It’s Monday and I’m reading all the comics!

Hooray! It’s finally February and that means I can attack that stack of comics that has been sitting on my dining table ever since I lugged them home from the library. And it is such a good stack. Just look at it! There’s some classic stuff like Osamu Tezuka’s Ode to Kirihito and the graphic novel version of Peter S Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, and plenty of new stuff that I hadn’t heard of before but just pulled off the shelves because the covers looked interesting and because, hey, gotta make sure the library knows that at least one library user loves comics!

Anyway, last week wasn’t such a great week as it was my first week alone with the boys again, after their grandmother flew back to Singapore after six weeks with us. It’s not easy to adjust to that! Plus the Husband caught a cold and that’s never pleasant.

So last week was about taking things easy and going back to my cooking staples of pasta and noodles. Things that are easy to make ahead or throw together while the kids are watching Daniel Tiger or Thomas or Sesame Street.


But I managed to do quite a bit of reading, mostly during the younger one’s nap time. The almost-4 doesn’t nap anymore (sigh) but I make sure he knows it’s quiet time and he will play his Lego or his cars or look at books on his own, relatively quietly. And I can prep for dinner and sometimes sneak in a quick read.

On the weekend though we had lunch at our favourite Japanese restaurant. Chirashi for me please!


And picked up some pastries from that little French bakery with the expensive but so delicious croissants in Stanford shopping centre. The Husband also picked out this chocolate dome for me.





Girl Runner – Carrie Snyder
For an upcoming book tour. But so good!


Ode to Kirihito – Osamu Tezuka
For Comics February


Ms Marvel: No Normal – G. Willow Wilson

Because I have waited so long for this!


Love on the Dole – Walter Greenwood
A “forgotten classic”. I’m finally getting started on my Back to the Classics challenge!


Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
I realized last year that I hadn’t reread any books. There are so very many books out there waiting to be read, why reread? You might be wondering just that. But I don’t know, somehow I was interested in rereading this classic again. It is the book that I dip into when I’m waiting to pick Wee Reader up from preschool. It’s always on my phone and won’t expire. And it’s so comforting to hear about Laurie and Jo and Meg and Beth and Amy and Marmee!

Just downloaded:

My hold for Florence Gordon came in. It’s on the Tournament of Books shortlist.

I also just added John Scalzi’s The Last Colony (Old Man’s War #3) to my Kindle, a library e-book.


Made some oatmeal raisin-coconut cookies for the kids. And a batch of oatmeal-chocolate chip for myself. There’s oatmeal in it, so it counts as a breakfast item, right?

Black tea with milk

I have a hankering for Hainanese chicken rice so I’m going to crack open one of these pastes, stir it into uncooked jasmine rice, place some chicken on top and let the rice cooker do its thing. Then serve with stirfried leafy vegetables.

Also, some beef stew in the slow cooker, to be served with a couscous or mixed harvest grains from Trader Joe’s – love how quick it cooks up.

Noodles of some sort again. Maybe using the Korean sweet potato noodles, some chicken and lots of vegetables.


The Fall. 

It’s rather sickening to be honest…


Arcade Fire.

Last week…

I read:


An Untamed State – Roxane Gay

Devastated me completely.


Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber

I posted:

Let’s get graphic! or, how I got started with graphic novels and comics!

Library Loot

F is for Ferrante, Ferrante is Fabulous

More comics this Library Loot!

Yes! Two Library Loots last week!

What are you reading this week?




It’s Monday and I’m reading Strange New Things

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.




Over the weekend we hit the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose again. We have an annual membership and didn’t get to explore the place fully the first time we went as it was SO crowded, probably because it was New Year’s Eve and they had some special events on.

It was so very pleasantly not crowded on Saturday. We arrived as soon as they opened and got to play freely without too many other grubby little hands reaching for the same toys! Hooray!



Wee-er Reader gravitates towards any exhibits with balls. This is probably his favourite.




Wee Reader plays spot-the-fossil.




But on a less happy note, my mother-in-law returned to Singapore on Sunday. We are so fortunate that both sets of parents are willing to travel here to spend time with us, spending some 20 hours on airplanes and at airports – it’s NOT a non-stop flight from SIN to SFO, so it’s via Seoul or Hong Kong on Singapore Airlines.








We made sure to feed her well during her last week here with us!



This week’s reads are taking me to Shanghai, Haiti and even to outer space!


The Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber

I honestly was not expecting this to be about religion. But it’s interesting so far!


The Sing-Song Girls of Shanghai – Han Bangqing
I’ve already had to re-borrow this rather long (554 pages) e-book. Originally published in 1892, it tells of courtesan life (also known as ‘sing-song girls’).

An Untamed State – Roxane Gay
Wow, that was some beginning.



