Currently: October 16th

Outside my window: there is a glorious assortment of colors with all of the leaves in full autumn attire. It’s been pretty chilly lately for my likings, but with a few days tripping up into the 60’s just to keep me placated I imagine. It will be much colder before long, I’m sure…

Obsessing over: figuring out the logistics for our upcoming sabbatical vacation in a couple of years. We’ve changed our minds several times about what we’d like to do and we’ve been toying with the idea of a family vacation to the UK. Not sure if it’s feasible yet but it’s been fun daydreaming about it and looking up ideas.

Feeling: really proud of my son who is apparently a natural born salesman. He participated in his first popcorn sale outside of the local grocery store with his cub scouts pack and apparently was amazing according to my husband – going up to everyone and charming the pants off of them all. It sounds like he raked in a lot of sales and a lot of laughs and got a good lesson in retail and sales pitches, including getting over a long line of people not buying and maintaining a positive attitude. He has been surprising me this year a lot with his bouts of maturity, intelligence and over all awesomeness.

Working on: novel brainstorming. I am planning to give this whole NaNoWriMo thing another try this year, working with basically the same story that I abandoned last year but a new and improved storyline and a few added bursts of inspiration that I am hoping will be enough to get it out onto paper this year – sometimes abandoning a story just means that it sits there lingering in your mind for a year reminding you that you’ve left something unfinished and unsaid and this story doesn’t seem likely to leave me alone anytime soon, so I think it’s time to try again. Anyone else planning to try to write a novel next month? You can follow my journey here. I’d love to follow yours!

Thinking about: exciting things coming up like Halloween – costumes are all set, candy has been purchased, kids are excited and I’m starting to bring out fall decorations around the house. I want to get some semi-spooky fun yard decorations but I’m not sure if it will happen this year.

Reading: The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, the October pick for my book club. The story is very well written and fascinating in a haunting, awful kind of way. I admit to knowing next to nothing about the struggles of the Hmong people, and reading about it has been heartbreaking and definitely puts my own middle class existence in perspective. I’ve also been flitting through The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams after finding a copy at the local used bookstore for less than $3! I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time and was too impatient to wait until I finished my current book, but I have been trying to devote most of my reading time to the “required reading” so that I can finish it in time for the meeting next week.

Listening to: a few new good albums lately – I bought John Mayer’s newish album Born & Raised a couple of weeks ago on a whim, finding it on Amazon for only $5 for the digital album. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the semi-country vibe to the new music but it has grown on me quickly like all of his songs. John Mayer is one of those musicians who could sing the phone book and I’d probably buy it. I’ve also been listening to Rebecca Loebe’s Circus Heart a lot – I’ve been a fan of hers since she performed at my college almost 8 years ago and her music still blows me away. If you didn’t see her on The Voice a couple years ago (was it last year?) and don’t know who I’m talking about, do yourself a favor and check out her website. She is one of the most talented singer / songwriters that I know.

Wishing: that I was irresponsible or independently wealthy so that I could get a macro lens and maybe a Subaru. I’m not looking forward to another winter trying to get my Buick up the hill of my street and then up the hill into my driveway. Like I’m considering hibernating to avoid the whole thing. Being able to take gorgeous Macro shots of snowflakes & other tiny pretties would certainly ease that pain! (hint, hint, cough, hint)

Pinning (The Crafty Edition): 

DIY lego pencil holder * how to make a fairy door * the easiest way to hang a picture (totally used this method a couple of weeks ago in my office and it was SO easy)