Sunday, October 26, 2014

Life: It Goes On - October 26

I can't believe it's the last week of October! We've had such an un-Octobery October - more rain than usual but mostly sunny and warmer than usual days. Today we had dinner on the patio in shorts and t-shirts - love it! I need a lot of days like today to store in my memory to help me get through winter.

We have such a busy week this week (see "Looking forward to:");  I'm not sure when I'll find much time to read other than during my lunches and I've hardly picked up my book all weekend. I hate to lose the reading momentum I've had lately! As I contemplate setting up a "Lisa" room and having a reading spot, I've been looking at my bookshelves and thinking how much I'd love to get to so many of those books.

This Week I'm:

Listening To: I'll start Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. It's a long 'un so it's probably take me all of November to get through. Just now when I looked to check how to spell Ghosh's name, I found out this is the first in a trilogy. I'm kind of hating that - this better be something that works as stand alone.

Watching: Nothing new to report here other than some Husker volleyball. Hoping the Royals will bounce back tonight!

Reading: Joanne Harris' (Chocolat) Five Quarters of The Orange. There is just a Frenchness to Harris' stories that I love.

Making: Baked chicken for the coming week, lasagne for dinner today (including a broccoli version for Mini-me), more fried apples, and a pizza with a crust we bought at the French bakery which I will happily drive across town to get more of.

Peter Quill
Planning: A costume for NebraskaCon (Nebraska's ComicCon) for Mini-him. He'll be going as Peter Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy which you'd think would be fairly easy. But you'd be wrong. "It's all in the details," he tells me as he draws me into coming up with ways to create each piece of the costume. Seriously, why can't he just go as Captain America again? We have that costume and I worked my butt off for him to only wear it twice!

Grateful for: Having my family around today to celebrate my birthday early. It makes getting older not quite so bad!

Enjoying: The weather, the weather, the weather!

Feeling: Like my knee will actually be healed enough for me to dance at my nephew's wedding in a couple of weeks. I was beginning to wonder but two great days in a row have encouraged me.

Looking forward to: my birthday, our 32nd anniversary, my mom's birthday, and Miss H's move. The big move is Saturday. I have a notebook devoted to what to pack, what to buy, what to take for the moving day kit. I'm starting to get used to the idea that Miss H is moving. But, oh how I am going to miss her!

What are you looking forward to this week?


  1. I hope you enjoy Ghosh's book as much as I did. Not an author to rush through though. Early birthday wishes from me.

  2. You have a lot going on! Have a great start to November!

  3. Glad to hear that your knee is healing up ready for those special celebration events and you're enjoying good weather! I'm looking forward to meeting up with my book group friends, a day out browsing in the shopping centre with our grand daughter, our local daughter's house warming party and our other daughter and a grandson coming to stay (as it's half term school holiday time again).

  4. Happy happy birthday to you :D

    How was the lasagna? I'm in the mood for that. I'll have to whip some up soon!

  5. I'm sure a big mixture of emotions for you this week!! My mom has been going through a bit of the same when my brother went off to school two months ago, but now my sister and her family are building a house so have moved in with her as of yesterday. LOL! Hope the week goes smoothly for you both!

    Chocolat! I've wanted to read that one for ages! And happy happy birthday!

  6. It definitely sounds like you've had a busy week! I like the idea of a "Lisa" room! It will definitely make up some for Miss H moving. That's great that your knee is getting better. I hate injuries and not feeling like I can do everything I want to do. Happy birthday and have a great week!

  7. The mornings and evenings out my way are finally cool enough to require a sweater. And this weekend we set the clocks back an hour. I'm not sure how my daughter will take it. She was young enough before that she didn't really notice, but now that she's 3 1/2 (and notices everything), it's going to throw off her routine a little--the whole daylight darkness thing.

    I have yet to read anything by Joanne Harris. She is an author on my must read author list though and I hope to give her a try at some point.

    I hope you are able to dance at your nephew's wedding too! Happy Birthday and Anniversary! I hope the move goes well. The house will probably feel a little emptier for awhile.

    Have a great rest of the week, Lisa!

  8. I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

    I am looking forward to going out as a family this Saturday. We don't know where yet, but we haven't been able to do a family day in a really long time.

    I hope your daughter's move goes well. It's exciting and you will miss her but when she visits, you will be over the moon.