It’s spring. The snow is mostly all melted. Windows have been opened and will continue to be throughout all of this week. Abram beats me at chess at least once a day. He’s been watching YouTube videos and playing against friends and bots. He uses words like “file” and “fork” – words I know only from watching/reading The Queen’s Gambit. On Friday, I played him to a draw (I had him in perpetual check but didn’t know how to actually beat him) and it felt like such a victory.
I took a part time job at a local bookstore. I met my coworkers last week. We talked War and Peace and Jane Austen – about teachers and writers and writers who are teachers. I came home with a stack of books that I had ordered the week before and another stack of pre-published works. Jesse and I laughed when I curled up on the couch and said, “I have to get to work”. In the end of March, I decided my 30 day project would be to read at least 30 minutes every day so the timing of everything is quite fortuitous. Abram’s more likely to read if he can do it alongside someone and my goal is to make a reader out of him yet.
I breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday last week, but not too big of one. We still plenty of things to be worried about, but I’m trying to focus on my corner of the garden.
Let’s talk some things.
Watching: I finished The Last of Us (so many feels) and watched the first couple episodes of Ted Lasso. I’m behind on that and Succession because I’ve been watching Vanderpump Rules reunions (I’m on season 8) My arm has been twisted into watching all of season 10. (It didn’t take much of a twist to honest.)
Reading: Why Fish Don’t Exist by Lulu Miller (so good), The Winners by Fredrik Backman (I’ve loved this series, but this was probably my least favorite of them), The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel, Bride of the Tornado by James Kennedy, Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (this took me a long time to get into and I almost quit, but am so glad I didn’t. Definitely one of my favorites), and I just finished The Fall of the House of Tatterly a middle grade book that I think I’ll buy for Abe when it comes out in August.
Knitting: I’m working on square 105 on my blanket. I have a half finished scarf that I really need to get done before I switch from knitting to gardening mode.
Making: A recreation of a favorite blanket. My grandmother had this blanket I loved as a kid – I used it whenever I stayed over at her house (which was a lot) – and when I was telling my mom about it, she told me it was a home ec project she made from a set sheets. A search of vintage sheets (these are the same style), an Ikea duvet, and I’m ready to make my own version. I just need to get the boxes from my office unpacked and dig out my sewing machine. Garden plans. We renewed our plot in the community garden and it’ll be 80 this week before it drops back to more seasonable temps. I know where we live and know better than to get too far ahead of myself, but I am thinking about what will go where once we are planting out.
So that’s me. I hope you are well. I’d love to hear what you are -ing when you have the chance!