November has been a crazy-busy month for me, end to end. Filled with stresses and emotions and too-long ToDo lists . . . but also with love and gratitude and turkey!
(These gorgeous flowers are from my mom's memorial service last Tuesday. Aren't they lovely?)
Here's what's happening in my world . . . Right Now:
Watching - I finished watching The Crown last night. I loved it. Tom and I watched Love Actually the other night. Other than that, not much watching going on.
Reading - But . . . I do have plenty of reading happening! I finished reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (and winner of this year's National Book Award) just yesterday morning. This is a powerful book -- one I will be thinking about for quite a while. I also recently finished Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Again, powerful. I have two books on library loan through Overdrive -- and I'm going to have to read fast because they're due far too soon (when it rains it pours, it seems): Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh and Hot Milk by Deborah Levy. (Luckily, they're both on the short side.)
Knitting - I have been finding some time to knit a bit. Not much, but some. I'm knitting this sweater, and I'm nearing the end (just one more sleeve and the pockets). On size 11 needles with bulky yarn, this one is clipping right along (so to speak; it's a relative statement). I'm anxious to try some of these cute little guys -- and I'm still looking forward to knitting up some of these.
Drinking - Tea. And plain old water-infused-with-oranges. And wine. (Natch.)
Humming - This one. Four Strong Winds was one of my mom's favorites. (She was from Alberta, you know.) Erin sang it at the memorial service last week --- quite a bit different than Neil's version, of course. Seeing that Erin's voice is classically trained. And Neil's is . . . not. Anyway. I've been humming this song ever since.
Needing to - Resume my usual fitness routine. Because my life has been so upside-down and inside-out lately that too many of my workouts have, well . . . pretty much disappeared. (I also need to quit eating so much cheese.) (But let's not talk about that.)
Delighted by - Shhhhh. It's kind of under the radar . . . but I'll let you in on a secret. My knee has improved enough that I am running again. Just a little. And very slowly. But I'm delighted. (I'm also delighted by the shoelaces in my new running shoes. Aren't they great?)
Looking forward to - Bringing light and winter comfort into my house during these dark times (seasonal AND political). (Stay tuned.)
Celebrating - Something that I can't quite blog about yet. But it's fun. And I'll tell you as soon as I can.
Planning - A party. The holidays. My dad's move. What to knit next. Which book to load on my iPod. Year-end tax stuff. Pretty much . . . All The Things.
Grateful for - These four goofballs. I was so happy to have them all home last week. I was happy to buy them drinks and take them out for dinner and laugh with them and listen to their banter. It doesn't get much better!
How about YOU? What's going on for you . . . right now?