Posts Categorized: Miscellaneous

Currently // Nonfiction is the Word

August 23, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 9

Right this minute | I’m sitting on the couch with my morning chai latte, writing up this post and thinking about breakfast.

Feeling | Pretty chill, for me.

Reading | I finished a book this week guys! A great book! Which I now have to go look up the title to because I can’t remember it…oh…right! In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick, read by Scott Brick. YES IT WAS AN AUDIO, but it was damn good. Way more exciting than Moby Dick. Like, way way. I should finish up Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud today. It’s damn good too.

Listening | I listened to the Philbrick pretty fast (in like three days), so I’ve been listening to podcasts to 1) catch up because I have over 100 unlistened to and 2) to “cleanse my palette” and 3) also to have something to listen to until I figure out which book to listen to next. I’m feeling like nonfiction is the word of the moment for me. Whenever I can’t read, nonfic seems to pull me out of it.

Watching | We’re watching Heroes at work, to catch up before the new series begins. It has Zachary Levi dudes. I will so watch it. I can’t wait for Blacklist to come back too. I’m hoping for some free time tomorrow to color and perhaps watch more of Bomb Girls on Netflix.

Blogging | I’ve worked up a new, loose, schedule for myself. I’m having a bit of a Blog Identity Crisis (BIC) and I need to branch out. This BIC is really hitting my book review desire, as in, I don’t want to do it, and I need other things to talk about. I hope that 1) it works and 2) you’ll still be interested in what I have to say…just…about other things.

Promoting | Something VERY EXCITING VERY SOON. I die.

Loving | The lack of itching going on. I’m still itchy, but not as bad. And also, SCHOOL STARTS TOMORROW! I’m so ready to have that structure in our life again.

Hating | The heat. I am so ready for fall. I think I’ve mentioned that a few times.

Eating | I posted my meal plan yesterday! And I got some gluten free goodies at the Farmer’s Market. There is a lovely girl who makes treats and I always pick up a couple. I have an amazing Tomato Tart, a Cranberry Apricot Scone, and POUND CAKE. The pound cake was not only delicious, I swear it tasted like the real thing.

Exercising | I’m going to start, I swear. No, don’t look behind my back, my fingers are not crossed.

Anticipating | So many things. Details soon. Promise.



Currently // So Made of Win

August 16, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 7

Right this minute | I’m writing this, right? Then I’m going to do some serious shifting through books to find something that grabs me. I’m tired of this ‘no reading’ curse! I haven’t finished a book in over two weeks. This will not stand.

Feeling | Slightly irritated! This rash and lack of reading is really getting to me.

Reading | I’m picking at Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud, but I think it’s getting tossed. I need something snappier.

Listening | Lots and lots of Jamestown Revival and The Heavy while coloring.

Watching | I watched the first episode of Bomb Girls and guuuuuurl, I’m hooked.

Blogging | Ain’t hitting on much, am I? Please bear with me, I’m in a funk.

Promoting | Nothing…yet. Plans are being made!

Loving | Coloring. It’s just so relaxing.

Hating | This itching. Apparently it’s eczema and eczema sucks.

Eating | The hubs and I went to a local restaurant for our anniversary. It’s one we don’t normally go to because it’s a tad fancy and a little over budget. But, anniversary. I had pasta. Really, live (GF) pasta and it felt so great to get something “normal!” And it was delicious.

Exercising | I think I’m going to remove this category. I can’t even exercise until this stupid eczema clears up. And even then, from what I read, it can cause a flare up. U.G.H.

Anticipating | AUTUMN!!! Have I already said that?

Meal Planning | I didn’t really do that for this week. We have open house at two schools on two different nights (the girl is going to middle school just kill me now) and we usually just go out on those nights. Monday and Tuesday will probably just be something thrown together from what I have in the fridge. Ham sandwich anyone?

Have a great week!!



Currently // Decisions…

August 9, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 12

Right this minute | I’m trying to find a book to listen to and the decision is overwhelming me.

Feeling | Irritable, indecisive, and itchy.

Reading | Oh goodness, I have no idea.

Listening | Podcasts mostly. I found some new ones and now I’m catching up.

Watching | Doctor Who season 8!!! Finally!!!

Blogging | In fits and starts.

Promoting | Nothing…just yet. Soon.

Loving | Coloring! My latest masterpiece:


Hating | Rashes! I go to the dermatologist Tuesday.

Eating | Gluten Free Cheerios!!!! SO. HAPPY.

Exercising | My writing hand, yes.

Anticipating | Autumn!!!!

Meal Planning| I did one of those….I’m trying to remember….

1. Lasagna and salad 2. Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with buttered noodles and roasted broccoli 3. Chili Lime chicken with brussels sprouts and rice 4. Asiago and garlic fingerling potatoes, roasted tomatoes with basil and toast (gf for me!), and cabbage with bacon and onions

Have a great week!



