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Sunday Matters: Routines

Sunday Matters

This past week had me thinking about routines. In one sense it’s comforting to know what you will be doing for the week but the same stuff day in and day out wears on a person. Burnout is real and I am so there. My focus this week is to mix it up in some way. Something different. Something enjoyable. Something.

Right Now:

My son took his girlfriend to prom last night so he is currently passed out. They looked really good and my son made a LED, light-up corsage and boutonnière out of La La Land sheet music. The theme was City of Stars (La La Land).

Corsage and boutonnière.

Prom 2017

I am just sitting here with my coffee looking out on what I hope will be a green lawn soon.  We had the gardener tear up our poor, drought-affected yard yesterday so soon we will have green again.  I sure hope we don’t lose it next summer due to drought. We really need to hardscape but no money for that at the moment. Even this is costing a bit to do with the space being so large. And… there are already gopher holes this morning which really make me mad.

This Week:

Rehearsals for Shrek are moving along and this Tuesday my daughter is singing in a choir festival. She’s up for a scholarship so fingers are crossed that she will get one. My son is working tech for Bring It On the musical. It will be weird to have him backstage for a show but it’s all part of his Arts Admin focus. Also signed the girl up for a volleyball clinic because she has decided to go for the volleyball team in high school along with track.

Reading:

I am reading my book club pick for May, Please Look After Mom and it’s really good, and really sad. A bit too close to home given my mom’s passing in November. I’m also reading the “new” Murakami collection, Men Without Women, but the stories are not all new which is a little disappointing since it was advertised as such.

Watching:

The Bates Motel series finale is on Monday and seriously, anything could happen. This show has been rock solid throughout its run and I am hoping the final episode does the series justice. I am really going to miss the series.

Since all my shows are ending, I have been watching old TV shows like Bob Newhart, Chips and Emergency! I love old TV shows!

Making:

This weather makes me want to grill something outside. I really love grilled fish but the kids are not fans. Chicken gets boring. Maybe pork chops?

I’m also wanting chili for some reason. On Instagram I saw a post for turkey chili over sautéed zucchini and although it doesn’t sound all that great it sure looked good. Anything to get the veggies in!

Oh! I found some wine I really like. I don’t know much about wine but I know what I like and what I don’t like. I like red wine but it’s usually too dry for me. I tried this wine the other day and it was really good. Reminded me of sangria. I feel like I need to buy a case or two.

Grateful for:

That wine. No, seriously.

Sunday Matters: Easter at Home

Sunday Matters

This past week was a little nuts. Work, volunteering, registration for a new show. I used to do a lot more than that and it was no biggie but these days one or two appointments outside of the normal stuff kind of makes me crazy. But, all went well and lots got done.

Right Now:

Happy Easter! We hit the Easter service on Friday to avoid the masses so I slept in this morning and it felt great. Plus, I don’t have to go anywhere later. We are staying home, eating a good meal and just lounging around like sloths.

This Week:

I am meeting up with my life group on Tuesday to decide which day we’ll meet now that the series is over. I can’t wait to see what the new topic is.

I have a follow-up for my neck injury on Thursday. The shots are wearing off. I think I may need another round. Will it ever heal?

Reading:

The Barrowfields is really good and I am almost done with it. I’m thinking about reading Walden next. I’ve never read it!

Watching:

Bates Motel is really good. Only two episodes left! That show is giving me fits. It’s so well shot. So well-acted. Every time Norman becomes Norma I die. Seriously, I die.

Making:

I haven’t cooked all that much but if heating things up and picking up cooked items at the market counts then I am doing okay. Picked up a roasted turkey breast and then made mashed potatoes and maple glazed carrots for one night. Bought some gourmet take and bake pizzas for another night.

Apricot & Mustard Glazed Ham
Image & Recipe: Martha Stewart

Right now the apricot & mustard glazed ham is the oven and it will be served with au gratin potatoes, gluten-free cornbread dressing and creamed spinach. There will be dessert too. A chocolate chip cheesecake!

Grateful for:

Lunch room conversations. In the past, I would find a quiet spot to eat lunch but about three months ago, I started to eat lunch in the work lunch room. A place where no one really ate lunch, oddly enough. But then, people started showing up and now we have the best lunch time conversations. My word this year is “Connect” so I’m trying really hard to make those connections.

What are you doing to today? What is a must-read book you can recommend to me?