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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.


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.


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.


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.

Sunday Matters: COVID Continued

Sunday Matters

At this point, I am struggling to remain positive. This pandemic stuff is exhausting and a real challenge for a planner like myself. I can’t do anything about it so eventually I move on but there are days where I just want to wallow in misery. This past week has been like that. How are you handling all of this?

Right Now:

Churches are closed again for us. They opened briefly but we never felt comfortable going back so continued with online. We watched the service this past Thursday so my Sunday morning is wide open. I’d like to take a drive somewhere but there are many people out and about and it just feels too overwhelming. Tucking in with a book sounds much better.

This Week:

My daughter starts her summer Musical Theatre intensive online today. It’s a long day and since it’s an East coast program it goes from 7am-6:30pm for two weeks. She is very excited.

On another note, our school district gave us two options to vote on: blended (2 in-person days a week + online, or fully online). Because of theatre and choir we voted for blended but the district isn’t quite ready and decided to begin the fall term online and will reevaluate in five weeks. It’s kind of disappointing but also a relief.

Last but not least, my son’s birthday is this Thursday! He will be 22. I was hoping he’d be here with us to celebrate but as you know he moved back to his college town for work. Not sure what he has planned yet.

This is a photo from his Disney College Program days. Happy Birthday to him!



I reviewed two books this week. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Guest List. Both were on my Summer Reading list so I feel quite accomplished.

I just finished The Second Home and will have the review up this week. My plan this summer is to start a new book right after finishing one so that I can keep that momentum going. So, I picked up The Safe Place to read next.

The Safe Place


I stumbled upon Celebrity Watch Party on Fox. It’s very entertaining and the perfect thing to watch when you just need to laugh and not worry about the world anymore.

I heard talk of a new streaming service called Peacock. It’s free and it has a lot of shows from NBC and many movies too. I feel like there is a catch but it doesn’t require a credit card to sign up so we are giving it a try.

Grateful for:

  • Still so grateful that I am able to work from home.
  • Grateful that my son’s housemates seem to be working out well.
  • Grateful that my daughter has this intensive to keep her busy for the next two weeks and that she can practice what she loves.

This week I will focus on purging unnecessary things from my house. I tend to do this often but have not since March and it’s piling up. Plus my at-home workstation is depressing me. I need to rearrange a few things I think.

How are you spending your days? Any new hobbies? New shows I should watch? Please share.