Wow, August kind of kicked me in the backside. and again, I’m really grateful for this daily photo habit because otherwise I’d be looking back at a fog of days that ran together spent mostly at home and lonely, combined with seemingly endless heat and humidity (broken by violent thunderstorms that put a shaking Holly into my lap on many evenings), and nights that brought little rest and strange dreams. I am happy to have these 31 images (plus a few more – see below), to add to that story. both are true. and ♥.
1. What am I celebrating?
+ we are all still healthy (in a state – and a county – with some of the highest infection rates, this is something I celebrate every day).
+ a wedding (still basking in the joy of that day).
+ the successful conclusion of Marmie & Poppa camp’s summer session.
+ getting back to running (now 3x a week!) and the stunning views are a welcome pause at the hard parts!
2. What surprised me?
+ how inspired I was by Biden’s VP choice. I knew it would be a woman. I hoped it would a woman of color … and still, I cried when I found out who it was. (Sarah and Beth did a 5 Things You Need to Know about Kamala Harris episode – link – and it’s a must-listen!)
+ how hard knitting has been. y’all. These days, I can barely manage stockinette in a tube (and I used to teach LACE classes). I’m sure this is entirely related to that opening paragraph. still. it’s unsettling!
3. What voices am I listening to?
+ Sarah and Beth on Pantsuit Politics, Anne Bogel on What Should I Read Next, Kendra Adachi on The Lazy Genius, Emily P. Freeman on The Next Right Thing, Brené Brown on Unlocking Us, Kate Bowler on Everything Happens (yes, my podcast queue is always Out of Control … in a good way.)
+ Elizabeth Acevedo. I listened to her narrate Poet X last month and I LOVED it/her. I downloaded the audio version of With the Fire on High on a whim (the first non-bingo book I’ve read since April!) and adored it.
4. What did I make?
+ I did have three FO’s (well, six if you count the three things I sewed as pieces, instead of an outfit).(and I am proud of the fact that I have FOs in three different crafts!)
5. What was the best thing I watched?
+ Homeland Seasons 1-6. yes. if you are familiar at all with this show, you might know that is 72 episodes. Marc hadn’t ever watched the show, and he decided (Sara and I are still not sure why) he was ready. So … most nights, Marc and I (and Holly) are watching Homeland. I am actually enjoying it a lot more on re-watch. maybe because I’m not losing track of the storyline between episodes (or seasons) and maybe because I have someone right there to watch it with me. (we are mid-way through Season 7 now and I expect “the rest of Homeland” to show up here next month.)
+ I read 10 books in August – and shared ALL of them on Goodreads! Song Yet Sung, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Normal People were the stand out 5-stars. I loved the discussions we shared about Song Yet Sung on Sunday afternoons*. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a MMD Bookclub flight pick for September and I know many of y’all count it a favorite. Normal People is Sara’s favorite. I snapped a few photos of favorite lines as I was reading (see August 18 above) and look forward to discussing this with her … maybe we’ll even watch the show together (well, together apart. I’m thinking it might be awkward otherwise?)
7. What am I leaving behind?
– I’d love to think I could simply turn the page on the calendar and leave all the bad feelings/memories behind … but I know better. and Alice Hoffman reminded me why
“Once you forget a piece of your past, you forget it all. That’s not what you want, dear.” -The Rules of Magic
8. What do I want to focus on in the month ahead?
+ making plans for my fall/winter wardrobe … still!
+ keeping up with y’all – finding a rhythm to share in this space (even if that’s an irregular rhythm) and to balance “staying off the computer” with following your stories. I’ve managed to do each of those things separately, but not both together. …still!
+ being present to the joy. I might not find it everywhere, but I can find it somewhere.
One last thing … I shared from Emily P. Freeman’s Looking Back last month and I’m going to do it again this month … and this month it’s actually TWO things (which neatly rounds out my list to ten. and that makes me happy!):
9. What’s something I’m reconsidering as a result of the last 30 days?
+ saying a hard “NO” to tennis. Katie picked up a racquet in July for the first time since high school (which was maybe the last time I played, too) and asked me if I was interested in playing again. My answer was a quick “NO”. then. stay tuned!
10. What is one thing I’d like to start doing in September?
+ blogging more often. I had found a good 2-3 times a week rhythm and I’d like to make it a regular thing. We’ll see!
Is there One Thing you’re planning to start this month?
*our Sunday afternoon Zoom is SIX months in and going strong. If you aren’t participating and would like to, please let me know in the comments!