Sparkling Allison

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

[Currently] September 2016

Sparkling Allison

Watching: Modern Family. It's a little bit of a guilty pleasure, but it makes me laugh out loud at least once an episode. 

Anticipating: The holidays. We had such an epic time last year, with so many visitors over the holidays, that I'm a little worried this year will disappoint. So, I might be starting my planning a little early! We're having friends over for Halloween (which is on a week night, so nothing too crazy). Thanksgiving... is up in the air in terms of which American Expat will be hosting. Not us. Christmas, we'll be in town because Copenhagen is lovely during Christmas time. We're thinking that this year we'll have a bigger Solstice Dinner, like we used to do in Seattle.

Listening/Reading: Torch by Cheryl Strayed. Re-reading Delivering Happiness, the book by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh for our book club at work.

Eating/Drinking: My work is moving offices in November, and the number one thing people are excited about is lunch at a new cantina. (Note: Danes call their shared eating areas "kantine"... pronounced like the Spanish "cantina". It's confusing... but what would you call this in the US? The lunchroom?) I don't have a huge problem with our current lunch situation because I eat the same thing every day: 2 hard boiled eggs, a big dollop of hummus, rugbrod and butter, and piles of veggies. 

Working On: Scott and I took two car loads of junk to the recycling center this weekend, and it was awesome. 

Loving: H&M Home Black Fig scented candle. YUM... while daytime temps in September have been outrageously warm, it gets nippy at night, which means hygge, candles and snuggling. Scented candles make this routine all the better.

Playing: Our neighborhood got a trampoline! Cal and I tried it this morning... it took him a long while to warm up to it, but by the end I could not get him to leave. We walked out with him screaming... will definitely be back there soon!

Happy: I've been crocheting a lot lately, which is a happy thing. It's meditative and productive... my latest project is a yellow and white color blocked blanket made out of a lovely cotton. It's really simple... just single crocheting back and forth, but the colors and texture are turning out really nice.