I thought it might be helpful, in addition to going back to regular programming here around the blog, to get a little caught up on things that I have, or probably more accurately haven’t been, doing in the many months since writing regularly.
For starters, most obviously, I haven’t been writing. Not at this blog (not at my other blog either). I missed it, of course, but just couldn’t get organized.
I haven’t really been eating breakfasts like the ones that look like the above. Though I have been drinking plenty of coffee. Probably too much. And I haven’t been reading a ton either, though I did use some recent plane time to read Dreamland (a bit repetitive but an amazing overview on the opioid situation in the US, where it comes from, what it connects to and what it causes – I’d put it as a must read for this year), Hillbilly Elegy (as memoirs go, a quick read and for most people, will be a window into American life they haven’t ever necessarily thought of before), and I literally just cracked open Anu Partanen’s Nordic Theory of Everything the other day (I haven’t read enough to comment). So while that is a lot lately, I had gone literally months and months without seemingly reading anything; maybe the occasional magazine, but not even that really (my favorite lately is the Scandi interiors love letter of a magazine called RUM which I can occasionally find).
I haven’t been working out. Bad me. I have, however, noted on my to-do list to find my fitbit and wear it. I haven’t been sleeping well either, and well, I bet those two things are related.
I have been working, a lot. The move to DC brought with it a big and kind of new job (not new place, just a new role) and it’s been a steep learning curve. A lot of fun but also a lot of hard days, and a lot of hours. It eats of up a lot of time. And what’s left over, I try to give to my family. Since we’re currently doing a voluntary unaccompanied tour, when I’m at home I try double time so that they don’t feel lacking in anything.
My work also had me traveling a fair amount. I think I was home something like 5 or 6 days in the month of September. So while that be interesting, it can also wreak a lot of havoc on trying to do anything at all consistently at home. Which is frustrating. And it contributes to all the things I haven’t really been doing, even though I love to travel, and the work opportunities have been amazing.
I have also been moving house (we finally bought something that looks like a real people house DC – yay!) and have also been renovating (might have possibly bitten off more than I could chew there but it’s going to look amazing and can’t wait for it to be done). Will share a little bit more about that soon.
I haven’t really been taking many photographs – I think I’ve picked up my camera all of twice this year. I had to hunt down the battery and charger the other day when I realized I also hadn’t bothered to book a photography session for my family and we needed something for the holiday card. It might be a bit before you see some of my own photos up here again, that skill feels a little rusty. Much like this writing skill too. But it does feel good to exercise that muscle again, and I look forward to seeing you around here a little more often. Hold me to that.
Photography: Brooke Lark