Currently, That’s What I Want

Currently, this is a currently post! Currently, our house looks like this:

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And I, for one, am ok with that.

It’s the New Year’s aftermath, it is. Finish the Sentence Friday isn’t necessarily on a one week hiatus, so much as that it ran a bit longer from last week after starting later. So I DID link up When It’s Time to Upgrade Your Husband but it wasn’t on Friday. So still feel free to link up to that! I’m doing something a little different over here today, even though I’ve had house guests for five days and have already written two personal posts this week. Fridays still come around and I’d be remiss if I missed a Friday personal post. I just can’t do it. I’m nearly nine years into this thing – and some things shouldn’t change.

So, Currently that’s what I want. To write a Currently post, and to tell you why this post is titled what it’s titled..

Currently, I’m..

Reading: “A Spark of Light” by Jodi Picoult. The subject matter is so not what I need right now (abortions/active shooter) and I thought I wouldn’t read it, but true to Jodi Picoult form, I am already on page 80 because she writes like butter.

And I finished “Winter in Paradise” by Elin Hilderbrand over Christmas.

Planning: Ooh, pick me, pick me! Our annual Florida trip! This year I pitched 3 theme parks and got 3 acceptances and we’re saving over $2,000 and I’m so amazingly excited. I’m also planning my year ahead. What work/heart goals do I have? Will we go to Greece in April? Will I have meatballs for dinner tonight? So much to plan for, always. The way it should be.

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Wearing: This super amazing red hat that Cassidy got me, as well as some comfortable clothes I got for work.

Have you ever done a Currently post? It means you take these 10 verbs (or 10 of your own) and insert your own answers to what you're doing #blogtips #prompt

Have you ever done a Currently post? It means you take these 10 verbs (or 10 of your own) and insert your own answers to what you're doing #blogtips #prompt

Stressing: I don’t know if I’m REALLY stressing terribly. I’m trying not to do that. This time of year can be hard. My two career worlds are busy busy busy from about August through January. Then it gets quiet for a couple of weeks and then somewhat busy again and then REALLY quiet for awhile and then busy again. I’m still learning the roller coaster movements of it. And I’m trying to NOT stress about the quiet. I had just gotten so used to the busy period and being wanted and emailed hourly. It comes back, though, and this is a great time to catch up on non-work life things. (more on that in a bit)

Watching: So much! Crazy Rich Asians. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Doctor Who. Black Mirror. Hallmark movies.

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Listening: This has been in my head for hours. I can see it going on for DAYS!

Eating: Well it’s been a big mix of amazing food for five days now, since one of our house guests is a true chef. So it’s been kale salad, Swedish meatballs, salmon, rice, homemade egg noodles, sausage, chicken, sweets, and much more.

Loving: Italian wedding soup. These homemade Twix bars from a local bakery, and she even made peanut butter Twix bars and put them aside for me! (swoon) Crunchy rainbow sprinkles, getting free meal delivery services for work, planning our Disney trip, funky leggings, new coats, these new silver boots I got that are awesome, and a camera necklace from Scarlet.

Feeling: A mixed bag. Both sad and a little relieved that the craziness of the holidays is over. Somewhat refreshed after nearly two weeks of a lot of sleep and not a lot of work. Somewhat suspicious that I don’t feel MORE refreshed than I do, but also knowing it’s all part of the crazy. Also, it would probably help if I finally exercised again!

Hoping: That we get good news after Astro’s next set of x-rays today. That we get to see all of our loved ones more often. And that we reach a lot of travel, home and family dreams we’ve been sitting on for 2019.

Maybe it’s time to stop sitting.

Currently, what about you?

Currently, The Answer to Nearly Everything is Ice Cream

Finish the Sentence Friday is on a July 4th week hiatus but I'm here raring to go with my own stuff. And most of it's about ice cream, of course, and summer

Finish the Sentence Friday is on a July 4th week hiatus, but I’m here raring to go with my own stuff.

Did you find it to be a slow week? Historically, this is a slow week for blogging and influencing, right up there with Christmas week, but I think it’s even more so now! Maybe it’s the heat wave or the beach vacations. When I was a kid, we’d go to Myrtle Beach, SC or Ocean City, MD for two weeks right after July 4th. Now our own vacations are coming up, (more on that later) but this week was about salmon on the grill and water fights at summer camp. And the search for ice cream sundaes.

And unicorn pancakes.

So it’s time for a rundown post. It’s time for a recap, a catchup, a hello, a goodbye, and even a fun summer meme that I hope you’ll join me in filling out. The heat wave is mostly over and it’s time to cool off and chill out. Maybe read a book.

