Hello friends and happy Thursday! I finally managed to compile my looking back collage and wow, is it just me, or does November already seem like ages ago?! Seeing all the photo together, I’m struck – yet again! – by all the blue!
Inspired by Emily P. Freeman, I started taking a Tuesday self-portrait/diptych – one photo looking down and one looking up – both photos from the same place. Thankful for my three times (at least) daily walks with Holly so my photos aren’t of the floors and ceilings in my house. I’m going to try to continue those diptychs … they tell a great story all on their own.
and now to the regular habit of Looking Back:
1. What am I celebrating?
+ we are all still healthy.
+ a tennis WIN! (and another match, where I played better).
+ another trip around the sun.
+ being able to share Thanksgiving with Katie and her family.
2. What surprised me?
+ how much time all the prep for the painting would take. (and now, on December 17, just how much time it would take to put everything back together again. whoa.)
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 … these ladies keep me grounded and going (ditto from last month and again!). I am also regularly listening to Chelsey and Sara at Novel Pairings (like I need more TBR recommendations 😉 )
4. What did I make?
+ I finished one sweater and one pair of socks. The sweater makes an appearance on the 17th and the socks (Ravelry link) on the 12th. That #2 above meant I never did a real FO post for the sweater – it’s JiJ (Ravelry link)i, a new one from favorite Ankestrick. (I also have still not updated Ravelry with any more details than the needle, the yarn, and the size I made.) I love everything about this sweater and will for sure knit it again.
one of my favorite details is the sleeve increase line … and Marc captured it beautifully!
5. What was the best thing I watched?
+ the acceptance speeches on November 7 by President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris.
+ and after that it almost feels frivolous to say The Queen’s Gambit, but gosh it was GOOD!
+ I finished 10 books – and I still haven’t updated Goodreads for October’s reads, so here are my three (yes, three! y’all my reading has been so much better this year!) 5-star books
Clap When You Land (Acevedo is a fantastic narrator, but you’re gonna want to see the words on the page, too); The Lazy Genius Way (I’ve been listening to Kendra’s podcast for a while and I loved having all the “tips” consolidated into one place. Kendra and I are both Enneagram Type One and I resonate 100% with what she says. This is a book I wish my 30-year old self had … not that I’d wish my 58-year-old self to a different place, but maybe some of the struggles would’ve been easier); Inheritors (I saw this described as Homegoing, except Japan, and with the stories in a mixed up order … and I think that’s pretty accurate).
7. What am I working to leave behind?
– feeling resentful when “my” things don’t happen, but “his” do.
– comparing myself to anyone else.
8. What do I want to focus on in the month ahead?
+ our painting project … and then
+ Christmas …
+ and Sara here for three weeks!!
9. What’s something I’m reconsidering as a result of the last 30 days?
+ Goodreads and Ravelry. I haven’t updated either in weeks. and the only thing I’ve missed is knowing which size needles I used for Big Love (which was something 2019 me missed). hummmm…
10. What is one thing I’d like to start doing in December?
+ getting back to The Balanced Life (15 minutes of Pilates every day). I was on a great roll over the summer and it felt good. then tennis, and running, and well … I just stopped. I miss it!
Thank you for following along with me! the house is pretty much back together now and Marc even put up the tree … I hesitate to promise anything, but I’m really hoping to be back here tomorrow with an FO post!
any ideas what I might be hoping to share?