Sunday, February 12, 2017

Life: It Goes On - February 12

Books have always been my way to escape when things got too stressful or hard. Now I find I can't focus when I sit down to read. It's so all consuming that I even forget to do the things I love, including keeping up with my blogging. The other day I found I was several weeks behind on my blog feeder. I've entirely missed readathons, including Diversathon which I'm so disappointed about.

Keeping my resolution for February in mind (focus), I'm going to work this week to find a balance, one that brings some focus back to the things that I can control.

This Week I'm:

Listening To: The Baroque composers: Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Albinoni - guys that give me all of the feels but in an ordered way that smooths my jangled nerves. And when I'm ready for something a little more upbeat, the Incubus station on Spotify for the energy to get things done.

Watching: I'm finally all caught up with Orange Is The New Black! Do you watch it? Do you want to talk about it? Because I need to talk about it! Also, loads of episodes of Flea Market Flip and Fixer Upper to inspire me around the house. I'm wondering if The Big Guy could learn to weld - so many things I need metal work for!

Reading: I finished Lincoln In The Bardo during Friday night's #LitsyPartyofOne (it will almost certainly still be in my top ten books of the year come December) and now I've started Lisa Jewell's The Girls In The Garden. I also finished The Emperor's Children and started Mr. Rosenblum Dreams In English which is a nice break from back-to-back audio books about friends in New York City.

Making: Pork tenderloin, chicken ticoritto (if you've lived in Lincoln, Nebraska you'll know what I'm talking about), grilled bratwurst (why yes it was nice enough to grill, thank you very much!), chili, cinnamon monkey bread. Dinners during the week are so much easier when you've done prep work on Sundays!

Planning: Wedding stuff. Getting things ordered, planning set up, hiring people, finding the fun extras that will make it "their" day.

Thinking About: After all of those episodes of Flea Market Flip, I'm thinking about ways I can use what I've got to make new end tables in my family room. Also, I'm feeling the need to paint - I took Wednesday off work and got my powder room painted and now I'm ready for the next project.
Robin's Nest - Springfield, NE

Enjoying: A little retail therapy with a friend. Yet another way I was planning wedding and getting my creative juices flowing!

Feeling: Better after a relaxing weekend, largely spent paying no attention to politics.

Looking forward to: Spring. Did I already mention that? I am so ready to start eating on the patio!

Question of the week: Do you shop flea markets? If so, what are your favorite things to look for or are you just looking to be surprised?


  1. I do not usually shop in flea markets or not much. Occasionally, when we are travelling, we'll stop by a flea market type store, but I usually just look for books. And I will say that I have found many older books that I read as a girl or teen. Lots of good memories. Glad you feeling a bit better. Bet it's nice to have a newly painted powder room. Hope your week is a pleasant one.

  2. I used to love Flea Market Flip! I haven't watched it in awhile because I did a huge binge and burned out a little. You have me wanting to get back to watching it! I haven't really done any Flea Market shopping but I love the idea of it. When the Tornado gets a little older we probably will. The wedding planning sounds fun though exhausting and what you've been cooking sounds tasty! I'm curious about chicken ticoritto. Have a great week!

  3. I love Flea Market Flip, mainly because those flea markets look great! Plus, its pretty cool how they change their finds so much - so creative :) I started that Messud book when it first came out and could never get into, so I just gave up on it. I have the Jewell book and it looks really good. Hope you have a great week!!

  4. I can't wait for spring! sunshine, flowers, all those things to make the world look happy again, even if it's only "looks"!

  5. You are the second person to mention grilling this weekend. I think I'm going to have to go get some burgers to put on the grill. It sounds like the perfect pick-me-up for some crappy weeks recently.

    Have a great week!

  6. I have not been able to keep up with my blog reader feed as much as I try. I am lucky to post. I am trying to at least respond to comments, but even that is proving to be difficult. Life is just too busy right now. It is hard to find time to focus, I agree. Even my reading as of late is suffering. I have quite a few review drafts I need to clean up and get ready for posting. I just haven't found the time or energy.

    Oh, I love Orange is the New Black! It really is a good one for discussion, isn't it? So much to talk about!

    I hope you have a great week, Lisa!