Sunday Reflections – 21 January 2018

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Happy Sunday!

It is a gloomy day here but considering it is unusually warm for this time of year, I am not going to complain. Although it is the type of weather that makes me want to take a nap. Hmmm…

Jim’s job interview on Wednesday went really well, and he has one offer in hand. He has another job interview tomorrow morning and hopes to get an offer from them as well so we have choices to make. Hopefully, by this time next week, he will have accepted a job offer and we can more forward with whatever needs to happen after that.

The thing is, even if he does accept a job offer next week, Jim will not be starting his new job until later in February. His mother is paying for a brothers-and-mom trip to Australia starting 31 January, from which he does not come back until 18 February. Jim will be traveling all around Australia with his mother and his three other brothers, visiting friends they knew from years and years ago and seeing the sights. The timing is truly awful given Jim’s job situation, but this was a trip he could not miss.

Holly finished her first semester of eighth grade last week and starts her last semester of middle school tomorrow. We received the notification about registering for classes for ninth grade already, so things are moving forward there. She is more than ready to get to high school, so this is all very welcome to her. News from Connor is sporadic. I know his school closed for MLK, Jr. Day, so he had an extra day for homework and resting. Jim and I are taking the position that no news is good news from Connor this semester and will hope that turns out to be true in the end!

Everything else is business as usual in the Shannon household. Work, school, dance, homework, rinse, and repeat. We are heading to Jim’s sister’s house after dance rehearsal today to watch the playoff games and have dinner. I am not one for giving up a Sunday of rest and relaxation, but we have not seen them since Connor’s graduation so it should be fun.

To all of those who marched yesterday whether in person or in spirit, I hope you are as inspired as I am by the outpouring of support and sheer numbers of the resistance the marches showed! If people were concerned the movement was slowing down, I think yesterday proved the exact opposite! Now, onto November midterms!

I hope everyone is having a relaxing Sunday and a productive but restful weekend! Have a wonderful week and I will see you all back here next week!

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Here are past posts from the last few weeks in case you missed them the first time:

What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 13 January 2018

People are forever asking how I manage everything with such a busy schedule. I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to do so in the manner I would like. This weekly journal is a way to keep it real and show that while my intentions are good, sometimes life and all of…

Fabulous Friday – 19 January 2018

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week. ******************** JOB INTERVIEWS – We knew that things would pick up on the job search…

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Genre: Contemporary Fiction; Young Adult Publication Date: 9 January 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say. Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen. Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life. The condition’s name has always felt ironic to her, because she certainly…

The Immortalists didn’t quite impress me

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Genre: Literary Fiction Publication Date: 9 January 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able…

The Lost Plot makes me love Irene and Kai even more

The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: 9 January 2018 Source: Publisher via NetGalley Synopsis from the Publisher: “After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae. In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force;…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 15 January 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover! For the first full week back to work, I managed to read…

Sunday Reflections – 14 January 2018

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Happy Sunday! It was an unexpected sick day today as I was felled by either a stomach bug or something I ate. I am feeling better but still planning on taking it easy for the rest of the evening. I had plans to get all sorts of things done today but took a nap and…

What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 6 January 2018

People are forever asking how I manage everything with such a busy schedule. I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to do so in the manner I would like. This weekly journal is a way to keep it real and show that while my intentions are good, sometimes life and all of…

Fabulous Friday – 12 January 2018

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We should always find ways to celebrate the little things in life. What better day to celebrate these little things than the best day of the week? So, here are the things that make this a Fabulous Friday for me this week. ******************** BACK TO NORMAL – I like the holidays. I love having time off from…