Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Week in Review--Color Festival

Lots of rain and cold here in the land of Utah. We had a little bit of sun so my son and I did a quick hike. We also did a fun walk around our neighborhood to look for birds and new flowers. This weekend our local Hare Krishna temple hosted their Holi Color Festival so we all headed out there and had fun throwing colors around and eating some wonderful Indian food.

Books Finished: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Fascinating book. Part biography and part history of cells and the science around them. Skloot knows how to write up a good story and she did it with sensitivity and heart. I'm excited to see the new miniseries about Henrietta Lacks and her cells.

Currently Reading: Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They'd Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child's Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens by Justin Richardson and Mark A. Schuster, The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman, and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Listening To: I just started Kindred by Octavia Butler and it's really good so far! Political podcasts to keep up with all the crazy. I have to take breaks, though, or insanity starts to set in....

Watching: The Golden Girls, of course, and the new season of Grace and Frankie. Girls movie night was Life. That was a fun sci-fi/horror! Good times in the theater! I also watch Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, John Oliver's show and Bill Maher's show as soon as they come out. I catch up on clips with Seth Meyer's show.

Looking Forward To: Vacation. Son is having his spring break next week and we are taking off down south to see the sights and hike! The rest of the week will be devoted to local sights like the museum and the planetarium. It's a much needed break around here.

Making: I made soda bread for St. Patrick's Day! I've been trying to cook more this week. Made some steak kebabs and some stuffed Gouda chicken this week.

My Week in Pictures:
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Weeks in Review--Birthday and St. Patrick's Day

Last week DH had his 44th birthday! I set up a big dinner at a local Mexican restaurant that serves amazing drinks. Cuz that's what it's all about when you're turning the big 4-4! I ended up getting sicker that weekend so no posts were put up last week so trying to catch up.

This week I healed up. Did some spring cleaning by giving a ton of stuff to charity and selling a few things online and organizing the pantry.

For St. Patrick's Day I made bangers and mash and soda bread. Then DH and I headed over to a friend's house for some St. Paddy's celebrations with Irish cheese, stew, Jameson, homemade Bailey's, and fun by the fire.

Today is the first day of Spring! Spring Equinox and I plan on celebrating with Kebabs on the grill, homemade Easter bookmarks with the child, and planting seeds and watching them grow inside so we can plant them on May 1st/Beltane.

Books Finished: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. It was a very informative book on lives I never knew anything about. Which is just a shame. I think I might have enjoyed reading it rather than listening to it. The stories melded together and I had a hard time remember who was who since I listened to it over the course of a few weeks. I'm looking forward to the movie to bring it all together for me.

Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe by Greg M. Epstein. This one has been on my list for a long time and I finally got to it this month. A great resource and history on Humanists throughout time and ways to form communities today.

Currently Reading: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman, and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Listening To: I've been listening to RadioLab this week

Watching: The Golden Girls and PBS Newshour. Also saw Get Out last week and it was a very smart and funny horror movie. I will watch again and look forward to owning it.

My Week in Pictures:

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At the local Aquarium!
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DH's bday partay!
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DS loves reading with his Shadow
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Scientific experiment to see if he could catch a leprechaun....

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Cat Thursday- March 9, 2017

Welcome to the weekly meme (hosted by True Book Addict) that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s)

Hosico the cat of cuteness and fluff. According to Bored Panda Hosico loves new toys and gets bored of them in a week. He's been compared to "Shrek's" Puss in Boots and Garfield.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Week in Review: Sick Kid

2017-03-05 07.08.31I don't know how long I can come up with a pithy phrase every week which sums it all up so neatly...but yeah. DS was sick with a fever and sore throat from last Sunday to Wednesday. Well, the fever broke Tuesday...This is has been the Winter from Hades and I mean the sheer idea of spending 6 months down there. Doesn't sound found at all and this winter has not been fun...sick cats, death, and sick humans and add in plenty of days we couldn't leave the house due to bad air.

So March didn't start off with the bang I was hoping for but hey the weather is warming up! And I have tiny yellow crocuses trying to break forth from Mother Earth despite having heaps of snow and freezing temperatures every other day...

Books Finished: I finished To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. An all-time favorite. I haven't read it since high school and it still spoke volumes 20 years later; it seems like history continues to repeat itself. And I can only hope we figure out our sh*t one day soon.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Also another timely book. I read this one a few years ago but it didn't scare me quite like it did this time.

Currently Reading: Good Without God by Greg Epstein, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (with DS)

Listening To: I've been catching up with Hidden Figures on Audible. Very interesting and fascinating information. I'm looking forward to the movie putting more of a human and personal spin into it.

Watching: I saw Logan and it was amazing. It really was a great film and superhero film. I can't wait to see it again. Truly touching.

I'm also watching a lot of Golden Girls on Hulu. It's the only thing that has been keeping me sane during these last few weeks of death and illness.

My Week in Pictures:

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DS had a great run doing community basketball. His last game was Saturday and he learned a lot and made some friends, which is what I think team sports should be about.

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My friend came into town this weekend and we painted and ate some great food. She wanted to get her first tattoo so it was great to be there with her! Getting out with friends was much needed this week.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cat Thursday March 2, 2017

Welcome to the weekly meme (hosted by True Book Addict) that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s)

Here's a funny cat video of a cat slipping off the table. Poor kitty. Cats of dignity and having those papers in the way...such indignation!