Hibernation.

Winter has arrived and it is cold. I am gearing up for some long months ahead– cold and more cold. What I’ve come up with so far…

I am currently baking cookies–these are delicious– and listening to the podcast Serial. A journalist is investigating an old case to see if they got the facts right the first time. I can’t stop listening. Here’s the premise:

On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She’d been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae’s body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.

I am going to attempt to reupholster a wingback chair [fine by me if it takes all winter], and I’ve already sewed some Christmas stockings from thrift-store sweaters.

One thing I love about books, movies, and art of all sorts, is how it brings you into a world you’ve never imagined. You see new perspectives and understand new realities. I’ve recently discovered AOL.com originals . They are well done and fascinating. I have been watching the City Ballet and am fascinated by what a dancers life looks like. Going to the New York City Ballet is now on my bucket list- (and now I have a bucket list).

Have you seen the documentary about tiny homes? I’m all about simplicity–or at least I want to be– and living in small quarters forces your hand to do so. I love how these small homes require so much intentionality with space, and therefore calls their homeowners into intentional living on a larger scale. I don’t think we will be moving into a trailer-tiny home, but this was inspiration to live intentionally in how we use our space, treat our environment, and spend our time. As I read this book, I plan to purge and simplify once more.

I am also planning to be reading a bit more. I have been loving Jojo Moyes‘ work, and am excited about a few new nonfiction books waiting in the wings. The Calvary Road is somewhat life changing and I have found myself still on chapter three, having reread chapters one and two a couple times now. Making sure it all sinks in.

 

Any other winter survival recommendations?

This little guy makes any windy day look a whole lot better.

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