Wednesday, May 25, 2022

What's Up Wednesday

I just wanted to start off this post with a comment about the school shooting in Texas yesterday.  This feels like another thing where I feel like we just continue screaming into the void.  Here we go (and so quickly after the Buffalo grocery store shooting too) sending out more thoughts and prayers while the actions that could actually make a difference go undone.  I watched the announcement yesterday and it was the phrase "the families are being notified" that really got to me.  Those families will never be the same, just like the families from Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, and so many others scenes of mass gun violence.  No one wants to get the message that a loved one has died, but when it keeps happening even when the cause has been identified and the solution (even partial) is achievable and yet goes unaddressed, with people wringing their hands as if they can't possibly understand how this keeps happening, then it is all the more tragic.  There is a staunch group lawmakers who refuse to support any type of gun control, even something as simple as background checks for gun purchasers, and they carry on, unfazed.  I don't know what, if anything, will finally be the catalyst to make a change on this. So for now, join me:

Okay, onto my trivial What's Up Wednesday post. 

What we're eating this week...

Sunday - We were at the Blue Jays game so we sort of ate there and had snacks when we got home. 
Monday - Macaroni and Cheese and Wings from the freezer (stores were closed for the holiday so this is what we had in the house)
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Out
Thursday - Butter Chicken in Slow Cooker
Friday and Saturday - not sure yet, but likely something on the BBQ

What I'm loving...

Riding my bike to work. I've only done it three times, my goal is at least once a week, and I've done that.  I need to bike tomorrow though to keep my streak alive, I hope the rain stays away!

What we've been up to...
Running from sport to sport, but we're doing a good job of staying organized.  My mom was here last week and it was great to have her help.  She had to make notes to keep all of the activities straight though! 

What I'm dreading...
I was looking back at my What's Up Wednesday post from May 2021 and this section referred to the construction they were starting on our street.  Well it's a year later, and although the top and bottom of our road has been blocked off (at different times) throughout the year, they still haven't done anything in the middle of the street or near our yard, so I guess I'm still dreading that whenever it does happen. 

What I'm working on...
Finding restaurants for Montreal.  We booked one dinner and have a few ideas for our other dinner and a Sunday brunch.  There are just too many choices, it's overwhelming!

What I'm excited about...
I bought a bottle of Whispering Angel for when my mom was here, but then we never drank it (we had other rose instead), but now I'm excited to enjoy it this weekend.  It's always a nice treat. 

What I'm wearing...

The same clothes.  I realized I had drawers full of clothes and was just wearing the same things over and over so I finally weeded out the things that were just getting pushed around.  I do need a few new things, but I'll try to keep it to a minimum. 

This dress is like 10 years old, but it still works :)

What I'm watching/reading...
We just finished Severance, which was a slow burn, but I'm all in now, just in time to end the season.  Next up is Ozark and we are watching Casual. 

I'll do my May reading list on Monday, so check back then.  There is one book that I will need people to weigh in on, so I hope I find others who have read it!

What I'm listening to...
My current go to song is As It Was by Harry Styles, and that leads me into Harry Styles Radio on Spotify.  I've never really cared too much about Mr. Styles but this song has me hooked. 

What I'm doing this weekend...
Kids sports, hanging out with neighbours, and getting our herb garden set up finally.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
My trip to Montreal, my Birthday, Father's Day, church picnic, end of school, and our first camping trip.  June is always my favourite month. 

What else is new...
Dave got a new lawnmower which is pretty exciting for him.  We have had a manual push mower forever but Dave thought he needed to up his lawn game ;)

Resolutions Check-In
Not much new to report here.  I have my clothes and toys ready to donate next week, but I haven't made any food donations yet.  

Linking up with Shay.


  1. Hi Sarah, so great that you are riding your bike to work. I’m trying to motivate myself to walk to work. It’s only a twenty minute walk and I really should do it especially with the crazy petrol prices at the moment. I’m so sad to hear about the shooting in Texas, those poor families. My heart breaks for them.

  2. Great job getting your weekly bike ride to work in! It sounds like you have lots of fun plans coming up.... though you reminded me that I really need to start thinking about Father's day gifts!

  3. I love that you ride your bike to work! Is Toronto a bike-friendly city? Some parts of Charlotte are, but unfortunately not enough for Devin to get to work. Luckily I'll be able to walk next year with Liam. It's a "win" any way you slice it: better for the environment, less traffic on the road, healthier for us to get a little exercise in, and some fresh air before we start the day. I hope you're able to keep up with it all summer!

    1. I think overall Toronto has done a lot over the past few years to make it more bike friendly. I am lucky because I get to take the lakeshore trail most of the way which is off the road completely, then there are bike lanes for most of the rest. There are certainly parts of the city where biking is a bit more hairy and we certainly have had many bikers struck by cars. Now my alternative is the subway so it's not like I'm saving on fuel prices, but it is certainly nice to be outside!!

  4. I am angry about this school shooting. I am sick of Americans wringing their hands and saying, "What can we do?" The answers are so clear and it's so frustrating that whoever is blocking the action, is holding so many people hostage to this violence. I think this is finally the shooting where my rage is bigger than my sorrow. I am definitely joining you in "screaming into the void." And I totally thought of you yesterday, wondering if your kids' school was one of the affected ones.

    In non-news things -- I too need to do a thorough weeding of the clothes I just don't wear and accept that I won't wear them in the future either. And yes, June is such a GREAT month! Also, I love that we both went to Jays' games this past weekend!