Bobblehead Crossing

I am a bobblehead doll today, skull packed tightly with rubber, earlobes dragging me off-balance. It’s preferable to the tire treads across my forehead yesterday or the jackhammers in my eardrums the day before, but something tells me I’m sicker than I realize. Standing up really isn’t ideal right now. Neither is sitting up, but I’m determined not to sleep away a wonderfully wide-open morning; better to spend the hours staring at my computer screen through a groggy haze than losing them to oblivion, yes?

I am absolutely, positively, 100% not ready for December yet. The last half of this year has been dragging me along by my toenails, and I’m suddenly tangled in a string of colorful, glowing Christmas tasks wondering where summer went…though that could just be the bobblehead talking. I shouldn’t try to wax poetic about the changing of the seasons when I’m having trouble locating my own neck.

In lieu of more incoherent mumblings from me, I’d love to hear about you.
What do you see outside your window?
What are you listening to?
What are you looking forward to today?
What’s making you tick, making you smile, inspiring, warming, filling you right now?

I’ll start:
I’m watching hundreds if not thousands of birds perform a frenzied ballet on the winds whipping our sky into a froth. I’m listening to Ella Fitzgerald in an attempt to absorb some of her nutmeg-sweet Decemberly vibes. I’m looking forward to reading Farmer Boy with the girls before naptime and some new Christmas storybooks before bed; snuggling up and sinking into the literary world together is one of my very favorite privileges of parenthood.  And for the final question, I think the mug of cinnamon apple spice tea in my hand pretty much covers it all.

Your turn!

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  1. Out my window I see sun, lots and lots of sun, mostly through leggy shurbs that I keep telling myself I will trim and never do. The heater’s blowing but later when I’m out I’ll be listening to Vlado Kreslin, Rumer or Kurt Maloo– depending on which scene I’m working on in my head as I drive. When I get back I’ll fall back into my new WIP– creepy sad but triumphant at the end (I hope) unless I kill my female main character off. And nothing is keeping me warnm right now.. but the teapot is calling.. 🙂

  2. I don’t have a window (how’s that for inspiring! 🙂 because my office is a blob of white stark fake light. But I’m looking forward to leaving it at the end of the day (very much looking forward to that). I’m listening to sufjan – almost always – it might border on obsessively. For the last question my answer is Matthew. There’s no better way to start or end the day than snuggled warmly in his arms. If I didn’t have those arms every day, I think I’d be utterly lost.

  3. i’m still drooling over “wind whipping our sky into a froth”!

    get better, dear.

  4. – Outside my office window is a sky that’s threatening snow, but only half-heartedly, as the sun keeps making random appearances.
    – I’m listening to the radio – my favorite indie radio station, at the moment they’re playing The Doors – Texas Radio
    – I’m looking forward to leaving work at the end of the day. Seems that’s what I look forward to most days lately.
    – actually I’ve been feeling mostly un-inspired lately. Must do something about that. 🙂

  5. Well, my office is underground, so the view from my window is less than exciting, but I can confirm that the garage wall is still there! Listening to the The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest while I come up with a way to revolutionize the scientific world (but mostly not succeeding), and can’t wait to come home to you!

  6. I hope you feel better soon!! Did you see my thank you on FB about the package you sent?? THANK YOU!! The kids were so excited about the first presents to put under the (non-existent-as-yet) tree! 🙂

    We have SNOW outside our windows: about a foot and a half of it. Sparkly! I’m listening to Vertical Horizon. I’m reading the 4th book in a fantasy series and enjoying the heck out of it.

  7. “nutmeg-sweet Decemberly vibes”…..yeah i could use a few of those.
    i’m kind of undecided if i like it being december already……
    trying not to think about it! ha!
    well, we’ve got snow outside…not too much but it’s the beginning. sigh. i don’t go outside very much at all once it gets like this.

    i’m listening to meaghan smith. she’s quite lovely. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdl7ABnddE8
    that song is SO spot on, heh.

    i’m looking forward to painting a “keep calm and drink coffee” for a fellow coffee obsessed friend! 🙂 waiting for the gesso to dry. 🙂
    i can’t get over how much i love being able to make Christmas gifts. i’m not doing it a ton, but since i’m a bit of a penny-pincher….. 😀

  8. p.s. i know that apple-cinnamon-spice tea, and i love it.
    hope you feel better asap! a week or so ago i was sick, though not to that point. mainly sore throat and a bit of the nose. heh.

  9. My two boys and I are coughing phlegm-filled shells of our former selves, so I am looking forward to that going away. I’m looking forward to sledding in the mountains over the school holidays. I’m looking forward to the next hockey practice, because small people in hockey gear always makes me smile. I’m looking forward to my next cup of coffee.

  10. Out my window is a dark sky with a gray fence to join the party. While reading this post I was listening to HB’s new cd “Paakallonpaikka” and their song “Supermies”- I’d have to say that that is a song worth looking forward to listening to. 😀 I am looking forward to quiet time with the Lord when I wake up (for I’m about to go to bed and endure a long day of school and studying for tests/finals). As for the last question, I’d have to say that there are too many things to list, but if I had to sum them up into groups I’d say that Remnant, The River Center, Gateway, Seven, and God (and none of that is with a religious spirit) should about do.
    I pray your day goes better than said post.

  11. Ruth – I love how you write about books in progress!

    SJ – I know just what you mean. 🙂

    Rain – Thankya.

    Kelly – I hear you about work, but judging by your lovely photos, you still have plenty of inspiration!

    Husband – Glad the garage wall is still there; I was a little worried. 😉

    Liz – I actually replied to the FB post; did it not notify you? Anyway, YOU’RE WELCOME! What fantasy series are you reading?

    Beka – “Keep calm and drink coffee” — so perfect. I think I need that in my desk space. 🙂

    Jennifer – Your photo of the small people in hockey gear really is adorable. It’s a dream of mine to spend Christmas in Switzerland some day and enjoy all the wonderful winter activities.

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