And I managed my first fall-free run-- second run off the treadmill--in months! No hobbling at all the day after either . . .
Back home now, looking at the calendar and figuring what needs to be done in the two weeks until our trip, and it seems like a good day to post the rest of that November stock-taking. As I said last Friday, this is a light-hearted but nonetheless effective way to slow down a bit and get some perspective. The template comes from Pip at MeetMeAtMike's where the blank template is available for you to cut-and-paste.
PONDERING: What to write about in the next chapter of my project. . .
CONSIDERING: Whether or not to sign up for a language class in the New Year, and if so, which language?
BUYING: New bedding, long overdue. I want softer tones, greys and taupes and creams, a blend of textures.
WATCHING: The second season of Call My Agent (French soundtrack/French subtitles) Also This Is Us and Life in Pieces.
CRINGING: Sorry, I woke up this morning and realized that I'm not comfortable sharing some of the information these three revolved around, and I've redacted. . .
NEEDING: To sit still just a bit more often . . .
QUESTIONING: How much time I want to spend travelling in the next few years and how much I want to nest at home.
SMELLING: In my imagination, the delicate powdery sweetness of the Sarcococca which will likely bloom while we're away.
WEARING: My green Fluevog boots, day after day after day.
FOLLOWING: The astonishing Instagram account of Michelle Kingdom.
NOTICING: How I feel after certain social occasions, large extended family ones in particular, that engender mixed feelings.
KNOWING: That I'm very lucky to have been married to a very good man for 43 years, but that gender and power interact in ways that still require ongoing negotiation. . .
THINKING: About gender and power and intention and the very challenging zeitgeist.
ADMIRING: The creative accomplishments of several of my friends. Cynthea's and Alison's novels, Sandy's whimsical illustrations.
SORTING: Through my digital photos, finally culling most and getting a few printed.
GETTING: Fitter! This program Ive been following through my trainer is working and I'm even beginning to run again.
BOOKMARKING: So many things. I make notes of books to read, music to listen to, things I want to sort. . .
COVETING: More time -- or rather, a kind of movable stretchy-ness to time, so I could use it freely when I'm really engaged in something I want to stick with for longer.
DISLIKING: That the new monorail lighting system we had installed in the dining area two months ago isn't working and we're waitlisted for the electrician to return.
OPENING: The fridge door and seeing that it needs a good cleaning (and culling!)
GIGGLING: Whenever my grandson tells me he has a "plump belly." He learned the word "plump" from Wanda Gag's classic, Millions of Cats.
FEELING: The usual pre-travel mix of emotions, fretting about getting packed and ready, but also excited about what we'll see and do there.
SNACKING: Popcorn is my snacking go-to these days.
HEARING: Less and less noise from the construction across the lane. Much of the outside work has been done now and the inside work is either less noisy or more contained.
I loved the contributions so many of you offered in the comments last week, picking up the challenge to say what you're DO-ing or EAT-ing or BAK-ing or MAK-ing or READ-ing or WATCHing or. . . . well, you get the idea, obviously. If you feel so inclined, I'd love to play this game one more weekend, so I encourage you to leave your fill-in-the-blank comment below. . . . Or just say hello, or just waft your hello my way telepathically to greet the Happy Weekend! vibe I'm sending out to you.