It’s Monday and I’m reading Whiskey Tango Foxtrot


iitsmondayIt’s Monday! What are you reading?” is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Bookjourney to share with others what we’ve read the past week and planning to read next.


It was kind of like a last hurrah for us, last week. The Husband was finishing up his three weeks off, preschool break was ending, so we made the most of it with a visit to Happy Hollow and the Children’s Discovery Museum! Not on the same day of course. That would have been way too much for us! Happy Hollow is all about rides (mostly for the under-5 lot) and animals. So Wee Reader got to “ride” a horse on the carousel and pat a miniature pony. We always hit the rides first so sometimes end up not seeing the animals, so it was a treat for him. Wee-er Reader wasn’t impressed with the animals.



The awesome disassembled typewriter at the Children’s Discovery Museum





And as usual, so much eating went on. For New Year’s Eve, we decided that steak and barbeque was a necessity. And so the Husband suited up and braved the cold to fire up the grill. It was also my father-in-law’s last night with us as he was leaving the night of January 1, back to Singapore. My mother-in-law is staying for a few more weeks to help out with the kids!

From top right, the always gorgeous fresh fruit tart from Douce France in Palo Alto; I tried out a new AWESOME brownie recipe from Cookie and Kate, adding, as she suggests at the bottom of the recipe, an extra egg for a slightly more cake-y brownie. PLUS! I used whole wheat flour! Ok so the flour wasn’t a big component of the recipe, but it made me feel a little bit better about eating it!!

Bottom right: Blaze Pizza, a Chipotle-like super-speedy pizza joint, is always a favourite. I tried adding goat cheese and cilantro this time. Yum!



Because I bought a gigantic bag of asparagus from Costco (cheap and looked nice). I thought, hey, bacon and asparagus risotto. Then the Husband thought, hey, scallops, bacon and asparagus risotto. Costco didn’t have scallops but our next stop was Trader Joe’s so we picked up their bag of frozen wild scallops. And they were surprisingly pretty good. Big and juicy!






Through the woods – Emily Carroll

Loving this gorgeous creepy book.


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – David Shafer

For my own Tournament of Books reading in January. Not really all that into it so far….


A hodgepodge of songs, playing from various Spotify playlists!



Season Three of the Gilmore Girls. It was sad to learn that Edward Herrmann aka Richard Gilmore passed away last week (and how interesting to note that his son’s name is Rory!).


Grapes from the farmer’s market. We bought some little green grapes and Kyoho. And two types of apples.


Green tea


Wee Reader has asked for spaghetti bolognese, well he calls it spaghetti with sauce.

I might asked my mother-in-law to make some chicken curry!

Also, I bought some orange cauliflower so might roast them with potatoes and maybe cook some pork chops.

Last week…

I read:


All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

LOVED IT. I hope to write about it this week.


I posted:

My first Library Loot of 2015!     

Reading the Tournament of Books long list in January     

       Pie Charts!   

What are you reading this week?




  1. Spaghetti bolognaise was my favourite when I was little. I still remember the taste of my mum’s, she made it with big lumps of melted cheddar on the top, not sophisticated but very special. The brownie looks good, not wholewheat at all, not that that is a bad thing but sometimes the healthy option looks a little strange…


    1. It’s still a favourite of mine! My mum never really made it though so I made sure to figure out a recipe that I enjoy!

      Hee, yes there are plenty of ‘whole grain’ sort of foods that look a bit cardboard-y….!


  2. Reading your posts always make me so hungry!! Now I want a pizza and a fruit tart and . . . 🙂 Through the Woods is creepy and gorgeous and just so different from everything else right now. It’s so sad to hear about Edward Herrmann. I loved watching him on the Gilmore Girls. 😦


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