It’s Monday

We had a busy weekend and I wrote a post about it earlier today. Meanwhile here is a photo to tempt you to go visit that post, if you haven’t already.

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

West Wing

Great British Bake Off Christmas edition!

Listening:

Eating:

That chocolate chip twist pastry thing above

Drinking:

Nespresso with milk.

Cooking:

Today, fish porridge for the 7yo who has a sore throat and is staying home from school

Crafting:

Still working on those hexagons for the piano cover. It’s coming together now.

Last week:

I read:

I posted:

#amonthoffaves – weekend things

#amonthoffaves – Blogger Love

Library Loot December 5 to 11

#AMonthOfFaves – Books worth the hype (and not)

#AMonthofFaves – 2018 Favourites

 

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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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It’s Monday and I’m listening to Awkward Black Girl

It’s been a cough-cough-cough week for me. Oddly, and thankfully, it’s only me who’s got this hacking cough. So I’m just trying to rest more and drink a lot of water and tea.

 

But ahem, we went to Dog Haus on Sunday and I had a really good hotdog. I only ate two or three tater tots though!

Not much happening this week but the boys got to open their Lego Advent calendars!

 

Currently…

Reading:

 

Watching:

The Final Table. It’s an international cooking competition and I love how the chefs come from many different countries like Spain, South Africa, Australia, India, and that the episodes focus on different countries like Brazil, Japan, Mexico. But why no China? Isn’t Chinese cuisine important?

But I was most disappointed that when it came to the judges for the USA episode. The first half of each episode has 3 judges, usually 1 food critic and then 2 celebrities – there have been models and singers (Bebel Gilberto!) also sports stars like footballer Alessandro del Piero. And I suppose that’s fine, they want to up the glamour or something like that on the show. The thing is, why was the US episode 3 white men?? All the other countries had a woman judge, sometimes two. So disappointing.

Listening:

Eating:

I had some slices of baguette and a mug of milky Yorkshire Gold

Cooking:

My mom went to visit a friend in New York for the week but she’ll be back Friday evening. So I’m planning for the usual simple meals like noodles and pastas.

Crafting:

 

I’ve been working on hexagons! I’ve wanted to make something to cover the top of our piano and figure that this is a nice way of using up all those various bits and pieces of yarn I have.

Last week:

I read:

I posted:

#weekendcooking: Condensed Milk Bread

An Excess Male by Maggie Shen King

Library Loot

 

 

 

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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

It’s Monday and the kids are back to school

Somehow I managed to catch a cold over the weekend so it hasn’t been the best finish to the week. I’m also a bit paranoid that it will be pneumonia again but so far it doesn’t seem as bad.

But anyway we had a nice week despite all the smoke and haze from the fire – luckily the rain took care of that!

The husband took the week off and we got to do things like take the kids to the cinema to watch The Grinch, play tennis together, have nice meals, and also figure out our first American thanksgiving dinner. We’ve always done hotpot for thanksgiving, which, judging from the number of people buying thinly sliced meats from Mitsuwa, is common among Asian-American families. But this time with my mum visiting, I thought a proper turkey dinner should be the way.

I chickened out and ordered a whole roasted one from Boston Market though!

But cooked everything else. There was oven-roasted Brussels sprouts and asparagus, a meringue-topped sweet potato casserole, homemade cranberry sauce, French fries and my mum made pumpkin pie.

And yes we have leftovers. I’ve been thinking of making turkey pasties. What do you do with leftovers?

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

The Final Table

Eating:

Leftovers. What else?

Drinking:

I’ve been drinking and drinking mug after mug of tea and warm water in a bid to help hasten my recovery.

Cooking:

Maybe a Mac and cheese w turkey.

Crafting:

Working on a scarf as well as hexagons which I’m hoping to turn into a cover for the piano

Last week:

I read:

I posted:

From one ship to another: reading Cinnamon and Gunpowder, and The Last Cruise

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Dublin Literary Award Longlist

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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

It’s Monday and it’s been a hazy week

View of Foster City from the bridge on Saturday morning

It’s been a strange and smoky week. The smoke is from the Camp Fire, which destroyed the town of Paradise and has, as of Sunday night, a death toll of 77, making it California’s deadliest natural disaster since Loma Prieta in 1989 which claimed 69 lives. It is terrifying to see the number of bodies found climb. Every day the newspapers report another bigger number. The number of missing is still as high as 1,300. It is heartbreaking to hear of all the lives lost. And also heartwarming to read the stories of those who rushed to help others.

