hoping the retinol jump-starts cell growth.

Grateful for:

I am grateful for another opportunity to do camp but also pretty terrified. Plus, my daughter won’t be with me this time (with all the stuff she has going this summer) and it feels weird.

Did you ever go to summer camp as a teen?

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Sunday Matters: Can We Just Get Through the Month?

Sunday Matters

You guys are the best. Everyone I’ve “met” here through blogging are true heroes in my book. No matter what is going on in my life, I always receive the best support and the nicest comments from y’all. I so appreciate you.

The end of the year continues to be rough in my house. I feel beaten and bruised from all of it. Too much scheduled, too much to plan for the coming academic year. Just, too much. We jump one hurdle only to see another one coming up.

School ends on June 6th but summer school starts on June 3rd. Who plans these things?

Right Now:

My health has improved. This is great news and the reason why I am now allowing myself a half cup of coffee on the weekends. All of my stomach ailments are still there but manageable. Just trying to really be careful about processed foods and generally, what I put in my body.

At this moment I am savoring this half cup of coffee.

This Week:

Thank goodness for long weekends. On Monday, we will be grilling up burgers and hot links and enjoying all the traditional sides. I used to make everything on my own but why make potato salad when your supermarket makes the best there is?

The rest of the week will be hectic because of finals. I can’t get this kid to study even if her life depended on it.

Reading:

I am finishing up The Invited. I had really hoped to have it reviewed by now but last week was brutal. I’ll get the review up this week.

For the long weekend, I wanted a really good book to speed through so I am going with No Exit!

Watching:

I haven’t had time to watch a darn thing. I’ve been a flipper lately. I just sit there flipping channels and catching pieces of things like Bridesmaids, or Castaway (the most depressing movie ever), or Toy Story, which I found delightful all over again. I sat for half an hour watching a documentary on Ted Bundy. That was fascinating.

New Things I’ve Tried:

The one thing I want to share is The Nothing is Wasted podcast. It’s about pain and how we deal with it. All kinds of pain and the trauma that goes with it. It is Christian based but the conversations are very thought-provoking. I’ve been totally absorbed on my drive home.

The Nothing is Wasted Podcast

Grateful for:

This platform. I don’t post all that often but having this platform to share my thoughts has been so valuable to me over the years. I am one of those “head-thinkers” where a lot of stuff spins around in my head 24/7 so it’s helpful to have a platform like this to get some of it out of my head.

Are you grilling-up anything special this weekend? See how I popped back to food?