Happy Wednesday friends, and Happy Birthday to me! Today I’m celebrating fifty-nine years … and the first day of my 60th trip around the sun. I love the birthday tradition I started last year, to pause and reflect on what is right now.
First, though, a shoutout to the background in this photo. We had a prayer service at church this morning and I had time after to walk the labyrinth out back, notice these camellias, and pause for a photo. I don’t know who decided that chrysanthemum should be the birthday flower for November, because camellias are certainly prettier, and they smell so much better. I’ve been a fan for 56 years!
Embracing another season of staying close to home, and so grateful that still affords me the opportunity to see friends and family. My birthday gift to myself was a few new candles and a few new Athleta tops. I guess I’m also embracing cozy.
Wearing jeans and sweaters or leggings and sweatshirts, and still (a year later) unsettled about how to cover my ankles when I go outside. My shoe wardrobe is Uggs, boots, sneakers, and flats. I really need to figure this out before 60 because “grown up”!
Eating macarons (and later pasta and ice cream). because birthday!
Drinking red wine, coffee, and tea. and looking forward to the cranberry sparkling water we found at Costco yesterday.
Listening to books. this Spotify playlist. and sometimes, just the sounds of the house.
Reading the Aspen Long List, a few new releases, and selections for bookclub. looking forward to getting into some of my own backlist and a bunch of books sitting on my shelves.
Watching The Great British Bakeoff (this season has seen some fantastic contestants and bakes, but ugh, we’re disappointed with the few that are headed to the semi-final), the latest season of Grantchester (does anyone still watch this? it was on Masterpiece last month and Marc recorded it), and – still! – the latest season of Ted Lasso.
Needing to figure out the bookshelves in my house. We have plenty, but most of them are full of something other than books. and right now (currently 😉 ) I want them to be full of books.
Wanting to get back into a yoga routine. I really enjoyed the 10-15 minute a day practice that I did a few weeks back. and I loved feeling sore in a good way the next morning. I tried daily yoga back in 2015 and that was a bit much, so we’ll see where I end up. I do know that flexibility, strength, and balance are still my goals, maybe even more so now, so we’ll see.
Wishing for Sara to get into her own home. She found out last week that it would be “January” (when she signed the contract last May it was “October”). She’s been a trooper, and we love having her with us, but …
Hoping for a renewed season of spiritual growth … Advent is always good for that. and I’m hoping for some deeper connections with my small group. I’ve made connections with two women in my small group and I need to follow-up. I also need to keep exploring on my own.
Wondering just how far the vaccines will take us. My experience with the vaccines wasn’t great (a day in bed) – and I had a nasty flu shot reaction, too. but I’d happily sign up for that every year if it meant we could gather/travel safely. There are places I still want to visit – in the US and other countries, and I don’t have unlimited time …
Practicing presence. and y’all it’s hard.
Planning to talk to Sara about a Thanksgiving menu. and getting myself totally into the space that toasted cheese sandwiches would be fine. in fact, maybe even perfect?
… and these last two entries I copied from last year. and they’re still perfect. I always love when past me does good stuff, and she did!
Saying Thank You to y’all for stopping by. especially if you take the time to comment!
Celebrating the opportunity to make another trip around the sun. with family and friends who love me.
xxoo. and one last look at this birthday’s camellia