Just Life

Around Here | January 2014.

this morning’s journal time

Ali’s done a few posts like this and I love that it lets me document the right here right now without the constraints of -ing words. And documenting the right here right now seems the best way to dive back into blogging. Not that a single post proves anything, but it’s a beginning. I can only hope it’s a good one.

Around here the weekdays start dark-early (5 am for me and 5:30 for Marc). He typically leaves for the office by 6 (gotta love a man’s up-and-out routine that takes less than 30 minutes!), but was home this morning until 7. He worked at the kitchen table while I checked emails and blogs at my usual kitchen-counter spot. It was nice to connect at the beginning of the day… even if we both had our minds mostly elsewhere, we chatted a bit and we were together.

Around here the days are noticeably longer. Little bits of sunlight start to peek through just after 7 o’clock and sunset isn’t til nearly 6. This week it hasn’t rained, but it’s been cold (Atlanta cold anyway – lows in the teens and highs in the 30’s) and the sky has been clear blue with white clouds. It’s energizing to be outside, as long as you’re dressed for it.

Around here I’m drinking lots of coffee. Santa brought me and Sara one of the “free refill” mugs from Starbucks and I’m averaging at least one cup a day (not to mention what I brew at home).  There’s a Starbucks about a mile from my house that’s conveniently on the way to just about anywhere I go, and there’s another one next door to the yarn shop. I hope it’s not going to be too hard to break the habit when I have to start paying $2 for those refills!

Around here my daily routine always includes journal time, usually just after Marc leaves. I love the quiet and watching the day come to life outside the window. I started journal #20 on New Year’s Day. It’s still hard for me to believe I’ve filled up 19 books with thoughts, doodles and other stuff…I wonder how many more there will be?

Around here my daily routine also includes Instagram, #fms prompts(!) and – most days – 10,000 steps. Yes, I love my fit bit. It’s helping me focus less on miles and more on simply moving.

Around here I’m in two book clubs and some months (like this one) it seems I barely have time to read two books. I just finished the second one – Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. I’d barely started it when we met last week, but the discussion really drew me in. Turns out the “real” Downton Abbey has much to offer – Edwardian England, World War I, King Tut, royalty, wealth and quite a few charming characters. Yesterday, I started the first February selection, House of Sand and Fog. Somehow I managed to miss the book and the movie but just a few pages in I already sense this story isn’t going to end well. Fortunately, I’ve already read the other February selection (Light Between Oceans) so next I’m going to finish Mary Poppins.  I started it last month before we saw Saving Mr. Banks (a wonderful movie for anyone who loves Emma Thompson or Mary Poppins…I happen to love them both!) and I’m pretty sure it has a happy ending!

Around here Katie, Sara and I will celebrate the last spring break (yep, Sara graduates from college in May!) with a girls’ weekend in March. We had our hearts set on San Francisco, but I finally accepted the reality that it’s just not feasible for the three of us to fly to the west coast to spend four days and three nights in an expensive city. So we’ll go someplace closer with good restaurants, a little shopping, nice scenery…maybe Highlands, NC?

Around here on the needles – a sweater for Katiea shawl, and a cowl and mitts for myself. Mindful of the resolutions I set for this year, my next project is a prayer shawl, with yarn I already have. …and hopefully mittens and a hat. Boy it would’ve been nice to have those these past few weeks!

Around here there is still Project Life and One Little Word. I look forward to sharing more on both…soon.

Around here it is now nearly 11 am and I must get Holly out for her walk.

Would love to hear what’s happening around you!

8 Comments

  • margene

    For me it would be tea, but I too felt as if I were sitting next to you chatting about the day. Our days are oh so slowly becoming longer. We notice the lengthening days later in February when the sun is high enough to burn away the inversion. It was happy to see a post from you today.

  • Lydia

    around here-project life is current. cast on another pullover, doing some sewing, and making plans for knitting/sewing for February since I have several days off and multiple doctor appointments which gives me that extra bit of knitting time. i'm also hoping to try some of the vegetarian dishes i've been pinning.

    • mere2007

      I'm always jealous of your knitting progress. for a girl with a full-time job, your output is … amazing! and I look forward to honest feedback on the pinned recipes. I pin but rarely have the nerve to try any of the recipes (pinterest fail anyone??!!) glad you're brave!

  • cinback

    You are a busy lady but I envy your list of current activities…all things I wish I could be doing on a regular basis. Since I work full-time outside of the home, I am limited to what I can accomplish in the evening hours after supper. So I may just live vicariously through you this year…

    • mere2007

      well, that's a tall order! I am nearly into my 5th year (!!!) of post-full-time job life and it's still a daily balancing act. Right now it feels good, but I now know that balance can change in a moment. It's one of the great things about documenting today that it helps me recognize when things need to change or when they have changed. you have totally inspired me with your december daily and project life – I have no (good!) excuse to miss out on any of that!

  • Kym

    So nice! I noticed this evening that it was still light at nearly 6:00. Now THAT's progress! It's amazing how those journals pile up, isn't it? Volume after volume. I always wonder . . . what will I DO with them all?

  • Patty

    Around here we're bearing the bitter cold, seeing some friends, getting a little knitting in, listening to Boone snore up a storm and enjoying catching up with you!