Monday Musings

Here’s what I’m thinking about as the week starts:

1. There will be a pattern to this thing called high school. I just have to wait a bit to see what that pattern is. Really.

2. Guinness Chocolate Cake for my husband’s birthday. Thanks to Janet Rudolph for bringing it to my attention.

3. There is something happening with this new semi-not-really-vegan eating thing I’m doing. And that something actually seems to be healthy and good, even if it makes no sense to my brain.

4. Windsor Castle tea is okay, but when my Yorkshire Breakfast shows up, I’m totally mixing the two together.

5. Escapist fiction has a serious purpose in life–relaxation, fun, getting you and your son and your husband out of YOUR OWN HEADS. See Eric Flint’s 1632 series for clarification.

6. Context and connection is really important when you’re writing history . Otherwise, I have to work really hard to figure out that context and make those connections, and–you know–I just end up falling asleep on the couch. (This is not related to the alternate history of 1632, see item 5.)

7. It’s really fun to say to your teenage son, “Yes, you can have friends over this weekend. I’m open. So, hey, you go schedule it all!”

8. I’m starting to want a kitten. I thought this wasn’t supposed to happen for another four years, to coincide with son’s departure to college. IΒ  blame Carrie Jones.

9. I am not happy with what the clothing stores are telling me I should be wearing these days. It’s almost enough to make me start sewing again. You know, if I didn’t absolutely hate sewing.

10. Five days till the weekend! Have a great week. πŸ™‚


  1. nrhatch says:

    I rarely listen to what the clothing stores (or fashionistas) tell me.

    What do THEY know???

    They just want us to spend money. ; )

    Good luck with the not-really-vegan-eating. I’ve been vegetarian for 13 years and feel great.

    Fun post! Happy Labor Day!


  2. Kathy S. says:

    The pattern in high school = nothing on the schedule stays the same for 24 hours! For 4 years! And, then it gets worse ’cause nothing is on a schedule πŸ™‚


  3. I’m not quite a vegan too so we’ll have to compare notes when we meet up, on food AND escapist fiction πŸ™‚


  4. Guinees chocolate cake, tea, *and* a new series for my to-be-read list, all in one post? You make it awfully tempting to abandon my to-do list and go be a hedonist for the rest of the day!


  5. Your son is in high school – already? Soon, college, then…? It’s a good time to still be in school because there’s not much out there in the way of jobs.

    Glad to hear that you’re sort of giving the vegan diet a shot. My blood sugar has plummeted – and I mean plummeted – which I’m ecstatic about. Have also lost about 12 pounds – good too. My husband just had his best cholesterol test ever. The key is to increase your intake of vegetables and fruits and to avoid processed foods, most meats fats. I have a little fish or chicken once a week now. I’ve noticed people drizzling olive oil all over their food. Really bad for the weight. Anyhow, hope it continues to do good things for you.


    • beckylevine says:

      I feel so much better, Stella. WEIRD. I really didn’t expect it–I THINK the weight is slipping down, but the thing is it’s with so much less effort that it’s amazing. I’ve been adding more multigrain and getting rid of white flour, too–so fewer ups and downs during the day.


  6. Nutschell says:

    Kittens are demanding little creatures. They meow for food, for play and for cuddle time and they keep you up most nights with their crazy need for exercise (aka galloping around the house), but they sure are adorable and just a lot of fun to have around. My 6 month old kitten will just jump on my lap and fall asleep while I’m writing in the home office. She’s a great lap warmer and a comfort to have around.:)


    • beckylevine says:

      We had kittens every now & then when I was a kid, but I also worked for my parents at their vet clinic and saw TONS. Yes, exhausting, but adorable.


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