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Right Now . . . January 2013

Here's what's going on in my life  . . . RIGHT NOW.


Watching . . . Downton Abbey, of course.  (Still in shock over the demise of Lady Sybil. . .)  An episode of Portlandia every now and then, for laughs.  (Put a bird on it . . .)  And movies.  (Lots of movies.)

Reading . . . Alice Munro's newest short-story collection, Dear LifeThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.  And the poetry of Mary Oliver.  (Don't forget . . . Silent Poetry Reading, blog-style, coming up on February 2!)

Knitting . . . Ei-yi-yi!  We really will not speak of knitting today.  Except to say that my Tinder cardigan is finished (except for buttons and blocking).  It is currently in a bit of a balled up wad in the corner.  There was (ahem) a bit of an issue with one-row buttonholes.  But I had a lot of practice.  And now they're perfect.  PERFECT, I tell you.  I also finished a sock.  And that's all I'm going to say about knitting.

Listening to . . . Respighi, Ben Harper, and Motion City Soundtrack.  Also. . . Macklemore*.  (Thanks for the introduction, Brian!)

Thinking about . . . Being open to SURPRISES in my life.

Dreading . . . Wallpaper removal.  And how it's really the only thing holding me back from a having a cool bathroom.

Humming . . . Sweet Emotion.  Aerosmith.

Planning . . . A special birthday celebration for my special friend, Sandie.  A little trip with my sister (to Not Europe).  And how to get everything ready to deal with my recalled iMac (Still.  I don't want to do it.).

Celebrating . . . Another 6-month oncology check-up under my belt.  All is well.


Drinking . . . Chai latte.  I got hooked on this great mix from a local coffee/tea company.  Like. . . really hooked.  And now, I can't find any more.  So sad.

Itching to . . . Plant something!

Needing to . . . Get straight with what YEAR it is.  Here it is, the end of January, and I'm still having a hard time writing 2013!!!

Organizing . . . My address book and letter-writing tools.  Tomorrow begins the Month of Letters.  Join in -- click on the link in my sidebar and learn more.

Inspired by . . . The Dreambird Shawl, Scandinavian design, and the succulent planters I saw at the greenhouse last weekend.


Delighted by. . . My new - and practically-perfect-in-every-way bag for work!  After years (seriously. . . YEARS!), I have finally found the most wonderful work/laptop bag in the world (and fairly reasonably priced, too).

How about YOU?  What's going on for YOU . . . right now?


*  See for yourself. . .



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love the prompts...and the idea of doing this regularly. I need to get back into the habit! thanks as always for the links, especially the poetry.


Good Morning! Looking forward to seeing that Tinder once it's sentence has been served! I'm considering the letters was a pleasant surprise last year.


You always have so much good going on in your life. It's wonderful! 'Surprise' will come when you're not looking for it or thinking about it!


Sounds like you're in a good place with some good stuff going on. Hooray for that good check up, that makes me incredibly happy. And I like that bag a LOT. I was just thinking that I need to update my work/laptop bag . . .

kathy b

MOnth of letters sounds intriguing!


I haven't tried this chai mix yet but many of her other recipes are great!

If you do try it, let me know how you liked it!


Also watching Downton Abbey. I hope Lady Edith sticks to her guns and becomes a writer. Very sad about Sybil. Mary is a pill.

Love Mary Oliver's poems. I have been reading (slowly) the poems of Wislawa Szymborska (in English translation). Her poem about 4 a.m. completely freed me from middle of the night anxiety.


A SOCK?! Oh my...

I hope the surprises are wonderful, more of that chai is located and that sweater starts behaving. You can never trust a handknit sweater, ya know...


Your date-writing mojo has come to me. Haven't had a bitt of trouble remembering this is 2013, not 2012. Of course, I write practically no checks so practically never have to write the date. But still.


Hi Kym, could I tempt you with a European trip? At the end of May I am going on a two week trip to Estonia organised by Nancy Bush. I met Nancy a few years ago and we have kept in touch. It's a multi site tour, max 17 people and there are 2 places left. If you are interested let me know and Nancy will send details.

Your energy and organisation is wonderful to see, your blog is high amongst my favourites. X

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