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Whatnot – Week 11

When I started these “What Not” posts, I did so because my reading was spotty and you can’t manage a book blog effectively when you aren’t reading. I am reading like a machine now, but I’ve come to enjoy this mid-week post so I shall continue! Can’t believe I am eleven weeks into this.

Last weekend we drove to the coast. We loaded up the pup and her blanket and took off. My daughter wasn’t feeling it so she went to a coffee shop instead. We drove to Ventura so we could walk around the harbor. A lot of people skipped their masks that morning. What didn’t sit right with me is how they looked at ME wearing one. If it’s just you and your friend walking around the harbor then yeah, whatever but when you pass others or hit a crowd, you pull it up. No?  I do.

As we were walking on this clear, beautiful morning, a fog rolled in. You can see it inching its way into the harbor. It’s so beautiful there. After walking around a bit we picked up pizza and ate it in the car!

Ventura Harbor

Oddly enough, we have had our own foggy mornings these past couple of days. I like it. The pup does not. She must have sun or she creeps around the house scowling. I will wait for it to burn off before we go for our walk.

I am currently reading The Distant Dead. A math teacher shows up dead. He’s murdered actually but he’s fairly new to the town and people don’t know much about him so there’s a bit of mystery surrounding his death. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it when I started it but now I am totally into it. I should finish it soon and have the review up next week.

In other random news I am back to being uninspired by meal planning and food in general. I am a good cook but I just feel like it’s too much effort these days. I am happy with PB toast with a drizzle of honey or a nice slice of avocado toast sprinkled with Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning. My family doesn’t feel the same way though.

Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day this weekend. Any plans? I think we had planned to pick up Chinese takeout but I just remembered that I think we still have youth group that night. Hmmm.

The Sunday Salon: Sunny Reading Days

Sunday Salon

Did you all make it through Valentine’s Day? I know some people find it hard to make time for it, me included, but I got a nice surprise from The Hub. The Teen had been selling Singing Serenades to raise money for his choir group and unbeknownst to me, The Hub bought one for me.

After dinner, we grabbed some dessert and then he drove me to the park, which I thought was a little odd. He said that The Girl wanted to ride her scooter. Riiiight. That was a tip-off but I didn’t care. If you want to check out the serenade, click here. You’ll probably recognize The Teen down front. I was surprised and pleased as I secretly wanted them to come to my door. That link should work even if you do not have a Facebook account so if it doesn’t, please let me know.

Overall, the week was good. We settled into our new routine which included four days of track practice. The Girl did really well considering she was still so wiped out from last week. Today, she got to finally sleep in and they are off from school tomorrow so hopefully she can get a little more rest.

The Teen doesn’t really know what to do with his free evenings but he really needs to fill them with studying. I can’t seem to stress that enough but he is a TEEN and what goes through one ear goes right out the other. I have pulled my hair out over it but he is trying. I feel he could put more into it though. Ah, it’s a constant battle.

What else is going on? Oh, our weather. Sunny, warm days. No sign of a chill anywhere. My star jasmine is blooming and everything smells wonderful. When it’s like this, all I want to do is kick off my shoes and read outside. These types of days are made for reading. Funny, I say that about rainy days too. I don’t know how you guys in other parts of the country deal with all of that white stuff. It’s pretty. I’ve been enjoying the pictures but living in it? Not for me.

What am I reading?

Books

I am still reading Orfeo. I do like it quite a bit but I am reading it with two other books that don’t compliment it at all, so for now I’ve put it aside. The two other books? The Astronaut Wives Club and Among Animals, a short story collection. I must say, I am quite fascinated with the astronaut wives. They remind me a lot of the Stepford Wives from the classic movie of the same name.

What am I cooking?

I made linguine with white clam sauce last night. I was craving it but I had a terrible reaction right after eating it. There was no gluten anywhere so I really don’t know what happened but the response from my body was swift and fierce and sent me right to bed. I am still recovering today.

What am I watching?

We tried to watch This is the End last night but within ten minutes, we had to turn it off. The Girl was watching with us and it’s really not appropriate for her age range. Not good! So, we ended up watching Vacation again. I am looking forward to The Walking Dead tonight. Can’t wait, actually. We are also watching the Olympics here and there.

What do you have planned today?