It’s Monday

We got up early to play tennis on Saturday! The husband had booked an 8am slot as there are various tournaments in the afternoon and the courts were all full at our usual timeslot.

Then they had swim class and it was a surprisingly warm day and I got to sit outside and read for a bit.

We didn’t really do much this weekend. Played more tennis on Sunday, went out to our usual Japanese restaurant for lunch. But it was a nice weekend all the same. Hope you all had a good weekend too!

Currently…

Reading:

 

Watching:

I happened to be browsing Netflix on Saturday night and discovered that Solo was available. I hadn’t been interested enough to watch it in the theatres but I didn’t mind watching it on Netflix. I thought the main actor was quite forgettable and didn’t have the charisma of Harrison Ford (Chewie had more charm 😂) but Donald Glover was awesome as Lando (maybe they should’ve just made Lando – a Star Wars movie instead). But it was quite a fun movie to watch – if only it had more Donald Glover

Listening:

I’ve got 10 days left on my audiobook loan. So I’m working on finishing it!!

Eating:

A hot dog bun from Kee Wah and a mug of milky Yorkshire Gold

 

Cooking:

Oven-roasted cauliflower with something else oven-roasted. Maybe drumsticks

Pasta of some sort

Noodles

Crafting:

Trying a chevron clutch pattern for a friend’s birthday

Last week:

I read:

The seagull – Anton Chekhov
Anne of Green Gables graphic novel – adapted by Mariah Marsden
I posted:

The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katherine Green

The Lost Garden by Li Ang

Library Loot January 9 to 15

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It’s Monday and the kids are back in school!

It’s been a great holiday season but I’m kind of glad to have our regular routine going again!

We had a nice rainy weekend. I always appreciate those little bits and drips of rain we get here – having grown up in Singapore, rain is one thing I really miss while living here in bone-dry California.

We tried out a new Taiwanese restaurant near our place. We love eating xiaolongbao and in Singapore there are branches of the famous Taiwanese restaurant Din Tai Fung everywhere. I mean it – almost every shopping mall you go to has a branch. It’s always popular and it’s always consistently good (although my mum argues that the branch in Chinatown, which I’ve not been to, is really bad). So when the Din Tai Fung opened here in Santa Clara over a year ago, we were all really excited. But because it’s the only branch in the Bay Area (LA has more!) the queues are still ridiculous, even with Yelp check-in we still waited an hour or so. But the food at DTF is pretty much flawless. The xiaolongbao is always perfect, the fried rice is seriously some of the best fried rice ever, and my kids would each devour a basket of the taro xiaolongbao if I let them.

Anyway, this little place we discovered is just ten minutes’ drive and it was good and cheap. The xiaolongbao weren’t as pretty and perfect but tasted pretty damn good, and they had red bean pancake! So we were all pleased.

 

 

I made some raisin scones and chocolate chip cookies

 

 

 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

 

Poppy War – RF Kuang

 

 

Watching:

A while ago I watched the first ep of The Magicians but couldn’t get into it, but somehow this time I did. I just binge-watched the first three episodes yesterday. Does that happen to you too?

Listening:

Happy sigh.

Eating:

A slice of buttered toast and a red bean pancake. Sadly not the pancake from the restaurant, which we finished, but this was something we had bought from the supermarket, it’s decent, but as my 7yo complained, not enough red bean.

Drinking:

I had Yorkshire Gold with milk – always my first drink of the day.

Cooking:

My kids have been bugging me to make Japanese curry and the other day while on Yelp I noticed this restaurant had curry udon on their menu. And maybe that’s what I’ll try this time – curry udon!

Possibly a linguini carbonara.

Last week:

I read:

I posted:

 

Mary B by Katherine J Chen

Patina by Jason Reynolds – first read of 2019

Severance by Ling Ma

Library Loot (January 2 to 8)

Best books I read in 2018 #amonthoffaves

 

 

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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

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 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

 

The in-laws left for Singapore last night and so the weekend was spent doing some more outlet shopping – because that’s what people from Singapore do when they’re in the US. And more eating. It was an especially hot weekend so I’m just glad that it started cooling down again on Sunday evening. The skies are rather hazy this morning though because of the fires further north.

Currently…

Reading:

Karen Memory – Elizabeth Bear

Watching:

The new season of Queer Eye. Also, more Terrace House, this time the season set in Hawaii. It’s so very different!

Listening:

Behemoth – Scott Westerfeld, read by Alan Cumming

Eating:

Kaya toast – toast with coconut jam

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold

Cooking:

Tonight is all about the leftovers. But I do have to cook up the yellow cauliflower and some cabbage I had from last week. So maybe some grilled chicken and cauliflower.

Last week:

I read:

Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
Graceling – Kristin Cashore
Shade: The Changing Girl Vol 1 – Cecil Castellucci
The Prince and the Dressmaker – Jen Wang

I posted:

Weekend Cooking: A very light banana cake

I somehow finished reading 3 books yesterday

 

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It’s Monday and I’ve been reading the Stepford Wives

Made this light banana cake. And I’m writing a post about it!

Blooming Dahlias!

Pakistani food

Currently…

Reading:

Ill Will – Dan Chaon

We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

Watching:

More Terrace House!

Listening:

Eating:

Grilled cheese for breakfast. Also rainier cherries. My in-laws bought ten pounds at the farmers market!

Drinking:

Yorkshire gold with milk

Cooking:

I bought some lovely yellow cauliflower and romanesco broccoli at the farmers market so definitely will roast that.

Browsing:

The Center for Fiction’s 2018 First Novel Prize

This beautiful Seagrass Summer Cardi crochet pattern 

Added to my TBR: The Summer of Jordi Perez 

The Perfect Mother

When I Hit You

Last week:

I read:

Heartless – Marissa Meyer
Stepford Wives – Ira Levin
The Impostor Syndrome – Mishell Baker

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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