Both Pip and Maggie are taking stock this month. I thought I would get in on the action.
Taking Stock Volume 1
Making : I made bread for the first time in the bread maker this month. I used an old bread mix, which had old yeast. Because I had some new yeast, I just subbed that in for the old. Of course, Genius McDumbass here didn’t bother to check if it was the right amount. Guess what happened to my dough? Overproofed itself out of the bread bin and burned on the bottom of the maker.
Also, it would be great if we could get a GBBO episode that had a challenge using bread makers.
Drinking : Strawberry Limeade from Sonic. One of my favorite drinks. Of all time.
Reading : OffShore by Penelope Fitzgerald. It is slow. It is a short book, but damn, it is slow. I am hoping that all the Booker prize books are not this slow. I hope that I didn’t make a bad decision to read them all.
Trawling : Next month we are going to drive to Texas for my family’s winter holiday trip. I have been trying surprise Dave by having a couple of good books to listen to in the car. We might even have enough time for two. After listening to NPR segments on it last year, we seemed to agree that The Emperor of All Maladies might be a good place to start. But then, I see that Audible has The Boys in the Boat and The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945, both of which look like his speed.
Wanting : This planner/workbook: Your Best Year 2017: Productivity Workbook and Creative Business Planner by Lisa Jacobs. Normally, the imposed structure of a workbook grates me the wrong way- like, don’t tell me how much space I need to write my goals and dreams!! But then I started thinking about getting the digital file and basically just using it as prompts to write into a fancy notebook, which would allow me to practice hand lettering and penmanship. Also, this would give me permission to buy a new fancy notebook.
Looking : At dress patterns. I think I have decided to make a dress or two during winter break. See, I appreciate and understand the usefulness of dresses (only one piece of clothing to concern oneself with for work), but my body is just too weird. My arms are too long, by boobs are too big, my tummy isn’t all that flat, which wouldn’t be a problem, except I got that powerlifter booty (#teamsquatsfordays!). So all clothing is hard to fit. I had a really nice dark navy LL Bean shirtdress that I loved, but it faded under the arms (I guess from my super powerful and potent sweat?) I am just nervous that I am going to spend a lot of time making a dress that I am going to hate because I am just a baby ninja sewer.
Deciding : A couple of weeks ago, the temperature gauge in my car spiked and the engine started steaming. I thought I might need some new coolant, but didn’t fix the problem. I know it sounds ridiculous to be thinking about junking an 11 year old vehicle. But it is a beat to shit Kia. It has been really good to me. I have had,virtually no problems with it. At 150K+ miles, it still has its original transmission. Can you even believe that? It is just that it feels unnecessary for Dave and me to both have cars, when we live across the street from a CTA station serviced by a train that drops me off next to my work. So I have to decide what to do with my car. Let it go to the junk yard in the sky or try to keep it going?
Waiting : I am waiting (so patiently) for the notebook that I ordered from Cognitive Surplus to get here. My current planner, an XL hardcover with gridded pages from Moleskine is almost full- which is a massive accomplishment. Normally, I stick with a planner and a system for 4-5 months, tops, before flipping the script and going with a new planner/system. In any case, we are headed to Miami to see my in-laws later this month, and I wanted to have my new planner to work on, because it is apparently frowned upon to sleep for 14 hours a night when you are not a toddler.
I am so nervous about this new notebook. The pages are blank, which makes me skittish. I have a hard time writing in a straight line. But I am hoping that the freedom of not having lines will be enough for me to not worry about lines.
Liking : Since my trip to Paris in September, I have been slightly obsessed with Chocolate Croissants. I have had several from Whole Foods, Starbucks, and Le Pain Quotidien. The ones from Starbucks are the worst of the bunch, which is surprising, because generally, I like most of their food. I wish I knew more about baking so I could put my finger on what it is that is different. Maybe theirs are not made with real butter?
Wondering : If I can watch previous seasons of GBBO on the PBS Passport thing they have going on now. Dave and I tried to watch an episode of Finding Your Routes a couple of weeks ago, but needed access to the Passport in order to do so. I signed us up, but haven’t had a chance to see if back episodes of GBBO are on it.
Pondering : Watching the Great Gatsby. I just finished listening to the audiobook (narrated by Jake Gyllenhal). It was okay. I can kinda see how the literary tools in the story made it stand apart from much of what had come before. There was some elegance to the story- how a lie caused the death of a person who had built his life on a set of lies and misconceptions. And the ironic sadness in amassing a fortune for one’s self, but dying alone, without the one thing that you wanted. Like, yeah, I get it. I just am not sure I would put it up there with the greatest books/stories I’ve ever experienced.
