A Merrier Manifest: November

I’ve been a bad blogger, but I’m still here.  Life is in a busy season and I’m finding it a challenge to learn to balance what needs to happen in my home and what I want to work on.  I want to tackle all the projects, read all the books, write for all the publications and raise two tiny humans and work a full-time job.  Is that too much to ask?  Definitely in a season of learning to let go.

Listening:

  • I recently discovered Pray As You Go a daily audio prayer podcast/app that allows me to get some much needed God time in on my commute to work each morning.  I’m not a morning person and doubly not a morning person when it starts getting darker and colder out.  The idea of waking up early and having some one on one time with Jesus is lovely, but not happening anytime soon, but this has been a game changer for me.  I’m also trying to work in a few minutes with its sister app Sacred Space to cultivate a few more minutes of prayer each day.

Watching:

  • It’s Star Wars season in my house right now since Rebels just started its new season.  So good!  And yes, of course, we already have our tickets to “The Last Jedi” ordered for opening night… what kind of fans do you think we are? (The fanatic kind is the right answer). I’m hoping to do a rewatch of all of the movies before opening night.
  • Sometime soon I’ll finally make good on my promise to watch the new Spiderman movie and we’re hoping to sneak out tomorrow to watch the new “Thor”.

Reading:

  • Halloween season took a big chunk out of my reading time, but I’m happy to say my little Guardians of the Galaxy won a gift certificate to our local comic book store from my efforts so my college degree is now completely validated.
  • I’m currently working through “The Summer Before the War” and “Notes of a Native Son” and read through “The Gallery” a few weeks ago.  The latter is a quick fun read, and I found myself wishing there was a bit more meat and suspense to a really good idea.  As it stands it was a fine little beach read type of mystery, perfect for taking a break from heavier, more serious works.
  • In my queue for the month I have:  “Everfair” by Nisi Shawl, “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates to read.  And a long list of audiobooks slowly piling up on my audible account.

Making:

  • I’m rather excited that for the first time in a few years I’ll be able to give my family their handknit items for Martinmas.  I just have half a sock and loose ends and blocking to do and my husband and kids will each have a new item for the winter to wear.  I can’t wait to show them off.
  • I’m also a little greedy in that excitement because I’ve been putting off making things for myself in order to get the Halloween costumes and Martinmas gifts done this year.  I have a small tabletop loom I found at my magical consignment store that is taunting me every time I walk by it as well as dress patterns and fabric calling out to me from forgotten drawers….. so maybe I’ll have to be a bad blogger for a bit longer.

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