Learning to Meditate

About three or so weeks ago, social distancing and telework started here in Washington state. As the first state with a confirmed COVID-19 case, I figured the situation would get worse before it got better. (And sadly that is what’s happening.)

So when I started teleworking three weeks ago, I decided I needed to focus on a new project, something to keep my mind active in a positive way.

Enter meditation.

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Reading Habits

If you haven’t guessed, I spend a lot of my time reading. I’ve already read 73 books this year and it’s only week 14. (And my yearly goal is only 78!)

When I’m not reading, I’m usually thinking about, talking about, or posting about books or bookish things. And when I was thinking about book-related things, I got to thinking about reading habits.

So today I thought I’d share some of my reading habits.

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Seven Lists of 7

I enjoyed making my Lists of 3 post last week. I mean, who doesn’t like making lists?

I find lists are a great way to help me focus on things that make me happy, figure out my priorities, and center my chaotic brain.

So I thought I’d create a few more lists, this time making seven lists of 7.

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One Introvert’s Social Distancing Experience

Social distancing has been awesome for me.

Not because of the terrible pandemic. Or the mass panic that has caused people to hoard items like toilet paper (which I don’t understand because it’s not *that* type of disease. Seriously, I don’t get it. As soon as Costco gets in a shipment of toilet paper, it’s gone again in like 10 minutes.)

But I digress.

Social distancing has been awesome because I have felt more creative and more mentally energized than I have since at least 1999.

Let me back-up a bit.

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Lists of Three

The number three is found pervasively in writing. Some of our greatest stories, fairy tales, and myths include threes.

  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Secret, Book, and Scone Society
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Rule of Three in writing suggests that three events or characters are more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers.

  • Three Stooges
  • Three witches in Macbeth
  • Three ghosts visit Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

Some of the most famous quotes throughout history are structured in threes.

  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
  • Friends, Romans, Countrymen
  • Duty. Honor. Country.

Apparently info sticks better in our heads when in threes. (Although seven likes to give three a run: seven wonders of the world, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, seven digits in a phone number.) But I digress.

So I got to thinking about threes and decided to share my three of my favorites (in no particular order) in some random categories.

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Unboxing the March OwlCrate Box

I love subscription boxes. Especially book subscription boxes. Because who doesn’t need more books?

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I had been searching for a new book subscription box. Then last month, a fellow Litten posted a photo of her February OwlCrate box. And it was awesome.

So I signed up to get the March box.

Today, my March OwlCrate box arrived . . .

. . . and it’s even more awesome than I expected!

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What I Should Be Doing, But No

This is an unprecedented time in modern history. Life for many of us has gone sideways if not full-tilt upside down. I see all the stress, but I also see a lot of goodwill and hope.

But this is not a post about the craziness or goodwill or hope or even stress. This post is a bit of a confession.

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London: My Top 5 Places To See

In January, I opted to go to London for my birthday. I hadn’t been to London in over 20 years. So I spent the week in this fabulous city being a geek, gawky tourist.

Like most vacations, it’s impossible to do everything in one week. But with some planning (thanks to my local friends who gave us great advice) and some flexibility, we saw a lot.

I also recommend going in the off-season. I got a lot of cocked eye-brow looks and questions when I announced I was going to London . . . in January. But let me tell you, January was the best time to go. We dealt with minimal crowds and no lines. Yes, we wore winter coats, scarves, and sometimes hats. But the weather actually wasn’t that bad. And more importantly, no lines (or queues as they say in the UK).

So without further ado, here are my top 5 must-see things in London.

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