Over the weekend the Husband and I watched Begin Again. I’m not a fan of Adam Levine but it was a fun show and such fun for a music lover! I particularly enjoyed the scene where Mark Ruffalo watches Keira Knightley sing and he imagines the arrangements – violin, cello, bass, drums, piano.




Chocolate cake.

In Elena Ferrante’s The Story of a New Name, one of the characters mentioned chocolate cake. It was just a mention, not a mouthwatering description, yet that just put that thought in my mind for days and days. I had to get myself a piece of chocolate cake!


Decaf latte.


Let’s see, this week my plan is to do some baked rice with chicken and broccoli; noodles with spinach and tofu and prawns; maybe some soy sauce-braised chicken wings with rice and a vegetable.

Looking forward to:
Comics February!

Last week…

I read:
The Story of a New Name – Elena Ferrante
Book two of her trilogy. SO GOOD. Ferrante is just brilliant.

Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill
A rather different, more modern read for me. Her writing was quite excellent but I think the structure of the book was not really for me.

I posted:

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (creepy graphic novel)

Who Ate Up All the Shinga? by Park Wan-Suh (a lovely Korean memoir)

All the Birds, Singing  by Evie Wyld

Weekend Cooking: Browned Butter Blueberry Muffins – from ‘eh’ to ‘ooh’



 What are you reading this week?


It’s Monday and I’m reading Cleopatra


itsmonday“It’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.

Here’s what happened last week:





I made japchae again with sugar snap peas, cabbage and carrots, this time I served it with breaded pork chops



And a crispy skinned roasted chicken legs with roasted vegetables – potatoes, butternut squash and carrots.



Another day, Wee Reader’s absolute favourite dish: mac and cheese (I use Pioneer Woman’s recipe – I figure she knows a lot about cheesy things), and served it with a cabbage and sausage fry-up.




The Husband and I (and Wee-er Reader – Wee Reader was in preschool) went out for lunch and I had a falafel sandwich with red lentil soup. I seldom eat out on weekdays so it was a nice treat. Plus the falafels here are the best!




This is more of my typical lunch. Roast beef sandwich on a bagel. Or really my typical lunch is leftovers! This was a rare day when Wee-er Reader actually had a nap in the late morning and I had a quick and very early lunch to myself. Which is why the book.




Cleopatra: A life – Stacy Schiff



Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? – Roz Chast

A bit depressing to be honest, but it’s an interesting look at her life and her parents’ lives.

Ghost Brigades – John Scalzi


After finishing Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, I immediately downloaded the next book in the series! Because it was a rather exciting read. Here’s hoping this one is too.

Worn Stories – Emily Spivack


While Cleopatra is interesting, it isn’t the quickest of reads, and I wanted something on the Kindle for a quicker read. And it was a good thing too, as Sunday’s nap time was not going well for the younger one, who cried and cried in the crib (his older brother sound asleep in the same room!), so we had to take him out in the stroller and walk walk walk. I had my gloves on and this book on the Kindle!


More of The Good Wife season five. I finally got to the episode where THAT THING HAPPENED. I knew it was going to get there, I saw it in news headlines even. But I was not expecting to feel that way. Shocked, saddened. I’ve not cried so much over a TV episode before!! I think it’s the way they shot it. The way it was portrayed, the way the news was broken, each person’s shock and realization breaking me just a little bit more again.


Suede! Oh this song just takes me back to school days!


Carrot Cake!


Assam tea


For dinner tonight, slow cooker pot roast with mashed potatoes. I made the mashed potatoes on Sunday and will warm it up later with additional milk/butter. For the rest of the week:

– teriyaki chicken, rice, stir fried kale and mushrooms

– spaghetti with spinach, tomatoes and salmon

Well that’s all I’ve got so far! I’ll probably end up making some kind of noodle dish. And I was thinking of making a soup, although not sure what kind of soup yet!

Last week…

I read:



LA Son: My Life, My City, My Food – Roy Choi

LOVED THIS BOOK. I am going to write about it soon, I promise! I’m hoping to try out one of the recipes before I write about it!


Old Man’s War – John Scalzi

I loved the thought process that went behind this book. Hey how about if old people, as in age 75,  were called up to war? As in intergalactic space war against aliens, trying to save colonists on other planets, that kind of thing. You’re probably wondering, how can the elderly fight? Well, that’s what I wanted to know, and that’s what John Perry signed up to find out! The writing isn’t very much to shout about, but it’s a fun ride. And GAAHHH there are more books in this series!!

I posted:

       Library Loot     

       Weekend Cooking: Yummy Scrummy Carrot Cake!!     

Links for a foggy Wednesday morning

Nonfiction November: Anyone up for some foodie nonfiction?


What are you reading this week?