Morning Meanderings… Recap Of This and That

Good Morning!

I am in a fantabulous mood (yes it’s a word… maybe my word – but a word! :D)

Yesterday was a fun road trip with Chance. We went to Hennen’s which was really the reason for the hour trip to St Cloud because we were looking for a new mattress set that we could not find what we liked locally.  I do love Hennen’s.  It is a large furniture store with good prices and sales and they deliver for free which unfortunately is a better deal than they offer in my own home town.

After spending about an hour in the store I found what I believe to be a great deal and the set will be delivered to my home next Wednesday.  Mission accomplished.

Next stop – Barnes and Noble… fondly know by my friends and family as my Mother Ship.  Ahhhhh…… I can just smell that new book scent!  I did not really have a mission when I went in other than to see what I could find but of course I could not leave empty-handed AND I did have a gift card from my friend Cindy from Christmas.  So….

The Hate List and Olive Kitteridge

The Hate List was one I have heard a lot about and the synopsis left me going “whoa” which in book language is “this sounds good.”.  Olive Kitteridge is a book that part of my book club is reading for a bonus read this month.  We have been asked as a group to review a couple of books and plan food around the reviews for a possible opportunity to have our group mentioned in a book coming out.  I know – SSQQUUUUEEE right?   In order to do this we had to plan a couple additional reviews, and for this month – Olive Kitteridge is the one we will review in two weeks.

Then Chance and I popped into Mongo’s in St Cloud which is a treat every time we are in the area.  The food is Mongolian stir fry and if you have never experienced this sort of grill I highly recommend it.  They go by many names around the country, I think the one in Fargo is called Hu Hot.  You get a bowl when you come in and you go around and fill your bowl with the veggies of choice, (there is everything you could imagine – peppers, cauliflower, spinach, yellow squash, broccoli, onion, pea pods, green beans, potato, peas…) and then you chose your meats (chicken, crab, shrimp, beef, salmon, sausage…) then there are three choices of noodles and then you choose 6 scoops of a sauce which you can select from about twenty different types from sweet and mild to hot and spicy and everything in between.  Then you give your bowl to the cooks and they stir fry it in front of you.  They will ask you if you would like to add an egg of rice or a wrap – all included.  It is delicious and fun!  And to give you a bit of what it was like I totally geeked out and recorded a bit of the experience:

Today I have a pretty open day and I am really looking forward to it.  After church Chance is hanging with friends all day and I am coming home to read a bit, prep meals for the week, and do a bit of house cleaning and then hopefully – read a bit more.   After a week of birthday celebration and eating out way too much and eating way too much…. I need to get back on track.

Hope your Sunday is wonderful!

34 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… Recap Of This and That

  1. Sounds like you had a great day yesterday! I had some friends over for dinner to my new house and other than that did the usual laundry, cleaning, etc….

  2. Hate List – yes, very good book. Would be nice if we could get all teens to read this one

    Haven’t been to Mongolian stir fry for quite some time. The one around here is called “Shu-Shu’s.”

    Have a great day.

    1. I think I will like the book – I like the hard stories and was in the minority with my book club when we read We Need To Talk About Kevin, although years later we all respected Jodi Piccoult’s Nineteen Minutes.

    1. I am hoping the day doesnt get away from me Kristen as they tend to do… I usually spend too much time on one thing, then too much on another and suddenly the day is gone and the reading turns out to be minimal.

    1. Thanks Beth! My hubby always jokes about having a “birthday week” and really milks it for all its worth…. this time I told him I was going to have one… I was kidding when I said it but turned out to actually be a great week 😀

  3. Oh, you had to mention the Mother Ship, did you? Now that will be in my head….I was contemplating actually leaving the house today (LOL), and since the Mother Ship is right around the corner from me…literally, I might just have to go there! But just for coffee (they have Starbucks) and to read and browse. That’s all. Since I have SO MANY books already….but then there’s the bargain table….Drool.

    That stir fry place sounds fantabulous! Yes, I have used that word, too, so it must be a real word, don’t you think???

    Have a great day!

    1. I am so glad the Mother Ship is not around the corner form me Laurel as I would probably need to pay rent there 😀

      I was kind of looking for the bargain table too but they did not have a lot of selection… oh well, I got my fix. 😀

  4. Sounds like you had a great day yesterday. I did too, I spend it with my niece and took her to see my grandparents as well as to do a little shopping (I bought her a little cuddly toy for being good!).

    I hope you enjoy your books! I downloaded one for my Kindle today and started it straight away. It’s Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. Have you heard of it? It’s got great reviews and I’m really enjoying it so far.

  5. Julie H.

    This is why you always sound so together…you’re going to prep some meals for the week! You mean there is some other type of plan besides sitting in my car at 4:45 wondering what to do other than frozen pizza or spaghetti??!!

    1. Julie – LOL I am prepping meals for the week because my life as late (I quote my friend Reagan) is a hot mess. 😀

      I have tried to work, work out, do my evening meetings and some how in between find a way to cook something good. Honestly – hasn’t happened. I think in the last month or so I have never brought home more subs, pizza, chicken…..

      I decided this week enough of the stressing over meals so my afternoon plan is to pre cook and freeze 😀

      1. Julie H.

        Good luck! It’s no fun being a hot mess! 🙂
        I hope to emulate your forward thinking at some point. I think I need to at least figure one meal for the crock pot this week!

  6. hate List is a fantastic and brutal book..well worth the read. At first I didn’t like Olive but gradually I warmed up to her…great choices!!

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