Gwyn is back. After the second 6 night stretch in the last two weeks we have him back for the weekend - YES! I sense descent in the ranks already - a later night than usual anyway because of a playdate and the children have had to go to bed after only about 15 minutes seeing him. They are so tired, we are pretty bushed also, staying up any later just isn't an option. All I can hear is one of them calling out at the moment while I write this, fingers crossed they hit the hay imminently, we have a weekend to enjoy together!
I imagined, what with all these 'empty' evenings stretching in front of me that I'd get HEAPS of crochet done. Not so. After the usual house stuff and the (endless) laundry I've been organising a lot of bits for the course I've been doing the last few months and sorting out other house bits. I've decided 2014 is going to be the 'year of freedom' - which if you weren't using the principles of transformational vocabulary would be translated to: paying off (a shitload of) debt. It requires some organisation let me tell you and was largely inspired by a lecture given by Manisha Thakoor that I listened to in one of my modules with IIN a couple of weeks ago. The basics are in this post on womentics here. Have you got a balanced spending formula? I imagine very few actually do. On the whole it's been an inspiring process, I'm aiming for 'abundance, creativity and opportunity.' It's involving some work on my part, which is rich really when we are only 3 weeks into January! The idea is less spends on wool and books, my two main weaknesses.
On that note....ahem....
Here's my new book club book (which I HAD to buy obviously) - I'm 40 pages in and I didn't stop crying for the first few pages which chronicle Cheryl Strayed's mothers journey with cancer. I didn't blog much about my dad's 'journey' (rollercoaster) but some of the sentences that she has written resonated, eerily exact to ours, daft things like "we could never get the pillows right." What is that? Is it a common pre-death indicator? Is it? I'd forgotten about the fact we could NEVER get the pillows right. I forgot the way he slept, what his face looked like in repose. I'd forgotten details, details that those first few chapters lit up in technicolour. It's going to be a great book, a redemptive story line. It's going to, according to the reviews I have read already, be fantastic. Do you like the blanket in the background? I MUST take a proper shot of it this weekend, I have so enjoyed being wrapped in it this week.
Next up, look what arrived today! The much anticipated 'Desire Map' from Danielle La Porte, yes! ANOTHER book.
This was on pre-order way before Christmas and is set the task of nourishing my soul so it's completely justified in the New. Spending. Plan. I think - as I am making the rules, I say so.
So, work on the blanket, work on myself, inspiration from Strayed and some quality time with the family are on the cards this weekend. I hope you have a good one.