a little bit of everything

Borrowing from Amy at Rainy Saturday, I’m taking a few minutes to take stock.

Making: Made decorations for the boys’ Avengers-Bubble Guppies birthday play date over the weekend. Now I’m making it my priority to finish my book club read before tomorrow night’s meeting.

Cooking: Warming up lots of pre-cooked fall meals, as made during a recent cooking extravaganza with my friend, Allie. These include but are not limited to: corn chowder, chili, stew and enchilada casserole. Not stressing about week-night dinners is the absolute best.

Drinking: Lots and lots of coffee to keep my eyelids open.

Reading: The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Wanting: A new pair of comfy, warm winter boots.

Sewing: Nothing lately, but there’s a mending pile calling my name.

Enjoying: Snuggles with my boys in bed every morning. I love that it’s the place we all start our day. Together.

Liking: The brisk feeling in the air and wearing scarves.

Wondering: If Jacob is going to hear something about the events in Ottawa and ask questions. Wondering what I should say.

Loving: Re-watching shows on Netflix. I love background noise when I’m puttering around the house. Just got to the end of Gossip Girl and am only moderately ashamed to admit that now I’m onto 90210 (the new class). 

Hoping: To maintain the resolve to eat cleaner and exercise more often.

Marvelling: At how I’m starting to feel behind in my Christmas planning.

Needing: More low-key weekends like the one we just spent.

Smelling: Bath and Body Works “leaves” and “flannel” candles. Fall in a jar.

Wearing: Skinny jeans with knee-high boots. Holla, fall.

Following: This whole Jian Ghomeshi business like it’s a bad traffic accident. I just can’t look away.

Noticing: More grey hair.

Knowing: That hard work is worth it.

Thinking: Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day. All the more reason to spend them doing makes you feel good.

Feeling: A little overworked and a lot underslept.

Bookmarking: If this means pinning, the answer is gift ideas and comfort food recipes. I’m sensing a theme.

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a girl can dream

I have this fantasy. In fact, I think if a genie appeared before me right now and said I could have three wishes, this would be one.

I would like to pause the world. Originally, I thought it would be for 24 hours, but the more I think about it, I’d put everything on hold for an entire week.

Picture it. It’d be like a scene in a movie. Everyone and everything around me would freeze, but I would be free to go about my business completely alone. For an entire week. Here’s what I would do:

Sleep. Not just for five or six hours in a night. I would go to sleep at 10 p.m. and sleep until 8 a.m. each day. I would wake up naturally and refreshed, without dark circles under my eyes or an intense, urgent need for coffee.

There would be coffee though, lots of it. And each steaming cup would be fully enjoyed before turning ice cold.

I’d often consume the coffee while reading. Novels, magazines, newspapers. Any of the above will do. I’d have the liberty to read cover to cover if I desired. No interruptions, no noise.

And in the silence of my home, I would clean. Not what you’d do on a “vacation” week? To me, the idea of getting ahead of housework is the height of satisfaction. I would scrub floors on my hands and knees, wash every bit of laundry I could find, and even take on the I-never-have-time-for-that projects like cleaning windows, dusting light fixtures and purge at least one back of donations from each and every room.

When I finished my chores each day, I would do yoga. It would be calm, quiet and restorative.

I’d download every show I wish I had time to catch up on (Nashville and Parenthood) and spend my evenings with total control of the TV.

Every meal that week would be eaten at the table (OK, maybe sometimes on the couch). My meals wouldn’t be scarfed while standing at the kitchen sink. Supper would never consist of a toasted sandwich for lack of a better option lack of time to think of or prepare a better option.

I’m a simple girl; I don’t want for anything. Except for maybe time. I find it hard to justify (in my head and in my heart) the time to do all of the above when I’d rather be snuggling/playing/enjoying my boys. So for now, some of these things are on hold, and some of these things are reserved for the spare minutes I do get in the run of a week. But hey, a girl can dream, can’t she?

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