Speaking of which.. Currently, I’m..

Reading: “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah. I was on hold for this book at the library forEVER! I’m so excited! Of course it was due back there yesterday and I’m only halfway through the book, but it’s worth the ten cents a day. The book takes place way, way out there in Alaska and is so far beyond my expectations. There are MOOSE, although not always friendly.

Planning: Scarlet’s Harry Potter birthday cake, and if I got her enough presents. The dates for our trip to Cape Cod (later than usual), my birthday week, our family weekend in a cabin in Maine for work (and fun), as well as if I want to travel beyond those trips. Also, the kids’ camp schedule, two camp lunches, and putting something FUN on my to-do list for today.

And planning to finally find out what kind of puppy Astro is!

Wearing: As seen in the first photo too, a really great hat.

Stressing: Just run of the mill stomachache stuff. Is the world dying? Will there be a second Civil War? Why does the puppy eat underwear? Will Des keep sitting out during camp swim time? Should I go to bed earlier? Am I dehydrated? If I have another baby, will my kids happily be ten years apart? Will I survive? Am I dying? Is that a freckle or is it cancer? Typical.

Wishing: That all of Scarlet’s birthday wishes come true. That all of my birthday wishes come true. And that I’ll renew my expired passport and actually put a stamp on the next one. For the peace, happiness, and health of everyone I know.

Feeling: A little distant, a little wistful, a little overwhelmed, a little underwhelmed.

Listening: I cannot stop. I just cannot stop listening to this:

Eating: Peanut butter cup ice cream. Only when writing this, and probably not when publishing this in the morning!

Loving: Morning birdsong, the way Astro sleeps on top of me like a blanket, seeing a movie in a big cushy seat next to Scarlet, waking up from nightmares to see that I haven’t lost everything, or even something, and work/life balance.

Hoping: That anxiety goes away, the world stops boiling in a heat wave, there’s not a second Civil War, that people will be smarter, that my puppy will stop chewing the carpet, and that we’ll get a series of low humidity, 75 degree days!

And I hope you’ll read my summer questionnaire, and answer one of the questions in the comments!

1 – Will you go on a summer vacation this year? Yes! Definitely to Cape Cod and Maine – those are already planned. I’d also really love to do a trip to Moosehead Lake with a cabin, a rented zoom lens and boots that go up to my waist.

2 – Do nothing but relax, or pack it all in vacation? The balance of both, whether in one trip or taking one trip just to relax, and another trip to do everything totally crazy and adventurous and booked in advance. I can’t choose one.

3 – What month do you like to vacation? Honestly? January through March and July through September. I can’t understand going to Florida right now, unless you plan to go in the colder weather too. I want relief wherever I go. Other than that, I’d like to vacation every month of the year! Warm places in winter, and cold, northern places in summer. Relief places.

4 – Cruise: YES or NO? I don’t know if this question means if I have gone on a cruise or not, or if I think they’re cool or not? I’m going with a NO for both. I’ve never been on one and I NEVER want to go on one. Cassidy feels the same about this one thing. It makes me feel claustrophobic and queasy thinking about it. Trapped with all those people and no escape? Nope.

5 – Favorite holiday tradition? For July 4th? We only have one. Fireworks! And our dogs don’t mind them, so that’s a win.

6 – Most memorable vacation? I mean, aren’t they all? Maybe it was my first trip to California, which was also the second time I ever laid eyes on Cassidy. His entire world came to life out of the words of his emails. There was our honeymoon in Alaska, of course, and all of the gloom and doom and magic. All of the beach vacations I had as a kid combined.

7 – Pack light or pack it all? I think I have a good balance, but when in doubt, pack more bikinis and sundresses.

8 – Hotel, condo, or house? There’s no wrong answer here! I like a two-story condo with a spiral staircase!

9 – Favorite thing(s) to eat on vacation? Well it pains me to say that I am NOT a lobster and corn on the cob girl. I do love fresh fruit, ice cream, clam chowder, and beach house lunches. You know the type. When you get back from the beach, ravenous, and you don’t even care that your sand-covered hands are making lunches that consist of cold cut sandwiches, with or without the bread, pickles, sliced peaches, and lots of potato chips. Beach house cookies too.

10 – Warm or cold destinations? Oops, I sort of answered that. In the summer, I like to go to Cape Cod beaches, Maine, or Alaska type places. In the winter, please please give me warm beaches and theme parks and palm trees, and I’m good.

Tell me one of your answers to these questions!