Now

Inspired by Derek Silvers, this page includes a sample of what I’m thinking about and working on right now. Last updated November 23, 2021.


I haven’t updated this page in a while because I’ve been in a holding pattern. I am better than I was a few months ago, and I seem to be making more progress. New meds helped me to get past some of the debilitating symptoms, but I’m still having to deal with fatigue.

The fall seems to have met and shaken hands with cold weather rather quickly this year. I know it’s November already, but here in NC, you never know which way this month is going to go. My blood hasn’t had a chance to thicken up yet. I love to be able to wear sweaters again as my default daily uniform, but my health issues have perhaps brought a new sensitivity to cold.

Thanksgiving is here, and my improving health has given me a lot for which to be thankful. Things I haven’t been able to do for the last year are starting to become possible again. I’m also grateful that my whole family will be together for Christmas this year. Geographic distance and Covid-19 have kept us more separate than we would have liked.

Source: commons.wikimedia.org

This year, I suspended the habit of a monthly playlist, owing to a smaller amount of good new music and my energy levels. It’s one playlist for the year, which I’ll whittle down to the best of the best at the end. I mostly listen to it on shuffle and that brings me the soundtrack to my life in 2021.

I’m still working on the bullet journal I started at the in the middle of 2020, but it looks like I’ll be finishing and ready for a new one in December. I’m always astounded by the way people make their journals look amazing, but I’m still mostly pretty spartan with the presentation of mine. The journal is a way to avoid being on the iPad all the time. When you can’t do as much, though, the bujo becomes less about bullets and more about journaling and just jotting down any creative thoughts. I’m nerding out on integrating my bullet journal with an Obsidian with a hack I found.

I was having trouble deciding what to put in my analog journal vs. my digital PKM system. Implementing this system helps keep the two in sync.

Upcoming

Onward to Advent and a season of simplicity leading up to the Christmas banquet. I do wish the broader culture would align with the liturgical calendar and recognize Advent as a time of quiet waiting, like Lent. That’s a blog post for another day, though.

Media

🎧 Bathe Alone - Last Looks: Bailey Crone from Bathe Alone (who was kind enough to gift me this album) describes it as “a sonically cohesive experience you could lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling to.” Who doesn’t need a record like that in their life right now? Last Looks is pure dreampop bliss.

Currently Reading

You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World
by Alan Noble

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo

Robert Rackley @frostedechoes