1. This YouTube link isn't the best version of this song, but I am OBSESSED with The Light of the World off of Lauren Daigle's Christmas album.
2. I can't remember where I heard about the podcast Circle Round. It's a story podcast for children, and each 15-20 minute episode tells a story which is partially narrated and partially acted out radio drama style. Most of the stories are based on folk tales from around the world, and it's really just delightful. We don't listen to it a lot in our day-to-day life, but since it's the season for road trips I've downloaded a few episodes again. I'm not sure how much the littlest pays attention to it, but my four year old enjoys listening to them, and it's a nice little entertainment break for the kids (one I don't mind listening to myself) when we're on a long car ride. One of my favorite stories is the episode "Stella and the Dragon."
3. Jeremy and I finished watching the second season of Amazon's Marvelous Mrs. Maisel this week, and I'm happy to say it was just as funny, smart, and captivating as season one (it also still comes with a foul language warning, so...consider yourself warned). I really enjoyed how they began to flesh out the stories and character arcs of some of the supporting cast, and I thought the show did a great job of moving the story along in an interesting and logical way, keeping the best things about season one but continuing to move forward. And the setting! I am still blown away by the way they have created this sense of time and place that is so vivid and vibrant.
4.I was getting ready to do a short yoga workout this morning (they're all short, but I felt like I needed to qualify the comment so no one out there starts thinking I'm a legit yogi), and I started thinking about one of the best lessons I've learned over the past few years. It's something I've heard from a lot of different places, framed in a lot of different ways, and applicable in a lot of settings; but what it boils down to is this: the best way to do a thing is the way that works best for you. Example: my best week includes two to three days in which I do a 15-25 minute yoga workout. But I have found through trial and error that if I am too precious about that workout it doesn't get done, and surprisingly the number one factor in my success is sometimes doing yoga first thing in the morning in my pajamas. It's a small thing, and it feels a little like a weird thing, but honestly just taking away that one road block (changing clothes) makes all the difference. Anyway, that's just one example, but it was a good reminder this morning that the best way to do a thing is the way that works best for you. Sometimes that looks like what someone else is doing and sometimes it doesn't.
5. I hardly ever burn candles (I tend to use my essential oil diffuser instead) but for some reason I've been in the mood for one lately-- maybe it's a fall/winter cozy thing. Maybe a longing for a fire in the fireplace, while living someplace where that isn't super practical (and maybe not possible -- I wouldn't bet on the safety of our house's fireplace). Yesterday I bought a candle from Target (the Chip and Joanna line, naturally) and it's divine. Woodsmoke Cedar, a scent that could be overbearing, but instead is just the right amount of outdoorsy, wintery smell. It's exactly what I was in the mood for.
Happy 6 days until Christmas!