Wednesday, February 24, 2021

What's Up Wednesday: February 2021


Hi Friends!  It is the END OF FEBRUARY- woohoo!  One day closer to spring and time for my fave linkup!  Here is What's Up with Us!

What We're Eating This Week

Monday- Air Fryer Chicken Breasts, Broccoli, Mushrooms and Steamed Brown Rice (I have been obsessed with our air fryer lately- have been throwing everything in there- chicken gets crispy and stays moist- it is genius!)


Tuesday- Egg Roll In A Bowl (find the recipe HERE ) for M&D and Chicken, Veggie and Rice Skillet for the Kids



Wednesday- Chicken Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries 

Thursday- Breakfast for Dinner- Pancakes, Eggs, Chicken Sausage and Berries

Friday- Pasquale's Takeout




What I'm Reminiscing About



A year in oblivion...enjoying life but not knowing the nightmare happy and clueless we all were :/


What I'm Loving



My Healthy Lifestyle




What We've Been Up To 

It has been a quiet and cozy winter for obvious reasons...


This guy keeps us laughing and entertained


Diana has been working hard on her piece for YAGP- the competition was postponed and will now be happening later in March in Worcester, MA- fingers crossed!


The girls had fun dancing in the snow...

and Eva has been working hard at hockey!

We had a fun night with the Fourniers...

and enjoyed the annual School Deliberative Session...


Saturday Morning Date Walks have continued!



We went bowling with our Dance Pals...


Diana has enjoyed learning how to bake and cook in her FACS class


We celebrated Valentine's Day



We celebrated Fat Tuesday with our very first King Cake!


and we committed to our sacrifices for Lent and got our Ashes


We have been working through this challenging year of in-person school that sometimes flips to hybrid and sometimes flips to all remote- trying to ride the wave without getting too stressed but easier said than done for sure :/

We do see glimmers of hope and experience joy especially when we get to spend time with our COVID bubble- our besties and families!

 What I'm Dreading


Nothing...just soooo looking forward to Spring already!!




What I'm Working On


1. My career - always re-assessing and seeing bigger and better things ahead!

2. My fitness and overall health- can't wait to update you all soon!

 3. My 2021 Goals- killing them but always an ongoing challenge!

What I'm Excited About

Some fun things planned later this year- can't share just yet!



What I'm Watching/Reading


We are all caught up on The Crown


 We are all caught up with Big Sky now too- can't believe this show is on Prime Time- it is thrilling-racy- dark- a must see!  It is returning for the rest of Season 1 (6 more episodes) in Mid April


 and other than that, I continue to binge Smash every chance I get ;)



and my two books for February....



A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler


In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son, Xavier, who’s headed to college in the fall. All is well until the Whitmans—a family with new money and a secretly troubled teenage daughter—raze the house and trees next door to build themselves a showplace.

With little in common except a property line, these two families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie's yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.

A Good Neighborhood
asks big questions about life in America today—what does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don't see eye to eye?—as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.


Friends?  This one makes you stop dead in your tracks- very thought provoking and uncomfortable at times but really made me think outside of myself- perception-reality- racism- so very good- grab it...TODAY



and I am working my way through

Murder At The Bake Sale By Lee Hollis


Maya and Sandra are friends, fellow moms, and private-detective partners in the picturesque waterfront city of Portland—where sometimes their cases can get as rocky as the Maine coast . . .

While private investigator Maya Kendrick is still mentoring her new partner, PTA president Sandra Wallage, in the detective game, the two women don’t need incredible powers of deduction to know their marriages are on the rocks. With Maya’s ex-cop husband in prison and Sandra’s senator spouse separated from her, both find themselves investigating the dating scene. Until Diego Sanchez turns up dead. The flirtatious high school Spanish teacher who had eyes for Maya was poisoned by cookies from a bake sale fundraiser for a Portland High class trip to Spain.

Hired by the students to find out who killed their popular and beloved teacher—including their own children—Maya and Sandra get a real education in parenting, relationships, and murder as their search for whodunit leads them deep into the unpleasant realities found in the small town politics and gossip of their Maine community . . .


This is actually the follow-up mystery to Murder At The PTA- this is the 2nd book in the mystery series by this fabulous Brother Sister writing team using the pen name of Lee Hollis.  I am LOVING it and flying through it...nice light read after the heaviness of my first book this month. 



What I'm Listening To


Please don't think I'm crazy...the soundtrack to Bombshell/Smash...I know I know ;)


What I'm Wearing

TONS of workout clothes but business casual attire a few days/week too...
If you have been reading for awhile, you will see that I got to dress up one night last week for an event and I was so excited! Ha!

What I'm Doing This Weekend

We have family plans on Saturday and friend plans on Sunday

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month

Spring!  My Mama's Birthday!  Diana's Dance Competition!  Dinner with the Fab Four to name a few things
What Else Is New?
I think I covered it! 
Linking up for What's Up Wednesday HERE 
See you back here tomorrow for Monthly Musings with Patty!  We are talking all things SPRING FASHION- I am giddy!  


Natasha said...

Ha! We're reminiscing about the same thing!!! And I still LOVE those dancing in the snow pictures. They're beautiful. Can't wait to hear about your upcoming plans when you're able to share... :)

Ella Williams said...

Your puppy is so cute!! How can Diana dance in the snow? No, thank you...Haha!! Her costume is soooo pretty!!

Mary said...

What a difference a year makes! When I see the pre COVID photo at the mall all’s I can think is, they are all so close together. Look at all those people at the mall. How quickly our mindset can change. I cannot wait to go back to normal. In NY we are moving ahead with vaccines. I have an appointment next month, finally being overweight has paid off, ha ha. I think I will feel better being vaccinated, but still need to be cautious. Hoping the girls get back to dance in person soon.

Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy said...

I have been loving my air fryer too! So much you can do with it. :) The rest of your month looks pretty nice too.

Michael said...

That sushi dish looks amazing! And my feet hurt just looking at her do pointe!

My Glittery Heart said...

What a great month! I want REMI! Those ears! Oh my goodness!

Jaclyn Coffee, Pancakes & Dreams said...

OH I can not wait for spring! So many fun things to look forward to. Good luck with your goals this year...I look forward to hearing what things you have up your sleeves.

Kelly said...

Bowling is on my list of upcoming date ideas! We haven't been in over a year, and I miss it. Also, love that you're killing all your 2021 goals and can't wait to read your health update! Sounds like you're off to a great start to 2021. 😊

Good Better Best Food said...

Ha! I put my air fryer comment on the wrong post. I need some guidance on an air fryer. Do you think I will use it?

Rechelle said...

So so so looking forward to Spring! And yes, A Good Neighborhood was an excellent read!!

Joanne said...

Heading over to check out that egg roll in a bowl recipe right now!

Natalie said...

Eggroll in a bowl!!! YES! Totally doing that!

And I loooooooove your leopard flats!!!!

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