Sparkling Allison

American expat in Denmark, mom, lover of sparkles and staplers, avid book club member.

[Currently] January 2016

Sparkling Allison

Watching: Scott and I watched Postman Pat: The Movie with Calvin tonight. We try to do a movie night each weekend, but got off schedule for the holidays. It was fun to get back to it tonight, with popcorn and all. To find age appropriate movies, I scour Common Sense Media and have found them to good. I look at movies for ages 2 through 4, as I think they err a little conservative. Postman Pat kept Calvin's attention, and had enough adult quips to keep Scott and I from wandering too much.

Anticipating: Spring! It's way too early to have Spring on my mind, but I was given some free tulips from a flower vendor on Friday (he was closing) and they've been on my kitchen table beaconing warmer weather all weekend. Copenhagen's winter frigidity will not be deterred by a precocious bunch of tulips, however. This week's highs will be hovering around freezing.

Listening/Reading: I added a new podcast to my playlist this week: Surprisingly Awesome. Heather recommended it, I believe, and with my new 25-minute bike commute I've finally had time to listen to a few episodes. I'm not quite sure if it's going to become a regular. It's good, but not great, and even though I have a lot of time to be listening to podcasts on my commute, I'm considering moving to audio books instead (supporting my goal of reading 36 books this year).

Eating/Drinking: I've successfully made two big meals on each of the last two weekends so that we can have leftovers during the work week. Yesterday I made black bean and butternut squash enchiladas. (I even made the enchilada sauce from scratch.) Today I made a big pot of cauliflower, sweet potato and chickpea curry with coconut rice. Delicious.

Working On: Work, I suppose! The first two weeks at my new job have been great. There's a lot of work to be done. And everyone is extremely nice.

Loving: Weekends. We had a particularly nice one this week.

Playing: Scott brought along one of our favorite card games, Lost Cities, on our last Friday date night. We had reservations for sushi at 7:45, giving us about an hour to kill beforehand, so we plunked ourselves down at a coffeeshop and played a couple of rounds. I won both. :) 

(Note: This is a new category to go along with my One Little Word project for the year.) 
Happy: I discovered a new babysitter option. A 13yo girl posted to our neighborhood Facebook group, saying that she was interested in picking up some babysitting hours. I think 13 is a little young to just throw her in the deep end with Calvin, so I invited her over to play with him while Scott and I did other things around the house. She was a huge hit. Calvin took to her immediately, and she had his full attention for a good 1.5 hours. The time was so productive that I finished everything I needed to do and then snuck upstairs to read. I'm looking forward to hiring her regularly!