date: May 25, 2014
eating: I have been eating a lot of egg drop soup for breakfast this week. I think I have finally perfected my chicken broth recipe, so I can just heat up a serving, add a bit of salt, ginger and sesame oil, and then once it is about to boil drop in 1 raw scrambled egg while stirring. Then I’ve been pouring it over some chopped green onion. I love that it’s light and warm and a great source of protein. New favorite.
drinking: Water. Almost exclusively water and coffee. I have a 32oz water bottle and can drink almost 2 full each day.
reading: I’m currently reading a history book about William Henry Harrison that I am not in love with. I WANT to read it for my U.S. History class (so I’m going to power through) but it is slow going for sure. Mostly, I’m just looking forward to being done with this book specifically and the historical period 1840 – 1859 in general.
enjoying: having guests in the house this weekend. Brews Willis flew out from Toronto to make a record with my (amazing) husband and they’re actually staying with us! We have the space and it saves them several hundred dollars to not get a hotel and it’s kind of fun. Fang is loving it.
listening: Obsessed with podcasts. Obsessed. I like to binge listen to 1 podcast until I knock out all the archives and then switch and binge listen to another. Currently in the middle of The Moth.
trying: to keep my garden alive. The banana pepper and strawberry plants haven’t had any new blooms in a week or so (but they’re still alive, at least). My lettuce though is only barely hanging on. I moved them to the front yard where there is less direct sun and I *think* they’re doing better there but it’s hard to tell.
thinking: about story. I’ve been learning a lot about story telling and book writing recently, and that combined with my Moth listening has got me thinking about the stories in my life that I can adapt and retell. I also got The Hero with A Thousand Faces recently and I want to spend some quality time in that book. I first heard about in my senior year of college from the GREAT professor and have wanted to read it ever since.
writing: I am just over halfway done with my first draft of my current novel (original working title was George Washington: Serial Killer). I had originally pegged May 31 as the finish date, but then life happened and then I committed to a project in June (next paragraph) so I’m giving myself some space and moving the self-imposed due date. But even though it is fewer words every day, I love writing every day. Highly recommended.
feeling: Excited about Fiction Unboxed starting Sunday. Andrew and I talked it over and I decided to jump in at the participation level so I will be helping shape the story these guys are writing in 30 days. Plus they’re opening up the world to other writers so I’ll be brainstorming my own story to write and work on. It’s going to make my month BUSY, but kind of awesome.
loving: That I make my own schedule and so was able to go to the studio with Andrew on Friday. The photo above is from the tracking room on the 2nd day of working on the new Brews Willis record. A year ago there is NO way I would have been able to take off work the Friday before a holiday. This year I answer emails in the morning, just let Maggie know that I won’t have internet in the afternoon and I’m good to go.
This list (borrowed and adapted from Danielle of Sometimes Sweet) is much more detailed and in depth than rukristin papercraft’s Currently List cards. Necessarily so, since those cards are only 3×4. But either way, recording my everyday story is SUCH a priority for me. Especially since we don’t have any vacations or milestones or otherwise bigger stories to tell.
I have been *loving* having these cards to jumpstart my memory keeping so far in 2014. I’ve been filling them out every other Friday, and they are *literally* all the memory keeping I have done so far this year. So far. They are currently acting as placeholders in my (otherwise empty) Project Life album.
The Currently List is just a great, simple exercise you can use to take 5 minutes and refocus.
Here are the last few of mine:
I have original black, special L&R green, January’s Rocket Gray and February’s fuschia. There’s also this month’s Dandelion Yellow (but I haven’t printed any out yet) Can’t wait for new colors the rest of the year!
I plan on doing these every other Friday, and you can follow me on Instagram or join the Facebook group to see any new ones.
How to get started:
What’s new with you currently?