Time Capsule – Old Skool

For my next installment in the Kickin’ it Old Skool Blog-a-thon, we are asked to prepare a time capsule, which I will do below.

I’m also participating in the National Blog Posting Month with BlogHer. The prompt for today is “Do you think you’re more or less likely to complete December’s NaBloPoMo?  Why?”

I think I might make it this month. I’ve managed to blog daily for over a year. Well, mostly. Last month was a bit of a disaster (which I explain below). But I do tend to post on all manner of topics and have been known to publish as many as three posts in a single day. I’m hoping to get back into that flow this month.

Let’s capture this moment in time. Here’s my time capsule.

  •     What are you reading?

Right at this exact moment, I’m not reading anything. If I do read anything in the near future, it’ll be of a technical nature. Or maybe it’ll be my own novel, in desperate need of revision. If I do any pleasure reading (which I don’t tend to do during the academic year), I am part way through “Clash of Kings,” the second book in the Game of Thrones series.

  •     What are you watching?

I generally avoid TV. I also don’t often watch movies. I did watch Zoolander the other day. That was a good laugh. During the summer, I have been known to put “America’s Got Talent” onto my calendar so I don’t miss an episode. During the winter, I make a point of watching “The Following” because I’m such a fan of James Purefoy (plus, it’s really good!).

  •     What are you listening to?

I have a playlist on my iPod called “Acapella.” On it are songs from Straight no Chaser and the Pentatonix. These are pop covers and Christmas songs. This is my default playlist year round when I’m working in my home office. It’s also my favorite sewing music. I was sewing last night, so I was listening.

  •     What are you loving?

I’m loving that I have found joy in writing.

Working on blogs. My favorite!
Working on blogs. My favorite!

I’m in kind of a funny spot, because I also love the science that I do, but I love more writing fiction or non-technical science-y things. There really isn’t time to do both. And all my other hobbies…

  •     What are you wearing?

I’m in my usual teaching garb: jeans, hiking boots, maroon paisley-print shirt. I teach at a university, but I’m a geologist. I love that I can always wear comfortable clothes.

  •     What are you creating?

So many things are brewing right now. I’m working on a couple of novels, and now another short story. I’m making 15th century period clothing. I’m also doing some science to explore the history of the Earth millions of years ago.

  •     What are you looking forward to?

A break. I need a break. This semester has been very trying, not because of my teaching duties, nor the pull of all my hobbies. My son has been in crisis for more than a month now, and it’s draining. November was a disaster. We think the worst is over, but there are still rough roads ahead. We all need a break.

So how about you? What’s in your time capsule?


  1. Sherry Smyth says:

    Here is to you having a break, one that helps to replenish used reservoirs of patience and love and hope and simply “breath”. Sending you good wishes for your son and for all of you in the road ahead.


    1. Penny says:

      Thank you Sherry. 🙂


  2. Johanne says:

    Your curiosity and creativity are some vibrant! I hope that blogging can be a source of rest for you. I know that even if this is only day 2, I have found the experience enriching already. I love that you combine your love for science and research in your writing.


  3. I got hooked on “The Following” too! It is a good show…and it introduced me to James Purefoy, who is fabulous!

    Someone at work just introduced me to the Pentatonix …not my usual type of music, but VERY cool!


  4. Cindi says:

    You have such a fascinating life! Love your time capsule!


  5. Jamie says:

    Things I’m loving? That your a geologist that writes novels and creates 15th-century clothing. I mean, seriously, how cool is that?!!

    And I’m so sorry to hear how difficult a time your family is having. I hope this is a bit of fun and sunshine in your December. Thinking of you.


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