Sunday, July 24, 2016

Life: It Goes On - July 24

I know I'm not alone in hoping this heatwave that's gripping most of the country ends soon. You know it's hot when they talk about a cold front moving in and all that does is drops the highs to the upper 80's. Ugh. It was at least tolerable enough last evening for us to sit outside for a bit after dinner.

This Week I'm:

Listening To: NPR all week after bailing on my audiobook. I'll start Khaled Hosseini's And The Mountains Echoed tomorrow.

Watching: The RNC convention, at least as much as I could take of it. I sort of hate the conventions. A lot of cheerleading, a lot of telling us what they'll do if they're elected but not much as far as how they think they'll manage to accomplish those things.

Garden at the library
Reading: Racing to finish Leaving Lucy Pear before my permission through Netgalley expires. That whole readathon plan didn't quite pan out as I'd planned. I want to read. I just can't make myself sit down and do it for hours on end right now. Still, I did pick up a couple new books when I stopped at my library's book sale.

Making: A cocktail I discovered last weekend - a French 95 (bourbon and champagne - sounds weird together but oh, so yummy!), grilled cheese, chicken and orzo, caprese pasta, Asian chicken salad, and birthday cake.

Planning: A bridal shower in a couple of weeks for my niece.

Thinking About: Family dynamics. We spent the evening with old friends last night and what can only be called horror stories about problems with their siblings and parents. BG and I both left feeling very blessed.

As laid back a visit as you can get!
Enjoying: A visit from The Big Guy's brother and his wife Sunday and Monday and celebrating Mini-him's 28th birthday today. We'll do a family dinner today since he will be headed off with friends on his actual birthday this week. How did 28 years go by so quickly?!

Feeling: Frustrated. I have ended up with headaches the past few Saturdays. I've powered through as much as I can but I'm not getting nearly as much done as I'd like which means I don't get Sundays for a bit of a recharge day.

Looking forward to: Heading off to Milwaukee this weekend. Because of the way we had to take days off, the boys will head up a day earlier than Miss H, The Big Guy and I and head back a day early but we'll have plenty of time with the six of us to have fun!

Question of the week: It's ice cream season - what's your favorite flavor?


  1. I'm about done with all the heat. Normally it doesn't bother me too much but lately I just can't even stand to be outside. That cocktail sounds delicious! Well pretty much everything you're making sounds tasty. Along with not feeling like reading much I'm not feeling like cooking much either and I starting to miss it! Have a great week!

  2. Favourite ice cream flavour? Toasted Almond Chill from Scotsburn Dairy here in Nova Scotia.

    I used to be able to buy Ice Cream Parlour's Buttered Almond and loved that, but it's not available anymore.

    I'm sorry to hear about your headaches. Something in your weekend causing them? Hope they pass soon - it's always frustrating not to be able to get done the things you want to have done.

  3. I hope you are staying cool! The boys are outside today - one is doing chores and the other is on a bike ride. Both sound miserable. I know I should get off my butt, but I don't relish the idea of sweating just by breathing.

    Have a safe trip to Milwaukee! Make sure you eat lots of cheese curds!

  4. I like ice cream with some chocolate and nuts in it. We do love chocolate chip mint or cookies 'n cream here though. I love a good cocktail! Once I read that section of your post, I immediately Googled it and found a recipe on Pinterest.

  5. Sounds like you've had a lot going on lately. I loved And the Mountains Echoed. Great book!

    Believe it or not, I don't like ice cream too much. If I do eat it, I want chunks of something in it. I really like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

  6. Our air conditioner gave out this weekend and it couldn't have been at a worse time. We invested in a couple fans and have been keeping cool that way. I haven't been watching the convention news at all. I have caught some of it via Twitter, but that's as much as I can handle regardless of political party. I'm so over politics right now. Let's just get the election over, please. I hope the headaches ease up soon, Lisa. I seem to be getting them a lot lately myself.

    Enjoy your time in Milwaukee! We may try to get out to Knott's Berry Farm Amusement Park this next weekend. I'm not sure yet though. The bill for the air conditioning repair may nix those plans.

    My favorite ice cream flavor . . . I don't really have one. Something with chocolate. Chocolate Peanut Butter or Rocky Road or Mississippi Mud chocolate and chocolate fudge (Baskin Robbins), or Chocolate Therapy (Ben and Jerry's), for example.

  7. Lisa, we are in the midsts of a mid 90s heatwave as well; I'm grateful for AC. Hoping your headaches go away.

  8. A French 95 sounds pretty awesome to me. Fave ice cream? I am an ice cream snob. I love this one from McConnell's (Eureka Lemon and Marionberries).