Hello Friday

Yesterday was my first day off social media and I won’t lie – there were some moments when the temptation was great. But I filled my day with sewing and reading and cleaning out the fridge and prepping weekend meals (see all those ands Mary?). I also did some journaling and was reflecting on a conversation I had with my daughter this week. Within 15 minutes of arriving at work, three people told me how much they had to do and when I tried to commiserate, they responded by telling me how much MORE busy than me. Sigh. Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could practice just a tiny bit more compassion for one another? I have four months left in this work-life and I want to do just that. Listen with kindness and compassion instead of getting pulled into the “I’m busier than you” dance and hope that maybe it will rub off.

Unraveled Wednesday

Yup. There was some unraveling around here. First I unraveled a shawl that was so close to finishing but has been set aside too long. I tried to figure out where I had left off but the truth was, I didn’t really care for the colors and was not interested in actually owning this shawl. So, over the course of one TV show, it went back to being ball of yarn that I will likely donate. And on Sunday, I unraveled a hat. I loved knitting this hat. Loved the yarn. But after it was done, it grew just enough to be sloppy on my head. So it too went back to being a ball of yarn. But I will reknit that hat because I do love the color.

I have also been unraveling my screen time. I deleted a number of apps and cleared my browsing history. I don’t plan to stop blogging but I won’t be scrolling on those other sites. I have been listening to a book that has captured all of my attention. It is not an easy listen but one that deserves my undivided attention.

And how about this? I am not on Twitter but this was sent to me and it struck a chord.

Happy Wednesday! Be sure to visit Kat today.

Sometimes Monday

I think this week needs a permission slip. Remember those. Juliann has permission to go on the field trip . . . I know Brene Brown writes about permission slips in Braving the Wilderness (might be a good re-read option). I saw this one on Instagram this weekend and I am adding it to my Monday planner notes. Of course I am heading off to work but there must be time in the day when I could use this permission slip. Maybe you need permission this week too.

Three books we are loving right now

My own reading is going well but is mostly non-fiction and doesn’t inspire me to write but I do have three books that we read and reread a lot around here.

Exclamation Mark! I picked this one up from a giveaway box at school because I have always liked this author. It has wonderful words like flummoxed and deflated and generates a lot of conversation.

Knufflebunny by another favorite children’s author. I saw an exhibit of Willems’ work in NYC. The bunny in this story was originally drawn as a bear but when reading the story, the word bear didn’t feel right so it became a bunny.

Are You My Mother? We have read this one many, many times over the last 3+ years. It has all the important things. A baby bird, a search, and a big big scooping machine with a fun name – Snort.

I do love a good snuggle on the couch with a fun book and our soon to be big brother. Off to link up with some new blogs this morning.