It’s Tuesday! And I’m doing swimmingly with Barracuda

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.




Ugh, so as I type this it is still Monday. At least for the next few hours. I think the week – and then the weekend – took a toll on me with regards to updates. With grandparents visiting, one after the other, I’ve had the good fortune to have help with the kids. So last week was the first in a long while that it’s just been me and the kids. Oh yeah, there’s the Husband too, but as he leaves before they wake up, and gets back in time to eat dinner, shower the kids and put them to bed, it’s pretty much me and the kids for the better part of the day. And these are good kids, but they’re boys so they’re noisy and silly and running around and shouty-screamy. So I do a lot of grimacing and trying not to yell at them, not always succeeding at that. I do have three glorious hours to myself when they’re in school. But sometimes I get so caught up in doing housework and figuring meals out and trying to maximize my time that I just feel like I’m not doing very much at all.

Anyway, Saturday was spent mostly at home, as the Husband was working from home. And I was frankly just too tired after that week to attempt doing much with the kids. But we did manage to hit the lovely Gilroy Gardens on Sunday. The weather was perfect, not too hot, it wasn’t too crowded and the lines weren’t too long. So we had a nice time, well, that is if you don’t count the two-year-old having to be carried off the first few rides as he didn’t want to get off!



Leafy and green. Is it autumn or what?


We did have a great dinner of xiaolongbao, milk buns, wonton soup, pork chop rice and more in Milpitas on Saturday. Also I made Canadian bacon and zucchini pizza, which the kids happily ate up, so that’s always makes my day.





diving bell

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Jean-Dominique Bauby

Sadly the cover I have is the ugly movie version. I bought this book at a library book sale a year ago I think and never got to it. I read about half of it on the way to Gilroy Gardens on Sunday.


Barracuda – Christos Tsiolkas

I love this cover. And I love how the main character is a swimmer although I have to admit I was hesitant because I was a bit on the fence about The Slap.


Tomorrowland. Well at least the first half of it. And then I got bored and went to sleep. It’s a visually stunning show though, if that’s your thing.





Green tea


Chicken rice and stir-fried baby bok choy

Panko-crusted pork chops, mashed potatoes and cabbage

Some noodle dish with beef and vegetables. Maybe with gravy, or more like a pad thai style, I haven’t quite figured out yet.

Last week:

I read:


Six Suspects – Vikas Swarup
Ms Marvel Vol 3: Crushed – G. Willow Wilson, Mark Waid, Takeshi Miyazawa (Artist), Elmo Bondoc (Artist), Humberto Ramos (Illustrator)
We can fix it: a time travel memoir – Jess Fink

I posted:

Library Loot – Fates and Furies; Ms Marvel! Whee!

Post-readathon slump!

Readathon reads: Bitch Planet; The Collector

Ok a bit of a slipshod job this one, but I’ll be back with more another day.




  1. I’m always in awe how people with small children get any reading done at all, never mind the ton of books you read!
    Oh I don’t dare read Diving Bell, so sad! Haven’t even read The Slap, hope you’re enjoying this one.
    Your dinners always look so delicious, glad I just ate 😀


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