It’s Monday and somehow I skipped last week

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

I feel like I’ve been reading less these past weeks. I definitely have been blogging far and far less often than ever. I feel like I’m reading blogs far less than I used to, resorting more to Litsy, Instagram. Is it about shorter posts? Less detail?

Anyway, last week we…

ate Pakistani food

 

visited Books Inc in Mountain View

went on a hike and saw lots of deer, as well as farm animals

made blueberry Meyer lemon muffins

and pizza

and olive bread

and the 6yo discovered a new chapter book series, Dragon Masters

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

I’m not sure why but I started watching The Walking Dead on Netflix. I watched it once and then stopped somewhere. So I’ve decided to start from the beginning.
Listening:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, read by Stephen Fry. The kids and I have been listening to the audiobook as we drive around (school drop off, to after school activities etc). It’s been so much fun introducing Harry Potter to them!

 

 

Drinking:

Hot chocolate from a Christmas mug

 

Last week:

I read:

Squirrel Girl – Shannon Hale
Sweetbitter – Stephanie
Jane, Unlimited – Kirstin Cashore
I posted:

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It’s Monday and it’s almost Halloween!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date
It was a fun-filled weekend!
More than just the weekend really. On Thursday it was the preschooler’s Pumpkin Patch field trip. Alas, it’s a parking lot patch, with lots of inflatables and bouncy houses and so not much about pumpkins at all. But he had a wonderful time and was hot and sweaty after. He did get to take home a pumpkin and painted it in the afternoon.
On Friday it was the first grader’s school’s Fall Festival. Lots of games for the younger set with silly little prizes like this bat ring that the 4yo won and refuses to take off.
On Saturday we drove out to Suisun City to see the Western Railway Museum. Not as many things to see as I hoped, but there was a little electric train ride and some old cars to wander around in.
Then we had to wait for the drawbridge to come down. And drove some lovely winding roads along the rivers and levees, and finally headed back down south to the outlet mall – always a must-stop for visitors from Singapore as the prices are so much better, especially for shoes.
Also, there is a Godiva store. While I am not really a big fan of their chocolates (I like Neuhaus!), I adore their soft serve ice-cream.
Then off to a Japanese izakaya for dinner. That was quite a day!

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

I discovered that The Lake House is on Amazon Video and while I did watch it when it was released (and also Il Mare, the Korean movie it was based on), I kinda felt like watching it. It was a 2006 movie! It makes me feel so old…

Eating:

Leftover Godiva chocolate cheesecake – the one on the right. The Key Lime cheesecake is on the right.

Drinking:

Water

Cooking:

Hmm laksa maybe.

 

Last week:

I read:
The Nakano Thrift Shop – Hiromi Kawakami
Roses and Rot – Kat Howard
 

It’s Monday and was that a #readathon or eatathon weekend?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

An Ursula K Le Guin book spiral I created for the #uncannyOctober photo challenge I run on Litsy
My TBR stack for readathon. Of course I only read comics and part of an ebook!

 

Korean food for Saturday lunch

 

Homemade sushi and sashimi for Saturday dinner

 

It was readathon weekend but really it was more of an eatathon for me. I did manage to read three comics, go on a Costco run, watch Hidden Figures (again but my mum hadn’t seen it before) on Saturday.

And on Sunday, we tried out a brand new seafood restaurant in San Jose. EMC Seafood and Raw Bar had a beautiful and generous seafood tower! And the rest of the food we ordered (calamari, seafood pasta, hickory smoked salmon) was really good too.

Also in Santana Row is an Amazon bookstore. It was packed and people were actually buying books. It was interesting how all the books faced out which does mean fewer books on the shelves but also no head craning to see all the spines! I didn’t buy anything though.

Currently…

Reading:

Watching: 

 

Listening:

Eating: This bar made of freeze dried strawberries, marshmallows and cream cheese that the 4yo and I put together. Of course he refuses to eat it. But I actually kinda like it.

Drinking: Yorkshire Gold with milk

 

 

Last week:

I read:

 

I posted:

#SomethingOnSunday (October 22)

#Readathon October 21 2017

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

#SomethingOnSunday (October 22)

So the amazing Jenny (of Reading the End) just started this thing on Sundays:

The only guidelines are that you write about something that kept you on your feet that week, whether that’s a person that inspired you, an action you took that you’re proud of, a book or movie or TV show that nourished your heart, a self-care strategy that worked for you, a goofy event or moment that brought you joy. Whatever it is, every Sunday, I want you to tell me something that matters to you.

And well, this week hasn’t been the best of weeks health-wise. It’s kinda strange, seeing how for most of the year, the kids were in pretty good health, but come fall they’ve been falling sick one after the other!

So on this Sunday, I am just pleased that no one is ill. Everyone is healthy, no fevers, no coughs, no runny noses. And I just hope that this will be the same next week!

#Readathon October 21 2017

Hour 11

Wait. Hour 11? Already? I’ve barely read anything. Instead I’ve done a Costco run and gone out for Korean food.

Hour 0 – Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

The San Francisco Bay Area.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? 

When Dimple Met Rishi

But there are just so very many books I’ve borrowed!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Treats from Singapore like love letters and kueh lapis

But also the 4yo and I made some strawberry cereal bars (just marshmallows, cream cheese, cheerios and freeze dried strawberries) and they are tasty!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! 

I always sign up for readathons despite knowing that I’ve got a lot to do on that day. My parents are visiting from Singapore so we will probably be out and about today. I will try as much as possible to read and be online (mostly on Litsy and Instagram).

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

Not sure! I’ll try to cheer on more people if I can!

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

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Top Three Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you’d love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don’t read foody books.)

Sugarbread- Balli Kaur Jaswal

Chilli crab. Tofu with peanut sauce. Chinese vegetables with plump stalks and juicy leaves. Hainanese chicken rice with sweet soy sauce and ginger chilli. Noodles – both thick and thin – with fish cake and pork balls. Red-hot South Indian curries served with sticky bread and milk tea. Durians, longans, rambutans for dessert. Chendol. Ice kachang.

Delicious! – Ruth Reichl

She had fed me a fluffy cloud, no more than pure texture, but as it evaporated it left a trail of flavour in its wake.

“Lemon peel,” I said, “Parmesan, saffron, spinach.” She held out another spoonful, and this time, at the very end, I tasted just a touch of something lemony but neither lemon nor verbena. It had a faint cinnamon tinge. “Curry leaf!”

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

“What a marvellous smell!’ answered Grandpa Joe, taking a long deep sniff. All the most wonderful smells in the world seemed to be mixed up in the air around them — the smell of roasting coffee and burnt sugar and melting chocolate and mint and violets and crushed hazelnuts and apple blossom and caramel and lemon peel.”

It’s Monday and I’m eating chocolate stout cake

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date

Currently…

The 4yo is sick as of writing this on Sunday night. He’s had a fever on and off for most of the afternoon. So hopefully he will be ok when this post runs tomorrow. Meanwhile I had written up part of this post earlier today when everything was ok.

Reading:

Watching:

White Gold on Netflix

Listening:

Last week I finished listening to The Soul of An Octopus and just adored it. I am still trying to decide on a new audiobook.

Eating: