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Sunday Matters: Rough Start

Sunday Matters

2018 has rolled in with a bang. My BIL’s funeral is this morning but I am out-of-town with The Girl at her first club volleyball tournament. Don’t ask. The funeral was difficult to schedule due to numerous setbacks. I’ll leave it at that. The Hub will be in attendance. The entire family is looking for closure.

Also, while lounging on the couch during my last week of vacation, I discovered a weird pile of “dust” that looked more like pellets and guess what? TERMITES. So we will have to tent at some point but with production week coming up, it has to wait until February. It made me really grouchy this week. A total downer since I have to return to work on Monday. But to put it in perspective, I have friends battling cancer, family members struggling with addiction and friends who have also lost loved ones over the break. Termites do not rate on that scale of life.

Right Now:

This is a scheduled post because right now, I am driving to the tournament. Nothing like leaving at 5am to be on the court by 6:30am.

This Week:

Work. Homeless outreach. Beginning to do some research on which books to pitch at the yearly book club selection meeting. We choose books for the year. We each pitch two. Any suggestions?

Reading:

I just finished Nutshell. The review posts tomorrow. I found it to be clever and hilarious.

I also finished Manhattan Beach. The review posts on Wednesday but I really enjoyed it.

I am currently reading Seven Days of Us. Interesting premise. So far, it’s fun and I am having a hard time putting it down.

Is anyone reading Fire and Fury? I am #1033 on the hold list. I am curious but I am not sure I can tolerate what’s in it.

Watching:

I watched that episode of Black Mirror that everyone was talking about, USS Callister. It was so much fun! Very clever. Almost like watching a movie.

I also watched a movie I have had recorded for forever, Ping Pong Summer. Very 80’s. All about a young teen vacationing with his parents. He gets dragged into a ping pong tournament by a local bully. It’s got Lea Thompson and Susan Sarandon. It’s pretty low-budget but has a good message.

Making:

I’ve made chicken curry this past week but the rest of our meals have been snack-y things like avocado toast, rice cakes with hummus. The Girl became a vegetarian so with me being gluten-free, meals are difficult to plan right now.

Grateful for:

As much as I hate shelling out thousands of dollars right after Christmas to tent the house, I am grateful that we have a house,  warm beds to sleep in, food on the table, etc.

How is 2018 starting off for you?

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Sunday Matters: Christmas Eve

Sunday Matters

My first week of vacation has already come and gone. I had lunch with my daughter (three times), attended a Christmas party, did away with loads of clutter, reorganized my filing system, took the pup for shots, and then took her to the dog park (I felt bad about the shots). I’ve watched many a TV classic, a couple of Christmas movies, made Christmas dinner reservations and bought tickets for the new Star Wars movie. The kids saw Something Rotten! yesterday and then we all attended a special light show afterward.

Right Now:

The Hub is finally off from work for a whole week. He never gets to take time off so he has been looking forward to this all year long. It’s not like we have big plans or anything but we plan to do some fun things.

This Week:

We love to drive around. We’ve been wanting to go to the beach but with the fires raging out of control we’ve not been able to. I’m not sure if the situation will be better this week but we hope to hit Santa Barbara at some point. My son’s last day in California is Jan 20th and he wants to hit Santa Barbara one more time.

Reading:

I’ve started my last book of the year. I hope to have it reviewed by the end of the year as well. I don’t know about you but I can’t have a book carry over into the new year. I am weird that way.

Watching:

Everything I can. I still have a few movies to watch before I can call this Christmas complete: A Christmas Story, The Family Stone, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Oh! And on Christmas evening, we will catch the new Star Wars movie.

Making:

I’ve made soup and garlic chicken with pasta and nibbled on gluten-free cookies and eggnog. I am about to make Caramelized Onion Cornbread Dressing for a dinner later today. It’s a Tyler Florence recipe and I’ve been making it for  years.

Grateful for:

Family time. My son quit one of his jobs so he could spend more time at home before leaving for Orlando. Two jobs were great for money but he had no time to spend with us!

What do you have planned this week? I know for some of us, losing a family member over the holiday has created a hole in our hearts that can never be filled, but I hope the magic of the season still finds its way in.