Life By Kristen

Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it. – Little Women

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Here’s a small glimpse at what’s going on in my world…

Watching: Not a whole lot. Game of Thrones is the only show on right now that we’re actively watching, as our others are all done for the season. We finally watched Homeland Season 4 last weekend and have been catching up on all the Oscar nominated films that are now coming out on DVD. We have A Theory of Everything at the moment, which we better watch tonight before it’s kiddo tv/movie weekend.

Reading: Slowly. I’ve said it before, but I have some serious mental block with reading books from my own shelf. I don’t know if it’s because I know I own it or what, but I struggle to get through books that are not from the library. I’m currently reading Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, which is about Dr. Paul Farmer. The story and the man are fascinating, and this book has probably been on my shelf since college. I’ve been reading a lot of magazines and cookbooks lately.

Looking: For work-appropriate spring/summer tops. Having a hard time finding things that aren’t too trendy ( like high-low shirt hems), too dressy/formal, or don’t have ridiculously large pockets on the boobs.

Listening: To audiobooks feverishly in the car on my commute. Currently it’s A Devil in the White City. Finished The Art of Racing in the Rain last week, which was a delightful listen and book. I like to alternate fiction and non-fiction with what I am reading from a physical book and listening to in the car.

Planning: Our small summer getaway with Little Man, and thinking of other summer adventures we want. Also trying to get Q to finalize a vacation spot for us for late summer/early fall.

Loving: My sunroom. Walking after work again. Change in pace/work responsibilities now that the exhibit is open.


What’s going on in your neck of the woods?



Eating: The last of the banana bread ( with chocolate chips!) I made over the long weekend. I thought it would be one of the last times I used my oven for awhile, but considering it was in the 40s last night, I have a feeling I’ll be baking into June at this rate.

Drinking: Citrus infused water- lemons, limes, an orange. It makes for a much more yummy way to get all my water intake in during the day.

Reading: A LOT. I’m listening in the car to Nothing Dauntedreading Somewhere Off the Coast of Maineand just finished two others and have two more to pick up from the library on Saturday morning. I get into these spurts where I’m feverishly reading and can’t get enough- love it.

Thinking/Planning: About what to do in my backyard. Q & I did a lot of backyard cleanup over the long weekend, and I’ve been plotting about what to do with the space because we love being outside in the summer and want it to be a spot to hang out with others too. If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve seen I’ve (somewhat obsessively) been pinning lots of ideas for our patio, good plants/flowers for shady areas, and so on. My current thinking involves either a nice set of chairs/bench or possibly a hammock….

Trying: To not buy clothes/shoes/product/anything for myself in June. I did the closet changeover and was sort of amazed/disgusted at how many items of clothing I have for the summer. I’m making a very conscious effort to not buy anything in the month of June and also trying really hard to get rid of things. The first part I think will be far easier than the second.

Loving: Having a supportive, understanding partner in Q. It’s just really awesome to have someone be on my “team” in life. Also loving that I’ve come to embrace my homebody status- sure I like to go out every now and again, but I’m really proud of the fact that I’ve created a home and life that makes me feel just as good being around the house as it did years ago when I wanted to go out all the time. Oh how life changes.

Watching: Lots of movies. We have 1 or 2 more of the 2013 Oscar Best Picture nominees to watch and then we’re going to start making our way through older movies, AFI lists, etc. It’s the summer and TV isn’t great, so we’re going to make the most of it. Also, we finally watched Game of Thrones  are are HOOKED. I don’t know why we passed on it for so long, but now we’re big fans.

What’s going on currently in your world?



I’m alive!

I wasn’t kidding when I said this is one of two super busy times of year for me, work and lifewise.

When my museum closes for the winter ( we’re in a seasonal tourist town), I actually get busier working behind the scenes on many projects that can’t happen when we’re open to the public. Photo shoots for next year’s exhibit, Christmas programs, meetings, end of year celebrations, annual regional museum conference- it feels like the month is jampacked with activity, as well as my favorite holiday of the year.

Currently, I’m just trying to keep up with it all, knowing that the slowness of my down time at work and life in the summer is my payoff for this busy rush that will end in April. Sure, I’ll get some down time with the holidays, but for the most part workwise, it’s busybusy until spring. I like that pace of life, even as stressed as it makes me sometime. Last night I did a bit of a brain download of all the random things from the immediate to the longterm( think about a headboard for bed, clean microwave, buy meat) and that seemed to help that feeling that always seems to creep this time of year. I hope I’m not the only one that feels it- that just on the edge of frazzled, stressed mess. Once again this year, I’m trying to push back on that feeling and just do what I want and feels right, not pushing to do beyond my abilities.

As busy as I have been, I love the month of November and this time of year. I love the start of the cold weather, the planning of the Thanksgiving feast, and the fun of the holiday season in general. I’m savoring the moments as I can- even if the days are full and zooming by!

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