Monday, January 18, 2016

Right Now - January 2016

Watching - The Detectorists, a quirky, endearing, compelling British series on Netflix. The storyline is summarized thusly: "The lives of two eccentric metal detectorists, who spend their days plodding along ploughed tracks and open fields, hoping to disturb the tedium by unearthing the fortune of a lifetime", but it is so much better than that dry description. There are only six episodes in the first season, but I've watched them all at least three times. Season 2 has been shown in the UK, so hopefully it will be available here soon. The theme song above is hauntingly beautiful and figures brilliantly in Episode 3. 

Knitting - A Twisted Rib Cowl (note to self: forgotten yarnovers are not fun to fix, especially three long rows later) and my seventh pair of Jacoby fingerless mitts, now with more alpaca.

Learning - Calculus. (note to self: calculus is hard.)

Reading - My Name is Lucy Barton and When Breath Becomes Air. Both books are original and wonderful in their own ways so I'm reading slowly and savoring.

Thinking about - What to make for dinner. It seems that I make the same six or seven things in an endless boring cycle. Maybe it's just because I'm making a lot of soups and stews lately, but it wouldn't hurt to add some variety and spice to the rotation. 

Drinking - Lots of hot tea to stay warm.

Eating - Game meat. We've been gifted with some red deer, bear, and venison, which are all perfect for winter soups and stews.

Starting - To think about what to plant in the garden this year. This would be hard not to do with the avalanche of tempting and hopeful seed catalogs that have arrived.

Hoping - That John survives some long, intense, and important projects at work. He's working 12-hour days, doing work "homework" when he does come home, and working weekends. I'm hoping February is a kinder, gentler month for him.

Wishing - That we had a third person to play Euchre. Justin's internship ended, so he's back home and looking for a job. He learned to play Euchre with the great bunch of guys he worked with, taught us, and I've really enjoyed learning the game and am beginning to understand strategy. You need at least three people to play, but John's been so busy (see above) that he can't join us. Justin isn't interested in Scrabble or Monopoly, so we have even considered resorting to a jigsaw puzzle.

Dreading - The approaching tax season.

Planning - A summer vacation. Maybe Alaska? Maybe Victoria, BC? Maybe both?

Trusting - That the universe is unfolding as it should.

What's going on in your world right now? 


  1. I'm doing the usual reading, working, knitting, cooking. And movie watching - the Oscars are coming!

  2. What a nice prompt! I may borrow it.

  3. Smith is also learning something new and has been training in the evenings. It makes for long days. Love anything British so I'm going to check out the Detectorists. Thanks! Good luck with all you have going on and get that vacation planned. You deserve it.

  4. the show sounds interesting :) I hope you find another player for your game. My son plays bridge at school and finds it fun. I do solitaire games myself.

  5. I immediately took a break to figure out where/how I could watch Detectorists... and how did I completely forget about the Acorn TV add-on to Amazon Prime? We are ALWAYS searching for good Brit shows.

    I am "reading" my first audio book!!


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