It’s Monday and I’m needing a rewind to the weekend. 

itsmondayIt’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.












Some things we ate and did over the past week….

On Saturday morning I woke up with a hankering for waffles. And of course forgot how long our decades-old waffle-maker takes to heat up. Luckily the older boy was still asleep and the younger one was content with playing with and eating cheerios for a bit. Then after two bites of waffles, he declared he was done. Gee thanks.

A visit to Palo Alto (to get some Nespresso – er yes we are Nespresso drinkers) means a visit to Books Inc and buying some books! It also means fruit tart time (see below).

Thursday was curry night – chicken curry and vegetable curry, eaten with naan. The naan was from Costco (from the refrigerated section). We buy it every other month or so and it is always so good.

Also, I summoned the energy to make a lemon yoghurt cake. Sadly it wasn’t lemon-y enough. The husband ate a slice and asked, what cake is it? Butter cake?





It’s Sunday morning, the kids are playing Lego and I’m trying to crank out this post ASAP before one of them comes over and demands to know what I’m doing or start poking at the screen or tapping on the keyboard or asks to watch something or … well, you get the picture.

April is coming! (Inset usual comment about how is it April already)





Americanah –  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Ok so I don’t usually take this long to read a book. This library e-book is due to disappear from my kindle in two days, and I’m still at about 60%. Mostly because I am savouring every page of it. I think I’m just going to have to buy it.

And because I am reading Americanah, I feel like I am unable to read other books at the same time. That is how much this book is affecting me. Me the reader who usually has several books going on, is reading only one book.






Was at a bit of a loss after finishing Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable! They alive dammit!)



But the Husband and I just watched Interstellar. And it was really quite something. I was initially reluctant to see it because me and Matthew McCough McConaughey are not good friends. Plus there was Anne Hathaway and we aren’t very good friends either. But there was John Lithgow, Michael Caine and Jessica Chastain. And it was Christopher Nolan. And sci-fi! So I set my feelings aside and settled down, thinking, at the most I’ll half-watch and half-read my book. And 2 hours 50 minutes later, my book was still unread, except for maybe the first few minutes of the movie. It was way past my 1030 bedtime and I was still awake. Not as in dozily awake but completely fully excitedly awake.

Ok so I had to read Wikipedia for a bit to figure out what was going on – plus about halfway through the movie, my almost-2 started crying and we were very distracted for a bit. The plot was a bit complicated but it was actually rather exciting and science-y – theoretical physicist Kip Thorne worked with Nolan before and during the film’s production, and the animators creating the movie even helped make a physics breakthrough.




So because I have two boys under the age of 4, who are big fans of cars/trains etc, I pretty much have the Thomas the Train song memorized, as well as the Chuggington theme song, as well as the Pixar Cars movie song, Real Gone by Sheryl Crow. And while I would like to make them listen to my favourite bands (mostly of the indie-rock genre), that’s hard for almost-2 and almost-4. However, they seem to enjoy 50s music, like Bobby Darin’s Splish Splash.  



Our “most favouritest” fruit tart ever. From Douce Bakery in Palo Alto. It is really just perfection. Not too sweet, a beautiful crust, and all those fruits!


Double shot espresso with a splash of milk. Because of staying up last night to watch Interstellar. And someone yelling for me just after 6 in the morning.


Ok no idea this week. None at all. I do have cabbage and green beans though so that would make a nice noodle dish. I also promised to make mac and cheese, so I’m going to turn that into a baked mac and cheese with peas and bacon or something.


What Prisoners Eat (Lucky Peach) – kind of painful to read.

Top 14 Reasons Preschool Boys are like Drunk Old Men – so true

Where I find the time to read @ Pickle Me This – exactly!

Sign yourself up for Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, happening April 25!

Last week:

I read:

Pleasantville – Attica Locke

Four Souls – Louise Erdrich

I posted:

Library Loot

A Day in the Life of… A Stay-Home Mum 

Mildred Pierce

Top Ten Books from my Childhood

Hope you are having a great Monday!


  1. You always take the most gorgeous food photos. I feel like going to rummage in my fridge, but I know I won’t find anything as pretty!

    Your bookstore looks so wonderful! What books did you get? There is a bookstore a few towns over that I keep meaning to visit, but parking is a nightmare. I should probably just bite the bullet one of these weekends!

    Have a wonderful week!


  2. Feel free to come over here and make waffles for my kids! 😉 They eat stacks of waffles at a time. Well it’s probably because they’re teenagers.

    You make me want to put Americanh at the top of my tbr list now.


  3. Those waffles look delicious! I love them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – and I just realized I haven’t had them in ages. And that fruit tart! I love desserts that aren’t too sweet. I have Americanah in my to-read pile – I’m really looking forward to it.


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