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I think I can say that Fall is finally here. Or at least the crisp Fall air is finally here. The colors not so much. We still haven't gotten around to any Fall activities, and at this point, I'm not sure when or if we'll do them.  Renovation updates We are almost at the halfway point into our ground floor renovation. The flooring is almost done, cabinets are ready to be setup, appliances are here. It's exciting to be on the other side of the renovation when things are getting finished. There's still easily 2.5 weeks worth of work left in the kitchen, and another 2-2.5 weeks for the master bathroom, so mid-November is likely when we are done with the renovation. Assuming no delays.  Flooring coming along All of us are pretty exhausted at this point. Walking up and down the stairs to pick items from the makeshift pantry and then cook on the main floor gets old very fast. I have been able to work from home without issues and I'm grateful for that. I've set up m

Brr, it's getting cold | Weekly Snapshot

Rest in Peace, Ruth. We will sorely miss you.

Cold mornings

For the past few days, we've been waking up feeling very cold. I've tried my best to ignore the season shift, but this morning, comfort took precedence and the heater has finally been turned on, if only for an hour. So while the afternoons are significantly warmer, the rest of the day and night is not. Personally, I love sweater weather, and with this year being a dud so far and not having been friendly to my wardrobe, I'm looking forward to some retail therapy.

Fall is about

sweaters, pumpkins, pumpkin spice, wagon rides, corn mazes, so much good ole fun, and did I already say sweaters?

But, oh wait, we are still in a pandemic. Right, we'll find out what this year's Fall is going to be about. Even if some of these places are open, I know we won't be visiting any this year, so we are all going to be very sad. Maybe I'd try the corn maze - last time I went, it was not crowded at all, but we will have to brave a few crowds to get that far.

Book club meeting

Last night, my book club friends in the neighborhood met to discuss The Underground Girls of Kabul. While we didn't have a lot to discuss this time, mainly because we had discussed the bacha posh practice to death during our last meet, we did have mixed reactions on this one. The jury was all over the place but most enjoyed the writing in this book much better.

Last week

The husband was in Phoenix during the first part of the week, so I took half days off of work during those days so that I can handle work and kids well. For the most part, the week was busy - my daughter's schoolwork seems to increase, if anything, and I'm trying to be cognizant of how she wants to learn and how much (or less) time she may want to spend on a work. (Montessori calls everything that a child does as work. Over the past years, it has become my preferred word to use with my kids. It really helps give it a seriousness and also help cultivate ownership. Plus, they understand when I say I have work to do, ha!)


Much of last week was spent feverishly trying to finish The Underground Girls of Kabul in time for my book club meeting. I didn't make it but it didn't seem to matter for a lot of experiences documented in the book seemed to follow similar paths and much of the gist of the book is well covered from the beginning.

In addition to trying to complete The Underground Girls, I'm also looking forward to going back to The Memory Police, which I had to put aside so I could focus on the book club read.


I finally completed first season of The Next Generation and started the second season last night. We've also been doing a Friday movie night for the past couple of months and watched several kid-friendly movies. My daughter is not much into movies that have dark scenes or eerie noises, though I'm trying to convert her slowly. She had agreed to watch The Good Dinosaur though there were a couple of scenes that bothered her a lot. Last few Fridays, we completed the Cars movies. I'm not sure where we go next. If you have any recommendations that kids 5 and under may enjoy, please share.


At my daughter's request, I've picked up my knitting needles again. She has requested a hat (or maybe I convinced her to request a hat) and also a dress for one of her teddy bears. I've started on the dress first because that's what she's more interested in and maybe I'll try to add an audiobook while I knit but we'll see. Usually, I'm playing with the kids and knitting at the same time, so I'm not sure I want one more person in my ears at the time.

What do you have planned for Fall?

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