It's one of my favorite times of year . . . After-Christmas-But-Before-New-Year's. Break time. Kickin' back time. No-agenda time!
What's happening . . . RIGHT NOW?
Watching . . . We tend to go to a lot of movies during "Christmas break." So far, we've seen Into the Woods (not bad!) and The Interview (oh, brother. . .), and tomorrow we have reservations to see Wild. (We went to see The Inteview out of "cultural curiosity," and because . . . well . . . because we could! It's definitely not my kind of movie, but Tom offered to buy me "as many beers as it took" to get me through.) I've also been iPad binge-watching Midsomer Murders, which I do from time to time. (There are enough episodes that I can indulge in periodic binges.)
Reading . . . I just finished We Are Not Ourselves (Matthew Thomas), which was a bit of a slog (although the last 4 chapters pretty much redeemed the whole thing). (This title is not to be confused with a book I read in November that was MUCH better - We Are All Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.) For Christmas I received (and immediately devoured) Mary Oliver's latest poetry volume, Blue Horses. Excellent; I highly recommend it. I'm now reading the second book in the Richard Monk, Victorian-detective-with-amnesia series, A Dangerous Mourning (Anne Perry) and diving into How to be Both (Ali Smith) which is intriguing and unique and completely unlike anything else I've ever read.
Knitting . . . It's still All Hats All The Time for me. As I binge-watch Midsomer Murders, I'm binge-knitting this hat. (Easy and quick with a great fit.) They aren't exactly Christmas gifts (although a couple of them were), but I'm sort of thinking that pretty much everyone in my family Needs A Hat. (One more to go . . . after finishing the one in the photo that is 80% done . . . and I'll be Fed Up with Hats and ready to move on.)
Listening to . . . Anything but Christmas music. (Please.)
Dreading . . . Running the One-One-Run on New Year's Day. Not because it's going to be really cold. (It is.) (But this year I have appropriate cold-weather-running clothing!) Not because of all the tu-tu-wearing, reindeer-antler-sporting, goofy-attention-seeking runners. (Although they are a pain.) No. I'm dreading the running simply because I have a cold, and cannot breathe . . .
Needing to . . . Finish the laundry. (It's reached That Point . . . where I'm actually wearing the itchy, flower-explosion bra AND my awful cheetah-print panties. Now you know the truth of it.)
Drinking . . . Orange juice laced with EmergenC. And tea. (Plenty of tea.)
Planning . . . After all of the holiday planning, I decided to take a Reprieve From All Things Planning for at least a week. So far, so good . . . although various ideas creep in once in a while.
Humming . . . (I WILL SPARE YOU ALL!!!) Firework by Katy Perry. (If you've seen The Inteview, you will totally understand.)
Wondering . . . If it will ever snow again??? After a wild, snowy November, we had an unseasonably mild December. (See that hideous scene above? Christmas morning. Green. Brown. Dreary. And SO not like usual.) (Made even more . . . sad . . . by the tempting photos each of my children are posting from their holiday adventures down in Florida.) (They are there separately, and in different beach locations.)
Organizing . . . Nothing. But after I "put away Christmas," I'll be tackling my sewing room. And then, I need to get into the rooms that Brian is vacating (as he moves into his new apartment).
Delighted by . . . My new yarn bowl! (A gift from my sister.) (I'm just charmed.)
Inspired by . . . Turning over the fresh pages of a new calendar. Welcome 2015!
Celebrating . . . Happy New Year! I wish you all the best for the coming year.
How about YOU? What's going on for you . . . right now?