Sunday, March 6, 2016

Life: It Goes On - March 6

Not quite officially spring yet, but I can't put the lovely snowy scene any more! Starting to think of gardening, bringing the pretties back on the porch, and dinners on the patio.

We've had a fun, busy week, with a lot of it spent celebrating Miss H. Her 21st birthday was Tuesday and we lunched and shopped; Friday she had a dinner party for friends and family. She is still partying, having gone off to Kansas City this weekend for fun with friends. Oh, to be young again!

Today is tax day for this girl. Woohoo. I'm hoping to knock out all four sets today but I also having cleaning and laundry that needs to be done. And, of course, series finale of "Downtown Abbey" tonight. We're going to miss this show and the distraction it brings from remembering that tomorrow is Monday.

This Week I'm:

Listening To: I'm about half way through The Shoemaker's Wife. My little quibble this week is Trigiani's need to give detailed descriptions of every character, no matter how insignificant role they play in the story. But, again, still enjoying the story and the glimpse into immigrant life in the early years of the last century.

Watching: Last night we watched "Steve Jobs." Even if this movie were not based on real life, it would have been a fascinating look at one man. This is another one that the Oscar noms didn't get wrong - Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet were fantastic. I found an interesting article on that explores what was fact and what was fiction in the movie (you know how I like to dig further!).

Reading: I finished 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl (painful read) and started Mennonite In A Little Black Dress, which is the perfect followup to lighten things back up. Next up I'm hoping that the Jacqueline Winspear book I'm waiting on for a review shows up soon. If not, I'll start on my book club read for this month, The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian.

Birthday lunch, birthday dinner, my "granddaughter" at the party, and the whole family

Making: My big hit this week was chocolate mini cupcakes with peppermint frosting for Miss H's dinner party. Which I forgot to take a picture of; trust me, they were very cute!

Planning: On helping Miss H get ready for an 8-day trip to Boston with friends next week and celebrating my dad's birthday. I'm thinking pie will come into play for that! What sounds good, Dad?

Thinking About: What I need to get done before Mini-me and Miss S's graduation party in a couple of months. A party is always a good incentive to get things done around the house that you've been wanting to get done, isn't it?

Oscar Party
Enjoying: Girls' night at an Oscar watch party. My friend holds the party every year and we all have such a great time critiquing the fashion and the show. What did you think of the show this year?

Feeling: Tired. I really need a new pillow; I swear I'm spending half my nights trying to maneuver my pillow into a comfortable position. I hate shopping for new pillows, though; hate paying what it costs to get a decent pillow, especially since I might not even like it after I get it. This all drives The Big Guy crazy!

Looking forward to: A thunderstorm this week (as long as it's not severe!). Love watching the lightning, listening to the thunder and sitting at an open window watching and smelling the rainfall.  

Question of the week:  What is your favorite thing about spring?


  1. I'm sad that Downton is ending, too... we're going to miss it.
    Happy Birthday to Miss H!

    1. We would have been just lost this Sunday without basketball!

  2. You had a fantastic week! I am certainly ready for spring - cannot wait to head out and spend more time outdoors. I haven't watched the Steve Jobs movie but it's on my list!

    1. Definitely watch the Steve Jobs movie - so good!

  3. You've reminded me I need to get my girls new pillows. Theirs are old and flat. How fun to attend an annual Oscar party. We don't have cable here so I don't watch it anymore and I hardly see the films nominated. I will miss Downton too. I was so disappointed when PBS made us wait a week for the last episode! The husband and I look forward to watching it every weekend. My mum has all the unedited DVDs and we plan to borrow them once there's no more Downton. I do love the colors of spring flowers but California seriously needs more rain here so I hope March floods us.

    1. Again and again I think about getting rid of cable but we couldn't watch all of the sports we like to watch. But I do hate paying that bill and I would love to have the tv off more!

  4. I hope you are able to get a new pillow. Those inexpensive ones only last so long, unfortunately.

    I hope you get your thunderstorm. We got some rain yesterday, which was nice. The lightning and thunder skipped us though.

    Your Oscar party sounds like fun! We didn't watch, but then, we haven't really been following the movie scene for awhile now.

    I love the photos you shared, Lisa. :-)

    I hope you have a great week!

    1. We finally got a good thunderstorm right as we were going to bed one night, the kind that didn't have any chance for severe weather so we were able to enjoy it. I love falling asleep those sounds!