The Tuesday Currents

I’m currently…

Raising funds for SQSH! If SQSH sounds like a hug, it’s because that’s exactly what it is. You can read all about it and find out how to support SQSH today on Giving Tuesday (or anytime!) here.

reading Fever Dream with Indy. We liked it but it wasn’t nearly as gasp-worthy as reviews made it sound.

finishing up archery training! Yay! We have a great group of new kids joining our older archers.

calling a new mentor for some tips in another project

kicking sugar and craving squash soup

decorating for the holidays. Indy had us laughing so hard with his impression of me going gaga over cinnamon, then Wood Sprite and I ooohed and ahhhed over the lights so much we ended up not finishing the tree. Honestly, we used to push through and get every tote emptied in one day! That sounds exhausting. These days it takes me a few days to decorate–even with more family help–and if I’m not feeling something, it goes back into a tote. Who am I?!

naming the tree. The past few trees included Boromir, Gertrude and Bertrand. This year’s tree is called Larry Gary Barry Jerry Gergich. Yeah, we mix them up and never say it the same way.

finishing prep work on my 2022 planner

having lunch with an old friend

not sleeping great, which always happens when Indy goes back to work. He’s got a few long weekends coming up and I’m sure rest will be all over the place.

making All. The. Appointments. I was on the phone yesterday for nearly two hours. At least they’re all made!

loving Indy’s birthday countdown and finalizing his birthday plans

reorganizing book lists. I tend to do this every time Wood Sprite and I revisit our goals.

craving a wickedly sweet coffee. Did I mention I cut sugar out?

chugging water and trying to not think of said delicious wickedness. To be clear, I don’t think any food is wicked and I’m using the word to mean something I love. If you love and eat lots of sugar, I’m not judging and I definitely relate to having a sweet tooth. Unfortunately, it aggravates my symptoms so cutting it out is in my best interest. Being unhappy now will help me feel better in a couple of days. In the meantime, I mope.

checking out some Barefoot Books for my niece

making plans for next semester

What are you up to?

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Things I Love Thursday

It’s the last Thursday of November! What’s making you happy/inspired/comforted/feel better this week? I’m loving…

putting out tall candles in clear jars with lids. This is the most satisfying thing to watch. The lid sloshes the wet wax ever so slightly, creating an oceanic effect. Then the wicks slowly dim and the smoke fills the jar with a fog that looks like it’s settling around the colorful “water” and… chef’s kiss. I could watch it all day long.

reading with my niece. We took her to the library for the first time and she got her own card soon after! The Bear books (Bear Snores On, etc.) are our current favorites. We tried a Pigeon book the other day and I can’t wait to introduce her to Elephant and Piggie.

how much better my eyes feel when I’m hydrated (and the drops my eye doctor gave me for when I’m not)

talking to Pumpkin and listening to her answers (meows)

plain old iced black tea. I’m so used to flavoring it that having it plain again is somehow new and delightful.

this talk about writers and health. Goodness, I wish I’d taken this advice 20 years ago. We didn’t know a lot of this then, and what we know now explains so much.

therapy. And I wish everyone could have access to it. I highly recommend finding a practice with grad students if that’s what’s in your budget because it’s still quite helpful.

Zuul’s time almost being up. They should depart tomorrow!

a new shed! My aunt’s getting rid of one so we’ll have a place to store all of our outside tools once again.

a movie night with my sister and my kiddo

Indian food, both at said movie night and date night with Indy

eating with my sisters at one of their houses. Every visit with either of them lately feels like the biggest gift. Then we delivered meals to my parents and aunt and were able to see almost everyone.

math with Wood Sprite. It’s becoming one of my favorite parts of the day. The kid’s not a fan so I keep trying to find more creative ways to present material and make it more playful. I never would’ve guessed that math would be my creative outlet someday.

innovative solutions to modern challenges

learning and sharing new ideas with folks

my sister’s green bean casserole

cat snuggles

seeing that joyful beginner’s mind on the faces of new archers. It’s really the best part of archery training. I love how much the kids love it, and I love witnessing that spark.

good, restful sleep

swapping graphic novels with Wood Sprite

being (mostly) finished with my holiday shopping. I can’t wait to see the kids’ faces when they open these up.

having fixed window trim in the bathroom, courtesy of Indy

smelling nice, my favorite creature comfort. Today I’m wearing a sample of Wraith by Possets.

the flesh-eating mermaid painting Wood Sprite made for my birthday

the sky every morning since the full moon

What are you loving lately?