This post was inspired by a blogging adventure called Scattered Life Collective by Cynthia Lee. It’s a great series and I hope that you will check out the rest of the participants and perhaps even join us!
current time: 6:28 AM.
on the menu: just my morning cuppa joe. I have several bits of leftovers in the fridge that really should be eaten sometime, so I guess they would be on my menu for this weekend!
out the window: In this case, I should say IN the window because I am sitting outside. Crickets chirping, but otherwise oddly quiet. The air is thick with potential rain. but I am happy to be sitting out here. I haven’t had as much deck time as I would like this summer. Don’t know why…
reading: Chapter 12 of the I Ching. Second chapter this week! I have been doing a lot of clearing in my home and work spaces recently and I think that I have freed up some pent up energy. It’s awesome. I’ve been writing more too.
I am also reading a book called The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure. It’s a strange book. I had it on my wish list and so my daughter bought it for me for my birthday. It’s about a woman who is so fascinated with the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder that she decides to write a book about her fascination. I put it on my wish list because I thought that it would have a little different spin on it – I was thinking that she was going to experiment with living like a pioneer. She does, but only in cursory ways – not full bore as I would have hoped for in dedicating an entire book to it and making me want to buy it. Instead, I feel like I am looking into a peephole at a very weird obsession with a childhood book character. Strange… but I am still reading it, so that is saying something. I think I am mostly still reading it because I feel bad that I asked for it and then I didn’t like it and my daughter bought it for me so I feel compelled to finish it. On the plus side, if this woman was able to get published with that kind of book, it gives me hope for when and if I ever finish mine.
pandora: In a quest to increase our Spanish comprehension skills, my husband and I have decided to start listening to music with Spanish lyrics. This has been going on for several months now and we are discovering all kinds of cool stuff. There is a guy named Manu Chao who is actually Spanish (not Latino), but has many songs written from the viewpoint of an illegal immigrant. The video below is a song that both Eric and I found separately and loved. Me gustas tu means “I like you” in Spanish. It really isn’t about immigration, but many of his other songs are. If you look up the lyrics in English, they are kinda cool.
I also really like an artist called Bebe – not all of her work, but one favorite is Siempre Me Quedara, which means “with me always”. Here are the lyrics translated into English for you. The video is a little odd, but I love the sound of her voice. Both of these songs are listed as Latino Alternative, in case you are wanting to explore more of this yourselves. It’s fun!
audible: Just this week, I finished Unit 2: Lesson 15 of Pimsleur Spanish! (That is the end of that audible soundtrack and halfway through Unit 2!) Yeah, me!
watching: Eric and I are working on a few different shows: The Glades, MasterChef (current series) and we just completed Hell’s Kitchen. We are also working through an anime about a young tennis player called Baby Steps which is pretty good.
good things: here’s a list:
- good friends. I am so grateful for my friends. I have quite a few really fabulous people in my life and I am so lucky to have them as my friends. Sometimes it is hard because life gets busy and I am not able to see them as much as I would like to, but I am very glad to have them.
- summer. I was at the dentist yesterday and the hygienist (also named Amy) asked me if I had enjoyed my summer (in the past tense). So I corrected her on the past tense and she said that her child had started school already so, for her, summer was over. Sigh. It was a good one and yes, there are still a few weeks left but we are on the tail end. Chapter 12 of the I Ching (which I will be writing about shortly) is represented by just this time of year. If you are in Australia, though, your summer is just around the corner! Ah well, I love Fall. It is really one of my favorite times of year.
- campers. Eric and I have decided that we are going to get a camper one of these days. Not today, probably not this month, but soon. So I have been obsessing a bit of late on camper joy.
- camping. I got to go camping twice this summer and it was wonderful. The weather behaved beautifully for us. We went once with Eric’s family and my Dad to Wild River State Park in MN and then I went again a couple of weeks later with my Mom and Tatia (just us girls) to the North Shore. For that trip, we stayed at Judge CR Magney State Park near Grand Marais, MN. If you look at the state of MN, we were right up there in the tip of the state, near the border to Canada. Both trips were really fun.
- decluttering. I mentioned earlier that I am in the process of decluttering my home. I live in less than 800 square feet, so the three of us are always very aware of our stuff. I have this fantasy (that coincides with my camper fantasy) of living in a tiny house. The REALLY tiny kind. But after starting my decluttering process, I suspect that is never going to happen!
- anklets. I just bought the anklet below on Etsy. I’ve always loved anklets, especially in the summertime when your legs are bare. I’m a barefoot girl in the summertime and this is a fun way to dress up my feet.As I was looking around Etsy, I wondered if I would be able to become an affiliate for Etsy, since I love that site. Turns out, all they offer is a program that lets me share a link for new Etsy customers to get them $5 off their first purchase. It’s not great, but I could make up to $100 in Etsy credit if 20 people clicked on the link and bought something. Hmm. If you haven’t tried Etsy yet and are interested in buying handmade stuff at reasonable prices, check them out. Otherwise, if you are Etsy shopper already and want to buy this anklet too (we’ll be matching!) here is the link to this anklet.
around and about:
Louis Weltzer wrote this post about Chapter 65 on the Tao Te Ching. He is the one dude that is going all the way through the Tao Tuesdays challenges and writing essays for each one. He and his friend, Bob, who did quite a lot of the Tao Tuesdays challenges himself (he got up to Chapter 37, then started “just” commenting on Louis’ blog posts – which could be considered posts by themselves! – and then recently started again with Chapter 54). So we will say that Bob has also continued on with Tao Tuesdays, too, but in his own unique way.
Which, speaking of Tao Tuesdays, it is never too late to join in writing your own posts about the chapters. All of the chapters are linked on my List of Chapters page (well, most of them – I will try and remember to catch that up soon) so you can write your own commentary at any time. Feel free to choose randomly and add your two cents – if you need something to write about on your blog, it’s a great thing to do! Writing my own commentaries is what started this blog in the first place and the practice of this has considerably altered my daily existence. It’s an important text. So even if you decide that writing your own commentary would be too much of a stretch, I highly recommend adding Louis and Bob’s Tao Te Ching commentaries to your reading list.
Chalkboard Contact Paper. On a completely different note, with absolutely no segue except that it would also be bulleted under “around and about”, I mention this cool chalkboard contact paper. Contact paper itself is a topic (because of its greatness!), but chalkboard contact paper is pretty dang cool. I ordered some this week to cover a rather disgustingly old and dingy desk that I have in my office at work. I learned from this site how to prime my chalkboard covered desk so that it the chalk marks can be wiped off more easily. I can’t wait to try it. I also ordered some colored chalk and perused this site to see some cool things to write on my new desk.
Well, that’s it with my week. What’s up with you? Please tell us about your week in the comments!