5 faves from this week

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Below are five of my favourite things from this past week. 

1. Preschool room clean up. Lynette and her son, J, have helped me twice now to clean up and sort out this Sunday school room. One more time and it should be all ready for the final phase, painting the walls.

It is fun to discover treasures, throw out broken bits, and to organize the room for maximum use. Thanks L & J!!!

2. Eight baptisms. What excitement there was in the building last Sunday. I think what made it so cool is that 5 of those “immersed” were children. It is always special to hear a profession of faith, but it is a different kind of special when children are involved. One of children is my niece, Emily!

3. Finishing a blog post. I have way too many posts in draft-form. One of my Spring blogging goals is to get that number WAY down by either finishing and posting or deleting them.

After Dim Sum, Jennifer and I had frozen yogurt in Oakland's Chinatown, Note these different choices for toppings! Click on the photo to read the offerings.

This week I finished an interview with a friend about her outloud reading. It feels so good to finish something. Plus I was encouraged by thinking about my friend, Lori, and grateful for her time.

Steamed pork rolls and Shrimp dumplings are part of what we ate. We also had Chinese broccoli (bottom left).

The finished post is 10 Read Aloud Questions & Answers.

4. A weekend with my kids. Which meant I experienced different foods.

Oh my, my taste-buds had quite a workout this weekend. And I would absolutely eat any one of the foods again. 

Friday’s lunch was Dim Sum with Jennifer. I thought Dim Sum was a food like Sweet and Sour Pork.

But, no! Dim Sum refers to a style of food (prepared as single servings served in small steamer baskets or on small plates) and how it’s served in the restaurant (from carts).

Friday’s dinner was Ethiopian food with my daughter and her boss, Andrew. We had a chicken dish and a vegetarian platter.

Elizabeth's hand is sampling from the Vegetarian platter. This had all the possible vegetarian choices.

Saturday dinner was ribs and chicken wings (courtesy of Jennifer) and hot pot orchestrated by Jon.

Related post . . . I want to make these Ethiopian recipes.

5. Getting a handle on my computer time. Sometimes I spend too much time on the Internet. So I decided to follow my daughter’s idea. I wrote about her idea here. It is about using questions to determine what I’d rather be doing. This is a good way to get me to change my default activities.

Your Turn . . . Share a gratitude in the comments. GO ahead. It will make your day sweeter! Or if you write a post, link up to the FFF meme at Living to Tell the Story.

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  • 1. reflectionsinapuddle  |  . at .

    I spend too much time on the Internet too. But only realized that after I activated my monthly blog post count – I posted 27 posts in March!!! whereas my average is around 14. No wonder I feel so tired. I should use your daughter’s advice and get a handle on my blogging/Internet time.

    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      27 posts is a marathon. You had a lot to say this month!! I need to have several months like that, but only work on my draft posts and not add anything new except for the weekly FFF.

  • 3. Jerri  |  . at .

    Wow, your taste buds got a work out this week!

    I’ve got a few drafts that I need to finish, too …

  • 4. Ellen  |  . at .

    Sounds like a real rewarding week for your senses! The food you had looks and sounds delish. Congrats on your posts. Baptisms are my very favorite. How great that you had 8!!

  • 5. Faith  |  . at .

    sounds like a wonderful, tasty week!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE chinese broccoli…..and yay for your niece getting baptized! havea great weekend, Susan

  • 6. orples  |  . at .

    I could go for some Chinese food right about now. Yum.

  • 7. Susanne  |  . at .

    I have never had Ethiopian food. Looks delicious.

    How neat that you know Lynette in real life.

    Exciting time when you have that many baptisms! I love that part of a service.

  • Wow! You had wonderful food this week, and you were so productive, too!

    That’s a great idea for limiting computer time. It can be like a vortex sometimes, one link leads to another, leads to another…

  • 9. Kara  |  . at .

    Great faves this week. I love to spend time with my daughters. They are grown now so I don’t get to see them very often. But, they are both coming over for dinner tomorrow night!

  • 10. Gattina  |  . at .

    Sounds like a nice and “yummy” week !


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