As always, linking up with my friend Leigh Kramer to share what I’m into.
This was a strange December. I was sick most of the month, and felt half-present for most of the Christmas season. I finally surrendered and dragged myself to the doctor the Saturday before Christmas, got some antibiotics, and enjoyed the final days before Christmas significantly more than the rest of the month.
(Related: this fall I finally read Parker Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak, in which he says something like “it’s the things we have no control over that have the opportunity to really do something with us.” I found that profoundly convicting, during my month of feeling extremely loopy and more irritable than usual.)
The weeks before Christmas might be a blur, but we’ve had a lovely week after Christmas. We’ve spent the week hanging out building lego sets, watching football, drinking tea, and reading books.
About those books: Will and I gave our daughter a personal library kit for Christmas, and she and her sister promptly created their own library in the closet under the stairs. This inspired our youngest (age 5) to empty out his bookshelf and create his own library (although his less sophisticated check-out system runs on post-it notes). There are books everywhere (more than usual, even!) but it’s lots of fun.
What I’m reading
A month ago I complained about being in a reading slump: I was abandoning books left and right. This month I feel like I’m on a hot streak. Some recent favorites:
• I’m loving Deborah Crombie’s Duncan Kincaid/Gemma James British mystery series. I just started book 5.
• I finally read Nadia Bolz-Weber’s recent release Accidental Saints. This turned out to be a surprisingly good Christmastime read.
• Also finally: Sara Miles’s Take This Bread.
• Fluffy and kind of fun: Life and Other Near-Death Experiences.
• A little dense, but interesting, and the right book at the right time: Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined.
• Listening to: Angela’s Ashes. (This happens to be in today’s kindle deals, but alas, not for the audiobook.)
• Abandoned: The Book of Strange New Things.
What I’m watching
This is a longer list than usual, thanks to Christmas break.
We loved the movie Chef on Netflix, about a professional chef who quits his fancy kitchen and opens a food truck with his best friend and 10-year-old kid.
We added White Christmas into our family Christmas movie rotation this year, which was a nice addition to our much-watched usual favorites.
What I’m making
More decisions about the kitchen remodel, which is turning into “the six week project that will NEVER end.” We started in early August, y’all, it won’t be done anytime soon. We’re currently eyeing soft grey paint samples and halfheartedly looking for bar stools. (I hate these decisions!)
More book page wreaths, because after moving to our new-to-us place 18 months ago the remaining blank walls in our house are suddenly driving me crazy!
Will gave me this coloring book for Christmas, along with some nice colored pencils, and I’ve been filling it in during the college bowl games. I thought I didn’t want one of these (who has the time?) but it’s been surprisingly fun.
I hope you had a lovely December. What have YOU been into lately?