Linking-up today with the big league: Mel from The Larson Lingo, Sheaffer from Pinterest Told Me To and Shay from Mix + Match Family. We are answering a list of questions about what’s up in different aspects of our lives. I am pretty sure I am not worthy to be in a link-up with such notable, veteran bloggers but totally going there anyway!
What we are eating this week: Nothing to much to write home about! I did grill brats and fresh corn on the cob for Memorial Day, but took the lazy way ‘round dinner on Tuesday night with Hamburger Helper, three-bean (canned…don’t get too excited) salad, and homemade (from a Krusteaz mix ) flatbread, which was very good. Wednesday’s dinner promises to be a little more impressive. Crockpot Korean short rib tacos with Asian slaw and possibly Teriyaki or Asian rice. Like that? PC sure did, the first time I made it. My trouble is I don’t measure when I cook…only sometimes the first time I make a recipe but never after that. So nothing ever comes out the same way twice! Stay tuned to find out if PC likes the Korean tacos, slaw and rice this second time around. You can check out the recipe here.
What I’m reminiscing about: Hmmm, tough one. I have been thinking about my Dad, who died three years ago on May 23, 2012. I didn’t really get to say goodbye. And that hurts my heart so much. But then how do you say goodbye to your father?
What I’m loving: I am loving our weather. While the rest of Texas is about to wash away, and I have friends and family all over east Texas that I worry for, we are having a lovely spring in El Paso. Cool evenings and mornings, warm, sunny afternoons and a surprise rain shower about once a week – unheard of this time of year. I feel terrible, truly, that we are having such a mild spring while the rest of the Lone Star state is having such struggles. Sending up prayers for those effected by the rains.
What we’ve been up to: PC and I enjoyed an overnight stay in Las Cruces, New Mexico for the Southern New Mexico wine fest last Saturday night. I wish I had taken a picture of my OOTD Sunday because I had some serious pattern mixing (borderline bag lady) going on. And we’ve been up to our knees in yard work: mowing, weeding, aerating, trimming hedges, transplanting bushes and cactuses/cacti?. Had our back porch and patio around the hot tub sanded and resealed. They look lovely. Pricing replacement cushions for our patio furniture. Ka-ching$!
What I’m dreading: I am mostly, almost exclusively a librarian substitute so I am not sure what got into me to accept a four-day, FOUR DAY assignment to sub in my friend’s second grade classroom. But I agreed to do it. Today was my first day. I felt so lost!! Didn’t sit down more than five minutes all day. Came home wiped out which explains why we had Hamburger Helper for dinner. I have three more days of subbing for 2A. To say I am dreading it would be an exaggeration but to say I am kinda nervous would be an understatement. The kids were really good, for the most part, but geez, what’s up with pencils these days? The lead breaks constantly and they have to be sharpened over, and OVER and OVER.
What I’m working on: I have too many projects in various stages of completion. None of them near being completed and most of them turning into life-long endeavors. I am working on a glass mosaic tabletop, an acrylic painting of the beach at Punta Cana, three different cross stitch projects (a dragon for PC’s study, a Tuscany landscape for the dining room, an elephant for Lauren’s room at our house). Once I finish subbing for the school year, I will be working on spring cleaning. That could also go under “what I’m dreading”. I am working on completing a 30 Day Beginner’s Running Challenge to prepare me for running a 5K this fall. I am stuck on Day 8, however. You can join me. Check it out here.
What I’m excited about: I am excited to have summer off from subbing so I can complete (ha!) some of what I am working on. See above. I am also hopeful that I am going to vacation with PC, my girls, brother and sister in the Hill Country of central Texas and at the beach at Galveston. Getting more toned this summer by running (ok, jogging), swimming, doing Fitness Blender, and going to the gym.
What I’m watching/reading: PC and I are really between TV series. We have seen all that’s available of House of Cards, Homeland and Game of Thrones. We just started watching Orange is the New Black and have been surprised (as are my daughters) that we like it. Watching Bachelorette on Mondays but don’t care a whole lot for Kaitlyn. I like to kiss but this girl has me beat hands down. Take a look.
I rest my case.
Just settled on my new read last night. Decided I needed to read something fun and light so I bought a book I first heard about from Sheaffer at Pinterest Told Me To. I usually read from my Nook and have discovered that I can download/upload? free samples of books that I have read reviews for to try them on before committing to buying them. I downloaded the sample for Nobody’s Cuter Than You by Melanie Shankle and it was like at first sight, love at first chapter. It is a book about friendship so I bought a copy for my BFF Sharon, and we are reading it together. Or she will start reading it as soon as her life settles down a little…her son and daughter-in-law just had twins! You can read more about the book here on Melanie’s blog at The Big Mama Blog.
What I’m listening to: I just uploaded/downloaded (never know which is correct and when – same with affect/effect) a couple of new songs on my iPod…Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor, Automatic by Miranda Lambert, and two Taylor Swift’s Blank Space and Style. The lyrics to Dear Future Husband provide such sound advice to any current or prospective husbands. I am partial to the lines “You gotta know how to treat me like a lady, even when I’m acting crazy, tell me everything’s alright.” PC knows that I am a little sensitive when it comes to that C word. Not to say that I can’t get a an itsy-bitsy bit cray-cray now and then, just don’t call me that. You can listen to and read the lyrics for Dear Future Husband here:
What I’m wearing: Now? Oh, gosh, thank goodness you can’t see me. Actually, I could lie here but I won’t. I am wearing some really hideous open weave mesh, blue basketball-looking shorts (the shorts don’t look like basketballs but they look like shorts one would play basketball in…an activity I know nothing about), a blue tank top, black New Balance tennis. I won’t mention the unmentionables. I have purchased some new workout clothing but it was in the laundry today. Xersion activewear at JCPenney. You can get some here, too, and then we can be workout twinsies.
Oh, and that’s not me with half a head modeling the Xersion Activewear, sillies. I have a whole head. But let’s not get into the size of my brain.
What I’m doing this weekend: Let me ask PC. He says, “Well, we have baseball.” (He plays on a 50 and Older baseball team) Since it is an early game, I hope we can do Saturday night church, dinner before or after church and a quick stop at DSW. Sunday we might walk up McKelligon Canyon Road, do some yardwork, throw something on the grill.
What I’m looking forward to next month: No more subbing, no more subbing. For a gal who was so sad several months ago about being retired, I am sure looking forward to not working again for a couple of months. I look forward to just being home. I love my home, sweet home. And PC says we can take a weekend, overnight trip up to Ruidoso in the next couple of weeks.
What else is new: I had a colonscopy. That was fun.
And, I have a new quilt for our bed but waiting until spring cleaning is done to use it. Guess that’s about it.
Be sure to stop by the blogs of the link-up hostesses, Mel, Sheaffer and Shay to see what’s up in their world. And please leave me a comment below to let me know what’s up in yours!
Hugs and kisses,