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Things I Love Thursday

Some things I love this week are…

…a house full of excited tweenagers/teenagers. Indy and I wanted more kids and on nights like these it feels like we have that, at least in atmosphere.

…beautiful new planner stickers, courtesy of Indy and Wood Sprite for Mother’s Day.

…seeing most of my BFFs today! I missed a few–L’s son was sick and J wasn’t available but I hope to see you both soon. ❤

…hearing my song on the radio tonight! I turned it up and danced with a couple of kids in the kitchen. I’ve never heard it on the radio. Watch the video, it’s gorgeous, too.

…hanging out with Wood Sprite without having to rush so much to get anywhere. It’s been really nice just laughing and chatting.

…reading Half-Blood Prince with the family. I’m loving the red herrings and Sprite’s reactions. We aim to finish the series by the end of July so we can participate in a trivia night with her spoiler-free.

…Wood Sprite’s mice! Their names are Anakin (because she bites), Moony and Padfoot (whom are both playful and sweet).

What are you loving this week?



Things I Love Thursday

A few things I’m loving this week include…

having groceries

morning basket time. These books are fantastic and I love building up our routine again.

my new planner! My Passion Planner broke in the center and I sent them a photo just so they knew it could happen. I’ve been using planners since I was 16 and I’m pretty rough on them. They advised me to correct it with tape (I used duct tape since my planner was in half!) but they also sent me a new one! I was very pleasantly surprised and already a big fan, and that was very cool of them to do.

Whatever Next. Wood Sprite and I played this game and found it pretty funny! We’re also enjoying Periodic Table Battleship, which we made ourselves.

giving rides to friends, which makes us feel good by helping out AND gives Wood Sprite the rare car companion

tween nights. We have two this month and hopefully we can get the tether ball and fire pit going for the next one. I love hearing the house filled with chatter and laughing.

Indy feeling better. He wasn’t well earlier and it scared me quite a bit. It also changed all of our afternoon and evening around but that was fine. I’m just glad he’s OK!

peanut butter and chocolate fat bombs. Mine are even better since they are shaped like Han Solo in carbonite.

when the dogs hustle coming in at night to minimize the migration of all of the little bugs into our living room…

How about you? What are you loving?

The Tuesday Currents

Please send this kitty all the positive vibes and healing thoughts you can.

I’m currently…

reading The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

caring for a sick cat. It doesn’t look good and she’s MY girl and my guts are just twisted up. She’s old, 60 in cat years, but I sure expected her to have another few left at least.

watching I Feel Pretty on Moon Sisters Night (thank you, L, S and M!), a Star Trek marathon last week with Indy, and a Star Wars marathon over May the Fourth and Revenge of the Fifth

eating Fresh Thyme peanut butter, which is not much higher in cost than my Aldi stuff but it tastes like it was made fresh seconds ago. Oh it’s good.

beginning the chick integration process with the small pen. We have to repair it before we put it next to the large one so the girls can mingle.

applying for jobs. Layoffs after car repairs combined with catching house taxes up just don’t go well together… Wish me luck.

still organizing rides and/or logistics for more Scouts camping, musical practice, Model U.N. Honors Assembly, setting up fall/spring 2019 classes, summer camps, D&D, library classes… all Wood Sprite’s stuff.

listening to Florence & the Machine’s “Hunger.” It’s gorgeous and so is the video.

watching deer eat in the backyard. I hope they stay and eat ALL the brush…

What are you up to this week?

Things I Love Thursday

Some things I love this week…

Our chicks! We’ve got Blue (a black sex link Wood Sprite is training with a clicker), Betty (White, because she’s a Golden (Girl) laced Wyandotte!), Shuri (a buff orpington) and Eleanor (a calico princess).

My Indy, even if he’s nuts and thinks he’s Kevin Bacon.

Wood Sprite’s science obsession. She’s been ogling chemistry sets online (“real” ones, she insists, not all the “kiddie ones” we’ve had over the years; I think she just wants glass beakers), creating new labs in her room (with a bunch of plants and household ingredients that sometimes draw ants), reading all of the neuroscience and biology books she can get her hands on… I’m just trying to keep up at this point and I’m pretty sure she’s going to need a mentor in the near future but I love it.

A pioneer RPG game designed around the Oregon Trail. A friend in our homeschool co-op set it up and it was AMAZING, and I can’t stand that word and don’t use it lightly because it’s thrown around so much but WOW. The kids made wagons, had to do trials and cards, did skill stations (with real soap carving, fire making, ice lantern hammering and more), games of chance, panning for gold… It was brilliant. Even the food, water, medicine, and other supplies they had to tote around were actual bottles and sacks, not just tokens. She went all out and I have never been more impressed with an RPG game.

WAKANDA FOREVER. And the new Avengers Brady Bunch theme song. Infinity War is coming!

I’m also still loving the Greatest Showman soundtrack. I cry over both “A Million Dreams,” thinking about Indy and me as kids and getting all nostalgic, and “This Is Me,” thinking about… well, everyone.

Planning a Medieval Month! The Science Center is having an Arthurian Legends day in August so we’ve decided to make July Medieval Month with all books, movies and even foods medieval.

Reading for fun (just for me). I’ve missed it so much! I’m still not back to my old quota but I’m feeling a lot better with more books under my belt.

Arrrgh Schooling. I’m obsessed with Emily’s book ideas and want to be her BFF. We just assembled a heavy-on-the-science morning basket and we’re both very excited.

Starbucks rewards. I almost never buy anything at Starbucks anymore unless it’s under a star dash or double star day and those rewards are very welcome!

The Tuesday Currents

Indy used his shooting range Groupon from Christmas and wore this shirt we made him…

I’m currently…

working on about 50 projects with Wood Sprite. I need to make some kind of wall hanging filing system to help us keep track of all of our stuff (not to mention clean out the office and do a deep sort/pitch!). Her troop is going to Savannah next year and we’re having a yard sale to help pay for it so that will be great motivation to get things cleaned out!

finishing Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I read The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden over the weekend.

organizing rides and/or logistics for more Scouts camping, musical practice, Model U.N. General Assembly, setting up fall/spring 2019 classes, summer camps, D&D, teen science cafe, library classes, RPG… yeah, that’s all Wood Sprite’s stuff.

listening to “I’m An Albatraoz.” Wood Sprite and I danced to it on Just Dance the other day and it just keeps getting stuck in a loop.

wishing for a magic wand that makes dust, yard brush and everything in between that I don’t want disappear!

What are you up to this week?

The Tuesday Currents

I’m currently…

Hiking with my family and one of Wood Sprite’s best friends. We were supposed to go camping but she’s camped out after a weekend with Scouts, with plenty of bangs and bruises from slipping in mud, so I don’t blame her!

Listening to The Greatest Showman soundtrack. I kind of hate how obsessed I am with this right now! Gorgeous songs and visuals… yet a movie that made a hero out of a jerkface and vice versa while simultaneously missing the mark to portray a more meaningful message. Sigh.

Reading Self-Reg, The Gifts of Imperfection, Harley Quinn comics, The Hazel Wood, The Bear and the Nightingale.

Watching Black Panther. Love. Best Marvel movie ever and one of the best films ever, period.

Wanting… to better manage time. Who doesn’t? Indy to get a promotion. To finish and publish my YA novel.

Looking forward to… Indy off this weekend, snuggling chicks, dates with Indy, the semester being over.

What are you doing this week?