I made some goals in addition to my In Place mantra. They are selfish goals. I want to make more quilts, read more books, and write more blogs. As a mom and a wife and a woman, I often put my wants and needs last. I am sure I will still do that often, but I am going to try to do that less.
I made a goal to read 40 books this year. I should not really say read though, more like experience 40 books this year. What in the world does that mean? Experience a book? Well, I have discovered the wonderful world of Audiobooks and I got kind of hooked. AND THEN, my parents got me a wireless blue tooth speaker. It has been nothing short of life changing! I tell you. Bubble baths will never be the same. Doing dishes, not the same. Any task that I can do while I listen to a book is simply not the same because I am getting to take in books while doing dreary stuff that has to be done. With Audible, I am mowing through books I have wanted to read. I just finished The Kite Runner while claiming a victory over my junk drawer. Then came One Shot at Forever on the tail end of an exhausting road trip from South Carolina. After that, I devoured a chunk of American Sniper while taking down my Christmas decorations. I need the kids back in school tomorrow so I can finish and go see that in the movies. I am also actually reading with my eyes the more fluffy Big Little Lies for my Read Between the Wines Book Club. I think I might have to review my books in a later post.
I also want to make more quilts this year. If I finish what I want to finish I will complete my 50th quilt this year!!! I started when I was pregnant with G in August 2006. I made 2 quilts that year. The next year, I made 3 or 4. Each year has brought more and more desire and more places I want to spread the quilty love, so each year, I have made more. This year I have 14 quilts in various stages of planning and process. 14! I am currently not on pace with that goal, but with any luck, I will get some alone time and get some work done.
As for the blogging, I was cruising along tonight and then Doug came in and asked me 45 questions about the electronic interactions kindle books and audio books. I told him I don't know. See, I don't mix my drugs. Just kidding. I just don't buy a book twice if at all possible. If I am reading, I am reading. If I am listening, I am listening. But, "I don't know" is never an acceptable answer for him. Ever. It is an invitation to ask a lot more questions which also really deserve an "I don't know". He forces me to feed him a stream of fact mixed with fiction and some total B.S. to satisfy his curiosity. I joke. I always adequately research my answers and deliver them without a sigh or an eye roll.
My point in that is the second I sit at a keyboard with a purpose, some silent alarm sounds declaring it Open Season for important, life at stake interruptions such as, "Mom, come watch this replay of a play a did on Madden". Ahhhh, yes darling, I would love nothing more to watch an electronic replay of a pretend game of 2 teams I don't care about. Or, "Mom, I can't find any bobby pins" Ummmm, have you checked your bedroom floor, because I know there are no less than 20 that you tossed aside. If not there, try the car. There are enough in there for MacGyver to build a tight rope and cross the Grand Canyon. Let's not forget the dog with bowl in mouth and a sad, sad, face "Are you going to feed me?" Listen, Dog. I just filled your bowl and watched you eat. Nobody is starving here. And nobody seems to bother me when I am perusing pinterest or facebook. Oh, no. Only when I try to put coherent thought to paper. But alas, I shall try to embrace these moments and use them to fuel the fires of my passion for writing.
So now 19 days in to 2015, I can say here's to reading, writing, sewing, picking up the pace, and getting things in place! It still feels good.