Daybooks are a format that I used years ago. I used to post them weekly, as a matter of fact, as a way of sharing a glimpse of my life. I resurrected it this morning, rather on a whim…

what is a daybook

Outside my window: It’s the dark of early morning, and the lights of the tree are reflecting on the glass doors leading to my back porch.

Around the house: It’s just me and my five-year-old mancub: he curled on the couch under an afghan, me in my chair considering whether I should pause writing and switch the laundry to the dryer.

What I’ve been writing: I haven’t been. 🙁

In my kitchen: There’s a mess from our late dinner last night. There is also a pot of fresh coffee. 🙂

In my thoughts: I’m considering the promise of a new year, many changes that have taken place and will continue, and the joy of the Nativity. I’ve been reflecting on how I once again failed Advent and how my prayer life has changed. I am also thinking about what needs done, that long list of to-dos…

In my plans: Basketball, birthdays, reading, coffee…

In thanksgiving: For family and cuddly blankets and homemade gifts

In my prayers: Those who grieve this time of year

Nose inserted: I’ve been reading a number of things, but most enthusiastically the novel a friend sent me ages ago (and which I hope to someday see published…it’s VERY GOOD, and I do not say that just because I’m lucky enough to be friends with the author).

I’m also reading Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage, by Teresa (Tomeo) Pastore and Dominick Pastore. I’m only on chapter two, but already enjoying the conversational style and the practical nature of it.

Recent reads: I’ve had one of my lowest reading years ever, but the last book I finished was a great read: Mind Over All, by Karina Fabian. It’s the third book in her Mind Over trilogy, and what a fantabulous read. Action and adventure, yes, but also an examination of humanity…I loved it (and will be reviewing it in detail soon!).

On my reading list: Next up, I’ll be reading A Single Bead, by Stephanie Engelman, and I’m looking forward to it, in part because this might be a book I can share with the avid YA reader in my house and in part because what’s NOT to look forward to in a book

A favorite thing: This morning I have two favorite things (in addition to my standard answer, COFFEE!). First, homemade dryer sheets, which I found by accident and tried on a whim to freshen up my laundry (curses on that stale smell that’s been permeating things!). Second, and maybe more importantly, a Neti pot I purchased out of desperation, on the advice of a trusted colleague, and am now using almost religiously. I haven’t been this free of sinus pressure maybe ever.

Food for thought: I found this quote when I was doing work for a client project, and it stayed with me:

“When we give each other our Christmas presents in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans and all that lives and moves upon them… And to save us from our own foolishness and from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave himself.”

Sigrid Undset

Worth a thousand words: My sidekick, the minimancub, who’s getting more mobile by the moment…

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