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Friday, June 20, 2014

Currents | June 2014.

...I posted a version of my new blog header and the waterlogue'd photo below on instagram today with the caption "yay! for blue skies and puffy clouds and summer". never mind that it's hot. and sticky. it's summer...and time for another present participle list!
choosing relationships. fostering connections both in person and on-line. mail, blog comments, phone calls...and if I'm lucky, in person.

looking forward to two good-bye parties for Sara. one this weekend with our immediate family and one next weekend with "the aunts". I can't help but think back to the aunts' party we had for Katie five years ago. (and wondering if Sara might be back here in a few years!)

planning my knitting queue. for sure a few cowls (and hats? and mitts?) and warm cuddly socks for Sara. baby knits? something for me? that Rowan Mystery afghan (is it fair to even say it's queue'd when I've knit one of the blocks?!)

enjoying blogging (again. finally). thanks to our May trip to Paris and Florence I re-connected with simple words + photos posts, all of which I can do from my iPad (sadly, this post, with bold and italics - and the new header means I've got my laptop back in the kitchen...but it's short-lived, I'm sure).  This whole "blog thing" is almost back to being a regular part of my day and I'm grateful for that. I especially love the comment feed. I know I've lured a few of you out of lurkdom and those new connections have been awesome (it would be even better if I could respond personally... and I will if you'll let me know your email address...mine is msrogovin (at) gmail (dot) com.)

needing to remember to slow down and breathe. I journaled about this earlier today and then Veronica made our Friday morning yoga class all about it. Slow Yoga by the way is hard. but it got me to focus on my breath.

wanting a bicycle. I didn't make it happen last summer, but the want didn't fade away. Maybe in July?

reading Emily Giffin's Love the One You're With. I'm taking the whole summer reading bingo thing pretty seriously and this is the book that's "set where I live".  I'm about 25% through...and I'm not loving it (please, if anyone doesn't live here and wants to visit, ask me for recommendations - don't read this book!) but I'm not hating it. I have the large print edition from the library and I was a bit intimated by the 500+ pages, but it's not bad. I'm past page 150 after just a day.

knitting all the things. seriously, I'm so far behind updating y'all and Ravelry. In just this past week, I've worked on the Through the Loops Mystery Shawl, Moving to Madison Socks, Linen Poncho and Panoramic Stole. I also have a BabyT cardigan and blanket to finish before the July 13 shower (saying it now, that blanket may wait til he's born!)

watching lots of HGTV. Especially love House Hunters, Property Brothers, Love it or List It and Flip or Flop.  Sara says she learning about recessed lighting and hardwood/laminate floors and I feel so much better she knows these things!

listening to books! I finished The Handmaids Tale today and I'm still processing. Sara read the book in high school and recommended it even before she listened to the Claire Danes audio version. Based on our discussion this afternoon, I think the audio version is the way to go. Like I said...processing still, but wow. (next up I have The Importance of Being Earnest on Librivox and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and I am the Messenger on CD, both from the I said, I'm serious about the bingo!)

eating salads. enough said. (until July 14 when I'm back in Madison...and cheese!)

drinking Picpoul de Pinet. cold, dry white wine. and an occasional IPA. 

wearing shorts and sandals. or skirts and sandals. or dresses and sandals. really anything to keep cool.

thinking about switching to a fully digital project life. my 2014 album has NO entries since early January and Katie makes digital look easy!

I love reading about what you're up to...tell me, what are you looking forward to you right now?

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Blogger Kym said...

Sounds like a lot of good stuff, Mary! Hope you continue to find ways to keep cool! (I love the summer -- and ours is so very short.)

Friday, 20 June, 2014  
Blogger Bonny said...

I always look forward to...a new post from you! It's always something interesting, world-expanding, fun, beautiful, informative, or all of the above. I'm also looking forward making a frozen strawberry and vodka concoction with the rhubarb bitters you mentioned a while ago, as soon as I'm done commenting!

Friday, 20 June, 2014  
Blogger alexa said...

I always admire how much you do in the way of creative things ... and slow Yoga sounds a perfect complement to a hot summer :). Waterlogue is such fun, isn't it!

Saturday, 21 June, 2014  
Blogger Carole said...

Lots of good things going on for your right now. I loved The Handmaid's Tale and with that I shall sign off as . . . Ofdale.

Saturday, 21 June, 2014  
Blogger Lydia said...

of course, my current list would be very similar to yours. I liked Giffin's first book, but thought they went down hill afterwards. It's a quick read, so might be worth marking that off your bingo card! seems like summer makes you slow down, is it the heat, or the longer days?

Monday, 23 June, 2014  
Blogger margene said...

Our skies have been similar to yours, sans humidity (it was 5% on my patio at one point yesterday). You have many reasons to knit, with babies, the need for extra warmth, and the joy of a mystery unfolding. Never could quite get into the BOTN bingo as I don't want to read just to read. This weekend I was completely capture by the book I'm listening to. I've enjoyed your blog comeback more than you know. I wish I could find something that would compel me back to writing.

Monday, 23 June, 2014  
Blogger Patty said...

Such a fun post Mary! The Handmaiden's Tale! Wow...that takes me back to a long time ago...and feeling disturbed by it! I've got to log some serious time on that shawl this week. And I need to knit a baby blanket as well...which pattern have you chosen? Happy Monday!

Monday, 23 June, 2014  
Blogger Honoré said...

Enjoyed your "present particip-ling," and love your new banner - looks like summer's supposed to without all the humidity and heat!
I'm going to start babyChris' quilt this weekend, I think. Thanks for reminding me to download the Book Bingo sheet…off to do that now.

Monday, 23 June, 2014  
Blogger Sheri said...

Congrats to Sara, becoming a grandma and back to blogging. I'm not back to blogging yet. Just can't get into it. What am I looking forward to? WINTER!!! I'm down near Savannah and we've already had the hottest day and I hate humidity and heat indexes! 103-108 isn't my idea of summer.
Enjoying your blog again. Happy Knitting.

Tuesday, 24 June, 2014  

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