This summer has kinda been a hot mess at my house--between the last push to finish my capstone project for my master's degree, COVID (we held out for so long!) and now Influenza A. We haven't gotten much done on our summer list or with our goal to hike more. Hopefully we will get to it if we recover soon or not. I have had to learn some flexibility about my goals over the past 7 years (like the last time we had nature walks and easy hikes as a goal). So in place of that I will share my belated spring snapshot (and will format it all later).
Favorite New Product: We have been playing the old game Rummicub a lot in preparation of visiting some older relatives. It is a great game for my almost 9 and almost 12 year old.
Life Hack: Apparently having "pointless" goals or "stupid quests", not only makes life more fun, but also can help when we are feeling powerless in other places in life (ahem, parenting). My quest to visit all the parks in Santa Barbara makes so much sense now! https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2022/07/set-goals-meaningless-trivial/670476/
Last Book I Finished: And Then There were None by Agatha Christie
Ten strangers are invited under various pretenses to a week away on a mysterious island. When the wealthy host doesn't show, an uneasiness settles. A record is played accusing the guests of a crime for which they cannot be convicted in a court of law. A framed nursery rhyme in every room seems to predict how things will go. As murders occur, according to the rhyme, fear grows and mistrust overwhelms the guests.
Who is behind the murders? One of them? If so, how? In the end, there will be none, in what seems like an impossible end.
This is masterfully put together in the old style of murder mystery with very little gore and all sleuthing.
Life Project: I just (6/30) finished my Master's of Education in Instructional Design at Western Governor's University. I love that you can work at your own pace to accelerate your classes when you demonstrate your competence in the subject matter by test or by project!
What we are eating today: Salsa Chicken so easy and yummy! https://flouronmyface.com/instant-pot-salsa-chicken/