Wednesday, April 26, 2023

What's Up Wednesday


What we're eating this week...
Sunday - Chicken Caesar Salad
Monday - Haddock, roasted green beans, sauteed spinach
Tuesday - Salmon, cauliflower
Wednesday - Zucchini Pasta
Thursday - Order
Friday - Steak
Saturday - Something on the BBQ

What I'm reminiscing about...
Around this time of year I always think about university days - finishing up exams, moving into new apartments, starting jobs, and going out! I was in Halifax so it was always still freezing at night so we would often be huddled outside in our "spring clothes".  There was often a bit of a stretch between school ending and jobs getting started when you had no obligations, it was glorious!

What I'm loving...
We had some really great summer temperatures a couple of weeks ago, although it has been more seasonal lately, spring is here and I'm grateful.  There are many flowering trees in my neighbourhood that I like to see.

What we've been up to...
Mentally preparing for our renovation.  We are putting an additional half storey on the back of our house for Q's new room, changing his room into an ensuite, adding a closet to our room, and then finishing floors, walls, and trim on the main floor and second floor.  Nothing is happening to the basement, and nothing is happening in the kitchen (other than new floor). Our house is almost 100 years old and still doesn't have insulation in most of the house and the walls are the original plaster and lathe. I say mentally preparing but I don't think I really have a sense of what we will need to do in terms of making decisions on design features. 

What I'm dreading...
Packing up and getting ready for the aforementioned renovation.  We will be living in the basement throughout so we need to squeeze some furniture and our clothes down there, but will pack up everything else and put it into storage.  

What I'm working on...
Helping Q with his reading.  He doesn't seem to be making much progress and I know we could be doing more at home. The school is offering some tutoring so we will try to get him into that too as another avenue for learning. 

What I'm excited about...
Keeping with the theme of our reno, I am excited to throw things out! Once I get into a groove, I can be ruthless on what I get rid of.  Fortunately our church is having a yard sale next month so I should be able to donate a few things there. 

What I'm watching/reading...
We are watching the Maple Leafs in playoff hockey! Great game on Monday, so we'll see if they can close it out tomorrow night back here in Toronto. 

I'm finishing up the only book I read this month, one of my favourites, The Poisonwood Bible.

What I'm listening to...
Catching up on my podcasts - The Daily (New York Times), The Bridge (Peter Mansbridge), Armchair Experts and the other shows under the Armchair banner (Dax Shepherd and Monica Padman). 

What I'm wearing...
I got a few things at Nordstrom the other day in their closing sale. A new dress and skirt from Zella (although it's not warm enough to wear them yet), and a couple of t-shirts.  Dave got a Ted Baker suit for a good price too!

What I'm doing this weekend...
Watching Q's first ball hockey game of the season, watching the F1 race (it's finally back!), and starting to tackle our packing -first step is to get some boxes.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
Mother's Day, baseball and t-ball starting up for the boys, golf, and our trip to California.

What else is new...
Two quick movie recommendations - Don't Worry Darling and Empire of Light.  I watched both of these on the plane last week.  I had heard of Don't Worry Darling from the various gossip that came from it's production and promotion (if you know you know) but didn't really know anything about what it was about.  I really enjoyed it and particularly the performances by Harry Styles and Florence Pugh.  Empire of Light stars Oliva Coleman who can really do know wrong.  It was an excellent movie, like a love letter to the movie theatre, but so much more. Highly recommend this if you get a chance to see it. 

Linking up with Shay.


  1. I've been walking in our uptown, seeing all the university students, and reminiscing about the last days of university as well. For me, April was always so sad as I was heading home to work and preparing to say good-bye to some of my best friends for the summer was always hard.

    I didn't realize your renovation was so big! That's really exciting, but yes, a lot of decisions ahead in your immediate future!

    And we're reading The Poisonwood Bible for book club this month so I need to get going on it. I read it once, over twenty years ago, so I'm curious what I think of it now...

  2. Your menu this week sounds perfect! Good luck with the renovations; that is exciting.

  3. I can't wait to read about your exciting...but I'm sure overwhelming when thinking about packing, etc. Hockey games are so fun...I wish that was something we had closeby.

  4. Good luck with all the renovation decisions! It sounds like a lot to deal with, but very exciting too.
    I was super excited to see the Leafs win the first round series, but I'm getting a bit anxious about how the second round is going. It's definitely an interesting Stanley Cup playoff season! Visiting (late) from WUW