Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday Night Chit Chat: Long Weekend Edition

Howdy Humble Readers...

Are you having a good long weekend?  Are you busy with back-to-school details, household projects, or are you kickin' back and relaxing?  We've been doing a little bit of work around the hobbit-hole and a little bit of relaxing.  It's always nice to have some extra family time.

I'm participating in Carla's Sunday Night Chit Chat again, and I encourage you to click over and see what everyone else is up to tonight (after you read my contribution of course!). 

Like Daddy. like daughter

Finished an amazing book last night... "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachael Joyce.  A wonderful novel about a retired man who decides that, to save an old friend from cancer, he must walk the 600+ miles between his home and the hospice where she lives.  It's a story of rediscovery, forgiveness, absolution, and hope.  Now I'm back into my Harry Potter re-read (Just started Order of the Phoenix).  Can I just say, I'm so glad that I can read again?  It was like pregancy somehow made my attention span shrink.  I haven't read this fast in ages (two books last week) and I'm loving it!

Right now, a rerun of How I Met Your Mother is on, but it's just background noise.  After Ginny goes to bed, I'm planning on watching "Eat Pray Love" (I recorded it last night).

Listening to?
Our wee little mister sucking on his fist.  My Beloved playing with our wee sweet girl. 

Dinner tonight was a pork roast glazed with dijon mustard and brown sugar, mashed potatoes, along with some steamed veggies, and Yorkshire puddings.  Earlier this week I had a major triumph.  Sesame salmon with sriracha cream sauce, oven roasted baby potatoes (the best I've ever made) and roasted asparagus.  It was for my Beloved's birthday dinner and it was awesome!  I also made a pretty cool poke-cake (cookies & cream).

Happy you accomplished this week?
I was able to surprise my Beloved with a night out for his birthday (dinner & a movie, kids left with a sitter), and then a family birthday dinner the next night.  I think I succeeded in spoiling him. 

Looking forward to next week?
Getting a few things done around the hobbit-hole... going through closets and dressers, possibly rearranging the nursery in anticipation of moving Pippin in with Ginny, posting a couple things on Kijiji for sale.   

Thankful for today?
Have I mentioned that I've found my reading mojo?????  Ok, I did.  But I don't know if you understand how important this is to me.  Reading has been a major part of my life since I was 4.  It has been my escape, my continuing education, my entertainment, and my joy for almost all my life.  Heck, it was my career for 10 years.  The last couple of years, since I was pregnant with Ginny, my ability to focus on reading a novel has gotten progressively worse and worse, until this past fall when I was actually unable to read a manuscript for a writer-friend, even though I desparately wanted to.  Things have been slowly getting better over the past few months, but this is the first inkling of my old book-loving self.  I used to read upwards of 17 or 18 books a month.  Recent history has shown me reading one book a month.  This has been a major stressor for me, like a loss of part of myself.  And now it's making a reappearance.  Yay!

Do you collect anything? Purple elephants, unicorns, etc... ;)
Nativity sets (currently own 10 or 11), books (occupational hazard), and lip balm (mostly because I never remember to make sure I have one before I leave the house, and end up needing to buy another.  I am a chapstick addict...)


  1. Love that you were able to spoil hubby! It's good to do that isn't it?! :) I go in spurts with my reading... Depends on what's going on, Kwim? I did just read an entire novel since last night though! :) I love nativity sets as well... We have a Veggie Tales! My next set will be for "mommy"!

    1. We have that Veggie Tales set too. It's the only one that I let Ginny play with. :)

  2. So glad you've found your reading mojo. I miss it when I don't read a lot.

    1. I'm hoping it's back for good. I *need* to read.

  3. Dangit! I didn't reply in time to get in on the "what pisses you off" post. LOL. So many things are pissing me off at the moment, and I LOVED reading your list. :) I know I could go back, but that would take time to click on the link and I'm already here talking. :) Anyway, I finally broke down and read a few new books, and they were just okay. I need some more quality books to come out because I LOVE to read, but I'm super fussy. You should make a book list with ratings... (5 stars but pg-13 for mild sexual content)... LOL. I'd totally use a list like that. ;)

  4. I want to re-read the HP books too but I just never find the time! I should just do it already. And I love Eat, Pray, Love...but as usual, I like the book better than the movie.

    I always have to have chapstick too. :)


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