Sunday, November 20, 2016

Life: It Goes On - November 20

Apparently it decided to be winter finally, huh? Not so much here (just cold and super windy but still all of the tires in my car suddenly decided they needed air so that's how I knew it was cold) as it was other places judging by the football games we watched and the news yesterday. Okay, so that's enough winter for me. Can it be spring yet?

This Week I'm: 

Listening To: Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers which is not exactly what I was expecting. I'm about a third of the way through it now with no idea where it's going. On Spotify, I'm listening to show tunes to take me to a happy place and during workouts I've listened to the Slate Book Club discussion of The Underground Railroad and some NPR Book topics.

Watching: Husker football, basketball, and volleyball. And the Gilmore Girls marathon on UP t.v. I didn't even know there was such a station until I was scanned the guide Friday and found it. Getting ready for the upcoming new episodes!

Reading: I finished Fates and Furies (review this week) and Elaine Khosrova's Butter. Today I'm starting Wally Lamb's latest, I'll Take You There. I did hit up the library's book sale on Thursday and came home with two hardcover books and five audiobooks and now I want to read all of them at the same time, right now.

Making: An oven full of baked potatoes got used three nights, once just as baked potatoes, once as fried potatoes, and once as twice baked potatoes. We paired those with the pork loin I made last weekend for two dinners. I also baked a pan of chicken legs, fried some apples, put together a gouda chicken pasta bake and baked shortbread cookies that I topped with salted caramel. There will be no pictures. You've all seen food before. And I didn't take any anyway. The point it, I actually cooked this week!

Planning: Black Friday shopping. Which I both look forward to and dread. One thing we will not be doing - shopping on Thanksgiving.

Thinking About: Grocery shopping. Miss H and I are headed out shortly to get things to pack our lunches with for the next couple of weeks. Healthy things that still taste good. And are easy to grab and go. Any suggestions will happily be accepted.

Enjoying: A weekend with nothing on the agenda, again. I've gotten so much done!

Feeling: Stressed. I've mocked up five different versions of our Christmas card and I cannot decide which one to use. These are the kinds of things that I stress over.

Looking forward to: Being with our families, although I'm so sad that Mini-me and Miss S will not be able to come this year. My first year without one of my kids with us.

Question of the week: What are you most thankful for this year?


  1. Know that you're stressed about Christmas cards makes me stressed... I haven't even thought about it yet, LOL! You've got some great audios there. I loved The Interestings and recently finished The Emperor's Children (which is in the running for my favorite novel this year!)... they have many similarities.

  2. Hi, Lisa. It's supposed to rain today, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the sky right now. Maybe the storm is coming tonight. I read this morning that some places are getting snow. Maybe fall really is here after all.

    Fates and Furies has gotten mixed reviews, and I'll be curious to read your thoughts on it. It isn't one I have read yet. Your weekend sounds like mine--nothing planned. Although I imagine yours is much more productive! I feel like I haven't gotten anything done . . .

    What am I most thankful for this year? Is it a cop out to say my family?

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Lisa!

  3. Winter is coming! My new snowshoes arrived yesterday and we have snow in the air today. If I have home, parts of Minnesota have 14 inches of glorious snow. :)

    This will be our second year spending Thanksgiving without any family. It's also bittersweet since my dear friend is moving in January (she is hosting, we will be the token Americans in a sea of Europeans). Such strangeness! Today I explained Pilgrims and that the day is more than Turkey.

    A book on Butter... ?!!

  4. Happy thanksgiving! I hope you and yours have a safe and happy one! I like to eat mozzarella sticks and peanuts on the go. Kasha granola bars are also relatively healthy and good on the go.

    I'm thankful for good health and friends and family. I don't know where I'd be this month without all of them.

  5. I hear you on the Christmas cards. It took me a few hours myself to figure out which pictures I wanted to use and what to say. I finally pushed the button and can only hope they turned out well!

    Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!