It’s Monday and I’m eating chocolate stout 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

Currently…

The 4yo is sick as of writing this on Sunday night. He’s had a fever on and off for most of the afternoon. So hopefully he will be ok when this post runs tomorrow. Meanwhile I had written up part of this post earlier today when everything was ok.

Reading:

Watching:

White Gold on Netflix

Listening:

Last week I finished listening to The Soul of An Octopus and just adored it. I am still trying to decide on a new audiobook.

Eating:

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It’s Monday and I’m reading about octopuses

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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

Just a pizza and doughnuts kind of Sunday.

Currently…

Reading:

 

Watching:

Star Wars Episode IV with the kids – we weren’t sure when was a good time to introduce the show to the kids. But you know what they’ve been reading the books and they kinda know a lot of the story already, so guess it’s as good a time as ever. They loved it of course!

 

Listening:

The Soul of an Octopus – Sy Montgomery

I don’t think I had any particular fondness for octopuses before this but oh wow, this book has changed my mind about these amazing creatures!

Eating:

Maple bacon doughnut.

Drinking:

Yorkshire Gold with milk

 

Last week:

I read:

this is one of the extremely rare weeks where I don’t think I’ve finished reading anything!

I posted:

#RIPXII The Bear and the Nightingale

#SomethingOnSunday (October 8)

It’s Monday and I’m trying to get back into blogging

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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
Another Saturday hike.
We took a different trail this time, walking along a creek but the trail also led us past the backyards of many houses. It was a suburban hike!
Sunday farmers market
We always pick up a flat of strawberries (i.e. 6 of these small boxes) so I never bothered to look at the price of the other packs. 3 boxed for $8 but 1 flat (6 boxes) goes for $10! Yep we buy strawberries every single Sunday and they barely last the week as my kids devour them!

Currently…

Reading:

 

 

Watching:

The Lego movie with the kids

 

Listening:

The Soul of an Octopus- Sy Montgomery

 

Eating:

For lunch, chicken porridge

Dinner was Pakistani food.

 

 

Drinking:

Grapefruit green tea by Lupicia – it has grapefruit peel in it and is quite refreshing

 

 

 

Last week:

I read:

Heroine Complex – Sarah Kuhn
City of Small Blessings – Simon Tay
A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers
The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

I posted:

#SomethingForSunday

#ripxii The Unquiet Dead

It’s Monday and I’m trying to read more

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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

Back to School night was last Tuesday and we learnt just how much work the first graders will have to do. My boy is in a Mandarin immersion programme so everything is taught in Mandarin, with 90 minutes of English a day. He also gets science lab and music once a week. It seemed like a lot of work but when he got down to it, most of it was quite quickly done.

I’ve been trying to figure out a good after school schedule for the kids. They do swimming on Mondays, the 6yo has piano class on Thursdays, on Fridays they hang out after school where some of their classmates’ dads are trying to start up their own basketball class. And in between, there’s homework and piano practice and I work with the older boy on some extra Math (I think the math here is too easy and we work on Singapore math textbooks). The kids have started taking tennis lessons on Sunday but I’m considering switching that to Tuesdays. And sometimes I wonder, should they try other sports? Soccer? Add in an extra swim class? Some kind of martial arts? Isn’t this time for them to try out different things and figure out what they’re interested in? Some of their classmates go for Chinese class on weekends, or attend extra Math classes, others do kungfu, ice hockey, many of them go skiing in winter. I have absolutely no interest in skiing but I always wonder, are my kids missing out because of something I’m not keen on?

Anyway, enough about all that. I’m loving how the temps are cooling down a bit here after that heatwave. I even braved turning on the oven to bake some tangzhong raisin bread (you can read my previous post on that here) and I also adapted that recipe to make a chocolate chip and sliced almond bread. I made shepherd’s pie too and a tomato soup that my 4yo kept asking me to make again and again. I usually make my tomato soup with some carrots and celery added in, although since I just picked up some lovely leeks at the farmers market, may try one with leeks instead.

Currently…

Reading:

Watching:

Gossip Girl

Eating:

I made some fresh spring rolls (summer rolls?) for dinner – crabstick, cabbage, carrots and cilantro.

Drinking:

Water

Cooking:

Tomato and leek soup?

Fried noodles

Chicken rice

Also something to use up these lovely colorful peppers!

Last week:

I read:

I posted:

#ripxii Fox Woman

It’s Monday and I’m reading #ripxii books

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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
Ok so I really meant for this to be written and out this morning but Sunday just flew by and here I am, at 10am on a Monday typing this out!
Last week was the first full week of school for the first grader (the first day of school was a Wednesday and the rest of that week was all minimum days). And I think we finally found our drop-off rhythm…finally! I think the hardest part has been trying to figure out lunches for him. I’ve been packing different things. Today it was Korean leftovers – bulgogi, rice and some broccoli I steamed in the morning. I’m just glad he’s happy to eat things like sandwiches as some of his classmates will only eat a hot lunch!
Also we went to the lovely Crystal Springs reservoir in San Mateo for a Saturday morning walk. Such a pretty place.
And then delicious ice-cream in San Francisco after. I adored their sesame ice-cream (so thick and creamy!) and was surprised by how good the guava and lychee were. Luckily there’s another branch in Little Vietnam in San Jose that’s closer for us. Will definitely be back.

