It has been a while since I’ve done one of these, so let’s catch up.
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- Making: Small art in my journal and everything with yarn (I’ve had to put myself on a yarn-buying diet). Are you on Ravelry? Connect with me and check out my projects there.
- Cooking: Pumpkin and banana bread.
- Drinking: My new favorite drink: Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks, made with soy milk.
- Reading: So many books lately – I hit my goal of reading 40 books this year at the end of September! Recent favorites were Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande and The Sleep Walker’s Guide to Dancing, by Mira Jacobs. I’m halfway through Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert (loving it!) and up next is Rising Strong, by Brene Brown. Connect with me on Goodreads to see more of what I’m reading.
- Wearing: I’m so ready for fall that I’m wearing too-warm clothes almost every day. My brown boots are out and my favorite Prairie Underground hoodie is always nearby.
- Feeling: Strong and grounded. And so ready to be done with chemo. My last treatment (of 6) is today.
- Needing: More sleep. Always more sleep.
- Listening to: The Autumn Acoustic playlist on Spotify and the song Woman (Oh Mama) from Joy William’s new album Venus on repeat and loud.
- Saying yes to right now: Paint on my fingers. Naps. Connecting with my daughter instead of raising my voice. Mostly, saying yes to life.
- Saying no to right now: Clutter. I’m ever so slowly working through my house with Marie Kondo’s advice to only keep what brings me joy.
- Thinking about: The next steps in my treatment plan: Surgery in November and then radiation for 6 weeks after that. And how to hold on to bits of holiday celebrations in the midst of treatment and recovery.
- Worrying about: How radiation therapy is going to impact me.
- Noticing: How much better and stronger I feel when I eat well. Which does not necessarily include pumpkin and banana bread.
- Working toward: More connections with friends. More writing. More rest as I head into this winter.
- Pinning: A lot of art journal and art inspiration images, and I’m starting to think about homemade holiday gifts, too. I’m also steadily adding to my The Cancer Year board.
- Favorite thing Bean’s been doing: So much pretend play. Some days we are all a family of foxes, others we are selkies. She’s also been really into building things (mostly shelters for her animals) with Legos.
- Least favorite thing Bean’s been doing: Talking to me like I’m her servant. There have been a lot of reminders to speak kindly and to say “please” around here lately.
- Finding most nurturing: My Wild Writing class with Laurie Wagner. Every Wednesday morning I step out of my life for 90 minutes and let the words flow out like a river.
- Dreaming about: A trip to Hawaii to sit on a lanai with a fruity drink when my treatment is all done this spring.
- My favorite thing last month: When my friend came over and helped me declutter in my kitchen. I was so exhausted that night but every time I get something out of a neatly organized and not overstuffed cabinet I rejoice.
- What I’m grateful for right now: Friends and family who have held us up through this ordeal of cancer treatment. There have been food deliveries, visits, plentiful playdates, care packages, cards, emails and phone calls. I feel so deeply loved and held by my community. So much gratitude I can’t even voice it all.
Want to play along? Copy my list and fill in your own answers or just pick a couple of categories that jump out at you. Post in the comments or share a link if you post it somewhere else. I want to hear what’s up with you, too!
You can find the rest of the Taking Stock posts here.