Night before last Jeff and I were talking for a bit before bed when he, in the way he so often does, gently pointed out perhaps it was time for me to seriously look at changing something I had been complaining about for a fair bit. At first breath, his remark stung. But after several breaths and allowing things to percolate, I realized he was right. My perspective needed a shift, and Jeff’s words gave me the push/moment of illumination I needed to do it.
So in that vein (sometimes there’s no good way to make a segue), here are some things I’ve been enjoying this past week (along with blog links that are, once again, clickable):
- Spending time with family and friends: The conversations have ranged from casual to deep, there have been long silences or brief pauses, but I’ve found the time I’ve been spending with those “near and dear” has never felt like a waste. Each has been nourishing in some fashion, and that’s a Very Good Thing indeed.
- Good stories: I found myself itching for a good mystery recently, and thanks to the recommendation of a well-read friend, I found it! I started Louise Penny’s book Still Life – the first installment in her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series – on Saturday and finished it late Monday night. I was hooked within paragraphs, and was kept guessing until the very end.
- Music, music, music: As I write this post, I’m listening to the newest The RELEVANT Collection courtesy of Relevant Magazine – The RELEVANT Collection, Vol. 15 – for the first time (I cannot say I’m a fan of Noah Gunderson’s music though). I’ve also been playing a few select tracks from The Guardians of the Galaxy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, while revisiting regularly favourite tunes from Crowder, Needtobreathe, Colony House, and Mumford & Sons.
- NaNoWriMo prep: Mainly this has involved relearning how to use Keynote on my iMac to make a cover, but boy – I’m getting excited! It has been awhile since I’ve sat down with a fresh story idea (well, fresh to me at any rate) and I’m looking forward to where characters and situations will go come November.
And because it gets a bit boring hearing only myself prattle on, feel free to chime with the things you’ve been enjoying lately here, on Facebook, or over at Twitter. I do enjoy hearing from you (see #1).