Tuesday Things: Good Stuff

So Abram basically owned this weekend.  A soccer game (no pictures), a baseball game, the birthday party of some friends (no pictures), a lost tooth and his First Communion where I didn’t take enough pictures because 1- he was over it and 2- I was feeling flustered by the parents of 46 kids all trying to take pictures at the exact same time and needed to get out of there. Thankfully, the service itself was less hectic. It was wonderful watching my son take part in Holy Communion for the first time and his whispered thoughts when we got back to the pew (“Mom, I just drank alcohol!!! The body was waaaaay better.”) made me smile.

In other news, I have no news. Zero.

I haven’t been watching much in the way of television.

I haven’t been knitting much.

I still haven’t gotten buttons for Violet’s sweater (I’ve resigned myself to the fact that by the time I get them she’ll be too big for it.)

I have been reading, but mostly Warriors books because that’s pretty much all Violet reads right now and I wanted to see what the fuss was all about (and because I figure if I read them, I could figure out what she likes and try and get her to branch out a little bit).

I took a two week vacation from Facebook and have been back for a week and am ready to take another.

I’m focusing a lot on the day to day things in my life. Brushing hair. Packing school bags. Chatting with friends. Folding clothes. Making dinners. Playing games. Saying yes when Abram asks me if I want to shoot hoops (despite being completely horrible at it). Snuggling in. Thinking about the goals I’m going to set for my 39th year. Taking baths. Going to bed early. Sleeping in late. Accepting that I might not be changing the whole of the world (I might not even be doing much at all) but loving the tiny place I inhabit. Searching for peace amidst the chaos and madness because I’m tired of feeling chaotic and mad.

What’s new in your world? Watching, reading, cooking, making anything good?

Tuesday Things

It’s definitely spring in Wisconsin. We were 70 degrees this weekend and have snow on the ground this morning. Someone should have known better and not packed up all the winter gear (yours truly). But I still had it close at hand so there’s that. (It’ll just need to be rewashed before being packed up again so I’m kicking myself a bit.)

Jesse and I were supposed to go out of town this weekend but V ended up feeling really poorly (falling asleep in the car on the way home from school and then being super snuggly – both sure signs). She never developed anything other than swollen glands and a nasty fever, but we stayed home to be safe. Managed to take advantage of the sunshiney warm day and washed every window. They were in desperate need.

Knitting: I’ve been having a little soreness in the wrist so I haven’t been doing much in the way of knitting. I frogged a pair of socks I’ve been working on because they ended up looking like they were going to be too big for the intended recipient. I’ve cast on again and have managed to almost finish the cuff. Still looking for buttons for V’s sweater. It’s on my list this week. I’m doing it. Otherwise she’ll outgrow it before I even get a chance to give it to her.

Reading: I started reading The Zookeepers Wife and ordered a few more books. This month’s Reading Dangerously book is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I have it in my purse for those read on the go moments, but I haven’t managed to catch any of them yet. Baseball and soccer practice start this week though, so I’m sure that’s about to change.

Watching: I watched the Louis C.K. comedy special on Netflix. Laughed out loud twice. Cringed a lot more. I like his comedy because he makes me think. I feel like I have a lot on my list and I know I’ve been watching things, but nothing really earth shattering to report.

Cooking: This week is largely brought to you by Cooking Light. We’re also trying a new thing where each kids gets to pick one weekly dinner every other week. This week is Violet’s week. She asked for hamburgers on the grill, baked beans, and a salad. (I can tell she’s thinking summer). Also on the menu is this fish nuggets recipe and shrimp paella. I’m really trying to make an effort to do more food prep either the day of grocery shopping, or the day after. I’m noticing a lot more gets eaten when it’s grab and go.  This blog has been so inspiring to me – both in terms of getting back into the kitchen and being more intentional with caring for me, my family, and my kiddos.

How are things with you? What’s on your list of reading, watching, making, doing? Find any new sources of inspiration lately?

