Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.
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Happy Sunday! Here are the scratches for the week.
We started the week with a video call with my in-laws for my brother-in-law’s birthday on Monday! It was our second video call in a row (we have weekly video calls on Sunday evenings now) but it was still really nice to see everyone.
We finished the HBO Show McMillion$ this week. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. So interesting! It’s about how the original McDonald’s Monopoly game was a fraud.
I stayed up late on Tuesday night and finished The Great Believers. I wasn’t super into it at the beginning, but I fell in love with the characters and sobbed at the end. I think most of it was finally releasing all of the stress I’ve felt about coronavirus, but holy cow. Thank you, Rebecca Makkai for giving me that release.
I randomly decided one day this week (the days are all blending together now so I have no idea what day it was) to put a note on the fridge with food that we need to eat before it goes bad soon. I’ve seen this tip a lot, and I know I should have started it years ago, but omg it was so helpful! I am very motivated by lists, so I used a checklist format and holy cow was it motivating. I ended up getting creative with some lunches during the week just so I could finish up some leftovers and cross them off the list.
I also made these cookies because we had a lemon that was about to go bad. They’re so good! I made them on Thursday and I can guarantee we’ll eat the last one today… you’ve been warned.
This week I got the best news ever in the form of a text from one of my oldest friends, Kari—the Oneders were getting back together! That Thing You Do favorite movie of all time, and we watched it all the time together growing up. The main song from the movie (which I just learned was nominated for an Oscar and a Grammy) was written by Adam Schlesinger, who died a few weeks ago of COVID-19. The four main guys from the movie got together on Friday evening for a watch party on YouTube as a COVID-19 relief fundraiser in Adam’s honor, and it brought me so much joy. (Don’t worry, you can rewatch it if you missed it!
One thing that really struck me about the watch party: I’ve always felt like That Thing You Do is a really niche movie that basically only my immediate family and childhood friends have seen. I typically get blank stares whenever I say my favorite movie is That Thing You Do. But this week so many people were talking about and getting excited for the watch party, and it made me feel so much less alone in how much I love this movie. And feeling less alone is something we all need right now. ♥️
Yesterday was super productive, and not in a Need to Be Productive During Quarantine way—in a We Really Need to and Want to Do All of These Things” kind of way. I tidied up the space under the stairs in our basement (it involved a lot of vacuuming up spiderwebs and dog hair) and Sean prepped a big chunk of our back yard for grass seed! It’s finally starting to feel like spring again after we got several inches of snow on Friday (as seen above).
I made these meatballs last night for dinner and I’m so excited to have them again. Don’t you love those recipes? Where you’re so full and you’re jealous of your future self who gets to eat them again? I’ll probably tone down the sriracha a tiny bit next time, but otherwise I’ll be keeping it the same. SO good.
Oh, and this week I officially finished my first Passion Planner Daily! I’m so excited about it and ready to fill up another planner with memories. Hopefully by the time I finish the next one (in about 3 months) we’re actually able to leave the house again.
Follow along on Instagram at @caitlinhonard to hear about these things during the week! xo