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Sunday Reflections – 20 November 2022

By Whatsheread

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Reading:  The Last Party by Claire Mackintosh

Listening:  Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad and My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Watching:  Ole! Ole! It’s World Cup time, peeps!!! It’s a good thing since both of my football teams are not having the best seasons. Outside of football, I’ve caught up on Derry Girls, The Witcher, The Rings of Power, and Great British Bake Off. Jim and I also enjoy Celebrity Jeopardy, and any true crime shows that catch our eye. We recently finished The Inside Man with Stanley Tucci and David Tennant. It had a strong beginning but lost its way towards the end, but David Tennant and Stanley Tucci are, as expected, fabulous in their roles.

Cooking:  The kitchen isn’t getting that much use these days. Jim travels a lot this month, and I can never find the energy to cook a meal for only me. I recently joked with Holly that food is my love language, and apparently, I don’t love myself enough to bother. It isn’t that so much as not having someone to clean up after I make a mess. Too much work for one person.

Enjoying:  As odd as it may sound, I thoroughly enjoy the weather. Granted, it went from temperatures in the 70s to the 30s in twenty-four hours, but snow quickly followed. So far, we have had snow flurries daily, and I am here for it.

Planning:  We finalized Holly’s return trip for winter break, so we are counting down to when we will see her again. She started her list of foods she wants to eat while home, so I have meal plans to make again to fit everything in during her visit.

Feeling:  First of all, I am thankful for modern medicine. I’ve had a migraine that waxes and wanes for over a month and counting. The only thing that keeps me functioning is Excedrin Migraine. I have some medical appointments in December to see if we can get to the bottom of this and a migraine-specific pain medication to try (after two weeks of waiting for insurance approval – thanks, United Healthcare!). Still, it would have been a much more miserable month without the miracle of Excedrin Migraine.

Second, I am pretty content with everything these days. Jim and I have had a blast going to concerts on school nights (the horror), making spur-of-the-moment plans, hanging out with friends, and enjoying the lack of school district drama. Jim’s travel has been out of control this fall, so we haven’t found a good routine yet, but we are enjoying ourselves when we can. Holly is enjoying Dundee, and Connor is doing well in Denver. Knowing our kids are out in the world doing well makes the empty calendar and silence worth it.

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