Occasionally, I get in a writing rut (okay maybe more like daily these days). In those moments, I am ever grateful for writing prompts that help me be productive and get the fingers typing. Thank you Mama Kat for this weeks writer’s workshop. I chose prompt #2.) “Currently”. A simple list of things you’re currently feeling as seen at Sometimes Sweet.
I am currently…
Reading: It’s common for me to have several books going at one time. Mostly because I tend to read a lot of “self-help” or “self-improvement” books and want to balance out my neurosis with something more entertaining or artistic. Just this week, I finished two books almost simultaneously, both so incredibly engaging I could hardly put them down. (Hmmm…perhaps a couple of book reviews are on the horizon). The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom was suggested by a close friend as part of a book club opportunity. My favorite genre is historical based fiction and this was certainly not a disappointment.
“When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.” – Amazon.com Review
Book two, Run Like A Mother: How to Get Moving – and Not Lose Your Family, Job or Sanity by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea, hands down has been one of the best fitness books I’ve read, and not because there is a magical, detailed formula for losing weight and getting fit. Instead, it is a collection of honest and heartfelt quips about the importance of nurturing self in order to be a better wife and mother. Reading this book gave me the much-needed permission and perspective I need to take more time for myself.
Listening to: Usually I have music playing at all times. It soothes a bad mood, encourages productivity and, most of the time, deepens creativity. However, this particular morning, I actually don’t have any music on surprisingly. Instead, I am listening to The Hare digging through a large plastic bin of Littlest Pet Shop animals while clinking and clanking away building homes for all of her teeny tiny plastic animal figurines. In between her digging, I can hear the gurgle of voices from the master bedroom where DW is watching television, either car racing or The Tour de’ France (or both). The air conditioner just clicked on and it’s only 10 am, but this has been one of the hottest summers of Michigan. My ears are also still ringing from Wednesday night’s Jon Bon Jovi concert. Our family, and another family of four, spent the evening over dinner, drinks and live music reminiscing about life as a teenager while our own teenagers mostly rolled their eyes at our silliness.
Thinking about: At this very moment, I am thinking about my throbbing big toe I somehow managed to roll over with my desk chair when I sat down this morning. It bled a little and will, no doubt, bruise. A complete bummer since I am supposed to run 6 miles today as part of a 10k training plan I am following.
Watching: Last night DW and The Tortoise were gone for the evening, leaving me and The Hare to our own devices. We decided to make it a complete “Girls Night In” and spent hours watching episodes of Storage Wars on A&E while eating Thai take-out and buckets of Spree candy and Junior Mints. (In our pajamas, of course.)
Bummed out on: “Bummed out” isn’t really a feeling I’m struggling with today. That would suggest minor disappointments, and for the most part, I don’t have any at the moment. There are just the usual drags like dirty dishes in the sink, a new blister that showed up after my 4 mile run on Thursday afternoon, and laundry waiting to be washed. I am humbled and reminded this week of the many gifts in my life while a family and many friends grieve the loss of a loved one who died at 51 last Sunday and my childhood best friend started chemo after being diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer at age 40.
Loving: Last weekend DW finished staining our back deck. I also sanded down an old bistro set and DW stained that as well. We put our deck back together, and of course I had to rearrange furniture in the process. The end result was a perfect mix of old and new, creating a vacation-like outdoor space to enjoy. Laying on the little sofa with Luna, and sipping a perfectly chilled glass of my new favorite Sauvignon Blanc, is where I finished reading The Kitchen House. Unfortunately, we have had spurts of rain every day this week, so I haven’t been able to sip my morning coffee out there like I had hoped.
Already, writing this little list has jumped started my brain and put some writing ideas in the forefront. Thanks Mama Kat!