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Chicago, more renovation, and Squid Game | Weekly Snapshot

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

Some 'firsts' in this new-normal world | Weekly Snapshot

I almost didn't make it here today! It's been an insanely busy week that's going to continue into today.


This week has been a combination of busy at work and busy at home. The kids did not have school on Monday, which is also typically my busiest day at work. So when Monday ended, I felt as if I sucked at both life and work. The rest of the week was better - at least I was able to keep work and life separate. 

This weekend just happens to be one of those when I have so much to do - thanks to the many tasks and chores deferred from previous days/weekends. We were getting quotes for some home improvement projects, had to start prepping rooms for my parents' arrival next month (mainly because I still haven't moved my daughter's online school materials out of the room from the Fall school year), and do lots of seasonal shopping. If it weren't going to be constantly raining this entire weekend, I would be prepping my garden beds as well, but now that needs to wait for next week.

This week, we had a few firsts in a year. The husband and I had lunch at a restaurant indoors (yummy Mexican!) - luckily, it was empty except for the two of us. We were in downtown for an appointment that ended much earlier than expected so we had time to grab a bite. While I wasn't too sure about eating indoors, even if vaccinated, I braved through. Another day, we also browsed at a mall, mainly because we needed to shop at one particular store that was located there. Here's something I never thought I'd say - I missed browsing and shopping at a mall! The parking lot was almost full and that had us worried but it wasn't crowded inside. So without intending to, we had some post-vaccination pandemic-year firsts, and it felt good. That said - there is still that feeling of guilt gnawing at me, even though we were all masked and kept our distance. Wonder if that feeling will ever stop. 


Last week, I did get through at least one book a day - my favorite read was George Takei's They Called Us Enemy. I had been holding off on reading that since I first saw it on the Hoopla lists but finally caved in and read it this past week. Beautiful, haunting, and a must-read. Especially hard to read it in today's US climate.

I also gave Avatar: The Last Airbender a try by reading The Promise. And... I don't think this is for me. It was fun but also too silly. Maybe I'll wait for someone to convince me that I should give it one more chance.

I didn't pick up The Alice Network this week because I didn't get many opportunities to listen to an audiobook. Otherwise, I am still reading through Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead and enjoying it. I also started reading Something Unbelievable, thinking I can read it in time to make release date but nah, I don't think that's happening. Both are very good and engrossing books though.

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