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Sunday Matters: Summer Vibes (…loading)

Sunday Matters

I think this happened last year to some degree but summer is here according to the calendar. Our weather certainly confirms it but it does not feel like summer in my heart.

No vacations planned due to the Hub’s work schedule. I am taking days off to make some of my weekends long ones but the summer vibe is not there. There’s summer school to deal with and we received the school registration notice for fall last week and in a flash, July is half over. Poof.

How are you spending your summer? I need some summer vibes. I guess I’m just suck in a rut.

Right Now:

About to head out the door to church. Later, a slip-n-slide kickball event for the high schoolers that I may show up for, and then hopefully I will be able to say goodbye to a book club friend who is moving to Chicago.

This Week:

Nothing too major. I have a hair appointment, dinner with my life group, summer school drop-off. Things at work are picking up because we are prepping for the fall semester. Same. Same.


Still reading Visible Empire. It’s not taking long at all but I’ve been in a weird mood. I come home all antsy and cannot settle down to read. What’s up with that?

I’ve also been reading a book for my life group called Soul Keeping. Maybe this book is the reason for all of my angst. It’s about taking care of your soul and how easy it is to let distraction take you away from what’s important. I am not caring for the “voice” but the message is good.


Not much. Too distracted these days.


Chicken curry one night which was a disaster. It was way too salty! I don’t know what happened. I make it all the time. I made pasta one night and the pasta was gloopy. Gluten free pasta can be like that but I probably cooked it too long. Again. Distracted.

Grateful for:

I am grateful for serving opportunities because they take me out of my head and away from the news. Seriously! I cannot even stay up-to-date on world happenings anymore without a gray cloud appearing over my head. I know I am not alone in this.

So, tell me all about your wonderful summer so I can get out of this funk.


Summer Reading

Summer Reading

My summer reading is a mix of review copies I’ve been given and books that I’ve been meaning to get to. My lists are never all that functional because major distractions come out of nowhere and all I have to do is walk into a bookstore and instantly my structured list is a shambles.

But, that’s okay. Just the idea of a summer reading list comforts me. It reminds me of when I was young and ran to the library each weekend to collect books for the summer reading program. Oh, how I loved those programs! My library would sometimes show a movie to go along with the featured book. Sitting in the cool, dark theater, munching on popcorn and all the kids laughing or crying depending on the film. Such good times.

Now that I am all sentimental over summer reading, here’s what I’d like to read by the end of September because it will be blazing hot, like 115 degrees in September so I count that as summer.

Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding
The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Every year I try to read Pride and Prejudice because I feel it’s required reading if you blog about books but every year it gets pushed to the back of my shelf. This year, I am going to read it. I declared it here so it must be so.

I noticed after writing this up that I only listed one “summery” vacation type book on here.  Are your summer reading lists usually light or heavy?