Monday, June 6, 2016

The Sunday... er, Monday afternoon Report

One week in to the new blogging schedule and I completely forget to post. Oops.

How was my week? It started fantastically. Last Monday, my family and I went to see a Star Trek exhibit at a local museum! Here are some pictures:


I'm still doing very well abstaining from processed sugar. There are temptations throughout the week: chocolate and caramel bars at a graduation party, cake at church, ice cream in the freezer... but if I don't concentrate on the things I can't eat and, instead, focus on the things that I can eat, I find that I'm a lot happier.
Right now we're having a heat wave (80+ degree weather in rainy Washington? Unheard of!!) and it's very hard to do anything other than lie in front of the fan. Unfortunately, the heat also makes me peckish. I suspect it's out of boredom. I snack on sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and raisins. I'm also drinking a lot of water.

I've been doing well with exercise, though because of the heat, I'm not sure how much I'll do this week. I tried doing a cartwheel today for the first time in a few years. I can still do them... but it hurt! I guess I don't use those muscles in my every day life.

Getting up with my alarm is getting easier. Going to bed on time is not. I've not been doing well with having my light turned off by 11:00 PM. I'm going to keep trying, though!

I finished two books last week. One was The Silmarillion, which I wrote a whole post about. The other was The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I listened to the Focus on the Family radio theater-style audiobook. Andy Serkis as Screwtape was entertaining! I will have to read the book someday to glean the most out of it, though.
After finishing The Silmarillion, I started The Hobbit because I needed more Middle Earth in my life. I'm also reading Heap House by Edward Carey, which is very, very unique. The author is revealing the world, plot, and characters bit by bit, which makes the book mysterious and captivating.

I've been working on the alien races for my sci-fi café story this week. I've also had a new story idea which is begging to be plotted. I had an idea a month or so ago that also needs plotting. Ideally, I would complete my sci-fi café story and both of these new story ideas over the summer so that I wouldn't have to do any outlining at school and could just start writing, but we'll see how far I get.

I played "Rustle of Spring" by Christian Sinding for my piano recital a few weeks ago. Here is a recording:

Now I'm working on the entirety of the "Moonlight Sonata."

My two biggest goals for this week are to memorize my songs for the voice recital and to write the VBS skits.

What's the best and worst thing that happened to you this week? What are you reading at the moment?


  1. Woah, a Star Trek exhibit? What planet do you live on? That's pretty neat.

    And that piano piece. Just. Wow. Really beautiful.

    And yes, you really do need to read Screwtape Letters. But did you know that John Cleese did a recording of it at well? And he actually reads the exact words, but gives it a dramatic reading.

    As for my weak, not so good in the sleep or eating department (unlike you I did eat the birthday cake), but I got in a little more exercise which was great, and a little more editing which was pretty swell as well.

    1. Wow, John Cleese did a reading of the Screwtape Letters? I don't think I've ever seen him do something that "serious" before... I'll have to check that out.
      Good job on the exercise and editing! Good luck with sleeping and eating better this week. (I'm still struggling a LOT to go to bed on time.)

  2. Best thing that happened last week: Probably the Sunday Youth Worship Service (though the Star Trek exhibit with my wife & daughter was great too).

    Worst thing that happened last week: the sweltering heat (listen to us Washingtonians complain about 80 degrees, eh!)

    1. Ugh... heat. Yay that the weather has cooled down, though!

  3. Best for me...the end of church quilt stress! too much sugar...but that is about to change!
    You are a great example to follow!

    1. I'm so glad the quilts for church are done! Only one more to go and then you're finished (for now)!