listening || to podcasts whenever I can. With homeschooling, we’re in the car far less than we were in prior years, which means I don’t have much opportunity to catch up on some of my favorites. So I squeeze in a little Happier and Sorta Awesome and Homeschool Snapshots and Read Aloud Revival and What Should I Read Next as much as possible!
awaiting || eagerly, the start of our next read-aloud, The Phantom Tollbooth. We just finished By The Great Horn Spoon, and we all loved it! I didn’t expect to, either, which made it doubly nice. One of my favorite books, for sure!
weighing || the pros and cons of a hysterectomy. When I was pregnant with Jude and due to deliver at 35, they treated me like an old woman, with a kajillion fancy tests and a geriatric label of advanced maternal age. Hence, I’ve been feeling like an old woman since then. However, it recently dawned on me that in the spectrum of female things, 38 is actually kind of young and I could be more than a decade before I really hit menopause. Without an inordinate amount of oversharing, I’m not sure I can last that long on this monthly roller coaster. Apparently, I have suspected adenomyosis, and things are nutso around here. And yet, cut out an entire organ? That seems awfully extreme for something that will not kill me…I dunno. I don’t really have a lot of other options, though. They do in Europe. Maybe I should go to Europe…Advice?
loving || our delightful fall. The weather is gorgeous–windows are open, blankets are up at night, and I rarely find myself lathered in sweat, which is a welcome change from summer. I don’t love Wisconsin winters, but its autumns are something to behold.
worrying || about finances. I recently and unexpectedly got laid off from my job. I wasn’t making money hand over fist or anything like that, but it was definitely money that allowed us to live more comfortably, and I’m a bit worried about making the adjustments we’ll need to make. On the other hand, however, not working until midnight for three nights a week allows me to get much more sleep, and that has already been very welcome!
noticing || that I’m not sure I’ve worn “real” pants in…I don’t know, say, a few months? I’m afraid to try them on. It’s been all shorts and stretchy leggings all summer long. Will last winter’s clothes even still fit??? AH!
reading || Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. It’s so, so good! I’m definitely an Obliger, and I think Tahd is an Upholder. Gabe seems mostly like a Rebel, but I think that will probably change as he gets older and less oppositional. I’ve had the book for a long time and always intended to get to it, and I’m glad I finally moved it to the top of my list.
wishing || I had the ingredients to make wassail. I suppose it’s technically a holiday drink, but I’ve always associated it with autumn. This weather feels perfect for it!
eating || a lot of chicken lately, which is unusual for me as I typically eat very little meat. But my kids like chicken, which means less complaining at meal times, and I’d far rather eat things that aren’t my favorite than deal with dinnertime battles. So, chicken it is. This was our most recent chicken dish, something we had at my inlaws’. Gabe clamored over it! And it was so easy!
yes, he does, in fact, sleep with a disco ball on. we turn it off before we go to bed. he starts getting up after. maybe the answer is in leaving the ball on all night? party, party!
wondering || why Jude is still not sleeping through the night. We can almost put money on it–twice a night (at least), he’ll show up on my side of the bed. Sometimes, Tahd can head him off at the door if we hear the thump, thump, thump of his little feet. But he’s getting sneakier, and last night I woke up to a vague awareness that something heavy was on my leg. Turns out it was Jude’s head. Fun times.