Friday, October 30, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
October Book Review
I have a bit of an Obama-centric post today, which is fitting given that the US election is in the horizon and we are all missing Barack and Michelle (aren't we?). By the way, I refer to them by their first names here even though I know the proper address is President and Mrs. Obama.
Anyway, the first book is American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson.
I added this to my reading list after seeing it was on Barack's reading list. I could tell by reading it why he found it particularly interesting. It mostly takes place in the 1980s when America was involved in removing the newly elected president of Burkino Faso. The main character works for the FBI and then is brought in to do some spying and maybe more. There were a lot of political and also governmental aspects to the work she did and the involvement with Burkino Faso. I'm sure Barack would have been well aware of what happened in Africa and other countries where the US (and other countries) inserted themselves into the mix to cause certain outcomes. It has happened for many years and is still going on. Being President, Barack would have known even more than what has been made public.
And the second book was also probably a Barack favourite - Becoming by Michelle Obama.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
What's Up Wednesday
Sunday - Ribs, potato salad, coleslaw
Monday - Leftover ribs
Tuesday - Turkey Burgers
Wednesday - Stuffed Peppers (with jack o' lantern faces)
Thursday - Chicken, Okra, Sweet Potato Mash
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Baked Chicken Tacos
What I'm reminiscing about...
I am really missing being able to travel. We don't travel a ton, but definitely a couple of trips a year, and it's always been something I look forward to doing. I'm glad I've blogged about my trips over the years so I can look back at them and remember. Last year at this time, I went to San Francisco which was so much fun!
What I'm loving...
How much fun Q is having at school. He was always pretty good at going to daycare but then with several months away from school, I wondered how it would go at school since he is a bit more emotional that E ever was. But he is excited to go (except when we have to make him stop playing with his toys) and happy to see us when we pick him up. The kids are pros with their masks now and he hasn't lost anything except one water bottle, so we're doing well despite not being allowed in the school. His teacher posts photos and stories on their Google Classroom so it's nice to see him and his friends.
What we've been up to...
Doing a little homeschooling with E. He was at home for 14 days in isolation (positive Covid case in his after school program). We did get out for a walk and bike a few times, but he was mostly just at home. We are lucky he is an easy going kid. He had several assignments posted in his Google Classroom each day, along with his IXL math program, and Lalilo French reading app, so he did a good amount of school work. And he was happy to play video games and watch TV too :)
What I'm dreading...
The United States Election. What a gong show that is (no offence American readers, but you know...). I'm really not sure what will happen, but no matter who gets more votes, I can't see anything going smoothly for the next little while. I wish you well, America, I do, but it doesn't look good.
What I'm working on...
Doing the switch over to our winter things. Although we have had a pretty warm fall, the cooler temperatures have begun. Other parts of our province have already had snow and I know we will get some soon enough. Q is able to wear E's old snowsuit and boots, but I needed to get new ones for E. I got a snowsuit from Joe Fresh, and Sorel boots (the last one in the youth sizes, men's sizes are next!). I also got Q a little puffy jacket from Joe Fresh. A bit warmer and waterproof than his other coat, but not as bulky as his snowsuit coat. The hats and mittens are coming down out of storage.
What I'm excited about...
I'm having a hard time coming up with anything. It's 2020, I'll take non-exciting for now.
What I'm watching/reading...
We are watching The Haunting of Bly Manor, Great American BBQ Showdown, Amazing Race, Great British Baking Show, The Long Way Up.
I actually have some books to write about tomorrow for my October book review. And now I'm into Daisy Jones and the Six. I can tell this will be a quick read.
What I'm listening to...
Adele. She hosted SNL last week and I loved her Bachelor skit when she sang a sample of her hits. Since I work at home now I can sign out loud at my desk while working and no one (really) minds :)
What I'm doing this weekend...
It's Halloween and although it will look slightly different this year, I am putting out some individual paper bags of treats for the neighbour kids for contactless pick up. And Dave and E have a tee time for Sunday morning (golf in November, who would have thought!).
What I'm looking forward to next month...
I'm hoping for a fairly uneventful month. There are no birthdays or major holidays, and I assume there will be no Remembrance Day services to attend. If the kids can just be at school every day, then I'm happy! I am seeking to keep Christmas small this year, so hopefully I can order a few gifts next month so it's all done before December.
What else is new...
Flu shots for three out of four of us. E has had to wait since he's been in isolation for two weeks. I don't know if it's fair to take him for a flu shot on Halloween, but we will get it for him soon, hopefully before they run out. Get your flu shot too! I am always a promoter of it but it's especially important this year!
Linking up with Shay.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Friday was an absolutely beautiful day. The weather was warm and the sun was out. E and I took a bike ride at lunchtime.
Friday, October 23, 2020