I miss my Mac. But, Brett’s tablet is a nice substitute in the meantime. Hopefully the Mac will be back from the shop by the end of this week. Fingers crossed!
We will find out later this week whether WenYu has been accepted at Wellesley through Early Decision. She knows that her Questbridge finalist status is no guarantee of acceptance, but says one way or the other at least she’ll know whether she ever had a chance there.
Meiling will be home in a week! This time next week she will be on a plane heading over the Pacific. Her flight doesn’t get into Lihue until around 9:00 in the evening, but we’ll somehow make it through the day in spite of our excitement. We’re putting up our Christmas tree later this afternoon, but will not be putting on the ornaments until after Meiling is home – it’s always been one of her favorite things to do at Christmas.
This afternoon I am:
- Reading: I stayed up until nearly 3:00 a.m. last Wednesday night to finish The Boys In the Boat. The last few chapters were so compelling I couldn’t put it down until it was done! I also finished another good book last night: Run You Down, by Julia Dahl. It was a mystery set in the Hasidic communities of Brooklyn and upstate New York, and was a real page-turner. The book is the second of a series, and now I can’t wait to read her first!
- Listening to: Lawnmowers in the neighborhood, birds chirping outside (we have some beautiful songbirds nesting near us), and WenYu and YaYu fixing a late breakfast for themselves. They’re making scrambled eggs with some of the leftover Italian sausage from last night’s dinner.
- Watching: Brett and I finished The Man In the High Castle last Monday – it was an excellent series. The ending was kind of strange, but very thought provoking. We’re back for now though to watching Murdoch Mysteries and Midsomer Murders. We watched the last episode with John Nettles this past week, and are interested to see how the “new” Inspector Barnaby settles in. We’ve heard the series River is pretty good, so may look at that this week.
- Cooking/baking: I am going to make some pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting later this afternoon, and for dinner tonight I’m fixing curry stuffed peppers.
- Happy you accomplished this week: I really didn’t accomplish anything major this past week. Other than my computer frying itself, it was a pretty calm, uneventful week filled only with regular activities and chores.
- Looking forward to next week: I’m having a late breakfast tomorrow morning with reader Cheryl, who is currently visiting Kaua’i and will be moving here permanently in a couple of years. I have met some of the best people through this blog, and made wonderful, lifetime friends so I’m pretty excited about tomorrow’s get-together. Brett and I also have a lunch date planned for later in the week. We have to head down to the south side of the island to pick up a Christmas gift for our daughter-in-law and plan to go out to eat while we’re in the area.
- Grateful for: The magic that Hawai’i continues to conjure up. Last Friday night I was sitting in bed reading when suddenly the scent of plumeria (frangipani) blossoms wafted through on the breeze. I thought at first I was imagining things, but the beautiful aroma continued off and on until I fell asleep. WenYu said the next morning that she had smelled it as well. The scent must have been coming from a neighbor’s yard because we don’t have any plumeria growing on our property. Wherever it was from, it was heavenly.
- Bonus Question: Do you have any interesting or famous relatives? Not in recent times, no, but I am directly descended from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins of Pilgrim and the Mayflower fame (“Speak for yourself, John!”). My grandmother’s hobby was genealogy and she had us tenuously linked to at least one English king, but it would have been a long, long, long ways back and I can’t remember who it was (Alfred the Great maybe?). Heaven only knows what she’d be able to discover these days with the Internet helping her. Both my mother’s and father’s ancestors are primarily English, with a little Scots and Irish thrown in (yes, I’m about as WASP-y as you can get). My generation and beyond has really messed with that though – my whole family is very international these days.
Hope you are all enjoying a lovely Sunday afternoon, had a productive week and are looking forward to the coming one!