May 24, 2016

Currently...

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Baking! I've always loved baking, but lately it's been a little difficult finding the time. Add to that the fact that I loathe our too-tiny kitchen with the fire of a thousand suns. My latest favourite baked good is sour cream pound cake topped with Devon custard and whatever fresh berries I can find. The raspberries we used the last time I made it were soooo delicious.


Also loving: #SockSunday. I've been meaning to take part in this fun Instagram challenge, but only got around to it for the first time this past weekend. I've been loving all the #SockSunday photos coming up in my feed each week. Plus, I ♥ socks.



I finally finished THE WINNER'S KISS after nearly two months. Let me just say, it's not the kind of book that you can read in bits and pieces. Honestly, picking it up and putting it down repeatedly made it difficult to enjoy as much as I enjoyed the first two in the series. I'll have to reread the whole trilogy again sometime when I'm a whole lot less distracted. 

After that, I picked up EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon and got totally sucked into this quick and delightful read. I loved all of the little doodles on the pages (by the author's husband), got swept up in Maddie and Olly's sweet romance, and even though I guessed something pretty major very early on, it didn't affect my enjoyment of the story. I have a lot of thoughts about this one, but I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a sweet contemporary.

I just started reading THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson, and I'm super excited to devour this one. Anything Morgan Matson is an instabuy for me. It's exactly the kind of book I'm in the mood for right now too.



A whole lot of HGTV and not a whole lot else. My favourite shows: Fixer Upper, Income Property, The Expandables, and Home To Win. (At least a few of these are Canadian shows.) I'm learning so much and drooling over so many gorgeous design ideas. Other than that, I've been watching Game of Thrones and trying my hardest not to stumble across spoilers on Twitter every Sunday night. Incidentally, people live-tweeting shows drives me completely bonkers. #giantpetpeeve

Not much. If we're talking music, that is. Gemma has been making little noises like she's trying to laugh, so that's adorable.

I'm going to try my hardest to start writing again this week. Gemma has been taking longer, more consistent naps these days, which allows me to sneak in some of the stuff I need to do and/or love to do. So, I've narrowed down the multitude of WiPs I have on the go to one that I'd like to focus on, and I'm thinking about some of the changes I need to make and some of the gaps I still need to fill. In addition to this, I've been thinking about and jotting down ideas for another story I've been wanting to write for a while now. It's similar in many respects to a book I just finished reading, but I'm not sure I'm going to allow that to keep me from writing it. I like the idea far too much to give up on it.

I'm really looking forward to making better use of Gemma's nap times, like I mentioned above. It's going to be a challenge squeezing in writing, reading, knitting, and all of the chores that need to get done as well, but it just means I'm going to have to get more disciplined with my time. I guess that's where my trusty planner will come in handy, right?

A little sweater I'm currently knitting for Gemma.

That I could own my own business. I've had a lot of ideas for businesses, but the one that really interests me, that I really wish I could make happen is to open a cafĂ© in the town I live in. It would be wonderful to take my barista experience and my love of baking and make this a reality, but I'm not sure it's exactly feasible for a whole multitude of reasons. 

Still, it's nice to dream about it and make up plans, you know?

I've been stir crazy lately and irked by all the clutter around this place, so I've been making small changes here and there to make me happier with my surroundings. I shortened the legs on a pub table (that we've been hauling around every time we move) and swapped it out with the too-large table that was in our breakfast nook. It makes a HUGE difference in the room and makes it feel less tiny. I also affixed a makeshift shelf/desk thingy to the wall in the living room for my desktop computer in order to facilitate the writing I hope to do in the coming days. I spend most of my time in this room, so it only makes sense. It's not the most attractive set up in the world, but it's useful and that's good enough for me.

And, of course, this little face makes me the happiest of all. ♥♥♥

(Her eyes aren't quite this blue. The filter I chose did that.)

So, what are you currently up to?