Sunday, June 4, 2017

Life: It Goes On - June 4

It's sunny, it's sunny! We're finally able to eat dinner on the patio most nights. The cats are happy that they can finally lounge in the warm  sunshine and the flora and fauna are flourishing. Makes me a happy girl.

The Big Guy and Mini-him returned from a long weekend in Milwaukee  exhausted and full of stories of the fun they'd had. Makes me eager to get back up that way myself before the summer is over. I'm going to need a beach fix after I get through the wedding!

I'm reading! It took a book that was out of my usual wheelhouse to do it but I'm happy to say that I finally found a book that made me stay up past my bedtime reading. It got me to rethinking what I'm otherwise reading at this time. While I absolutely loved Ruby, I decided to skip moving onto another literary fiction audiobook for now and I've lightened up my nightstand reading as well. It's going to be hard for me to focus on books through the rest of this month and I've just got to acknowledge that and work around it.

This Week I'm:

Listening To: Yes Please by Amy Poehler which I downloaded through Audible and can listen to while I'm painting this weekend. I may look for something similar when I finish it rather than launch into my last book on CD, Middlesex, which is quite long and sure to require more thought.

Watching: Game of Thrones (we have GOT to get through season 6 before season 7 starts!), more Grace and Frankie (I'm seriously loving this show) and, this morning, on one of those weird channels I'll never find again, a show called Brain Games which we all three really enjoyed and which makes me want to work on word puzzles.

Reading: See above and in the sidebar. Siobhan Fallon, Confusion of Languages, is the author of You Know When The Men Are Gone which I was so impressed with so I have high hopes for this one.

Making: Not much creativity in the kitchen this week. Mostly salads and some grilling.

Planning: I'm not even going to bore you with the same response I've had every week for the past umpteen weeks! Let's just say that the corner of my dining room is fast filling up with things for the wedding and that doesn't include the boxes in the basement or the things on my dining room table.

Thinking About: The people of London. We are living in scary times.

Enjoying: Knocking a big project off my to-do list this weekend - I am finally getting the guest room painted. Can't wait to get it all put back together and different curtains hung.

Feeling: A little bit sad. I've know for weeks that my sister was moving and I'm very excited for them as they set off on their new adventure. I've even seen packed boxes piling up and lots of empty shelves. But it wasn't until I went into the bathroom there the other night and there was nothing left in there except soap and a hand towel that it really hit me that she won't be just two minutes away from me by this time next weekend.

Looking forward to: A virtual bridal shower for Miss S in just a couple of hours. It just occurred to me that in just 26 days she won't even be "Miss" S any more. Then what to call her? Mrs. S?

Question of the week: What's your go-to meal for summer dinners?


  1. I loved You Know When The Men Are Gone, too, and am thrilled to hear Siobhan Fallon has a new book! Glad the sun is shining for you... maybe that'll happen here soon. It's big news that we had 3 consecutive days without rain this week... the first time since early April. Unfortunately, it's raining again today.

  2. I'm sorry your sister's move hit you out of nowhere. Funny how we can be okay about something but then be caught off guard.

    My go-to summer meal is probably Caesar salad. Grilled marinated chicken, large shavings of Parmesan and lots of black pepper with fresh romaine and homemade dressing.

  3. I think maybe we need to try eating outdoors one of these evenings now that the weather is so nice. Thanks for the reminder. :-) I am glad you are enjoying good weather. I am glad to hear you are reading again. Ruby sounds really good. I hope you have a good week, Lisa! I can't believe the wedding is coming up so soon. How exciting for you and your family!

  4. Busy times! I hope you are able to rest a bit and enjoy everything too. It will be over before you know it, so savor every moment!

    How was the virtual shower?

  5. I loved Yes Please! I don't really love Amy Poehler's comedy but I really loved her personality if that makes sense. If you're looking for something similar I really recommend Yes My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar (Raj from The Big Bang Theory). Lots about growing up in India and adjusting to life in the US. Mindy Kaling is pretty great too and of course Bossy Pants by Tina Fey. I read the book and liked it but thought the audio was way funnier. I'm sorry to hear about your sister moving. I know that must be extremely bittersweet. It's always kind of funny what makes things real to us. Have a great week!