Taking Stock: December 2017

I am doing a series of extended list posts à la Pip and Maggie Mason.

CookingPeach and Bourbon Handpies from Smitten Kitchen.  That is a lie.  I WANT to make the Peach and Bourbon Handpies, but it’s winter and ripe peaches in winter isn’t a thing.  We’re going to a New Year’s party and I would like to take something new.  But…  I envision a struggle getting my ass to the grocery tomorrow.  Plus, it’s single digit temps right now, which makes me feel like I want to swan dive into a lake of Warm Beef Stew or New England Clam Chowder, but the party is an appetizer party.  So, you see my dilemma, right?

Drinking: Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red Vodka.  It is a grapefruit flavored vodka.  And it’s not bad, not bad at all. In fact, I used the occasion to kick off my first of 100 Cocktails: Grapefruit Vodka and Soda (Item #37).


Reading: Right now, I am trying to finish several books: A Brief History of Seven Killings, the 2017 O. Henry Prize Collection of Short Stories, and Hamilton.  I recently finished the Life of Pi (which is part of Item #28 the Booker Man Prize Challenge).  Weeks later and it continues to blow my mind.

Playing: My sister got Dave an Amazon Echo Dot.  We are having a lot of fun playing with it.  I didn’t know this, but Alexa can rap.

Loving: Not working right now.  Of course, it is nice for an introvert such as myself, to have an excuse to go to an office and close the door and avoid human contact.  That’s great, don’t get me wrong.  But right now, my soul has the ethereal lightness which only comes when the day to day responsibilities of work life are not there.

Pondering: a yoga class app.  There was a stretch of my life in Tallahassee, where I did Yin Yoga fairly often.  In Yin Yoga, there is a lot of focus on the lower body- hip openers and such.  It is done in a cool room and each pose is held for several minutes, which is how yoga should be, in my opinion.  Like, don’t ask me to do hot yoga or anything where I am going to have to do Warrior pose or Sun Salutations.  NO.  Give me sleeping pigeon and happy baby and I am quite happy.   I found a class on Yoga Studio (an iOS app) that looks pretty much perfect.  And only 22 minutes: SCOREBOARD. Also thinking about getting a membership to 24 hour gym.  I would *really* like to be able to workout early in the morning, make it back to the house to take Nico to school and head to work, so that I can leave at a reasonable hour.  The problem with my gym set up (at work) is that I feel like if I go for a 2 hour workout, I can’t justify leaving at 4 pm- which is what I prefer to do when I am taking public transit, because being on an overcrowded, warm train makes me want to VOMIT (because motion sick).   I know, it IS complicated.

Considering: So, I think that 2018 might be the year for me to do a Craft Bazaar (item #25).  I thought I had stumbled upon a fantastic venue for it, and thus spent 6 hours last night trawling Pinterest for ideas.  The downside to the venue is that it would require a great deal of organizational work and talking with people.  But, it could be really sweet.  But on the other hand: Organizing people.  More on this later.

Buying: All the succulents!!  My aunt gifted me a great distressed organizer from a cool boutique in Rockwall, Texas (Website: Mint Julep Rockwall Instagram: mintjuleprockwall).  I think I would like to make it a combination desk organizer and succulent planter.

Marvelling: My mom made a whole passel of these cute little zipper pouches for stocking stuffers for Christmas.  I think she may have meant for each of us to have two or three.  Good thing I do what I want.


Isn’t that a really great design?  Each is lined with a matching fabric and she also moved the tabs around too, to color coordinate.

Smelling: Dave got me a big bottle of Bath and Body Works’ Cotton Blossom as a stocking stuffer.  To this day, even though its been YEARS since I did college preseason, I can’t smell this scent without thinking about three-a-days.  It was tough at the time, but I would give just about anything to go back to then and have one more season, knowing what I know now.  I wish I had more appreciation for life as a college soccer player.

Wearing: I got a bunch of good, thick socks for Christmas.  They are perfect. Reason #45 I love winter: thick socks.

Admiring: My sister.  She has four kids, I am not sure how she does it- they all play sports and get good grades and her house is cute.  She has her shit together on a level that I aspire to.  I have one kid, a small house apartment and it’s a disaster.

Disliking: Several of the books I am currently reading are just annoying me.  Like, I get annoyed with one and I put it down, but then I pick up another book that just annoys me.  Next thing you know, I have ten books I am currently “reading” on GoodReads- but I am so annoyed at all of them, I am just procrastinating with dealing with them.

Snacking: I discovered Takis, y’all.  Only like 10 years after they became a thing, I actually tried them.  My tastebuds aren’t legit enough for the whole shebang (the hot ones), but they dealt with these guys just fine.  Delicious with Shiner Bock.

Happy New Year!!


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