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A Month of Fundays

Right Now . . . July 2013

End of July.  Who would've thought that I'd be wearing wool socks at the End of July?  But I was . . . last weekend.  It was unbelievably cold. 


The calendar says it's the End of July.  Here's what's happening for me . . . Right Now!


WATCHING . . . Orange is the New Black (Netflix original series); I declare this one Totally Worth My Time.

READING . . . Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (this one is so good and so wonderful that I'm savoring slowly) and The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy (funny; really, really funny in a delightful kind of way).  Reading is overwhelming for me right now -- because there are so many books I want to read!  The Booker Prize longlist was just announced . . . sigh.  (I've already read Some of Them, but I want to read All of Them.)

KNITTING . . . I just finished a shawl, and I really ought to finish up some projects that have been hanging around.  And I've just started the second sock (of a pair) for my mom.  But I'm hankering to cast on for another shawl.  This one, in particular.  Love it.

LISTENING TO . . . A friend who recently traveled to New Orleans got me hooked on Tanya & Dorise -- street performers she found in the French Quarter.  Love them.  (I have a couple of their cds on order.)

DREADING . . . Car shopping.  But it is essential.  Tom's car (a beloved 2000 Subaru Outback) has just been given the dreaded "terminal" diagnosis.  It is time.

HUMMING . . . Kid Rock.  All Summer Long.  All day.  (I totally blame Carole.)


CELEBRATING . . . Erin's move to a new (and safer!) apartment in Pittsburgh.  Tom and Brian are there now, helping Erin and Keith with the heavy lifting.


PLANNING . . . My Secret Garden!  Work continues.

ITCHING TO . . . Do some sewing.  I recently found a dress pattern that looks especially promising (Vogue 8786) and some great fabric.  Time to fire up the Viking!


DRINKING . . . Cold Brew tea!  (At least, I WAS drinking it . . . until the cold snap last weekend!  Then I jumped right back to my standard, hot tea.)  I didn't expect to like cold brew tea -- but it's GREAT!  So easy and fast!

NEEDING TO . . . split up and transplant some overgrown perennials in the garden.

ORGANIZING . . . My new office space at work (I just moved into a new office; still freezing cold) AND I got a new office laptop.  Much organizing to be done!


INSPIRED BY . . . A Month of Fundays . . . A silly headline I saw recently in a magazine (the grocery line was long and I was doing some browsing).  I've been thinking about how I can have my own "Month of Fundays" -- and I'm inspired!  (More tomorrow.)


DELIGHTED BY . . . My bee house. . . and all the crazy, egg-laying, bee-nesting activity going on there.

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




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OitNB is in our queue and I'm reading like crazy, too. I've been thinking about car shopping (makes me CRAZY!) as I'm about to hit 180,000 on my 1998 Toyota. le sigh
Fundays...that is a great idea! Can't wait to hear more and I am delighted by your bee activity, too!!


So. Many. Good. Things! I'm reading the Orchardist (I choose my reading off of your and Margene's lists) and am thoroughly enjoying it! Must stay focused. Can't wait to see that secret garden!


You have a lot of really good things going on. I love your bee house! And I'm with you on being overwhelmed with reading - so many books, so little time! Oh, and I want to knit Germinate, too. I talked to Kim yesterday about colors and I think itching to start that is going to give me the push to finish Exuberance.


So many good things!
* I have heard/read nothing but good things about OitNB. Must.Start.Watching.It.
*Also must make sun tea. I cannot believe it is almost August and I haven't managed to make ANY. (Except that one jar that I forgot on the deck, and it grew stuff.)
* Speaking of lighthearted books, I just finished Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. Total fun and well written.
* Very Easy Very Vogue patterns were always my favorite back in the days when I sewed a lot. Vogue patterns always have little tweaks that make them fit so much better.
* (confession) I just spent about half an hour browsing the Germinate shawls. Last thing I need is another project, plus I don't really wear shawls, but that one looks like So.Much.Fun!


Fun? What is this "fun"? It doesn't sound familiar...

Fabulous post! So glad Erin is moving somewhere better/safer.

I'm wondering why I'm up this early, if it's really possible to have an ice cream hangover and wtf is wrong me that I can't stay awake past ten anymore. Yeah, I know the answer to the last one, but still!



Oooh, I've been watching Orange Is The New Black and LOVING IT!! I daresay Netflix is figuring it out...

Boy, do I love that bee house. So cool.

Happy Weekend, Kym!

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