It’s Monday and I’m ready to read!

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.



This was a tough week for me. I had one of those emotional, weepy, meltdown days, where kids and everything was just way too much for me. I manage the struggle with being a stay-home mum most days but once in a while it just completely overwhelms me. Luckily the Husband was able to work from home a couple of days to help me with the kids and let me have a little breather. We are thinking of putting the younger boy in preschool a few mornings a week soon. He seems interested in going so hopefully that will go well. But we did manage to have a good weekend, which began on Friday afternoon when the husband took a half-day! Hooray!


On Saturday we got it together and drove an hour south to Gilroy Gardens, a lovely amusement park for the younger kids, which originally was a botanical gardens or something like that, thus the lush greenery and the circus trees! There were lots of fruit and vegetable rides too like Garlic Twirl, Mushroom Swing. Those weren’t suitable for the kids but we did ride in a strawberry and an artichoke and more. It was lots of fun for everyone. We will be back!


Half-day Friday meant dimsum for everyone!

My Mother’s Day peonies bloomed and brightened up my breakfast table with its vibrant pink!

And on Thursday, I decided that one way to cheer myself up was to put some Netflix on for the kids, and get into the kitchen and make some bacon and mushroom risotto with pan-seared scallops and oven-roasted Brussels sprouts. The 2-year-old tried some risotto and liked it, the older boy decided he would rather have fish fingers (I usually don’t cook separate meals for the kids but he’s tried risotto before and didn’t like it. Plus he detests mushrooms so I had baked some frozen fish fingers just in case). But he had an extra helping of Brussels sprouts so everyone was happy.


And I managed to take part in Bout of Books! I’ll write up a separate post for that but I did read more than I expected! Yay!

So despite a not-good start and middle of the week, last week ended on a relatively higher note! Well except for the littler one’s runny nose…





Maman’s Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen – Donia Bijan


From Hell – Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell



30 Rock!

I’ve seen the first season but never got to the rest of the show. Now I can binge-watch it!


I made some corn and cheddar muffins yesterday.




Teriyaki chicken, stirfried broccoli, Japanese rice

Beef stew

Soy sauce pork chops, garlicky spinach with shiitake mushrooms, and Jasmine rice


Added some great nonfiction titles (Ms Bookish) to my TBR list

Buried in Print has been writing about workplace fiction for the past couple of Fridays. A fun read – and more to add to my TBR list!

A Girl and Her Books: On the Loss of Sweet Briar College (The Millions)

A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook featured this lovely poem Congee by Ping-kwan Leung

I love the look of this Oliver Jeffers’ picture book The Heart and the Bottle but it also seems so sad! (Brain Pickings)

Last week:

I read:

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) – Catherynne M. Valente
The Woods Vol 1 – James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas
Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire
Lucille – Ludovic Debeurme
The Chronology of Water: A Memoir – Lidia Yuknavitch
Soy Sauce for Beginners – Kirstin Chen

I posted:

Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie

Bout of Books 13 master post

Bout of Books 13 Challenge 1: A bookish survey



  1. I have totally been there. Staying home with the kiddos is so good and so hard all at the same time. I’m glad your hubby was able to give you some time!

    Hooray for Bout of Books! I can’t wait to hear all about it. 🙂


    1. Ah grass is always greener etc… I often wish that mine were older, but I’m sure teens/preteens have their own share of angst and anxiety!


  2. Gosh, I know all too well about the mom meltdown. I don’t get to stay home with Greyson, but after a particularly trying morning with the pre-school a few weeks ago, I just sat in my car with my coffee and cried. And cried. And cried. Was finally able to get myself together and walk into the office, but it was touch and go there for a bit. Sending hugs and wishes for a great week ahead!


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