Well, currently as of Sunday evening.
Anticipating: CHRISTMAS. Bet you didn't see that coming, didya? I'm just really excited to give my family their gifts. I think I did a pretty swell job for having a tighter budget this year.
Practicing: Uh, patience? I'm always trying to be patient about something. So let's go with that.
Listening to: Josh Lyman screaming on The West Wing.
Wanting: a vacation. My vacation to California in October turned out to be no vacation, and I've worked some 10 hour days lately. I need a vacation. Nothing fancy, no tropical islands, just a cabin in the mountains with my husband, a stack of books, and a fireplace. Lord have mercy, yes.
I am also wanting to go back to bed.
Watching: A super cheesy Christmas movie on Netflix. But Mr. Turner from Boy Meets World is in it, so I'm sold. I'm also watching the fire in the fireplace to make sure it doesn't burn everything down. Hashtag irrational fears. (not watching The West Wing at the moment, obviously)
Needing: Alissa just sent me a picture of her Talenti, and I think I need that. Also, cake.
Smelling: my Fresh Balsam candle. It's my favorite candle in the world..
Wearing: Yoga pants, fuzzy socks, and a grey sweatshirt that I love because it has plaid patches on the shoulders.
Drinking: Well I'm not drinking it at the moment, but I just finished a peppermint mocha made from a Starbucks Via I found in the back of the pantry. And then I added some whipped cream and sprinkles. Tasted exactly like I paid 5 bucks for it.
Reading: The Devil in the White City. It's about architects and a serial killer during the Chicago World's Fair. It is so. darn. good. I read a particularly scary chapter about the serial killer right before bed last night, and then I had a dream someone tried to poison my airplane food. Idk.
Feeling: THE SUNDAY BLUES. SHOOT ME. Work has been extra insane the past month, so I'm feeling extra bluesy. I'm burned out, and the only time I get off for Christmas is Christmas Day. Let's not talk about it.
Loving: the fact that I am officially 100% finished Christmas shopping. I did it all in 2 weeks. I usually am raiding the bare shelves for stocking stuffers on Christmas Eve, so this is a BIG DEAL for me right now. Now to wrap everything....
Hating: Messy friendships you want to fix but you don't know how.
Also, can we talk about Hobby Lobby? Because I ran in there Saturday night for some stuff that will not be mentioned because CHRISTMAS PRESENT CRAFTING, and almost all their Christmas stuff was gone!! It felt like a slap in the face! Listen, dearest Hob Lob, it makes me a bit uncomfortable to see stockings and trees in July, but I don't hate it. But when it's actually Christmas time and there's one Christmas aisle left?! It gives me a taste of the Christmas blues that I know are coming next week, and that's not something I'm ready for yet. Y U DO DIS.
Planning: my Christmas baking. Every year I bring a bunch of different Christmas cookies to my parents house on Christmas Eve, and I love doing it. Baking is so much fun for me. Last year I made killer sugar cookies and eggnog cookies (and others I can't remember), and I might need to repeat those. I haven't decided what else I'm going to make. I think chocolate should be involved. Mom, are you reading this? What do you think?! HALP.
Missing: having breaks, like in school. Every year I'm still shocked that I don't get 3 weeks off for Christmas. Really though, it literally surprises me every year.
Enjoying: the Christmas decorations. I wish I could keep them up all year. The thought that they have to come down soon upsets me more than it should. I'm also enjoying the insane amount of snow we've gotten this month.
Wishing: For more friends in this darn city. I have some great friends all over the country, but almost none of them live here, and that sucks. Sometimes I want people to go to dinner with or to have a movie night with. I also am wishing that someday I will get to go to a swanky Christmas or NYE party where I can wear a glitzy dress, heels, and red lipstick. I know, SO NOT ME. But I want to do it so badly. Also! I have also been wishing to not have a full time job. I just want to be a stay at home mom, but without the kids.
I have a lot of wishes.
Thankful: for what we do have. I was in a mood on Saturday afternoon and feeling very discontent. Our lives are very quite yet very fulfilling, but sometimes things on the interwebz still get to me and make me feel like I'm way behind in life. I sat myself down, made myself one of those peppermint mochas, and read my Bible. It helped refresh my mind in so many ways. We don't have a fancy house or furniture, we certainly don't have children or any on the way, and we don't have cushy high-paying jobs. But we work hard, we submit our lives to God, and have a made a great little home for ourselves here, and that is all we need.
I am so sorry for throwing you into SapFest 2013. That was completely unplanned.
(or am I?!?!?)