Posts by Sharlene

Reader. Parent. Eater of foods aplenty. Tea drinker.

It’s Monday

We had a fun weekend with tennis, swimming class, lots of food and a classmate’s birthday party.

We tried out two new-to-us eateries – one a Korean place known for its fried chicken (The spicy version was especially good!) and the other a Japanese rice bowl (don) place where I had a really good roast beef don.

Also, persimmons are back at the farmers market! I always look forward to persimmon season!

Also the boys tried on their Halloween costumes and were all excited!

Currently…

Reading:

The Hazel Wood – Melissa Albert

Watching:

The West Wing

Listening:

I Contain Multitudes – Ed Yong

(Finally getting there! I’m at 90% now and learning about FMT or Fecal Microbiota Transplantation)

Eating:

Homemade raisin bread

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold with milk

Last week:

I read:

Lagoon – Nnedi Okorafor
Being Jazz – Jazz Jennings
The Overstory – Richard Powers

I posted:

The Overstory by Richard Powers

#ripxiii Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

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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
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The Overstory by Richard Powers

Coffee, homemade chocolate digestive and this amazing majestic read that feels like it should be read in the middle of Muir Woods or Armstrong Woods or some place like that, the morning light flickering in and out of the leaves.

I loved how the opening chapters are of different characters who seem to have absolutely nothing in common with each other – a young coding prodigy in Silicon Valley, a family on whose land the only American chestnut resides, a man saved by a fig tree.

And oh the writing!

“Strange and beautiful math governs the subtending of the hundred branches, thousand twigs, ten thousand twiglets, a beauty that the barn full of art has just primed her to see.”

A book to read in a forest, under (or perhaps in?) your favourite tree. It is glorious and moving and unforgettable

#ripxiii Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

A fun cosy foodie mystery series set in an Asian mall in Ohio. The main character is a young woman working in her parents’ Chinese restaurant (thanks to a bad breakup, a lost job ie desperation and bills to pay). She delivers the mall owner’s usual lunch order only to find later that he had a fatal allergic reaction to the shrimp in it – where was his epipen? Who would want him dead? Lots of fun to read & I especially liked the setting!

It’s Monday and…

Coffee and hazelnut rolled ice cream

Bûn (dry rice vermicelli) with grilled pork

It was a very smoky Sunday when we were out and about having lunch and rolled ice cream with friends who were moving back to Singapore. It turns out that there was a big fire up north and the winds were blowing it all in out direction. So it was a smoky farewell for now – until we see them on our next visit to Singapore.

I tried making chocolate digestives this week! They’re not exactly like the store bought ones – although I followed the recipe and let it stay in the oven for a longer period they’re still softer than I’d like but they’re quite good to eat!

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

Lords and Ladles

Listening:

Still finishing this one!

Eating:

A chocolate digestive

Drinking:

Water

Cooking:

Tom yum soup perhaps

Japchae Korean sweet potato noodles

Browsing

How feminist dystopian fiction is channeling women’s anger and anxiety (NYT)

Winter SFF releases

Last week:

I posted:

Crochet pumpkins, shawls and ripple blankets oh my

Death Notice by Zhou HaoHui

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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

Crochet pumpkins, shawls and ripple blankets, oh my

I’m attempting to keep track of my crochet projects each month!

Crochet pumpkin

I used this crochet pumpkin pattern from Petals to Picots

This was a first for me, using a sport weight (yarn category 2) yarn which is called Ombre Life from Lion Brand. It’s a very gentle transition from dark blue to light blue and was perfect for this rectangular shawl called Lacey Arches Stole (pattern from Cascade Yarns)

And I finally finished my first of two ripple blankets. This one is for the 5yo who picked the colours of his own blanket. I somehow managed to figure out how to do a border for it and I’m quite happy I did! I’m still in the process of making the second blanket for my 7yo. I love making these ripples but it’s a lot of weaving in of ends!

#ripxiii – Death Notice by Zhou HaoHui

An action-packed crime thriller set in China that sold more than 1 million print copies and is now published in English. The killer styles himself as an avenger of unpunished crimes, calling himself Eumenides & sending out death notices listing their crimes and date of execution. This is the first book in a trilogy has a complicated plot & sometimes stilted dialogue but it was a pretty exciting page turner!

I read this for RIP XIII

It’s Monday and it’s October!

Good Monday to you!

I feel like we haven’t done very much this weekend – the kids had their usual swimming class on Saturday morning, we played tennis on Saturday evening, and ate lots of things but we didn’t do too much otherwise. It was very much a chill out at home kind of Sunday.

Eating at a Malaysian-Burmese restaurant – we only order the Malaysian-style foods.

 

Made a pandan chiffon cake last Sunday.

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

A variety of things, from the first episode of Maniac (very odd), an episode of Insatiable (it’s ok)

Listening:

That’s right, two audiobooks!

Eating:

Lemon doughnut from Dunkin

Drinking:

Tea

Cooking:

I haven’t quite figured out what this week yet. Maybe I’ll pick up a pork tenderloin and make some char siu, to be eaten with rice and vegetables.

 

Last week:

I read:

Unthinkable: What the World’s Most Extraordinary Brains Can Teach Us About Our Own – Helen Thomson

Death Notice – Zhao HaoHui
The Master Key – Masako Togawa
A Study in Emerald – Neil Gaiman, Rafael Albuquerque

I posted:

Death Notice by Zhou HaoHui

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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