Thinking…that I’m really looking forward to winter—for probably the first time in my life. I cannot wait for the quiet and slowness that comes with the short, cold days of January. I cannot wait to sit in front of the fireplace with a comfy sweater, mug of tea, and a good book and not feel like I’m wasting time. Having so much land to take care of has taught me to love the built-in break that is winter. Plus, snow is pretty.
Feeling…excited about Craig’s birthday next week! Does anyone else get more excited for other people’s birthdays than their own? I’m so excited for the (surprise) plans and his (surprise) gifts.
Watching…hockey, right this second (go Blackhawks!). Right now is sports busy season, so we’re mostly attached to the TV watching grown men play games, but we’re also playing catch up on The Walking Dead, and I’m watching Ally McBeal as entertainment while I work.
Reading…Partials by Dan Wells. And I just can’t get into it. I’m a few chapters in, and I’m not really all that hooked. Anyone else read it? Should I power through?
Excited…for the kick-off of the college basketball season! Games aren’t for a few more weeks, but the kickoff of the season is this week (and most schools have a big kickoff event). This makes my basketball-loving heart very, very happy. For the first time in a few years, I’m actually headed to Hoosier Hysteria in Bloomington on Friday. I can’t wait to wear my stripes and cheer the boys on.
Missing…the feeling of having absolutely nothing to do. I guess when you buy a house and run your own business, there is always something to do. You have to decide to take a break and do nothing (even if stuff is looming in the back of your mind). I miss the my-last-final-is-over feeling from college.
Wondering…how people who live in high cost-of-living areas do it. We were chatting a little bit about it at the Healthy Living Summit (because we had so many people from different parts of the country in one room), and it’s unbelievable to me how expensive it is to live in certain places. For the amount of a small apartment on one of the coasts, you can have a mini-mansion with lots of acres in Southern Indiana. Granted, you then have to live in Indiana (which, I hear, isn’t for everyone). It’s just crazy how it’s the same money in the same country, but it is worth something so different depending on where you live. Our income level would probably be considered poverty in a lot of areas of the country, but here, we live very comfortably. Money is weird.
Working…on a few blog redesigns for friends, the interiors of a few other cookbooks for my publisher, a proposal for my second cookbook (yup, already!), my personal graphic design website (which, at this pace, might be finished before I retire).
Stressed…about telling people “no”. I’m not good at turning people down, but I’m really learning that I have to be an assertive guardian of my time now that I’m my own boss—there isn’t anyone else to do it for me. Which means that I’ve lost out on a few new projects because I couldn’t squeeze them in. I supposed it’s a good problem to have, but I hate telling folks “no”.
Proud…that my book is going to the printer this week. Dude, such a huge weight off my shoulders.
Wanting…a long weekend to head to Chicago. I’m not a big city girl, but Chicago is one of my favorite places on the planet. And this time of year, with the cool weather and the start of hockey season, I always get the itch to spend a weekend shopping, eating, drinking beer, and watching some Blackhawks.
Wishing…there was an a la carte satellite/cable service. We pay (a lot) for satellite literally only for sports (we watch our TV shows on Netflix). We only actually watch probably 3-4 channels on our satellite. I really wish someone would come out with an a la carte service where I can just pay for the channels I want.
Eating…a ton of apples. We went apple picking yesterday, and came home with about 120 pounds of apples (many for storage and preserving). They are so yummy. And HUGE. We also stocked up on locally grown winter squash and pie pumpkins (because squash beetles all-but destroyed our plants)—we’ll be eating lots of roasted squash over the next few weeks.
Drinking…apple cider! Yum.
Loving…iOS7, fall, roasted veggies, chai lattes, scarves, boots, candy corn, bok choy.