oh, look, she exists // #CuriousWrenhappenings + incidentally I am still on this planet


Currently: today is a quiet, mellow day. Later I’m going christmas shopping with the Older Sister and I have a chiro appointment, but right now there’s a cup of hot mint tea at my elbow and out the window I can see the bare limbs of the birch trees and the heavy, dark-green boughs of the pines swaying in the blustery November wind.

Thinking: about all the books I want to re-visit. Little Women. Brambly Hedge. The Mistmantle Chronicles. David Copperfield. Narnia. Lord of the Rings. Tales of Goldstone Wood. Johnny Tremain. Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates. Wind in the Willows. Pooh Bear. Tintin comics. Can someone please tell me the way to Gallifrey so I can st–borrow a TARDIS? Time shall not be the boss of me! [she says as she keeps one eye on the clock so she’s not late for her appointment]

Words Percolating: this verse from Ephesians chapter 5; “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.”

Listening: Enya. Sometimes you just need soft, breathy vocals to enhance your happy place.


Reading: Three books. Anne of the Island because I started re-reading the entire series a couple months ago. I’m almost done with the third book and am falling more deeply in love with the magic and simplicity of Montgomery’s writing. She understood people at a level few authors have. Jane Eyre, which is a traditional autumn read of mine. I’m taking it slow because I forgot how despicable her relations were and it riles me every time I read. The only things keeping me from flinging the book across the room is my reputation and the fact that I don’t want to ding the corners of my precious copy. Les Miserables. [insert silent bow at all the various humans in my life who’ve been badgering me to read it]

Mood: Poirot when he sits down with the Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate.

Loving: Thomas Newman’s soundtrack for Little Women // Modcloth’s thigh-high fox socks // Autumn-autumn-everything-autumnal // flannel plaid shirts that are just the right shade of rich blue // gingersnaps // inside jokes with my coworkers and our boss // the crackle of dead leaves crunching under my boots // stories that give me a nostalgic glimpse of my childhood // studies on What It Means To Be Holy // people who do not hesitant to hug you back // spontaneous outings with friends // writing at coffee shoppes // being a Sunday School teacher // Panera’s chai tea // Spiderman: Homecoming. I am so here for awkward + adorkable young superheros who don’t want to kill people and have homework and strict moral compasses and will fight you even though they are terrified and just want their Hero/Father figure to come save them // customer service people who go out of their way to make your day amazing.



Anticipating: christmassssssssssssss — there are not enough letters in the alphabet to express how much I adore everything about the christmas season // Blogging again. I’m so excited to have cleaned the cobwebs off the door and stepped back over the threshold of Curious Wren. I missed all of you! // Nadine Brandes’ newest novel, FAWKES. Check out that gorgeous book cover // WAR OF LOYALTIES COMES OUT ON THE 30TH IM NOT HYPERVENTILATING YOU’RE HYPERVENTILATING. #WW1SpyNovelsFTW

Thankful: for every single day I have to spend with all my precious humans. More about this topic + the Reason for my Hiatus in the next blog post, Lord-willing. [she said ominously]

What are your Current Happenings, friendlies?

11 thoughts on “oh, look, she exists // #CuriousWrenhappenings + incidentally I am still on this planet

    1. Aww, I’m so glad to be back too, Tracey dear! ❤ That's one of many reasons why I enjoy these lists so much — they remind me of all the delightful, sweet things in life and it makes me so thankful. ^_^ I can't wait to share more posts with all your darling Wrenlings!


  1. L.M Montgomery is such a great writer! My favorite Anne book was Rilla of Ingleside. YESSS, LES MIS IS SO WONDERFUL. I haven’t read Jane Eyre, but I am reading Wuthering Heights for school at the moment. It’s so wonderful I just went out and bought my own copy today….I might be the tiniest bit obsessed.

    AUTUMN. CHRISTMAS. HECK YES. October, November, and December are my three favorite months of the year.

    I’m glad you’re back!

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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      Montgomery continually inspires. Her books are a place to curl up and rest my soul. Eeep! I love Rilla of Ingleside too! It gave me such a vivid glimpse of WWI when I first read it and I fell in love with all of the charries. *cries forever over You Know Who* LES MIS IS EVERYTHING I HOPED FOR THUS FAR. Girl, you will adore Jane Eyre. Her story is incredible and thought-provoking and Mr. Rochester is right up there with Darcy and John Thornton. I need to read Wuthering Heights, methinks.



  2. It’s been so long!!!

    I’ve never read much of L.M Montgomery but you make me want to drop everything and start to read her works. Which is bad. Because I am attempting a version of NaNoWriMo and am veryyyyy far behind.

    Also yay! For Jane Eyre. It was the preacher bloke (St. John Rivers or whatever his name was – I’ve been trying to block it from my memory clearly) that always made me mad. Gah. He was SUCH a pain.


    1. It’s been over a year. I cringe when I think about it.

      Ness my friend, you must, absolutely must read Montgomery someday. You won’t regret it. Her books are balm in Gilead, what water is to thirst, and it’s a beautiful celebration of the sweet simplicity of life and loving folks and–ugh, such richness. I’m getting emotional just trying to describe it! Eeek! How did NaNo go?


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      1. NaNo went – and by ‘went’ I mean it looked at me, sniffed, and ran away. Apparently, I’m not good enough for it 😀

        Honestly though – I got just under half way, but then I had work and life and I couldn’t keep up the pace. But it got me writing and so I am grateful. Another year, perhaps.

        ‘balm in Gilead, what water is to thirst’ – well then, I must have a read through!


        But Rochester? *stars appear in eyes*


    1. Thank you, lovely! It’s so good to be back again!

      Oooo, you will like it. It’s a delightful celebration of familial love and friendship and adventure and the ending always makes me cry in the best of ways. Let me know what you think once you’ve read it!


  3. MY SAMWISE! YOU ARE BACK! :’) ❤ *hugs* I missed you, my loveable goosie ❤ :')

    Such a fun sweet post. Brought the warm fuzzies to my chest and reminded me of ol' times :'). (I am very nostalgic these days ;).

    Funny how it's also a really blustery November day for me too! (we're having pretty chilly/rainy/windy weather this spring).
    I love how you are doing all those re-reads ❤ I NEED to get to L. Montgomery – maybe over the summer! ^_^
    I am thinking of undertaking a big epic classic this summer, either Les Miserables or War and Peace… hmm.
    I want to revisit David Copperfield too.

    Speaking of Spiderman, I haven't seen Homecoming, but this semester I watched The Amazing Spiderman 1 & 2, and fell in love totally ❤ So freakin' cute!

    We'll have to chat more SOON (hopefully in that skype?). But I am so glad you're back in the blog-land!! I can't wait to get back to blogging too, now that uni is over for the year :')


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