I don't use this "outpost" of my blog very often anymore -- my book-related musings are primarily posted to Goodreads and most other posts are crafty-related and posted over here. But one of my favorite Internet-girls-I-wish-I-knew-in-real-life, Stephanie, has posted a Blog Your Heart missive and I'm linking up.
- Wishing for more time, all the time. More time to read, craft, check out movies or TV shows, go for walks with my sweetheart, sleep. I tend to neglect household things to be able to do those things that fill me up and renew me, but sometimes I just need to do the work.
- Contemplating whether I want to continue to be a creative dabbler -- a little bit of everything -- or spend some time concentrating on getting better at specific things. I'd like to learn how to draw, even just simple planner-type icons. I'd like to learn to use pastels, watercolors, acrylic paints. Mixed media. Photography (learning Lightroom, getting a DSLR at some point). Writing (former English majors always think they'll write a book someday. Novel, short stories, poetry?) I go back and forth between thinking there can be a lot of common ground between these things (an art journal that I fill with my own writing!) and wondering if I want to make a big push in one direction.
- Wondering how the heck is my baby 12 years old? She's 5'5" tall (I'm 5'3") with a size 9 shoe. Pushing boundaries seems to be the name of the game. The newest thing is that she wants to walk to school. It's a 25 minute walk, sidewalks all the way. I walked (a shorter distance) beginning when I was ten and my husband walked from the time he was little, but with a sibling. I think she'll get too tired to do it often because she'll have sports practice after school every day. Both my husband and I are hesitant about it. It just doesn't feel like the same world we grew up in. She's a smart girl, but doesn't always make the best choices. I don't think any of the kids on our street walk. They take the bus or get a ride with a parent. Definitely still on the fence about this, but we're getting questioned daily.
- So glad to have my husband by my side and on my side. Married 27 years. This fall it will be 30 years since we started dating.
- Totally hooked on the Olympics, as always. While no international sporting event at this level is likely 100% pure and untainted, I choose to believe that most of the athletes are clean and just work their butts off for this chance. Such strength and grace and guts. I love seeing the camaraderie and good sportmanship among teammates and competitors. Aly Raisman. (Was so bummed when she missed a bronze three years ago, so was thrilled that she won silver here. The gymnastics people need to change that stupid rule. If three swimmers can tie in a 100m race that takes under a minute, why can't two gymnasts, who competed on four apparatuses, tie for a medal?) Laurie Hernandez. (Infectious.) Katie Ledecky. (Confident and happy, just rocking it.) Simone Biles. (That encouraging voice you heard throughout Laurie's beam routine two nights ago? That was Simone. Classy.) Michael Phelps. (What a privilege watching him swim -- he was born for this.) Usain Bolt. Kerri & April (Playing match after match on the beach, making insane plays.) Madison Kocian. Mo Farah (How the heckfire did he come back to win that race? But that's what he always does.) Maya Dirado. Honestly wish I could see more of the competition, but I'm already glued to the couch all evening. Probably for the best that we don't have a DVR anymore -- ha, ha.
Thanks for reading!