December 17, 2009
You know me, I can't stay away from this space too long. I had a lovely, exciting surprise (which I will be sharing more of in the new year) that energized me today. The creative juices started to flow again and amazingly I didn't feel like going to bed at 9pm, which has been a regular occurrence these days. A nice occurrence mind you, but one that doesn't leave much time for my usual hour of creative downtime after the kids are in bed.
Anyway, here I am using this last half hour of Wednesday night to share a few photos from the past couple days and a some book links. I've been reading a lot, which seems to ebb and flow with my creative pursuits. If I'm taking lots of photos, I'm not reading much. If I'm reading lots, I'm not sewing or knitting. There's a give and take to my activities; in the same way there is to my mothering/homemaking - days that I'm a great mother I feel like a lousy housekeeper. You know that story.
Our days have looked like this; in between getting packed up for our Christmas trip and putting the finishing touches on gifts, cards and soap. The kids and I have been reading Christmas and winter stories and we just finished the classic My Side of the Mountain, which left Laurent literally hopping up and down with excitement; that boy loves the woods.
My personal reading has been quite eclectic. During breakfast and lunch this week I've been laughing my way through Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance. I started (and was greatly inspired by) reading Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning during a hot bath this past weekend. A couple weeks ago I enjoyed the pat on the back I received from In Praise of Stay-at-Home Moms and before bed I've been listening as Damien's been reading to us all Zero Days: The Real Life Adventure of Captain Bligh, Nellie Bly, and 10-year-old Scrambler on the Pacific Crest Trail.
I've been kind of missing the usual love affair with my camera (though I have to say the waning light makes it tricky) but reading has been nice and just perfect for these dark and wintry days.
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