Sundays Forever

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I’ve been house sitting this week. It’s a cute little house and I just love the little vignettes my friends have created in their space.

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There is a cute vintage feel to the place.

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There’s also a cat included in the house. Cats are interesting creatures. I’ve never had one but have cat-sitted a few times. I can never really figure them out. I can’t tell if they are playing with me or trying to scratch my eyeballs out. Either way I do love cat paws.

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I’ve also been savoring all things Fall. My sister and I have a Halloween get together to plan out, so I’ll be doing that today as well as watching a spooky movie here and there.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Hope your Sunday is spent lounging and enjoying your favorite things.

 

 

 

 

Sundays Forever

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Bits & Pieces / Fall / Seasons / Sundays Forever

It’s the last official Sunday of the Summer.

I woke up at 5:00 am today. I looked out my door and saw this sky.

It’s a fuzzy photo but that’s okay.

I walked my dog and the air felt brisk and fresh. I could feel a change.

Soon it will be dark by 5:00 pm, pumpkins will be sitting on porches and door steps, the leaves will fall to the ground and Halloween costume ideas will need to be decided. It’s my favorite time of the year.

Hello Fall, I’ve missed you and can’t wait to see what you have in store this year.

Hello Summerland

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Adventures / California / Favorite Things

On our annual camping/family reunion trip up the coast, we took a little time to visit Summerland, California. Our destination was Red Kettle Coffee Shop and while we were there, we found a nice little secret beach.

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Such a cute coffee shop and some good coffee.

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I feel so absolutely lucky to live in California. I wish I lived closer to the coast but that’s okay, it’s a freeway ride away. I especially love the Central California Coast. I could sit at this spot all day long and daydream.

Read Those Books

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Bits & Pieces / Favorite Things

It’s been some time since I’ve shared what I have been reading, so here it is.

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Udon Noodle Soup by Yan Hu – I loved it. I guess you could say it was the first graphic novel I’ve read. I loved the illustrations and the short stories. Some of them even made me teary-eyed. I came upon it at “A Shop Called Quest” in the Arts District of Downtown, Los Angeles. I’m glad I picked it up.

The Collect Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Weijun Wang – I heard her on the podcast “Call Your Girlfriend” on my flight back from San Francisco. I bought it the next day and was sad to find out that she did a reading while I was in SF and I missed it! Oh well. The book is about being a human. It gives such an honest insight on living with Schizophrenia, the stigma that comes with that label, how you look at people with the disease and so much more. PICK IT UP if you see it.

The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli – I had mixed feelings about this. I enjoyed the writing but the story was a little to rom-com for me.

Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles – I picked this up at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. BTW – I could have spent the whole day in there. I forgot how awesome that store is and it’s one of the reasons I wished I lived in SF. This book was great. A before-the-times story of two women who were frankly, quiet awesome, strange and left me wanting more. However, I believe this was Bowles only book.

Memoirs of a Beatnik by Diane Di Prima – Also purchased at City Lights (when in Rome). It was okay. I had to push my way through the first few chapters, BUT DiPrima puts you in her shoes and you feel like you’re actually in those scenes with her, which I enjoyed.

Today will be Different by Maria Semple – I loved Where’d you go Bernadette, so I had to read this. Umm, I liked it. It was a little similar to Bernadette but I did enjoy it.

Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan – I read it in two days. Only because I started it on a weekday evening and had to go to work. It starts out so carefree, so very French. Then it just turns at the end. I understand it could be seen as some spoiled teenager doing whatever she can to get what she wants, but she’s a teenager. I read a lot of bad reviews of the book but I don’t think you can compare her writing to an adult because she was a teenager when she wrote it. I still enjoyed it. A book to get me ready for the summer season.

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I just received Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay in the mail today. I’m probably late to the party but I can’t wait to start it tonight. I love her essays.

Once and Forever: The Tales of Kenji Miyazawa – Can’t wait to get to this one too. I’ve been enjoying a lot of Japanese writers lately. I saw this at my go-to bookstore, Vromans and it sounds really interesting, almost other worldly.

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The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard

Mirrow, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors

These have been on my shelves the past few weeks and I hope to get through them in the next month or so. Lots to read so I better go now!

 

 

One Moment

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Do you ever have one of those moments where you wish you could live over again? I guess everybody does. It’s part of human nature. A couple of weeks ago, I met up with my best friend from high school in San Diego to see one of our favorite bands in concert. Hearing the band sing songs that represent such an important time in my life and ┬ábeing there with my friend of almost thirty years, brought up all these memories. Memories of so many moments, especially high school moments.

Some songs hit me more than others but it was a wrath of feelings throughout the show. Happiness, excitement, sadness, regret, more excitement and most of all nostalgia. Lately, I’ve been having a lot of nostalgic feelings. Both happy and sad. Is is because I’m getting old? Is it because I hit a “milestone” birthday this year? Is it because certain scenarios have come through my life, scenarios that reminded me of events that happened in my youth? Yes. No. Who knows. It could be all these elements.

I’ve been thinking about all these moments in my life and how I dealt with them. ┬áSome I’m not so excited to remember, some I question my decisions, some I wish I could get a do-over and some bring me complete joy. I’ve come to realize that those “one moments” are what helped to shape me, for good – for bad. I can’t change them but I can think about them. I can reflect on them. I can move on. I can cherish them. Moments make us who we are and I couldn’t be more grateful for them.

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Here’s to the moments in our lives..

 

Sundays Forever

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Sundays Forever

Well, we’re at a new week. Welcome to Sunday. How are you feeling today? I feel like I’m a mixed bag of feelings today:

Sick, there is a cold in my near future. Ugh!!

A little angry and disappointed in a person.

Happy because I can hear the rain falling outside. Sunny Southern California has not been living up to its name lately.

Cozy, what is better than staying in the house, under the blankets, watching old movies on TCM while its rainy and you are trying to kick a cold? Nothing.

Creative (see reason above).

I may also attempt to start reading a new book.

I hope your Sunday is treating you with whatever you need today.