Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Night Chit Chat

Hey Humble Readers...

Thank you all so much for your kind words on my last post.  It still hasn't completely sunk in that GG is gone. 

We are still in the Shire.  GG's memorial service isn't until the 19th (my sister and I don't understand why it's so far off) so we won't be leaving until next Saturday morning.  My aunt is in K-town with my Mom, and most of the arrangements have been made.  Not that Auntie S is going to be a whole lot of help to mom, as she's a long-time alcoholic.  It just feels so strange to not be on the way out there already, especially after sitting on pins and needles all week wondering and waiting. 

Other than GG, I have been reminiscing a lot about our trip to NYC a few years ago.  I love looking at the pictures of my Beloved and I in Central Park, and all the amazing things we got to do and see, and the great food we got to eat.  I hope that someday we are able to take the wee-lings there. 

Pizza Vongole at Otto (one of Mario Batali's restaurants)
I have been daydreaming about this pizza recently. 
I can't believe it's been more than 3 years since we were in NYC
Onto tonight's chit chat...

Reading - "A Light In The Window" by Jan Karon... the second in the Mitford series.  I love this series, but I have to say that this book is my least favourite (kind of like Chamber of Secrets is my least favourite Harry Potter), but I will slog through it for the sake of the series.  Next up is "The Book Thief".  It's one I've wanted to read for ages but just never got around to picking up.  I can really feel my reading mojo kicking back in.  When I was at the grocery store, I spent a ridiculous amount of time looking at their book displays... and I found a ton of titles that I want to check out. 

Watching -  Downton, of course.  I'm looking forward to the return of Mr. Bates.  I confess that I will likely watch the remaining episodes in the next few days, as we will be in K-town next week when the season finale airs. 

Listening to - Nothing at the moment.  It is blissfully silent in the hobbit hole right now, as everyone else is napping.  This never ever happens. 

Baking/Cooking - Tonight's dinner menu is Dijon & Brown Sugar Pork Loin, and the usual Sunday dinner stuff... mashed taters, mixed vegetables, and yorkies.  This is a fun cooking week for me... Jambalaya and a fun variation on King cake for Mardi Gras, Tortellini Marinara with Caesar Salad and Garlic bread for Ash Wednesday, and a quasi-romantic dinner for us on Valentine's Day (our match-iversary... the day we were matched on eHarmon.y seven years ago).

Happy you accomplished this week -  Made another big batch of apple sauce for Pippin.  We've got enough now to get us to the end of April I think.

Looking forward to next week - Ginny has her first ever playdate on Tuesday.  She's played with other children before, but it's been at church or with her cousins.  I'm excited for her to hang out with her little friend J, and for me to get to hang out with J's mom. 

Thankful for today - That GG is at peace. 

Bonus question: Are you musically gifted/talented? Do you play any instruments? Sing? - LOL!  The only thing I can play is the radio and I couldn't carry a tune if it had two handles.  I always wanted to learn to play the violin, so that I could actually hear my heirloom violin, but hopefully Ginny will be musically inclined as the violin will go to her next.

This was posted as a part of Carla's Sunday Night Chit Chat.  Click over and check out what others are chatting about tonight.


  1. I'm so sorry for your loss... :(

    That pizza looks mighty good! I've never been to NY but my BFF loves it there... too busy for me, but it would probably be fun for a weekend! I'm like you with my voice... not a 'gift'. ;) haha!!

  2. Sorry to hear of your loss. I like how you described your musical talents "I couldn't carry a tune if it had two handles." That would apply to me too! LoL

  3. Back in the day I played the recorder and then the trumpet. I could still play you some Mary Had a Little Lamb on both! I can actually sing pretty well but I mostly sing in my car and when I'm working in the studio. I have thought of joining a community choir lately but unfortunatlely I don't think I can add another commitment to my life!

    Until everyone was outside and wearing all cream I didn't realize just how PALE everyone on Downton Abbey was, lol. Oh, and how about give away ALL the highlights for the season finale in the preview!

  4. Oh my goodness that pizza looks to die for! Thinking of you as you prepare for your travels and an emotionally trying time. <3


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