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As the countdown to the end of the year becomes disturbingly small, I am doing my best to get the things I have to do as “wrapped up” as possible so I can concentrate on the things I actually want to do. Here is what is going on in my life currently.
Smelling – CINNAMON! I’ve been baking with it, burning scented candles, and indulging in cinnamon brooms and pine cones. It’s always been something I’ve found warm and comforting, but Andy is a cinnamon fiend and my fondness for the spice has increased exponentially over the years. We keep it reasonable throughout the most of the year, but during the holidays… we definitely indulge.
Planning – Holiday merriment. There are a lot of holiday things that take place in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas. This year I am trying to put all of the information in one list for myself so we can get to as many of these events as we want. Of course there are personal traditions to be considered so we are adding those in as well to make sure nothing is forgotten. So much to do and so little time!
Remembering – Holidays past. When I was younger, a large part of my mom’s family lived a mere hour and a half away. We saw each other regularly for birthdays, holidays, and sometimes just because. Thanksgiving and Christmas were always the biggest get-togethers stretching to include family from further away and friends near by. There was always plenty of food and laughter, so much laughter. It was a common occurrence that outsiders would inquire about the general level of inebriation, which to my young mind was hilarious because nobody drank a drop at these things. These days we’re all spread out, and there are some perpetually empty seats. I still deeply love this time of year, but there is always a tinge of bittersweet thinking about the way it was and the ones who are gone.
Anticipating – Traveling. Andy and I are going to be heading up to North Carolina around Thanksgiving to spend some time with his family, some of our visiting west coat friends, and then my college roommate. It doesn’t end there. My mom is meeting up with us on the last leg of our trip and then coming back to Florida with us for a few weeks. If everything works out, she and I will then head even further south to my hometown of Lake Wales for some nostalgic sightseeing. It’s a lot, but it has been a long couple of months and I am very ready for some holiday merriment.
Wearing – Almost the same things I always wear, it’s still pretty warm here. But every few weeks or so we’ll have a bit of a cold snap and then I get the rare chance to don longer sleeves and optimistically fuzzy sweaters. The arms might end up rolled within an hour or two, but I’ll still take it.
What’s going on in your life currently?
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As the first few hours of June tick by, I am struck with the desire to connect with you guys and let you know about some of the things that are going on in my life currently.
craving – Lavender Bubble Tea. I have always been a fan of bubble tea, but the place I used to get my regular fix from closed up shop (sigh) so I figured I was just out of luck. This past Friday my husband delightedly informed me that he’d not only found me bubble tea, but that he’d found me lavender bubble tea. I’ve had two tea fixes in the last 4 days… I might have a problem.
planning – a girls night/maybe brunch thing. From time to time, I like to invite some friends over, eat some great food, do some crafts, and just hangout. It’s been a few months since my last one, and midsummer is right around the corner, so I’ve been toying with the idea of a Midsummer get together. A night time event would be appropriate, but brunch seems to be easier for us to all get to. Fortunately, I still have a few weeks to hammer out the details.
making – sense of the chaos that is my house. My mom always helps me whip the house into shape whenever she visits, and I’ve done a decent job at keeping up with the common areas. The master bedroom however… well, I would never inflict that on her. Not dirty per se, just messy. I’ve been trying to sort through things as I clean so it is taking me a bit longer than I’d anticipated, but I am feeling quite pleased with the progress, meager though it may be.
wearing – a lot of sparkle. It’s a new coping mechanism I am working on. Sparkle/Glitter almost always makes me happy. So when I am having a rough day/morning, I throw on a pair of sparkle shoes or some shimmery eye shadow to provide a little pick me up. More fiscally responsible than stress shopping and easier on my waistline than stress eating. So far, so good 😉
reading – Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski. One of the bloggers I follow posted about this book a little over a year ago, and I stuck it on my Amazon wishlist. Now I am working through my 31 before 32 goal of “finding my sexy,” and a little research seemed like the best place to start. I am only a few chapters in, but WOW, so many personal revelations about myself and the way that I view the physical, mental, and emotional complexities of sex/sexuality. There will probably be a post or two about some of the content after I’ve finished the book. Trust me; you’re welcome.
So what are you currently up to?
January wasn’t the bright shiny hopeful month we’d all been wishing for after the black cloud of 2016, but that’s behind us now and I am keeping my fingers crossed that February will be different.
Here’s what I’m “Currently” loving…
packing: Nothing….yet. I will be heading to Savannah later this month, but I still have a couple of weeks before any tangible prep work has to happen.
jonesing: For something new. Clothes, house stuff, you name it. I am in a big “out with the old and in with the new” kind of feeling. Fortunately, our budget is keeping my impulses in check, but man, am I ready for a change of view.
texting: With a lot of my local girlfriends. One of the things I have been trying to be better about in the last couple of months is spending more face time with the people I have the option of enjoying face time with. I’ve been lucky, and most of my group has been meeting me half way, and we’ve been trying to grab dinner or something at least every other week. It’s nice to have “girl time”, and Andy doesn’t mind having a quiet evening to stomp zombies. It’s a win-win.
wearing: Yoga pants and tank tops like it’s my job. Obviously this doesn’t include work, but as soon as I get home, it’s stretchy pants all the way, baby. There is even a stack of them on my dresser. If I have to actually leave the house, I’ll add a kimono and a pair of sunglasses, you know, so it looks like I actually tried.
hearting: As sappy as this sounds, my husband. January is always a rough time for me, things start getting crazy at the office, and I tick off another year past since I lost my younger brother, but Andy always has my back. There to offer support, cupcakes, and “just because” hugs (which is a big deal since he isn’t a touchy-feely guy). I don’t need a pink and white holiday to remind me that he is pretty freaking awesome. I try to make sure he hears it, heartfelt, at least once a day.
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