It’s been almost two weeks since I ended my last series, The Secret Messages Project, and if you’re a regular reader (I know that I do, in fact, have a small handful of those now), you might be wondering what happens next.
So I thought I’d take today to tell you a little bit about what’s going on with me and what I’m seeing on the road ahead (no prophecies or promises, but I can live with a few predictions). I also thought I’d share a little of my everyday life with you, in case you ever wonder what that looks like.
(If you don’t, that’s okay, too — I promise I won’t do this often).
// On My End Table //
The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner. I’ve been savoring this book for awhile, working my way through it slowly, and I have to say, Kushner is killing it. Her novel has a keen eye for art and a keen ear for the people who like to stand around talking about it. It’s the smartest piece of fiction I’ve read in awhile.
// Outside My Windows //
Snow, and lots of it, coming down hard as we speak. I’m learning that I love the way snow changes the composition of everything I see: it softens the angles of whatever’s below, sharpens the lines of whatever’s above, silvers the light, deepens the shadows, and also creates lots of blurry little flecks in my lens. It’ll take awhile for me to become adept at shooting the white stuff, but I’m working on it.
// On Pandora //
The Spanish guitar station. Can’t. Get. Enough.
// On My Wishlist //
I need a new Macbook (mine’s limping along, which is why you see so many blurry iPhone photos here instead of the images I *should* be uploading from the DSLR — if you have any recommendations in the Air vs. Pro debate, please share). I’m also coveting these bangles (everything Bullfinch & Barbury makes is a dream!), this handbag (it’s monogrammed!), and a fancy macro lens (that last one is going to take awhile, but I’m saving).
// Making Me Smile … //
A certain pretty bromeliad, rehomed from the office and looking lush and green behind my favorite writing chair:
// Happening Next… //
On Friday, I’ll be posting with 1000 Voices for Compassion (you can click the button above to find out more). I’m not usually into this kind of thing, but I like the idea of being part of large group of people who are each interpreting compassion in their own way. Some bloggers are writing from an anti-terrorism perspective, in support of cultural tolerance, to raise awareness of the challenges of being a caregiver, or to encourage everyday ways to help those in need. I’ll be putting my own unique spin on things, of course, so stick around.
I’m also getting ready to start a beginner’s graphic design course, and I hope to share some of what I learn right here on this page. No grandiose plans — just hoping for another creative outlet.
And last but not least? I’ve got an important project up my sleeve and I’m mulling over when to share it with you. It’s personal, vulnerable, and frankly a little frightening, and that’s okay — I just need to prepare my heart to pull the trigger on it. You’ll be hearing a little more about that in the days ahead, but for now: please go out, make a snow angel or two, stare at the sky, brew a cup of tea or hot cocoa, hug somebody special, or make something beautiful.
I’d love to hear a little bit about what you’re into, too. ❤