Regardless, the version that is on Netflix has Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. Or I go to Amazon and watch the Leo DiCaprio one. I don’t see me watching this movie twice, so I am going to have to pick one. I am not saying that I think DiCaprio is a bad actor, but I feel about him like I feel about The Great Gatsby. Like, it works, sometimes. But he’s not my favorite. But compared to a young Robert Redford?
Listening : I took off a couple of days in the middle of this week. I wanted to use the days to recharge and refuel. I know it’s awful to say this because, its not like I work in a factory on a line or in a mine or something. I go to my office and sit on my ass for 7+ hours a day. So it’s not hard work-but this is the second quarter since January that I have taught two classes on top of my usual work obligations, so I have been feeling run down.
Anyhoo, being “off” at home has meant that I am doing work stuff, but I am doing it in my pjs and listening to music I own on my laptop (rather than pandora at work). Right now, I am listening to old Counting Crows (August and Everything After).
Considering : Voting early. Basically if I am going to vote early, it has to happen today. Tomorrow, Monday or Tuesday isn’t going to work as well. But it would mean I might not get a nap today.
Buying : All the Christmas presents!! I think I pretty much narrowed down for gifts for my nieces and nephews. It’s tough, because with four kids, they have, at some point, had ALL THE TOYS. It’s ridic. I have settled on gifts for three of the 4. But damn, I don’t have the mental bandwidth. Could I just do Cubs shirts? Doesn’t EVERYONE want a Cubs shirt?
Marvelling : Grace Bonney of Design Sponge recently published a lovely looking new book called “In the Company of Women“. All reports point to be it being beautiful.
Needing : This lovely cake slicer. I need it. So much. I have always wanted to make a layer cake. I have never done it because I felt like it wouldn’t be very stable. I like my odds with this guy.
Questioning : Why people are theorizing and questioning everything about Westworld. Dudes, I am part of the GOT and TWD fandom. I ugly-cried when Opie died in Sons of Anarchy. I know only one thing when it comes to dramatic television: DO NOT GET ATTACHED TO ANYONE. It will end in heartbreak.
Wearing : Wearing sweatpants. It’s sweatpants weather and I am so glad its back. Don’t judge me.
Noticing : Fall is happening. The leaves are turning and falling. It is my favorite time of the year. My absolute favorite.
Admiring : Nate Silver. I don’t know how he does what he does. I kinda feel like the man deserves a vacation.
Bookmarking : StumbleUpon. I am learning more about it. Decided that until I can start blogging more the way I want to (when I have more time over Christmas and in the Spring), that I can at least figure out how promotion and influencing works on StumbleUpon. This works out well for someone like me, how has a hard time staying focused on the task at hand. I definitely needed another distraction in my life. 🙂
Disliking : Trump. Always Trump. Gotta say it now. If he wins, I will get tossed in an internment camp for my hippie, liberal, socialist, pinko ways.
Feeling : Excited about going to Miami later this month for Thanksgiving. I am hoping (desperately) to see a good friend from grad school who lives down there. Aside from that, looking forward to slowing down a bit and doing some reading.
Helping : My son’s AYSO soccer season just wrapped up the fall session. I volunteered by refereeing. I hate it. I absolutely hate refereeing. There is so much to hate about it. But it is one of those things that needs to be done. Was thinking about whether or not I want to do it next year. The organization always needs coaches and referees. I am wondering, given my experience as a coach, if it would be better to coach. Like, how much fun would it be to coach a bunch of little girls?
Hearing : Fireworks last night after the Cubs won. Dave and I were super irresponsible and woke our seven year old up when they won. The fireworks being set off across the street from our place definitely did not help us go to sleep.
Celebrating : The Cubs won last night. I cannot even. It is rare that things in real life work out the way they would if it was a movie. Last night was an exception. That was a movie ending for the Cubs, for David Ross. It was just lovely.
Embracing : An awful haircut I got. I probably shouldn’t be too pissed about it, because my original plan in being there was for her to fix my color (I may or may not have used a different dye that made me look more like Ryan Lochte than I would have preferred). She did a brilliant job on my color. But the cut has layers on top, instead of under. The result is that my haircut is dangerously reminiscent of Michelle Akers’ from the early 90s. Which would be okay if I were as badass as she was. But I am not.