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There's been a lot going on over here this past week, both at work and at home. I'm looking forward to when I can read a lot in a sitting. Life I've been pretty distressed by all the gun violence news this week. Not that it has ever not been so distressing, but coming out of the pandemic and pretty much hearing about some shooting or the other almost every day, has just shown that nothing has changed in this world. Adam Toledo and Indianapolis this week. And apparently, there is still no way this can be controlled. Ugh, so frustrated.  When I wasn't worrying about the news (or trying not to), I've been busy picking paint colors. The husband and I have been talking about painting our house, or just the upstairs, or just the downstairs, or the basement, or.. for the better part of the past four years. We finally decided to go ahead with it - that is, paint the entire house. It's a massive undertaking, especially considering the painter is going to be here tomorrow

Out in the yard | Weekly Snapshot

Hello fellow readers and bloggers! How has your weekend been so far?

Last week

We spent a good chunk of time in the yard yesterday before the steady non-stop rains started. We added a few extra plants to the flower garden and have put in some vegetable seeds in our planters. The girl has been a very enthusiastic helper yesterday so she's in charge of taking care of them and watering them daily as needed. Which means one of us needs to be reminding her about it, of course. It was beautiful outside yesterday, as it usually is right before a rainy spell so we soaked it all in. 

This week, we upgraded the girl from her balance bike to a pedal bike (no training wheels). She's huffing and puffing her way on it but has been riding it with assistance so far. We borrowed the bike from a good friend in our neighborhood since online bike orders are taking almost a month and we didn't want to make a family trip to a store to fit her with a suitable bike. All in good time. So for now, she'll learn to bike on this and maybe closer to her birthday, we'll get her her own bike.

The boy is currently into all kinds of wheels, whether a walker, or ride-on car, or his cycle, so we got him a trike with a steering handle so that we can steer him while he pretends to be riding it himself (he's not pedaling yet). Of course, he now thinks it's cooler to push from behind rather than actually ride it so that's what he does. 

Looking Ahead

Nothing much honestly - still waiting on a work announcement that got postponed from last week. Still splitting my day between work and keeping the girl busy on learning activities so some days are crazy with my brain all over the place and not really settling down on one thing. But at least I'm used to it by now. As in most places, her school has been closed for the rest of the academic year. I'm also anticipating summer to be something very similar.

Watching

Other than a movie or two, I've stayed away from the screens this whole week. I expect to be starting something soon but not sure when. The husband has been trying to get me to watch The Expanse for a long time and I may start watching that this week. I just don't want to jeopardize this reading spell I've been on...

Reading

Speaking of... 

I've read a lot this week. It was mostly the same book - The Black Echo but occasionally I've been sampling other books. I'm almost 60% into The Black Echo and enjoying it tremendously. It's fast paced, has some good insights, and a few tropes (especially about gender) but the pages are turning quickly. I expect to complete it this week.



I've also been thumbing through Wherever You Go, There You Are, which is about meditations and has been highly recommended. I'm not too far into it but maybe will make a dent on it once I'm done with The Black Echo.

On the blog


What's going on in your corner of the world?

Linking with The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Reviewer.

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