Schools in our county were closed on Friday and since Tuesday the kids had been having indoor recess and all outdoor activities were canceled. The air quality index in our part of the East Bay went into the Unhealthy zone for a couple of days. And we’ve been trying to stay indoors for as much as we possibly can but it’s hard with two energetic boys!

So we’ve been eating out once in a while like dim sum on Sunday, picked up my mum from the airport on Saturday morning, played tennis (indoors) Saturday evening.

Oh and I finally finished my sweater! It’s the first sweater I’ve ever crocheted and it was kind of tricky as the pattern wasn’t as detailed as I would like and I had to redo the sleeves several times. But it’s wearable, hooray!

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

Homecoming

West Wing

Eating:

Drinking:

Water

Cooking:

Hot pot is our usual Thanksgiving dinner choice. Although this year with my mum around maybe we will have something more traditional

Browsing:

The Master List of 2019 Reading Challenges

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2019

The Reading Women Challenge

Last week:

I read:

America Vol 1 – Gabby Rivera
America Vol 2 – Gabby Rivera
Strange Weather – Joe Hill
Saga Volume 9 – Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: Treats from Singapore

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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

It’s Monday and it’s November!

Hello November. Why is it still so hot?

We attended a class picnic for my second-grader on Saturday and it was a hot day. Luckily the picnic area was nice and shaded but the playground was in the sun and the kids were all sweaty after. And it was a fun variety of food from tamales to fried rice to Señorita bread.

On Sunday, we finally got to take the husband out for a nice birthday meal and he wanted sushi.

And of course the big day last week was Halloween. There was a school Halloween parade, a class party for the kindergarteners and then trick-or-treating at our neighbourhood. It seemed a bit quieter this year and we actually had candy leftover. The boys of course were thoroughly pleased with their haul, and they had fun going around the neighbourhood with their classmates who live nearby.

Making a spider out of marshmallows and pretzel sticks

 

Someone had a last-minute change of heart about his Batman costume and decided to be a ninja for the school parade. So I hastily crocheted him some gear to make him a ninja!

The Black Forest cake I made for the husband’s birthday.

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

West Wing and Queer Eye

Listening:

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Eating:

Kabocha squash buns

Drinking:

Water but I just had some Yorkshire Gold earlier

Cooking:

Korean sweet potato noodles with Napa cabbage and chicken

Maybe shepherd’s pie this week

Last week:

I read:
Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover – Sarah Maclean
Fledgling (reread) – Octavia Butler

I posted: 

Weekend Cooking: Black Forest Cake

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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

 

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

It’s Monday and it’s been ages since an It’s Monday post

Hello hello!

It’s been a long time since I’ve gone and done one of these posts. Why? Utter laziness perhaps.

What’s been happening lately? School is back in full swing. The kids go at different times (kindergarten is half-day and my younger boy is in the afternoon class) so it means a lot of driving to and from school. Luckily we don’t live too far. We had Back to School night last Tuesday where things like homework and all the online apps were discussed. And homework begins again this week!

Some stuff we did last week…

Tin Pot Creamery

Gott’s Roadside fish tacos and fries

And a wander around Books Inc

The kids have been taking tennis lessons for a while now but we have only just started playing tennis together as a family. And the kids are having fun.

We were heading to lunch in Los Altos on Sunday and they happened to have a Corvette car show on! The boys were pleased.

What The Duck Pizza at State of Mind Pub House

A mango coconut cake from Satura Bakery

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

The Great British Bake Off – not the latest latest version that’s currently being shown in the UK but instead I’m rewatching the latest version that’s on Netflix

Listening:

Unthinkable

Eating:

No-knead baguette that the 5yo and I made

Drinking:

Water at the moment but I’m thinking of having a Nespresso

Cooking:

Thinking of making gyudon- a Japanese-style beef rice bowl

I’ve still got a Romanesco broccoli to cook up, maybe just oven-roasted with some pork chops

Last week:

I read:

I posted:

#ripxiii – Unbury Carol

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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