Adapted from Fourth Street Review and further inspired by A Slice of Brie:


Making: Anything Chef at Home tells me to. Especially these biscuits. But especially these brownies, which won me second prize at a community bake-off.
Drinking: Store brand mint tea.
Reading: Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. I’m getting Bonjour Tristesse and The Great Gatsby vibes.
Coveting: Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66 Tights, after reading this article about the best tights. You get what you pay for.
Listening: Whatever’s playing on CBC Radio 2. I like the new Hozier song. I also like Hozier himself. Let’s not dwell on the fact that he was born in the 90s. Also this classical mix for at work.
Watching: Booktube. I’m looking forward to watching the Wolf Hall adaptation with Damien Lewis as Henry VIII. It’s like The Tudors meets The Forsyte Saga!
Smelling: Chicken broth simmering and cookies baking. I’m repressing some powerful emotions tonight.

Wishing:  For time alone that doesn’t involve a grocery store or a cubicle.
Enjoying: Fires and hot chocolate. Winter arrived this weekend.
Loving: Getting back to blogging after a month off and jumping right into Novellas in November.
Needing: To figure out how to fit in my introvert-recharging-time. Work is very busy with meetings and presentations, which I find extremely draining. Home is, well, a two year old and a four year old who need constant supervision, assurance, guidance, and refereeing. I’ve taken to waking up at 5am to have some time alone.
Feeling: A bit scattered.
Wearing: Leggings as pants. Come at me, fashion people.snow

Wanting: To start writing in a journal. I’ve been trying, but it’s a tough habit to form.
BookmarkingThink pieces on book reviews, as I get ready to write my own.
Aiming: To find a balance between planning and doing, here on the blog, at work, at home. When it comes to things I’m most passionate about, I get stuck in the planning phase. When it comes to things I *have* to do, I just jump in, to get it over with. Neither extreme is working too well.




  1. ebookclassics

    What a lovely photo. Laura, you have a gorgeous family! Sounds like there’s a lot of things you would like to do, but very little time. I feel with your pain.

  2. chiggins82

    I have never heard of this currently business. Now I know I think! 🙂 Writing journals is tough. I tried when traveling… it was abandoned as soon as I got off the plane!

  3. Naomi

    The photos interspersed are a nice touch. And, beautiful, too.
    Giovanni’s Room sounds awesome – I’ve never read James Baldwin.
    No wonder you feel a bit scattered, if you wake up at 5am every morning!
    I can empathize with your need for alone time – where, oh where can it be?
    I love this. If I have time, maybe I will steal it. 🙂

  4. Brie @ A Slice of Brie

    As long as your bum is covered, leggings for the win! (My husband and I have this argument/discussion every time I try to leave the house in them, haha!). I haven’t journaled since I was a teen, then a year or so ago, I tried to just write one line a day in one of those “one line a day” diaries, and even that I couldn’t keep up. We need more hours in the day, don’t we? And, beautiful family photo!!

  5. Kristilyn

    Gorgeous family photo! And yeah … I’m living in leggings right now. And I’m like Brie … as long as the bum is covered, I’m good. I’m trying to find that balance, too … I love the planning stages, but I find that the planning has to be quicker than it was in the past because if I don’t get doing, it’ll never get done. And yeah … 5am is golden time. 🙂 I’m training the boy to sleep until 7, so that gives me two glorious hours to get things done!

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