currently, vol. 25
reading: I just finished The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. I adored it. Memoirs rarely live up to the hype to me, but this one did. The format was a little strange and read like the transcript of an interview or documentary, but I couldn't put it down. Their life has been fascinating from the start.
watching: If I watch the Christmas Pooh movie one more time I'm going to rip my hair out (I've been sick so the tv has been on a little more than usual--I'm desperate). I find myself humming the background music all day long.
cooking: Chili tonight! It's cold and dreary, so it's the perfect chili day.
eating: not gonna lie, about to get another piece of pumpkin pie. Lay off me, I'm sick.
frustrated by: blueberries. There is a pint of blueberries in my fridge that has declared war on me today. Twice they've managed to fall out of the fridge and scatter everywhere. A couple of them camouflaged themselves on the navy blue kitchen rug, and of course I stepped on them. Don't even get me started on Gracie asking for more berries with her breakfast and then throwing them across the dining room. I will be cleaning up renegade berries for the next 6 months.
loving: listening to my vintage Ella, Frank, and Bing Christmas records while eating lunch with G, getting Christmas cards in the mail (which reminds me, I still need to send ours out), being able to spend my days with my girl, even though she's been a giant handful today, and being able to borrow movies from the library. I'm waiting on Little Women, and I'm so excited since I finally read the book and fell in love with it.
overwhelmed: by Christmas gift exchanges. Every day I get more requests to participate in white elephant exchanges (I hate those), sock exchanges (you buy socks and then fill them up with gifts), and the like. It's exhausting and stressful. It takes planning and creative saving to buy gifts for our family, let alone for someone I barely know. Is that rude? Probably. But I don't ever want Christmas to be about stressing over money and gifts. Can I bake you cookies instead? I'm good at that.
thinking: our home is so cozy and comfy with Christmas lights and decorations. I love it.
listening to: the acoustic Christmas playlist on Spotify. It's perfect for my mood. There's been several variations of I Heard the Bells, and I love the line "God is not dead nor does He sleep." Edit: I've now I've moved on to the Little Women soundtrack. It makes me want to buy a grand old house and decorate the insides with fresh greenery and garlands.
planning: a grocery list and stocking stuffers. I'm currently taking suggestions for both.
sniffing: a peppermint candle.
feeling: like it's time to go grab that slice of pie.