Tuesday Things

Arizona is gorgeous. Our Tuesday-Friday trip was perfect for some hiking, swimming, horseback riding and a very cool museum visit. Poor Jesse had to work, but the kids and I enjoyed our adventures immensely.

We also had some experiences that left me musing about privilege, environmental issues (seriously, how many golf courses do you need in a desert?!?), and trying to find the balance between enjoying life/worrying and speaking to issues/not being annoying. For all the thinking I’ve done, I have zero answers and an uneasy squishy squashy feeling that makes me jealous of all the people who somehow don’t find themselves troubled with these kind of things. (Sort of. I don’t actually want to be someone who doesn’t trouble themselves with troubling things. I just would like a break from my brain always finding troubling things to muse over.)

So with that uplifting start…

Knitting: I’m still working on Abram’s sweater. And I still need to find buttons for Violet’s sweater. (It’s one of those jobs I just dread – too many choices!! – so I keep putting it off).  I got a pair of socks for Abram on and off the needles and another pair about 1/3 of the way finished.

Reading: The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf. I’m still not finished, but almost. I’ve dog-eared about 35-40 pages because something has jumped out at me. I’m finding so many parallels to my own fundamentalist Christian upbringing. I also picked up The Zookeeper’s Wife while at the airport because I want to read it before the movie comes out.

Watching: Grace and Frankie on Netflix. It’s my favorite. (Let’s not talk about how well I’m doing on my Lenten sacrifices.)

What’s new with you? What are you thinking/doing/reading/watching/making/cooking?


Tuesday Things

I can’t believe today is the last day of February. I know it’s a short month and all but I blinked and it was gone.  My checklist of things to get done this month is woefully unchecked (so much for my word of the year) but we had 60° weather in February so getting outside and soaking up the faux spring took priority. The warm temperatures were quickly followed by a return to winter with 12 inches of snow so getting out an enjoying the winter was important too (because it’s still warmer than usual for February).

This weekend I went to the movies to see Hidden Figures (very good) and then watched the Oscars (wow, that Best Picture ending…). I wanted to see if my all time favorite ended up winning an EGOT. (He didn’t.) I haven’t seen 90% of the movies that were up for awards so it was mostly about all the pretty dresses. Emma Stone and Viola Davis wore my favorites.

Knitting: Still need to get buttons for Violet’s sweater (see that whole nothing getting checked off my list thing) but Abram’s sweater is coming along quite nicely. I’m 3/4 of the way done with body and then just have the sleeves to go. I’m really liking how it’s knitting up and the yarn is so sproingy and soft.  There is quite a bit of variation in the yarn as I go along so I’m having to alternate skeins which isn’t my favorite, but it’s worth it.

Reading: I haven’t read anything since we last chatted. I’m going to be reading The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf this month and I have The Underground Railroad and the first book of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place in my Amazon cart, I just haven’t pulled the trigger.

Watching: I found Suits on Prime which Marian has mentioned a few times and have enjoyed what I’ve watched so far. It’s quick and funny. It’s that kind of puffy drama that’s fun but not devastating. I also started Big Little Lies on HBO and I know I’m going to get sucked in. Which brings me to my Lenten sacrifice.

As you may know, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and we Catholics kind of make a big deal about Lent. I haven’t always been the best about observing this season (I can’t tell you how many times I’m mid-bite into some tasty meat when I think, “Oh crap, it’s Friday.”) but this year I’m tackling something that has become a bit of a surprise problem for me. I’m giving up “screen time”.  I’m still kind of surprised at how much of sacrifice this is going to be for me (As a kid, my mom never once grounded me from the television and when I asked her about it she said, “It wouldn’t have been a punishment, you never watched anything.”) But I’ve found myself staying up later than I’d like (and MUCH later than I should) to see what happened on the most recent episode of Scandal (and Billions and Big Little Lies and so on). In true Mardi Gras fashion, I’m going to binge watch the crap out of some shows tonight and then turn it off and focus on the things that REALLY deserve my focus.  Should be an interesting Lenten journey!

So…what’s new with you? What have you been watching, reading, cooking, making, etc, etc?