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Sunday Matters: Getting Back on the Horse

Sunday Matters

My reading tanked these past few weeks. From the looks of it, the same thing happened to many of you as well. But, I am back in the saddle again thanks to my book club read, The Testaments. It has been on my list for ages but did I really want to read it now? With all this chaos going on around us? Yes. Yes, I did. I am not going to lie, I keep thinking about the Supreme Court confirmation process while reading it. That whole People of Praise thing is just too much.

Right Now:

Sundays are a lot more pleasant now that I do my errands on a different day. I just want to be lazy on Sundays. Give me a huge cup of coffee and some toast and I am good. Add an online church service, a relaxing Spotify playlist like this one, and a good book and that is all I need.

This Week:

I have a book discussion this week for The Testaments, a college preview to attend for the University of Arizona, and although I was hoping to have an ultrasound for this weird pain I’ve been having, (turns out it’s not a kidney infection), the darn appointment isn’t until November 10th! They were thinking appendicitis or this cyst I have been dealing with, but November 10th? I guess I will know before then if it’s appendicitis. Goodness.

Reading:

I am going to try to squeeze another R.I.P. book in before the end of the month. I really need to read two but you know, that distraction thing is strong. It will be Lisey’s Story by King.  I don’t think it’s noted as one of his best which is why I’ve not read it, but HE thinks it’s one of his best books. That makes me want to read it.

Watching:

Fear the Walking Dead started up again and let me tell you, it was good. I was going to give up on it once I knew of a certain character’s fate but once again it has looped me in.

Grateful for:

  • Ballot Trax (Where’s My Ballot). Ballot has been counted!
  • My little sidekick, the Otter Pup. She has been so sweet during this pandemic. Follows me everywhere. Sometimes just gazes at me lovingly.
  • A quiet house. The only thing I liked about my work commute was the solitude in my car. In the early morning hours, I enjoy the same solitude just sitting here with my coffee.

Have you voted? If you are waiting to vote in person, check to see if your area has early poll voting because I think there will be very large crowds on election day.

Other than that, what’s new?

Sunday Matters: Reading for Fun

Sunday Matters

I try to read and review two books a week but this week I stuck with one because it was long, and I was enjoying it too much to rush through it. Reading for fun is not a new concept but us book bloggers often find ourselves weighed down by dates and how many books we need to read that week. I let all of that go this week and just enjoyed an older title and it felt good. It is listed below. We should all read for fun, don’t you think? Especially now, in these pandemic days of ours.

Right Now:

Coffee, online church, and then my daughter’s theatre intensive virtual showcase. Two weeks of singing, dancing, acting along with master classes with some well-known peeps will all come together in the final showcase. She made a lot of friends and really enjoyed the experience.

Later… a youth-group meet-up for tea to discuss how fall will look for us since we can’t meet indoors. We do live in California so meeting outside can be done very late into fall. The only thing I worry about is the lack of daylight (depending on the time) and bugs. No matter how much repellent I put on, I am always eaten alive by insects.

This Week:

I was told to use some vacation time since I am way over the max and need to use up about 165 hours before December. It’s a good problem to have but who wants to use vacation time when you have no place to go? So, I am taking days here and there to extend the weekend. The first of those days is this Friday! I booked tickets for my daughter and I to go to the botanical garden. Timed-entry, face masks, limited attendance. It will be hot but also good to get some fresh air.

My hair appointment was cancelled but I am okay since I did get a cut about 5 weeks ago. Most of our salons are closed again unless they obtained special permission to operate outside. Mine, has not.

Not much else happening. Still practicing driving with the girl. Her final professional lesson is 8/10. I want her to get her license before the DMV closes again.

Reading:

The book that I enjoyed this week was Truly Madly Guilty which I reviewed this past Friday.

The next book on my summer list is In a Dark, Dark Wood. I had it all ready to go but forgot to turn Wi-Fi off and now it’s gone from my Kindle. So, if I can’t quickly get another copy, I may move on to this Coben book The Boy from the Woods which is also on my summer list.

Watching:

I introduced my daughter to Steel Magnolias. It’s funny and charming and sweet and based on a play, which really appealed to her. We laughed and cried. So many stellar performances in that one.

My daughter has been on a crime kick so we watched a little of the The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Netflix. That case still gets me after all these years. I can’t lay guilt on the parents because I feel that most parents do the best they can but leaving your child in a hotel room with the door unlocked, while enjoying a meal halfway across a resort in Portugal seems a bit reckless. Perhaps they were just too trusting? Anyway, I can’t finish it because it makes me angry to think about.

Grateful for:

  • Coffee or really any food enjoyed on the patio. We are hitting the dog days of summer (104 degree temps) so I go out early and come right back inside once it gets too hot. The Otter Pup likes it too!
  • Plants. I have been having fun placing plants in and around my home. My friend just gifted me this sweet little beauty. I name my plants… this is Midge. She is a succulent.

Midge

How are you? This past week was filled with school thoughts, including the final year of high school and also college stuff. I just worry too much about everything.