Sunday, September 4, 2016

Life: It Goes On - September 4

Hello, three-day weekend! My brain needed this so badly. Between the funerals of two friends' mothers and saying a first goodbye to Mini-me, and a tribute last night to the Nebraska football player that died this summer, it's been an emotional week. Much reading will be involved and a major project will get finished.

This Week I'm:

Listening To: It's been a mixed bag this week. I finished Mohsin Hamid's How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia and started Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters. I listened to some podcast episodes: Reading Women, Happier, and NPR Books. I ended the week rocking old-school style, from Joan Jett and Billy Idol and The Clash to  Green Day and Nirvana and Radiohead. 

Oh god, how I love this movie!

Watching: I've been all over the place with my viewing this week. Caught some Real Housewives of Orange County, watched a couple of baseball games, lucked out and found Franco Zefferelli's "Romeo and Juliet" the other night, and, of course, college football. 

Reading: Well, this is embarrassing. I got so caught up reading Natchez Burning that I forgot to check my Netgalley account and my blogging calendar and just discovered that I have only three days to read Amor Towle's latest, A Gentleman In Moscow. Which I am loving and will be happy to spend the next couple of days with. 

Making: If you can't put tomatoes on it or in it, I probably haven't made it this week. We've done our usual BLT's, caprese pasta, and made several salads. It's the time of year when the tomatoes are ripening much faster than we can eat them so I've frozen quite a lot of them for use this winter - you know, when chili is on the menu.

Mini-me in traditional costume
Planning: On heading upstairs shortly to finish getting the guest room put together now that we have Mini-me's bed. I've got to move a dresser into the closet (because, as you all know by now, we have more furniture in this house than we know what to do with) and that involves cleaning out Mini-him's stuff he left behind. 

Thinking About: Using Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project to set up a template for my own happiness project. She started her project in January but I'm thinking of beginning my year in October. Or maybe not until I actually finish the book.

Enjoying: Knowing how much Mini-me was liked by the refugees he's been working with the past year. They are largely from Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar. Wednesday, on his last day, they held a leaving ceremony for him and gifted him with some traditional clothing and gifts. He was very touched and will really miss them.
Sam Foltz's nephews ran onto the field with the team, the Cornhuskers in a missing man formation for our first punt, and the banner the student body displayed. The Fresno State team waived the delay of game penalty the Huskers incurred because of the tribute.
Feeling:  So sad for the family of Sam Foltz, the Nebraska punter who was killed in a car accident this summer, proud of the tribute our football team and the student body paid him, and impressed with the class with which the Fresno State football team showed. 

Looking forward to: Some baseball tomorrow - Miss H has picked us up some tickets for our Triple A baseball team. I'm going to need something to distract me because in the morning we will be sending Mini-me and Miss S off to Milwaukee with no idea when we will see them again.

Question of the week: If you're lucky enough to have a three-day weekend, how are you spending it?

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