Listening to the Becoming Wise podcast. This is a compilation of a bunch of clips from past On Being interviews. I love that they are short. From their own description, "Depth and discovery in the time it takes to make a cup of tea. Each episode is curated from hundreds of Krista Tippett’s big conversations with wise and graceful lives. Reset your day. Replenish your sense of yourself and the world."
Watching some past Game Of Thrones episodes as we get ready for the final season to begin this weekend. I was totally a late adopter to GOT. Katie told me for years, literally years, that we should watch it. I remember originally watching the first episode and feeling like this was totally not the show for me (generally not a zombie/back from the dead/intense violence fan). Fast forward a couple years and I decided to try again - this was before Season 7 came out. Aaron and I ended up binge watching all six seasons and then watching Season 7 as it was released. The storytelling is so darn good. The character development is so darn good. My level of excitement for this final season is high - including lots of recent nights of dreaming about characters from the show. Yep.
Taking a break from the news for a bit. Actually that's not totally true. I'm taking a break from my obsessive checking of news. I want to keep listening to The Daily each morning and NPR in the car but I think I'll turn off my the NYT alerts on my phone (I have no alerts for anything else turned on for my phone so this will be the end of all alerts). I’ll also listen to a couple podcasts. I have mixed feeling about this. First I always want to acknowledge that I come from a place of privilege to be able to even say I want to take a break from it (meaning that many people are living in the crises I read about/listen to/watch and they don’t have the luxury to “turn it off”). I think for me it’s about paying more attention to what I’m consuming. Is it mindless? Is it habit? And what is the result of all my increased awareness of politics/news? Is it spurring me to action within my own community or am I just consuming it?
Enjoying all the pops of yellow out in my yard as my daffodils and tulips bloom. This year I planted a bunch of them in pots and I've loved seeing them all come up together.
Reading two books right now. The first one I'm reading during the day because it's too scary for me to read at night: I'll Be Gone In The Dark: One Women's Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer. The second one I'm reading before bed is one of my BOTM picks for April: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim. Both are so far, so good.
Shopping for a Stand Up Paddle Board. I want to incorporate this into my summer activities this year. Any one have any recommendations? I want to be able to load it on top of my car by myself and take it out to a local lake.
Eating vegetables. Seriously trying to increase my intake and feeling good about that slice of life. Enjoying recipes from New York Times Cooking and Pinch Of Yum. I also recently added The Forest Feast cookbook to my collection. Love the design and love the simplicity of her approach to cooking/serving vegetables.
Writing up your own "currently" list is an awesome way to document right now. It does't have to take a lot of time and is an excellent way to "start with story" - meaning you are getting the words down first and can then flow them into a layout or other paper project if you want to at another time.