Matt and I visited Barnes and Noble a couple of weeks ago. There’s something really great about a giant room filled with books (four-eyed people reading graphic novels, writers contemplating whether $20 is too much to spend on a Moleskin, coffee and pastries, too) but mostly - real-live books.
I made note of a few I’d like to get my hands on in the coming weeks:
Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
Ham Slices of Life by Sam Harris
Everything is Connected: Reimagining the World One Postcard at a Time by Keri Smith
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak
Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs
The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms by Amy Stewart
Also, Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You: A Journal
and 642 Things to Write About
… which got me thinking about writing in general - I came across a list to organize thoughts and inspire writing about current happenings. It reminded me of a workshop I went to during my graduate studies about journaling and how therapeutic it is. We were prompted to free-write for five minutes at the beginning of the class. It was amazing how much I wrote in five minutes. So, I took a jab at it.
I am currently…
making baked goods made with organic ingredients and alternative sweeteners, (local dark grade maple syrup, agave, dark brown sugar, local raw honey, etc.) this is not the easiest of feats.
cooking happily in a really cute kitchen.
drinking a newly modified drink; short Americano’s - eight ounces is the perfect size for me and Evolution’s Sweet Greens. It’s amazing.
reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
wanting some sort of light/art in the lofted space above the living area and kitchen in this house.
looking into the future too much, practicing staying in the present.
playing with my cats and anticipating a new instrument (violin? cello?).
wasting brain space on an old friendship that is unfortunately probably on its last legs.
sewing nothing yet - but I have a brand new sewing machine and I can’t wait to natural dye some fabric when it warms up outside.
wishing for some time to read, travel time with Matt, and a garden to gallivant around in.
enjoying the after-feeling of running and fresh air.
waiting on word from the NYS Board of Education.
liking green tea and cinnamon toasts at night.
wondering when will I ever see my favorite brother again.
loving new business ventures, gardening dreams, making Matt laugh, new music, more/better access to quality food, community, arts/music here in a new town, long distance coffee dates with Chantal, long phone calls and funny texts with my family.
hoping for a healthy future, courageous leaps, prosperity, and more laughter.
marvelling at a persons ability to find strength when strength is all they’ve got. The human spirit is an amazing thing.
needing to pay bills. Grumble.
smelling clean laundry.
wearing grey sweats, dark blue wigwam socks, and an organic white linen cotton artist tee.
following the saying, “my body is a temple.”
noticing that transitions can be tough but well worth it - courage is so good.
knowing that regardless of how much faith and hope you have in a person/friendship, sometimes you just have to cut your losses.
thinking about calling it a night.
bookmarking so many blogs - currently, one shared by my bestie Chantal about an upcoming collaborative project we have in the works.
opening up a can of worms trying to eat organic on a limited budget.
giggling at Matt’s dance moves.
feeling spring, making its sweet way - slowly but surely. I drove around with the windows down today.
Along with books and blogs, I've rekindled an old love for magazines. Now, I'll tell you - I had a Real Problem with Real Simple. There are stacks that I just could not throw away that are currently living in a fruit crate in the garage. So I need to be careful! I wanted to share a couple of awesome ones I think I'll be subscribing too in the near future: Chick Pea, Kinfolk and Frankie! All three have been really inspirational for my musing. Check them out; I'd like to know what you think.
If you don't get a chance to indulge in a book, magazine, newspaper, blog, etc., or write a little ditty, poem, or entry - well then, just take 2 minutes and grab a nice piece of stationary (or a scrap of paper, it doesn't really matter - I'm just a sucker for cutesy cards) and write someone a note. Even better if you can send it snail mail. You will make their day and... you will make your day, too. Even if you're sending someone something by mail who lives in the same house as you. It_is_so_fun.
This song came on today while I was editing at the cafe. It was one that Matt had sent me when we were living thousands of miles apart. Oh, nostalgia.