5 things I’m loving at the moment:
1. WEEKLY REVIEW: I am in love with my relatively new “weekly review” process on Fridays. (See post here for more details.) I actually find myself looking forward to it. Knowing that I have time blocked off to just deal with many loose ends + time to proactively look ahead at next week has felt SO GOOD. I’m considering also adding in one more step- possibly a weekly/scheduled “photo purge”. Going through any pictures I take in the week and deleting duplicates, etc. on a regular basis could probably really help keep my photos organized.
2. CHRISTMAS PIANO MUSIC: I’ve been working with the boys on their newly chosen Christmas piano pieces for their school’s virtual Christmas concert.
Ethan is going to play “Coventry Carol” (beautiful song…not the typical/ cheery Christmas song but just gorgeous. This Loreena McKennitt version is worth a listen too- click here. Where was You Tube when I was learning to play the piano?? It’s so fun to look up various versions of their pieces together.)
Asher is playing “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”. We looked up videos too- this one PERFECTLY displays the dainty touch needed on the piano to emulate the light footed ballerina on stage and the celesta (which makes the soft bell sound) played in the original. Beautiful scene and ballet dancing in this video!! Love it.
3. NEW PODCAST: I stumbled across this podcast yesterday- Overheard at National Geographic.
I went back to Episode 1, Season 1 and thoroughly enjoyed a fascinating discussion about the incredible “whale culture” of the humpbacks in the South Pacific. I had been feeling lately that I want to broaden the scope a bit of what I consume and get out of the rut of always reading/listening to the same genres and sources. This fits the bill perfectly! Fascinating stuff.
4. TLACOYOS: My sister-in-law dropped off a batch of tlacoyos the other day- one of our favorite Mexican foods. A tlacoyo is made of masa into a soft, thick dough-like substance, then shaped into an oval, with a thin layer of refried beans inside. You then top them with the most delicious (and SPICY) salsa, onions and crumbled cotija cheese, and eat this scrumptious thin cut Mexican steak with it. AMAZING. Just AMAZING. So good. She makes these for us almost every month and we are eternally grateful. 🙂
5. WALK OUTSIDE– Take 2.
If you remember, last month I shared a bunch of pictures of a morning walk at a nearby marsh (in this post.) I went back yesterday (almost exactly one month later), and wow- what a difference!! It was so serene, still and beautiful both ways. It’s incredible what can happen in a month. Back in October, the marsh was full of noisy geese, animals, and activity. Yesterday, I really enjoyed the stillness, in contrast.
I am grateful for the feeling of the sun on my face. I sat on this little bench for maybe 5-10 minutes at the end of my walk. The sun had just come out from behind the clouds. I closed my eyes and tilted my face to the sun….ahhh. Is there anything better than that feeling of the sun’s rays on your face?? 🙂