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Family Time and Changes Galore | Weekly Snapshot

There has been so much going on over here and so much changing soon. I wish I could say I was reading a lot, but it's feeling like a luxury at the moment. 

Family visitLast week, we had my husband's brother and his wife drive down from Boston and stay with us for the week. It had been months since we enjoyed anyone's close companionship for that long so we all enjoyed the time together. We were very sad to say our goodbyes. I hope we can all return to the pre-March era soon. 
While they were here, we celebrated the girl's birthday. (I feel like I have been talking about birthdays on this blog for the past many weeks but we are done for the year! Next birthday is in March.) My daughter had wanted a unicorn cake, and that's exactly what we got, so that made her day. For her birthday present, we wanted to take her to a store and get her a bike but stock is incredibly low. Last week, she had just mastered riding a bike (no training wheels, she went straight from balance …

Reading Again | Weekly Snapshot

Why, hello? Turns out I missed out on last Sunday. I hope you all are continuing to stay healthy and safe, and are adjusting well to the new lifestyle.

Last two weeks

I've been laying low for the past couple of weeks. It started with a few surprises at work that has built up to something far more unpleasant so I haven't really been feeling like doing much, to be honest. It hasn't passed but I've decided I can't do much about it and that I need to be reading or blogging more, so here I am.

Outside of work, we've been making do in this new normal. I got to go to work one day - look at me saying that like it's such a big deal, and it truly felt that way. It was very difficult though, having to clean and sanitize my hands a million times from the time I left home until I was back. And also not touch my face. And this whole outing took about couple hours only. I truly can't imagine the stress all essential workers might be going through, so if you are one or have to be out everyday, I truly respect and appreciate all you do to keep everything going.

Looking Ahead

Same old routines - work, homeschool the girl, feed everyone, play, go for a few walks if the weather allows. Nothing new sadly.

Reading

Until last night, I didn't read a book for two weeks, barring children's books, of course. I've been reading a lot of good books with the girl and pretty much put down any adult books. I spent much of yesterday straightening out my book stacks and in the process made a few interesting discoveries: 
  • There are so many books that were highly read, loved, and well-reviewed when they were released and are all but completely absent now, at least from the blogs.
  • Just couple of months back, I talked about wanting to read The Psychology of Time Travel after recently having heard about it, and guess what, I seem to have bought that same book sometime last year. I have no recollection of how that happened. But at least it's good to know that the two times I came across this book, I have wanted to read it.
  • I own too many books.
  • I was finally ready to read books about Hurricane Katrina.

I've been picking and putting down Zeitoun for years, so finally I hope to finish it this time. I'm only about 20 pages in but so far, so good.

Watching

One consequence of not wanting to read much is that I spent an unashamedly long time with The Mentalist. For those familiar with this show, I've finally learned who Red John is, and was not very pleased with the revelation. But at least, that saga was over. Another 12-ish episodes more and I can move on to other guilty pleasures. I've been trying hard to watch only one show at a time, so maybe I can finally catch up with Star Trek Discovery or Picard. 

On the blog

Nothing this week though I took some time to get caught up on some reviews.

Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy Vishu! Whether you have a reason to celebrate or not, I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday! Today is also D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) day, so don't forget to spend some time to read today. 


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

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