The last few days have been awesome. Let me show you.

On Sunday, I hopped into Kimi’s car and we went on a road trip to Kitchener so she could visit her parental units and I could visit one of my kiddos.

We made it home to London in plenty of time for me to crawl into the nest to snuggle with the furbabes before bedtime! I slept like a baby, my heart full of light and optimism having seen my kid face-to-face for the first time in a year, and got up on Monday morning ready to take on the week! I did some dishes, fed my face, broke down a bunch of cardboard (why is there always so much cardboard?) and then hopped on YouTube for Prayers To The Moon.

Look at her! LOOK!

That lovely smudge down her face happened *by accident* and I could not be more thrilled.

I’m not 100% convinced she’s done so I didn’t finish her with wax like I usually do. Leaving her open like this means I can come back and add whatever details feel right in the moment.

Last week, I treated myself to a charcuterie board in the hopes that it would help with the whole “I’m too hyperfocused on this to feed myself” thing that’s been going on. It has a little drawer in it that holds some cocktail forks and cheese knives. I LOVE IT OMG and I’ve already used it twice since it arrived on Saturday.

Yesterday, I ordered all the cheeeeses, some fig jam, some fruit, some crackers, and some Italian cold cuts so I can keep a board going at all times.

Renee and I were talking about it last night and I quipped that I want to call it something other than a charcuterie (or SharkCootchie) and we brainstormed a bit. I came up with “Bourdain Board” in honour of Anthony Bourdain.

You have no idea how happy this makes me.

I’ve also got two massive 27-ounce glass mugs coming so I can do my tea blooms (a recent obsession) in style without having to get up to refill the mug every five minutes (I’m a bit of a chugger). They haven’t arrived yet, but I’ll snap a photo when they do.

All these little treats and moments of joy are serving to remind me of what life can be like when I’m *really in it*. After being pretty much out of it for three years (with some golden moments here and there) it is so good to be back, y’all. The things that felt like a total slog just a few months ago are now feeling easy again. The brain fog is lifting. I not only see the light, I feel like I *am* the light.

And that’s progress, so I’ll take it.

In Other News

Please join me in a celebration of the returning light on December 22nd at 1 p.m. EASTERN on Zoom. Register here. If you can’t make it live, there WILL be a replay!