We have cleaned. De-cluttered in a big way. Rediscovered a small attic that has proven helpful in meeting come of these safety requirements set upon us by the state.
We have completed the eleven weeks of classes. Our work is done. Now, we wait.
I wait by napping. Dreaming up the answer I'm craving, dreaming up ways it'll be amazing, and worrying that it will be undiluted stress.
I wait by creating something really great for someone who will most definitely love it.
I read. What do you recommend?
I wait by cooking. I'm good at cooking. There's just something great about pulling together a cohesive meal with all the right elements, just so.
I wait by submerging myself in projects. I always have some project going on. Painting rooms, refurbishing furniture, organization, touching up old projects, planning simple decorative changes. There's always something.
But what it all boils down to...is waiting.
I am waiting.
Writing in IPA.
Turning a pretty phrase.
Turning a grammatically correct pretty phrase.
(And then drawing its tree.)
Making homemade chicken soup.
Making homemade lentil chicken noodle soup.
Customized shoes and boots and frames and other wonderful items.
Writing, so it turns out.
I just have nobody to edit.
Travel Far, Pay No Fare by Anne Lindbergh. This was one of my favorites back in elementary school, but over the years I'd forgotten what it was called. With a little fancy footwork, I was eventually able to get Google to cough up a title based on a really convoluted description of the plot. Amazon.com was then awesome enough to have a few copies available for next-day delivery. And now it's like basking in the warmth of a Vermont summer while taking a stroll down memory lane.
Hm... The Harry Potter series from three different countries. I love the Harry Potter series. His Dark Materials. Insomnia and The Dark Tower Series.
To get back to my original thought, my counters used to be lined with books. Back when I had shorter counters. Now, it doesn't look right, not with the open counters. I love the openness of the kitchen, but I hate that I don't have books in there anymore. Instead, we have tons of shelves. A little less awesome, but still pretty great.
Currently Reading: I didn't meet my 2014 goal, but only by a book or two. Right now, I'm working my way through this year's goal and am in the middle of several books. I'm rereading Half-Blood Prince on my own, and Chamber of Secrets with my stepson. I am not entirely sure whether I'll count those toward my goal. I suppose it depends how desperate I get toward the end of the year. Then there's The Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier, The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, and a handful of others.
B. Favorite Movies: To be totally honest, I'm not much of a movie person. Sure, I'll watch one on occasion, either out of curiosity or a feeling of obligation, but I rarely seek them out or end up captured by them enough to give them my full attention. On the list of go-to hobbies in my life, movies are way, way down there.
C. Favorite Shows: Misfits. To an extent. Up through season three. I like to pretend that seasons four and five never happened. In fact, I just finished the series, then went back and rewatched one through three and stopped there to keep the sour taste of the new group out of my mouth. Doctor Who. NuWho, though. I can't seem to get into Classic Who. I know, I know. Blasphemy. Firefly. I'm current on a lot of shows (far more than I'd care to admit, actually), but none of them really qualify as favorites, no matter how much I keep tuning back in. More...time-wasters. Castle is one I must watch, if only for Nathan Fillion, though I do enjoy it 97% of the time. But I don't know that it qualifies as a favorite. It may have, a few years ago, but at this point… The same is true of shows like How I Met Your Mother and Bones and Criminal Minds. More obligation than genuine excitement.
D. Favorite Music: I don't know. I'm open to quite a bit in the world of music. Of Montreal. I'd say that Of Montreal would hold the place of "favorite" at the moment. Right now Death Cab for Cutie is playing. Followed, perhaps, by some "ol' school" Backstreet Boys, the stylings of Elton John and / or Billy Joel, Nine Inch Nails, a wee bit o' The Format (and anything else Nate Ruess), Damien Rice, The Cranberries. Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand, Frou Frou, Aerosmith, Journey, Tori Amos. I'm a fan of Ani DiFranco, though I don't know very many of her songs. The Smashing Pumpkins, Frank Sinatra, Queen, Elvis. Simon and Garfunkel (I find it interesting that "Garfunkel" does not trigger the Safari spellchecker). Bright Eyes (though just saying, typing or even thinking "bright eyes" makes me sing, in my head, "Turn arouuuund..."). ...I'm stopping now.
E. Favorite Food: Ethiopian. They closed my Ethiopian place, and I am not kidding when I say I cried a bit. Indian. Good Chinese where I can get it. Apple pie-lettes. Or just apple pie. Thai. Soup -- I'm so glad that soup season is here again! Pomegranates. I'm also rather fond of pears. And Pink Lady and Honeycrisp apples. Opal apples, definitely. Berries. Raspberries are my absolute favorite, but they're rather cost prohibitive. I'm not a big fan of celery, except for the inner sticks. Or with the ranch dressing that every buffalo wing-serving joint seems to have but that I can't seem to find in the grocery store. Cheesecake. Chicken croquettes. Great steak.
(Yes, that makes six.)
You have a book recommendation for me. Books! Give me books!
Seriously, books. Please?
You understand and are on board with the fact that I am married and interested only in friendship and long-distance penpalmanship. I absolutely support polyamory and open relationships, but ours is not a marriage of those particular styles.