What I’m Listening To Lately

An idealistic punch in the gut:

Background writing/working stuff:

Happy wake up music:

Friday cruisin’ with my baby:

A little 20 year old me nostalgia:

Just a little gem:

Cleaning the house:

Mom, don’t listen to this one, you won’t approve (but it’s a good one to have in the arsenal):

I love a gravely voice which you won’t hear in the clip but Greg Brown makes me swoon:

Abram tells me to “crank it”:


An accidental find:

The most perfect 80’s song not written in the 80’s (another Friday favorite for the kiddos and I):

I don’t really have much to add to the conversation lately. My house is progressing on schedule (knock on all the available wood). Abram and Violet each had a bout of strep but are healthy now. My in-laws are the most gracious people on the face of the earth and I’ll never be able to say thank you enough for the generosity and kindness they’ve shown me.

Hope you all have a full and happy weekend! And please share any favorite listens lately! I’m always looking for fun things to find!

some days are like that

I wrote a whole post. Close to 700 words. And then some network thingie happened. And 1/2 of it was gone.

Rather than sit here and type it all out again, I’m going to take it as confirmation that the world doesn’t need to hear what I’m knitting, reading, watching, and thinking today. Suffice it to say I’m still knitting, reading, watching, and thinking.

Hope you and those you love are happy, healthy, and safe.

P.S. I *finally* read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and it was everything you said – light but not frivolous. I wish there were more books like that.

P.P.S. I also read The American Marriage. I’m glad I read it before finding out it was an Oprah pick because I tend to side-eye those. (Not casting aspersions, she has some really good picks, but books with that sticker are like books with movie covers for me…hard no.) Anyway, I gave it five stars on goodreads. One of the best books I’ve read in awhile. Anyway, just saying if you’re like me and tend to bypass celebrity book picks, you may want to bypass that bypass. It really is GOOD.

P.P.P.S. The same can not be said for Wally Lamb’s I’ll Take You There. It wasn’t even a story. It was a political manifesto that beat you about the head (and I even agree with the politics, it was just so…PREACHY.)

P.P.P.P.S. I’m not really good a short little posts. Even when I try.





A List for January


Here are some random thoughts from January.

  1. Everything that is required of me right now is basically the opposite of my skill set.
  2. If I manage to make it through the next few months with my marriage, my sanity, and the majority of my friendships intact, I’ve basically won at life.
  3. I’m bouncing between procrastination, overwhelm, and squashing my to do list.
  4. While procrastinating, I’m Knitflixing dishrags, socks, and watching the BBC/Masterpiece Theater Victoria and Vikings (I think from the history channel) from Amazon Prime.
  5. For someone who is NOT a keeper of stuff, I really have way too much stuff.
  6. I think it would be really lovely to sell off every earthly possession, buy an Airstream, and just spend a year trekking around North America with Jesse and the kids.
  7. Or have a hobby farm.
  8. But only if I had someone to help take care of the hobby farm. (Because there is a gaping hole between the person that I would love to be and the person I actually am and that gaping hole is made up of laziness and a distaste for physical labor/discomfort).
  9. If the world is really going to hell in a hand basket, this is going to be my guide for how to deal with it.
  10. Discomfort = growth. Growth = good.
  11. All of the problems I’m facing right now are GOOD problems.
  12. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
  13. What other people think of me is none of my business.
  14. I want to write again. Not just lists and Tuesday Things but actual writing. It may not be for awhile though.
  15. Once this remodel is done, I’m going to get back into the habit of creating art and cooking with my kids. I’m missing it.
  16. Days with inches and inches of snow and warm winter temperatures are some of my favorite.
  17. Houseplants can actually kind of become like pets.
  18. Down comforters in January are basically a requirement.
  19. It’s always fun to see your kids find a passion and then work toward it despite setbacks.
  20. When the list gets too long and everything is swirling – taking a nap is magic.


I didn’t set a resolution.

I didn’t give myself a word.

I didn’t make a list of books I want to read or projects I want to knit or goals I want to accomplish.

2018 is not going to be that kind of year.

It’s going to be big and full and messy and hard and wonderful and I’m not at all ready for it to start, but it’s here already anyway.

Our house is going to undergo a major renovation.

I’m going to turn 40.

Violet is going to “graduate” from elementary school.

(I’m not sure which of those last two is going to be the hardest for me, but based on my internal feelings as I typed them, it’s the latter.)

And I’m going to squeeze every last moment of joy out of it that I can.

Happy 2018!!!