TWITL – week thirty-two – cousin time

This post is late because I spent Sunday afternoon/evening hanging out with my cousins. So why not talk about that?

My uncle and cousin live in Las Vegas and they were out this way for a shot visit. It’s been a couple of years at least since we’ve seen them so it was a great time of eating and catching up. I never thought so when I was growing up but now I see the resemblance between my uncle and my dad.

I had to head out to Pleasant Hill on my own, which meant picking up the lumpia at Mabuhay then getting gas at the new 7 Eleven gas station here in town. While I was pumping my own gas, I realized that it’s been a few years since I’ve actually pumped my own gas. Does that sound spoiled? I know it does. Yes, the hubby is the one who usually fills the gas tanks on our vehicles. And I really can’t remember the last time I pumped my own gas. I only drive a couple of miles a day, so the need for gas doesn’t usually come up until the weekend and at that point, the hubby is driving said vehicle and he fills the tank while we’re out and about.

After getting gas, I headed out to Pleasant Hill. It was my first time driving the Edge on the freeway and a fair distance. I had the a/c on and the music loud. The traffic was light (as it should have been) and I arrived in fair time.

I love hanging out with my family. We sit and chat and snack. It’s so relaxing. The preteens (four girls!) played on their Nintendo Switches. I didn’t take many pictures and our group picture was actually taken on my cousin’s phone! I should really try to remember to bring my tripod so we can take full-on group shots.


I snacked so much that by the dinner time, I filled my plate with smaller than my usual portions. The food was good, of course. I even had some Prosecco (while snacking) so I was definitely mellow. Also, I figured out that I like Prosecco.

As it was Sunday night, I had to leave earlier than I probably would have had I not had to work the next morning. Hugs all around then off I went. Once I was on Hwy 4, I felt better. There’s so much construction on the freeway and I always hate doing that one merge near the drive-in. Oi! It was still to warm to have the windows down so I chilled with the a/c and loud music. I was in Brentwood soon enough.


CODA (Apple TV+) – This was a rather lovely movie and by the end of it, I was glad to have watched it. It’s well done, sentimental, heart squeezing.

HISTORY OF THE WORLD, PART I – This is a movie from 1981 that I’d probably seen in bits and pieces over the years. We bought it online and watched it and oh my, it’s a freakin’ HOOT. I’m glad it took me this long to watch it. I’m not sure if my younger self would have appreciated it as much…


August is such a crazy month in my family in regards to birthdays. It’s a bit amazing how many birthdays we have this month. The crazy thing is that I still know most of them without looking at my calendar. Go me?…

August is also a crazy month in terms of work. It’s the one month where we do not have any holidays. We work the whole month. It’s the only month of school without a holiday or break. BRUTAL. And I am definitely feeling it right now…

I’ll end this now since it’s already Tuesday. I’m sure I missed something.

I hope everyone stays safe! Wear your mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, and get that vaccine so we can all hug and laugh together. <3