It's time for What's Up Wednesday!
What I'm Reading I finally received my copy of The Near Witch from Amazon and I promptly devoured it. I loved it and will hopefully have a review read for my Saturday book review post. I also finished reading Stranded by Dani Pettrey. I'm currently reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and The Great Gatsby.
What I'm Writing Very little. I keep hoping to take off on my revisions but I keep finding myself tired and out of time. I guess some perseverance is in order.
What Inspires Me Right Now Friendship and lazy afternoons watching the kids play outside.
What Else I've Been Up To
I've been doing the Women Living Well make your home a haven challenge. It has inspired me to simplify and clean out my home so I've been working on that. I've also been running whenever I can. I can run about 2.5 miles now and that's a huge improvement from where I was!
I also am taking part in YA Buccaneer's Truth and Dare Challenge. This month the challenge is:
"This month, I dare you to let go of something--something big, something small, something you barely even noticed was there--to make room for something else. Whether that something else is a huge, long-cherished dream or simply a little more extra closet space, let it go.
And then tell us all about it."
I am letting go of trying to crochet blankets for every special baby to be that I know of. I love crocheting and I always feel like I should make a baby blanket but crocheting with a two year old around is really hard. I end up trying to squeeze it in after the kids are in bed but that is also when I squeeze in my writing, exercising, any cleaning I didn't get done and everything else so... I get frustrated and feel like a failure because I can't fit it all in and sleep too. I have two partially made blankets that stare at me every night when I climb into bed. I am not going to finish them right now, instead I'm going to use the yarn to make "bite" sized projects. Projects that I can easily complete in a few sittings. I started making a small "lovey" bear blanket yesterday (instead of the full sized ripple pattern I had been doing) and I feel like a weight has lifted. I think I found a compromise, a way that I can still make the sweet homemade gifts that I love without the stress of trying to fit another huge project into my life. Crochet is supposed to be fun and relaxing, not stress inducing, and there will be time for larger projects some other time when my kids are bigger.