Currently…

Reading:

Waiting on a Bright Moon – JY Yang

The Unquiet Dead – Ausma Zehanat Khan

Watching:

Gossip Girl

Listening:

Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances – Leland Melvin

Eating:

Chocolate almond pound cake

Drinking:

Nespresso

Cooking:

Maybe a shepherd’s pie – the weather looks like it may cool down a bit this week and I can brave the oven again!

Last week:

I read:

The Chaos – Nalo Hopkinson
Fox Woman – Kij Johnson
Meka – Jean-David Morvan, Bengal (Illustrator)

I posted:

#ripxii The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

It’s Monday and I’m joining #boutofbooks

 

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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 Sunday night and the kids are in the library reading with their dad. Well at least the 6yo is. The 4yo is lounging on my bed asking me, “Mummy, when are you going to be done with your homework?” Then, looking at his baby photos on my dresser he asked, “did you throw away all my baby clothes? Did gege have my baby clothes? Was he three years old then became four years old like me? What’s this?”

It never stops!

It’s the last full week of summer vacation for the 6yo who starts first grade on August 30. The 4yo has been back at preschool pretty soon after we returned from Singapore and luckily he has been ok at going back. And last night, a whole week after we returned, he finally finally finally had a proper night’s sleep. It was improving gradually, but it was only last night that he stayed in his room, even when he couldn’t sleep. It was such a relief to sleep – and I really did sleep last night, from 10 to 620 (yup I still wake before 7 on weekends).

Anyway, I’m using this post to declare my intention to join Bout of Books this week!

Bout of Books

And my goal will be to finish these library books as well as the library e-books I’ve recently borrowed.

 

“Your homework is almost done right Mummy?”

Right. Time to put him to bed. Meanwhile some photos of our latest walk around Coyote Hills and some other stuff we were up to this week, including summer swim classes (Mondays to Thursdays) at the water park, brownie making and library browsing. Also mooncakes and what my zucchini plant was up to when I went away for three weeks.


 

 

Currently…

 

Reading:

A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas

Watching:

 

I decided to rewatch Downton Abbey!

 

 

Eating:

 

I had chow mein and broccoli beef for dinner from our nearby takeout place.

Drinking:

Water

Cooking:

I’m not entirely sure. The husband will be away for a few days so it’s just me and the kids next week so I don’t think I will need to cook much…!

Last week:

I read:

The Chalk Artist – Allegra Goodman
Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish – Barry Deutsch
Lisa and the Lacemaker – Kathy Hoopmann
I posted:

Yayoi Kusama exhibit in Singapore

Back from Singapore

 

TLC Book Tours: The Lost Ones

With so many thrillers/crime novels out there, it seems to be getting more difficult to create a unique protagonist, a different storyline.

But I must say that The Lost Ones opens with an intriguing premise. An early morning phone call. A meeting with some strangers at a cafe. Nora Watts, cautious, suspicious, because of her line of work and her own experience.

A married couple meets her to tell her their daughter is missing.

That Nora's daughter is missing.

The child she gave up for adoption as a newborn 15 years ago has disappeared. The police define her as a chronic runaway and can't be bothered. Her adoptive parents reach out to Nora as a last hope.

And Nora is suited for this kind of thing. She works as a receptionist/researcher for a private investigator. She has an ability to tell when people are lying – which obviously helps her in her line of work.

She also has a painful and violent experience in the past which has contributed to her inability to trust anyone – not her employees nor her sponsor – with the whole truth.

Nora at first is reluctant to be involved with this case – it digs up too much of her past. But she soon realizes that she's not the only one looking for Bonnie.

Nora is quite a character. She's got skeletons in the closet – perhaps more like demons than skeletons – and she's tough. She's the kind of person who doesn't give a damn what you think of her. She steals from a woman who is only just being kind to her. She's cold towards almost everyone except her beloved dog. And surprisingly – although on hindsight, maybe it's not surprising – violent.

And Kamal's Vancouver setting reflects that too. I've never been to Vancouver but have always thought of it as a picturesque, very wet city. So Nora's far more gritty and dirty version of Vancouver is intriguing, and completely apt.

The story is rather convoluted – perhaps a little too hard to believe at times – but it offers a rather exciting and thrilling read if you can suspend belief for a bit and sink into it. And that I did, and it was for an invigorating read, filled with all the grey and damp of Vancouver. It made me long to read this in chillier temps, snuggled under a comforter with a steaming hot cup of tea.

Strangely it is titled "Eyes Like Mine" in the UK.

I received this book from its publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for a review.

Check out the other tour stops here.

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