Hi there. Let’s just jump in and look past the fact I didn’t manage to write once in the month of November.
I knit a pair of socks. I’m half way through another pair. And then I have one more pair to finish before Christmas. I’ve done nothing in the way of embroidery. I am not making anything handmade for anyone this year except for Violet, Abram, and Jesse (the aforementioned socks). I thought I would feel bad about this. I do not. I’ve been watching Schitt’s Creek while I knit.
I’m almost completely done with Christmas shopping but I still have some decorating to do. (Since the remodel, I’m noticing fewer flat surfaces to put things!!) I’m also on the hunt for holiday entertaining recipes because I’m the one hosting this year. I know I’ll be an absolute basket case the day before and the day of, BUT I love the idea of having everyone together and playing games and laughing and making all kinds of tasty treats!
I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I made this lemon-ginger elixir late last week and I’m pretty sure it will be on constant rotation over the winter. Violet had her fall concert for chorus and I made these popcorn balls as a treat for the kids afterward, replacing the peanuts with M&M’s (transfer the mix from the pan to a bowl before adding them in so they don’t get melty). Thanksgiving consisted of Ina Garten’s turkey recipe, a classic green bean casserole, and my favorite dressing. It was delicious. I also made these brownies over that weekend and they were good, but not *the* brownie. Oh, and before I forget: make this soup. Jesse and I loved it. Kids weren’t crazy about it. But they aren’t loving anything that isn’t a chicken nugget these days. Mission #1 for 2019 is to get us ALL back into the habit of making and eating more food (ahem, vegetables) at home. I also want to try my hand at making bread. I don’t know why it’s so intimidating but I’ve been saying for a few months that I want to try my hand at it, but not actually trying my hand at it.
Mission #2 (which I’ve been incorporating already) is decreased screen time. For everyone. I deleted instagram off my phone, deactivated my Facebook account, hid the Xbox and the iPads, and am working on finding other ways to keep everyone busy. I miss the days of crafting and coloring and cooking and game playing, so I’m making the adjustments. It’s been rocky. We’ve had some tantrums (and not just by the kids) but I think it’s better for all of us. (It’s certainly better for my to-do list.) Once upon a time, I didn’t even own a television. It’s amazing (disgusting) how many screens I have in my house now.
Fewer screen hours has resulted in more reading hours. Abram signed up for the annual Battle of the Books. He’s finished Ruby Holler, is currently reading Caddie Woodlawn, and The Tale of Despereaux is next up. Despite having plenty of reading to do for school, he’s still asking me to read Chomp to him in the evenings, so I’m pretty thrilled about that. As for me, most of the reading I’ve been doing is light. I finished The Summer Wives (3 stars), Nine Perfect Strangers (3 stars), The Proposal (2 stars), Hillbilly Elegy (3.7 stars), and The Dinner List (2 stars). I’m currently slow reading a book of letters by George H.W. Bush (reading a few letters, putting it down, reading a few more) and The Children of Blood and Bone (I picked it up for Violet but it’s lower on her list right now. It’s not my genre, and it’s quite dark, but I wanted to read it. I’m about halfway through and I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve finished.)
So that’s me. It’s full and boring and I’m a bit over winter considering it started the first week in November (and I’m a person who LIKES winter) but we’re settling in to the season. We had a “good snow” snowfall over the weekend and the kids spent the weekend with my mom playing in that and making homemade caramels (P.S. They’re in my fridge right now. And they’re dangerous) while Jesse and I finished almost all of the shopping (now for the wrapping!!). How are you? What are you reading, making, watching, listening to? Hope that you and yours are well!!!