Sunday, November 1, 2015

Life: It Goes On - November 1

Well, I certainly didn't mean to going blogging AWOL for the past week! Life's been busy, to say the least. After getting nothing done last weekend because of our trip, I've been playing catch up all week. Toss in birthday and anniversary evenings, Halloween, a visit to my faux granddaughter and you can imagine that the catching up's been tough.

One of Mini-me's best friends had a baby girl last week. He's one of the guys I call Mama Shepp's boys so naturally his daughter is now one of my faux grandchildren. Miss H and I enjoyed getting to love on her the other night and picking out the most girly baby clothes we could find, including a headband with a tiny pink crown on it. Not gonna lie, I can't wait to have me some real grand babies to spoil!

This Week I'm:

Listening To: A lot of different podcasts: Happier with Gretchen Rubin, All The Books! from the Book Riot crew, Freakonomics Radio, and Stuff You Should Know. For some reason I just haven't been feeling like starting a new audiobook lately. I imagine the coming week will be another week of podcasts.

Watching: The World Series (Miss H is a rabid Kansas City Royals fan and she's kind of upped our fanship as well), some Halloweenish movies, and several episodes of the 1960's television show Dark Shadows. It's so bad, it's good and I imagine I'll keep watching into this week.

Reading: I'm pretty disappointed to say that it took me a week to finish Geraldine Brooks' latest, The Secret Chord. I had expected to rip through it last weekend during our trip. I did end the week on a high note with a reread of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper. Seriously, one of the all-time great short stories and one every woman should read.

Making: One last batch of BLT's with fresh-picked tomatoes, two different pasta casseroles, two different kinds of Rice Krispie treats (to say that Miss H brought home a lot of marshmallows would be a major understatement), and smoked gouda and bacon mac 'n' cheese.

Planning: Christmas card pictures today followed by a family effort on getting my basement cleaned up and organized after Mini-him and Miss H brought all of their stuff home. It's been making me crazy and trying to find the time to work on it's been tough so I told the kids what I wanted for my birthday was a couple of hours of labor from each of them. Can't wait to see what we can accomplish!

Columbia fun!
Grateful for: All of the birthday and anniversary wishes this week and for the hospitality my brother, sister-in-law, niece and her boyfriend showed us last weekend. I love to go visit them every fall and it was so much fun to be with my nephew and soon-to-be nephew, both Royals fans, when the Royals earned their trip to the World Series.

Dio de Los Muertos
Enjoying: A Day of the Dead celebration at Mini-me's new place of employment, the Intercultural Senior Center. It's always fun to explore other cultures but even more fun was talking to him about the things he is learning about working with refugees from Bhutan, Nepal and the Sudan.

Feeling: Excited! That nephew-to-be I talked about earlier? He wasn't officially a nephew-to-be until last Sunday when he popped the question. Very happy for both my niece and her fiancé!

Looking forward to: A quieter week this coming week and time to catch up with all of the blogs I haven't had a chance to read in the past couple of weeks. I'm missing my blog friends!


  1. Belated happy birthday to you! And I'll be interested in your take on the Geraldine Brooks. I've wanted to read it, but may put it off to next year.

  2. Sounds like you've had a busy week! I love Rice Krispy treats and the kind you buy in the store don't count. I only make them when I giving them away though otherwise I'd end up eating the whole pan and make myself sick! Congratulations to your niece and fiance! How awesome for your mini me to be able to really explore other cultures. Have a great week!

  3. That's certainly a super busy week!! I hope you get plenty of downtime this week. Getting couple of hours labor from each person is a GREAT birthday present!

  4. I miss blogging and my blogger friends too! October was a month of frantic activity and ridiculous deadlines. So glad its over.

  5. Hi Lisa! I'm catching up on your news since being away from blogging. Life sounds good despite the busyness. Mini-me's new employment must be interesting and rewarding. How exciting to welcome a nephew-to-be into your family and have a new baby as part of your extended family! Have a great week Lisa!

  6. I have to start thinking of Christmas card pictures too . . . Do I want to do my usual photo card for maybe just enclose pictures? Do I want to write a letter or not? All things I need to start seriously thinking about.

    I hope you have a great week, Lisa! I'm hoping this week will be a normal sort of one--not too busy, anyway. We'll see how that goes. :-)

  7. I feel badly that my turn for The Secret Chord came at the library and I had to relinquish my place in line because I have no time to read it right now...grrr. I really do want to read it this year! Will have to look for The Yellow Wallpaper--now I'm intrigued.