Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday Currently: Volume 5


Reading The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, still. It took me (and my mom too) a little while to get into this book, but now we're both hooked and loving it. It's amazing to read about 19th century New York "society" and how much weight was put on what other people thought of you, what they thought of your family, your clothes, your food, your way of arranging flowers, your Sunday evening entertainment. It's fascinating.

Writing a few posts in my head.

Listening to a quiet morning.

Thinking about breakfast. I'm debating between steel cut oats with flax seed, strawberries, and cream, or sourdough toast with orange marmalade. Maybe I'll just have both....

Smelling lavender. I did buy some lavender essential oil last week and have been loving it so far. I use it on my skin, in the bath, and I made a homemade linen spray following this recipe. I spray it on my pillow before I go to sleep and I find it really relaxing.

Wishing that I was better at meditating. I've decided that it would be really good for me to spend 15 minutes a day sitting still and focusing only on my breath, but it's really difficult not to let my mind wander. I suppose I'll get better with practice. Any tips?

Hoping you all don't think I'm a hippie-dippie after reading the above two statements! I'm really not, I promise! I just like finding natural approaches to being calm and healthy.

Wearing a blanket wrapped around my knees--my favorite black-and-white Ikea blanket that my husband had to steal from the display at the storefront. I had settled on another blanket when it looked like the store was out of the black-and-white one, but he knew which one I really wanted so on the way out he snagged the display blanket for me and ran back to pay for it! I went home with two blankets and a smile on my face.

Drinking strong black tea with cream.

Loving that guy I married.

Wanting to spend the day reading.

Needing to finish making my DIY Valentine's Day gift for my husband!

Feeling thankful for one of my good friends. She and I were close in college and have become closer since college, which is not often the case, and I'm so grateful for her. We chatted on the phone for 2 and a half hours on Friday about all kinds of things. She's one of the few friends I have who really knows me and who is great at keeping in touch and who let's me share anything with her. Friends like that don't come around often.

Clicking on Google and typing "askew" in the search bar. Try it! (Were you amused too?)

(Linking up with Lauren.)


  1. I write my posts in my head, too! And I loved that little "askew" trick. So cute, those google employees!

  2. I know, they're so clever! Glad you liked it. :)

  3. Haha I just tried "askew." I would go nuts if Google really looked like that! I'd really like to try that lavender linen spray. I also love that scent and find it so relaxing. I would love to fall asleep with it all around me!

  4. Curiosity got the best of me, and I had to type find out what happened when I typed "askew" into the google search bar. It made me feel a little dizzy! Fun though. Now I'm wanting to find some other google tricks. :)

    Speaking of breakfast, I still need to go make some oatmeal. My tummy is growling now.

  5. It's great! And it would give you an excuse to buy some lavender oil, which has so many wonderful uses.

  6. Mmm I love sourdough bread - so good.

    ps. I’ve meal planned to try at least one of the recipes from your book this week - I think probably the lentil soup first, and maybe also the pork tenderloin with the salsa, as tenderloin was on sale at the grocery store this week :)

  7. Oh great!! I love the lentil soup--it's so easy with surprisingly few ingredients, and tons of flavor. Very healthy for expecting mamas, too :)

    Let me know how the dishes turn out!

  8. The tea sounds so soothing on a day like today. And the mediation sounds really nice to try. It sounds like you are having a relaxing day!

  9. Just tried the "askew" trick - how fun! And no, I don't think you're "hippie-dippie" :) I too prefer natural products/remedies and make a point to practice yoga whenever possible, not just for the physical but the mental clarity it gives me. Enjoy your day!

  10. I am! Or at least trying...I tend to be a worrier so calming myself is a necessity.

  11. Oh good! Not that there's anything wrong with's just not me! Glad to hear you like naturalness too. I love yoga, and used to do it a lot when I lived in New York but haven't found an instructor here that I like. I loved the mental clarity it gave me, as wel.

  12. Haha! I loved the "Hippie-dippie" comment! :) The lavender spray on your pillow sounds heavenly, actually, not hippie-ish!

  13. oh, i would love to spend the day reading. i'm looking around at the state of my house, though, & knowing that i'm going to have to make some time for cleaning too.

    i used to have some lavender pillow spray, & it was absolutely one of the most relaxing things ever. i need to go out & pick up some more [or make some, like you!]

  14. I spent a good chunk of the day cleaning too....downstairs on Saturday, upstairs on Sunday! Not my favorite activity but I do like my house to be clean!


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