reading: I just started A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot. It's about the life of Amy Carmichael, a Victorian-era missionary to India. It's fascinating so far. I remember learning about Amy Carmichael at VBS as a kid, and I've wanted to learn more about her for a long time.
watching: We are all about our shows lately. New Girl (duh), This is Us (hurts so good), Designated Survivor (JACK BAUER), and American Housewife (I'm pleasantly surprised...and if you want to know what I'm really like, I'm basically Katie). Oh..but watching right now? Dancing with the Stars. Something about Ryan Lochte tangoing to the Black Keys was exactly what I needed.
cooking: my mom's spaghetti meat sauce, spaghetti squash, and roasted balsamic brussels sprouts. I also whipped up some apple cinnamon bread yesterday. It feels so good to be healthy again and have the energy to cook!
eating: the above plus pumpkin ice cream.
laughing about: I just emailed something to myself, and I got excited 2 seconds later when I saw I have an email. I do this EVERY TIME.
loving: Gracie has been spouting off some full sentences and tons of new words lately and catching me off guard every time. She pointed to a picture of me yesterday and said "Mama is pitty (pretty)" and then said "dove oo too" when I told her I love her, so basically she can have anything she wants from now to eternity.
researching: Christmas cards. Already. Yes. Since photographers are so expensive, my mom shot some family pictures of us in the wooded area that is basically our front yard. I LOVE how they came out, and I've been obsessively looking at Christmas cards ever since.
thinking: I realized this morning that Daylight Savings Time is this weekend, and I'm trying not to cry about switching Gracie's schedule an hour. Kids (at least mine) have such ridiculously precise inner clocks, so it's torture every single time. WHY DO WE STILL DO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS? It's 2016! We have electric lightbulbs now! Artificial daylight! I'm writing a letter to my senator.
listening to: Bach's Cello Suites. It's the perfect fall music. You can just hear the leaves swirling around in the air.
planning: a Thanksgiving menu and Christmas presents. I want to get all my shopping done in November. CAN I DO IT?*
sniffing: my Cider Lane candle. It's like bobbing for apples, except dunking your head in caramel instead of water.
feeling: like the only person on earth who didn't dress up their child for Halloween. It is so not worth the effort. Also---am I the only one who thinks the concept of trunk or treating is weird? This was not a thing when I was a kid. Give me old-fashioned trick or treating or give me.....I don't know. Just give me candy. Instead of dressing up, we celebrated by listening to Christmas music all day. Not because I'm anti-Halloween, but just because I'm pro-Christmas.
*not a chance