(Yes, I know it's just two intersecting vapor trails from a couple of airplanes, but this morning I needed to see a cross. Maybe you need to see a cross in the sky today too.)
Welcome to "Quest Notes" -- my new weekly status update! ✒ I have three chapters left of Anna Karenina! I'm hoping to finish today. It's been a busy weekend with no real time for reading, but I'm SO close. (And this book it SO good!)
✒ Lots of cleaning, cooking, and muttering of prayers going on as I prepare for Thanksgiving Day!
✒ Read The No Brainer Blog last week. If you are new to blogging or if you need a blog-revamp, check it out! I am looking forward to exploring more of Hayley Morgan's blog, The Tiny Twig. I love her concept of "less fuss, so that we can have more time for the things we are passionate about".
✒ I wrote a post recently about the importance of cultivating excellent habits because -- as Aristotle as put it -- "We are what we repeatedly do." For the past several months I've been making the challenging transition from "night owl" to "morning person". I think I've finally accomplished this because for the past several weeks my eyes have been popping open at 4:49 a.m. (even when I go to bed too late, which means I end up feeling tired all day, but still).
✒ As I was out walking yesterday, I asked my son why he thinks it is that I am infinitely more passionate about reading through the WEM list than I am about getting in shape and -- though he couldn't even begin to answer that for me -- he offered to be my personal trainer! He's a first born, so he LOVES to be in charge and tell people what to do. This is perfect because I love nothing more than encouraging him! So I have orders to jog a mile with him when he gets home from school!!! Love it. (By the way -- he said, "Mom, you are already beautiful, I just want you to feel stronger. Wasn't that sweet?) So now that I have the early rising thing down, my next task is to stay consistent to jogging. I already take a walk almost every day, but it's usually a slow meander with the stroller and camera in hand.
✒ Slowly reading and digesting Walking on Water, by Madeline L'Engle. She is such a wise soul, and so likable, so real. She's helping me define what making art really means for me.
✒ I've started a new list that I LOVE! I'm calling the list "Blink" because it's inspired by some interesting stuff I learned last year when I read Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink. More about that to come . . .
✒ I've been thinking about something Anne Bogel mentioned in a recent post at the Modern Mrs. Darcy,
"The future of the internet?I love how the internet serves as a tool to connect people of similar interests. I'm excited about future opportunities to enjoy friends in person through conferences and blog-jams.
|Recently enjoyed a blog-jam with my friend Krista from "Teaching Mommy to Pray".|
✒ I'm excited about starting the next book on the WEM list soon -- The Return of the Native, by Thomas Hardy.
✒ I want to remind anyone who is planning to see the new Anna Karenina film which opens this weekend: "NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS MOVIE!"
So, what have you been up to lately? Cultivating any new/excellent habits?
How's your holiday prep-work coming?
Would you like to join me for a Return of the Native synchro-read starting December 1st?