Wednesday, September 28, 2022

What's Up Wednesday


What we're eating this week...
Sunday - Salad bowls
Monday - Lettuce Wraps
Tuesday - Pumpkin and Sausage Mac and Cheese
Wednesday - Red Lentil Curry
Thursday - Queen Margherita Pizza for Q's Birthday
Friday and Saturday - not planned yet

What I'm reminiscing about...
With the destruction Hurricane Fiona on the East Coast of Canada, I am thinking back to Hurricane Juan.  It was late September in 2003 and I was living in Halifax.  We knew a hurricane was on its way and I was even working that night at Salty's, which is directly on the waterfront, all we really thought to do was move the patio furniture towards the back of the patio. But it was a pretty big storm and caused lots of damage.  We had no power for about 5 days and Dave's house had no power for 9 days. We had lots of fun stories from those days, but we were young and didn't have any real worries at that time. 

What I'm loving...
I've been an Armchair Expert podcast fan for a few years now but I am especially enjoying their new show "Armchair Anonymous" where people submit stories based on a theme and then tell the story to Dax and Monica.  I am often gasping and laughing out loud when I'm listening, even when I'm on the subway. This week the prompt was encounters with wild animals and there was a story from Alberta that was pretty amazing. 

What we've been up to...
Getting settled into the school routine.  Have I mentioned how happy I am that we are back in school full time and in person?  I know that is how we ended last year too but I'm just mindful of our good fortune. 

What I'm dreading...
I know with the colder weather coming that seasonal colds (and maybe even COVID) are on the horizon.  I bought a couple of things from Saje in anticipation of that.  Kids' cold medicine is so rare in Ontario now that we now need a prescription to get it.  Fortunately we have a bottle or two in our cabinet just in case.  I also need to get the humidifiers out and clean them. 

What I'm working on...
September and October are always busy months to us with all of the regular fall things, but throw in two birthday parties, and then this year some work trips for both Dave and me, and we have a lot going on.  I'm working on getting birthday gifts purchased, cakes made, parties planned, and then also plan for Thanksgiving and Halloween. 

What I'm excited about...
That Adnan Syed was released from prison. I know it's always possible that the State of Maryland will decide to try him again, but I think it's doubtful.  I was very invested in Serial when it came out and listened to it three times in total over the years, along with the Undisclosed podcast that goes even farther into the details of the case.  I've never been 100% sure of his guilt or innocence but I am 100% sure he never should have been convicted, there was a mountain of reasonable doubt.  Not only was it a fascinating case, Adnan and Hae were my age when she was murdered and I think about all I've done since then and the things that they were denied. 

 What I'm wearing...
Sweaters.  I bought a couple at Nordstrom Rack and one on Amazon.

What I'm watching/reading...
We have been watching a lot of the Blue Jays, only a few games left to see where we shake out for the playoffs.  We are also watching The Amazing Race and Andor as a family.  Dave and I are watching Handmaid's Tale, but we need more shows to watch. 

I've read a few books this month and I'll write about them on Monday.  Right now, reading another Sally Hepworth book. 

What I'm listening to...
I've been enjoying these fall songs along with some '90s acoustic, with Pearl Jam touring lately, I sometimes click on Yellow Ledbetter and then just listen to what Spotify suggests that are similar.

What I'm doing this weekend...
We are celebrating Q's birthday!  And then it's World Communion Sunday.  I haven't had communion with people for a couple of years now so I'm excited about that.  I have joined in at home via our church's YouTube channel with my own little bread and glass of wine but it will be special to have it in person. 

What I'm looking forward to next month...
A work trip to Timmins, Thanksgiving, E's birthday, and Halloween.  

What else is new...
I corrected some spelling on The Royal Family's instagram account and now I have all these new followers who seem to be actual real people, not bots.  (The account actually fixed the mistake after I commented, see below.)

Linking up with Shay.


  1. That's so cool that you corrected The Royal Family!!! Way to go Word Queen!!! And I LOVE the blue sweater on you. I was tempted by that colour but I already have a sherpa jacket in that colour so I wanted to get something different. And now I'm even more inspired to buy sunflowers -- your bouquet is beautiful!

  2. We had two different back to back Septembers in where hurricanes hit here in New England and we were without power for 2 weeks with one of them and I think 9 days with the other... those felt like the longest weeks ever and I'm always leery of any power outages now.

    1. Two weeks!! There is no way to prepare for that. People are still without power from Fiona, and now we are seeing the devastation in Florida, so sad!!

  3. I follow the Royal family on Facebook and I saw that post but I didn't notice the incorrect spelling. That's great that you picked it up and that they corrected it! The Amazing Race is one of my favourite shows but sadly we only get whole seasons once they are finished and shown in the US. I loved watching last season and was so happy when Kim and Penn won! But I had to keep avoiding spoilers until I had finished watching.

    1. That is how it is for us and Great British Baking Show. We are always a season behind. I loved Kim and Penn too!!

  4. You corrected the spelling on a Royal Family account....I am in awe!! That is amazing, I would count that as a major life accomplishment:)

    I hear you on the painkiller shortage for kids. It is pretty nuts! We were on vacation in Europe this summer and I thought to pick up some kids' Ibuprofen when we were away so that I could have it onhand in the event that we need it this fall; I know it is only a matter of time before we get sick with something or other. Also, are we living the same life? I dread the task of cleaning out those humidifiers but that is on my to-do list for this week.

    Happy birthday to Q and hope he has a great party!

  5. I love Amazing Race. This season looks like its going to be really good.

  6. Have you listened to the updated Serial episode? I still haven't because my fiance insists we listen together, lol. That was the only podcast I ever managed to convince him to listen to with me!

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    2. Yes, I did! It provided some good nuance to what actually led to his release. I was a little disappointed that Sarah K. didn't give more credit to Rabia who picked up this mantle and ran it through to the release, it wasn't all due to Serial, although certainly the exposure helped.

  7. How funny that you corrected the royal family account, and they changed it!! Your boys look so grown up in that picture. I’ve been reading here for years but holy moly, I feel like they both became “big kids” overnight! Lauren, not anonymous