Our unseasonably warm fall has become seasonable. I’m scouring the forecast for more snow, turning on the outdoor Christmas lights, and day dreaming about what holiday celebrations will look like this year. I’m a little under-slept and more than a little over-caffeinated. Last week, Abram had three basketball games. This week, he has four. I love every single minute I get to sit on the bleachers watching these kids play. It’s a great group and I’m grateful.
Mornings are both peaceful and hectic and I’m often dropping one kid or the other off while wearing my pajamas. I love the first few hours after everyone is out of the house. I putter. Put away dishes, laundry, return misplaced things to their homes. Sometimes I turn on music. Sometimes I enjoy the quiet. Occasionally, I call a friend and chat while I finish the last of my coffee. I’m happy in a way that I haven’t been in a really long time. Not because everything is going smoothly (it isn’t), or because there aren’t mistakes to be rectified (there are), or even because I know everything will work out okay (I don’t). I just am and am grateful for it.
Let’s talk things.
Knitting: Finished the vespa socks, started and finished another sockhead hat, and am on the first sock in another pair. My fingers have been sore so I’m going to take a knit break and instead work on some embroidery.
Reading: I finished Bright Side by Kim Holden. I cried, but I do that all the time now. I didn’t rate it because I don’t know how I feel about it. I loved the story, didn’t love the writing. It’d make a cute Netflix movie series. I’m a few chapters into The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth. I really enjoyed The Mother-In-Law by her, so I’m looking forward to this one. Based on a recommendation, I’ve been listening to Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen by Michelle Icard on Audible and liking it. I’m a little late to the game as V is 14, and the chapters I’ve listened to so far are more about HOW to have the conversations that the WHAT of the conversations, but I’ve incorporated some hints already this week and I like it.
Watching: Seinfeld (Netflix). I didn’t really watch it when it was popular. I just didn’t like it. But I’ve been watching this last week and don’t hate it. Still am not sure why it was so popular, but it’s good background TV. I also rewatched Dash and Lily (Netflix) because it’s a cute Christmas series and I like cute. And Maid (Netflix). I have a lot of feels about that show. It was not crafting television, and I recommend it.
Listening: I sent out a request for podcast recommendations to keep me company both on IG and Facebook and I got lots of true crime pod recommendations. I have to be in the right kind of mood to listen, but I’ll be sure to share them if I love them. Spotify created a way to blend your music with a friend’s and I made one with my niece and it always makes me laugh. She listens to current rap/hip-hop almost exclusively and I’m very into new/old folk with a little bit of 80’s/90’s nostalgia mixed in. Parcels released a new album that I love. This is my puttering in the kitchen playlist lately.
Making: Chili. Tea. Pots of coffee. Christmas lists.
So that’s me!! How are you and what are you -ing? Looking forward to catching up!!