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Currently, Jan 2024

It’s mid-January and it’s time to check in with a random post on what’s going on currently . . .

Knitting: Socks, as you know. And also the December mystery gnome. I lost momentum on this little project but I hope to finish soon.

Reading with my eyesWandering Stars by Tommy Orange

Reading with my earsBetween Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad

Watching: The final season of The Crown. Next up with be either season two of The Gilded Age or season four of All Creatures Great and Small.

Eating: Lots of soup. I’ve gotten into the habit of Soup Sunday and it’s a great way to start the week because it leaves me leftovers for lunch. So far I’ve made Mixed Bean Soup, Chicken & Rice Soup, and Venison Stew. I’m also working on perfecting dinner rolls as part of this project.

Loving: Slow new year energy. I’m giving myself all month to gear up for the year but I’ve been very satisfied with some of the things I’ve already established for myself, particulary using a Hobonichi Weeks planner as a daily journal, and using my regular journal to document OLW stuff.

Planning: Camping vacations! Is there a better way to beat the winter blahs than to book summer trips? I think not and so I have booked campgrounds for Memorial Day Weekend and a week in August. We had previously booked a week in July and I’m hoping we will be able to add some weekend trips into the mix, too.

Playing: Dreamlight Valley on the switch but not nearly as obsessively as I was back in November.

Anticipating: The annual Massachusetts Municipal Association Conference this weekend. It’s an awesome gathering of elected officials, municipal employees, and those who provide services to our cities and towns. I’m going as Chair of our Select Board this year but I also have work colleagues attending and I’m hoping for a great experience in Boston once again.

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  1. I hope you have an amazing time at the conference! It must be really invigorating to get together with all those elected officials. I hope it provides a lot of knitting time, too!

  2. Soup Sunday sounds like a great plan! Tasty on Sunday . . . and then ready-made lunches, too. Have a great time in Boston at the conference, Carole. XO

  3. Chicken and rice soup sounds so delicious! I am putting that on the menu for next week! Have a great time in Boston!

  4. Soup Sunday is a great idea. I made homemade bread the other day…and some homemade mushroom soup. Unfortunately we did not like the soup AT ALL! Have fun in Boston – wishing you a great conference. And…stay warm!!

  5. Sounds like a great start to January. I make delicious dinner rolls, but don’t think of soup as a chance to try new versions. Thanks for that idea. I love that soup freezes so well for those last minute dinners or when someone isn’t feeling great. If you happen to have access to Smitten Kitchen Keepers, I can highly recommend her Ginger Garlic Chicken Noodle soup. Warming, interesting flavors, but customizable in terms of veggies and spice level. Enjoy your conference.

    1. I second the Smitten Kitchen ginger garlic chicken soup. The chili crisp takes it to a new level.

      Also recommend Molly Yeh’s sheet pan roasted squash from Home is Where the Eggs Are, Melissa Clark/NYT beef barley soup with lemon, and ginger turmeric chicken soup from

  6. Soup Sunday is a fabulous idea, but I would be happy to have soup every day in cold weather. It is comfort for the body and soul. Great idea, Carole. I am trying to learn to make good homemade whole grain crackers. Travel safely and have a wonderful time on your trip.

  7. Annie’s headed to a conference in Boston again next week, but without me this time! I sure enjoyed getting together with you last year when I was there. HAVE FUN!!

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