On the Way to Wednesday

It’s another Wednesday, and it’s been a little bit of a bumpy road on the way here. Things don’t always go as planned, do they? We had a couple of snags so my schedule got skewed. Everything is fine now, but we had to be flexible and juggle all the balls for a couple of days. And that time change didn’t help…whose idea was that anyway? Sheesh. I never like changing my clocks, but even less when I lose sleep.

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But, you know, life is that way. Sometimes you just have to paddle a little faster, right? My head is still above water. Everybody has on clean clothes, and nobody is starving. That’s means the day is a success, right?

I’ve been out and about quite a bit the past few days and have really enjoyed some beautiful weather. Although there is a slight chance for snow Friday night, I think spring is here. The days have been in the 60s and 70s, mostly sunny, and the air smells of blooming things. Ahhh.

Here’s what else I’m doing this week:

Cooking: Hummus-crusted chicken. I am using this recipe, from Gimme Some Oven, but am adding in some sliced bell peppers because I like them and I think the recipes wants them. Otherwise, I will follow the recipe exactly. at least the first time.  One dish, toss it all in, bake it up, and yum. What’s not to love? I’m also roasting some fresh Brussels sprouts, using my own method which is very close to this one.

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Hummus-Crusted Chicken. Photo (c) Gimme Some Oven

Sewing: Barely a stitch, and yes, it’s starting to make me grumpy. There just hasn’t been time for anything, though, so I will hope to make up for lost time soon. I owe a quilt to my friend Phyllis (she is a fabulously talented quilter), and I am behind by three blocks with the Splendid Sampler, but I think I have most of the month’s X blocks for The 70273 Project. Yes, I did promise you a tutorial for the pieced X block, but it hasn’t happened yet. Soon.

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The biggest

Listening to: When I’ve had a few minutes to sit down at my computer, I’ve been listening to a jazz piano channel from the “discover” menu on Spotify. I haven’t a clue, most of the time, who is playing what, but it’s a style I love so I can just let it play in the background.

wayReading: I am still working on finishing The Paris Architect, but am having some trouble. It’s an incredibly suspenseful story, but honestly, I feel like I just know what’s going to happen and I am dreading it. I am already invested in the characters, though, so I keep going. Besides, it may NOT end the way I expect, right?

I also have The Alchemist, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan waiting in the wings to read. Well, truth is, I have about a thousand books waiting in the wings, but those two are on top of the pile on my desk and I got them from the library so I have to finish them soon.

I’m also reading Christian Ethics in Plain Language and Ethics for a Brave New World for a class at church. Whew. This is tough stuff. We are having some pretty lively discussions about all sorts of issues, some of which you’d never even think about. I think it’s good to be able to hash some of the things out, though…I can tell you there is often some disagreement.

I’m nearing the end of the Tozer book, The Knowledge of the Holy. It has to be one of the slowest books I’ve ever read. Each paragraph is short, only about five or six pages each, but contains some huge concepts that take time to digest. I have really regretted letting myself get behind. Catching up was brutal!

Looking forward to: Receiving the package I won in an Instagram giveaway from Karas Kustoms. If you’ve read this blog more than, oh, twice, you probably know that I love fountain pens. So, yeah, I won one, plus some other goodies. How fun is that?

Doing for fun: I got my hair cut Tuesday and that is always fun. It amazes me that I walk out of the salon feeling a thousand times better than when I went in. I have a great stylist who’s done my hair for over ten years now and I can’t imagine letting anyone else do my hair. When you find a good one, you keep her (or him), right?

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Another thing I’m trying to do is sketch a little every day. Mostly it’s just little doodles, but only takes a few minutes and I enjoy it.

Watching: Absolutely nothing. I keep debating whether or not to completely cancel our satellite subscription. We so rarely watch anything (especially since Downton Abbey is over), but it is spring and where I live, that means tornadoes. We live just far enough away from the sirens that, with any wind at all, we can’t always hear them, so I like being able to check in with a local station on TV. Yes, we do have the Internet but our connection is still a bit sketchy…like if a butterfly sneezes between here and the tower, we go out. This happens nearly every time there is a storm warning. Yes, the TV usually goes out too, but it comes back way quicker. And no, I don’t want a noisy weather radio. Those things always startle me when there’s an alert…it’s something about the sound that scares the daylights out of me.

So, what’s new with you? Be sure to come back tomorrow to tell me something GOOD. I would love to hear some good news, big or small, as long as it’s good!

See you then!

  • Wendy Tuma

    I hope there are smoother roads ahead. If it makes you feel any better, I’m not getting much quilting done either and beginning to feel behind in projects that need to be done. Maybe tomorrow. Nice score on the pen and stuff! Fun! Haven’t started The Paris Architect yet; now I’m on the fence. 🙂

    • Lori East

      Thanks, Wendy. Yes, things are looking up. I might get my feet back under me yet. 😉

      I can understand being on the fence about the book. I definitely had moments when I wondered what I was doing with it. I finally finished it this afternoon, though, and am now on The Alchemist. Have you read it? I kind of think I might be one of very few people on the planet who hadn’t read it!

      • Wendy Tuma

        I haven’t read The Alchemist either, so you’re not alone. I’ve decided that as much as I like to read, I don’t tend to read what everyone else has. That probably says something about me! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

        • Lori East

          I usually don’t read what everyone else does either, but this one kept popping up in different places so I thought I should see what it’s all about. I am about halfway through and honestly, don’t bother. I think it’s going to be one of those things that I’ll finish and wish I had the hours back. It’s short, so no real worries, but I am just not that into it. Oh well, now I know!

  • cindy parry

    How far are you in Paris Architect? There were a few times when I knew what would happen but there were definitely times when I was very surprised even shocked. I hope you are glad you read it when you finish. It generated a heck of a lot of discussion in book club. It was one of my favorites last year. A Man Called Ove was one I read last year that was another favorite. Book club is reading it for next month.

    • Lori East

      I finally finished it! And yes, you’re right, there are some definite surprises. I’m glad I read it but there were a few moments when I wondered…
      I’ve not yet read A Man Called Ove but have seen it everywhere and thought it looked good. I am picking up “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” today from the library. (They actually had to ILL it for me, tells you how small our library is.) It’s another one I think most people have read, but I hadn’t, so will give it a go. My list is getting WAY too long!