Sparkling Allison

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

[Currently] November 2016

Sparkling Allison

Watching: Call the Midwife. I had this on repeat in August, and then thought the series ended after a certain character left show. I just didn't check Netflix to see if there were more, until Netflix sent me an email saying Season 4 was just updated. I hadn't yet seen Season 3! So, I'm back to it now.

Anticipating: The election results... tomorrow! #I'mWithHer! Let's get this over with already, for f*cks sake.

Listening/Reading: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. Again for our book club at work, which has really kept me on track for reading this year! I'm also reading a book about potty training... yes, we need to do that. 

Eating/Drinking: Left over Halloween candy. We had another awesome year... We invited some friends over, who have boys a few years older than Calvin. All three went out Trick or Treating, and Calvin had an amazing time wandering around. He was just in awe that he was able to be outside in the dark. So much so that fell multiple times, one of which he toppled his bucket of candy into the street. (One of the boys gave him a big handful of his candy to make up for it. Sweet, sweet stuff.) When they got home, Calvin seemed stunned, but also very happy, that he could just EAT the candy he had in his bucket.

The night made me feel completely American, and I really loved that Calvin could have the same kind of experience that I had growing up. Heart full.

Working On: Christmas prep. My goal is to have all Christmas presents purchased by the first of December, so that I can then focus on celebrating by relaxing, making food, and soaking up all of the decorations.

Loving: My new DriveNow membership! I got a Danish driver's license a few months back, and promptly signed up for DriveNow -- a service where you pay per minute. The cars are parked where ever, and it seems are always within a 5 minute walk from our house. I used on one Saturday to run some errands, and the efficiency a car provides is just nice to have sometimes. I really like our car-free lifestyle, biking to work (even in the currently frigid temps), but I couldn't do it without letting myself splurge on renting a car or taking a taxi every once in a while.

Playing: The New York Times' Daily Mini Crossword. I completed today's crossword in 30 seconds! I think that's my fastest time ever. I'm more typically in the 1-3 minute range. I love it. 

Happy: Scott's out of town this week, then he's home for 2 weeks, then he's gone for 2 weeks. In prepping for him to be away this first time, Scott pointed out how uncomfortable and unhappy I am when I'm left alone with Calvin. And it is true. I dread it. Scott keeps our house in order in so many small ways, that I just know when he leaves, all hell is going to break loose. I guess I'm posting this as a "happiness demerit", in the vein of the Happier podcast. It's something I'm working on! And luckily, have 3 solid weeks this month for practice.