I’ve swiped this great idea from Pip at Meet Me at Mike’s. It’s a fun way to look at what’s interesting and important and it’s very grounding to take the time to stop and think about my answers based on the past month.
Making: knitting rainbow scarves for wee nieces’ Christmas presents
Cooking: easing into summer salads and trying to make do with the not-exactly-right ingredients because a trip across town for one specialty item seems frivolous — but is it still a Nicoise salad with a different type of olive?
Sipping: Hidden Temple Gin with Elderflower tonic; tastes like candied flowers and goes down way too fast
Reading: I’ve still got all the Zola to read but my author of the summer (in which I read through the entirety of their available work) for 2020 is E.M. Forster
Waiting: for a vaccine
Looking: at birds! We’ve got a pair of ravens visiting the nearby rooftops and it’s a special treat to catch a glimpse of their huge bodies and sleek black feathers.
Listening: to old mid-60s be-bop jazz after Greg made me a playlist so I don’t have to continually search for an ad-free online radio station
Wishing: for everyone to be safe as they take to the streets to protest.
Enjoying: a lack of commitments
Appreciating: all the folks picking and delivering my food and groceries
Eating: well. Too well, in fact.
Liking: that people seem to (mostly) be figuring out how to negotiate the “new normal” and (mostly) seem less terrified of each other out on the streets
Loving: going for walks and admiring people’s gardens, these feel much more important this year for some reason
Buying: new sneakers after I accidentally smashed a near-full bottle of olive oil and ruined the left shoe completely when it splashed all over me
Managing: anxiety. Wearing a face mask gives me panic attacks and while I’ve (so far) successfully avoided going places where I might need one, the idea that I’m going to have to mask up at some point freaks me out a lot.
Watching: selections from the Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival as well as the We Are One: A Global Film Festival streaming on YouTube.
Hoping: that these protests and action in the US make a difference in making the world a better place for everyone
Wearing: t-shirt and yoga pants; as it was, so shall it continue to be
Following: the news, but trying not to. It’s a daily battle that I always lose.
Noticing: the changing weather, and Toronto’s wacky variable temperatures, as summer moves in
Sorting: painting stuff as we get ready to do some much-needed painting and rearranging
Getting: excited about the flash fiction series I’m writing to celebrate Pride
Bookmarking: all the stuff about masks that supports my confirmation bias
Coveting: a replacement bottle of the super-spendy single-origin olive oil that I broke, but that won’t be available again until the end of the year
Feeling: my privilege, and appreciating that others don’t have it so great
Hearing: ravens! Groooaaak!