Currently // Vacation Blues

August 2, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 7

Right this minute | I’m at home. On my couch. Trying to hold my stomach down.

Feeling | BLAH. We went to Asheville this weekend and, while it was absolutely lovely, a small case of food poisoning went down as well. I don’t want to see ANY barbeque for a very, very long time. Or pork, for that matter.

Reading | The kids, hubby, and I finished The Graveyard Book (Full Cast Production) and Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman. We have now listened to all three of his middle grade books and they are disappointed there are not more to listen to. I’m going to get them started on Rick Riordan next, I think.

I also started reading The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck, while on vacation and so far it’s right up my alley. American History, history I don’t really know much about (outside of my Oregon Trail skillz), and great writing.

Listening | Once I finished Kitchens of the Great Midwest, I started on Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Right now, I have no words, except Powerful and Important.

Watching | Coloring videos on YouTube. Hey, you asked.

Blogging | Let’s just say it happens when it happens. Ain’t gonna force it.

Promoting | #EstellaGram on Instagram! This month is COLOR!

Loving | Coloring, audiobooks, Biltmore House, my kid, my hubby, Neil Gaiman, and calm car rides. Thank you Neil.

Hating | Hives, my doctor, food poisoning, the ends of vacations, the laundry from said vacations, and even the thought of barbeque. Ugh.

Eating | Not much.

Exercising | Not much. lol

Anticipating | Starting Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. The author’s prefered text made its way to my house last week!

Meal Planning| That’s kind of shot to hell until I get my appetite back. Whatever I can find in the kitchen most likely.

Have a great week!!



Currently // It’s All About the Relax

July 26, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 12

Right this minute | I’m sitting on the couch, writing this up, and trying trying trying not to scratch.

Feeling | ITCHY.

So, yeah, remember the rash? I went back to the doctor, got ANOTHER course of steroids (prednisone this time) and the promise that if this didn’t work, I’d be going to the dermatologist because they have no stinking idea what is going on.

I’ll be going to the dermatologist. Hopefully soon. The DAY AFTER I FINISHED THE STEROID I broke out all over my legs. So shit.

Reading | I’m listening to the MOST DELIGHTFUL BOOK. Kitchens of the Great Midwest is exactly, EXACTLY, what I was looking for.

Listening | See above. And also my excellent Southern Gothic (or Gothic Americana) playlist. I keep adding music to it, so I’m up to 2 and 24 minutes of music. I’ll be adding more. I’ve been exploring! Here it is again, if you want to give it a listen.

Watching | Right this minute I’m watching Minecraft videos on YouTube. My son is obsessed with Stampy Longnose. If you know who that is, I’m sorry.

Blogging | It’s so hard to blog in summer.

Promoting | Nothing at the moment.

Loving | COLORING. I have been doing SO MUCH COLORING. This is what I’m working on at the moment, the octopus in Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom. He’s fun.


Hating | THIS RASH.

Eating | I had the usual. Waffles with peanut butter and honey. With a chai latte. 😀

Exercising | It’s on the to-do list. After the rash is gone.

Anticipating | Autumn. I am anticipating it so hard. I’m ready for sweater weather.

Meal Planning| Well, since VBS was last week, I didn’t get to cook much last week. So it’s basically the same plan as last week.



I Don’t Feel So Bad – Some Favorite Things

July 23, 2015 Lists, Miscellaneous, Music 17


1. Chai Latte. Where have you been all my life? Seriously. I die without it.


2. Coloring books. It’s not COMPLETELY new, I’ve been coloring (and drawing and such) for a long time, but in the last couple of weeks it has reached near obsession. Buying Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest DID NOT HELP.

3. Pasta. Again, not new, but since going Gluten Free I have had a super hard time finding one I like. Now I have two! I had alfredo the other night and I HAPPY. Two years without good ole pasta with tomatoes, olive oil, fresh basil, and parmesan is a freaking long time.

4. YouTube. Hey, I didn’t say they were NEW or OLD favorite things. Sure, YouTube has been around a VERY LONG TIME, I just never paid it much attention (except for you, my dear Andi!) but now, suddenly, I am waking up to the marvels of YT. I’m learning InDesign, getting coloring tips, and excellent book recommendations. Oh, and the occasional Jamestown Revival song:

or The Brothers Bright

5. Incidentally, I am really loving on some music right now. I went on a mission a month or so ago to find some new tunes and I hit the jackpot in a little genre called Southern Gothic. I’ve also seen it called Dark Americana, Americana, and other such things. It’s like the bastard lovechild of Southern Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock, American Roots, and Country. With some soul and jazz thrown it. It includes old (Johnny Cash) and new (Delta Ray) and oh so much loveliness in between. It nurtures my repressed goth soul. Some of my favorites include the aforementioned Delta Ray, The Brothers Bright, Jamestown Revival, and others like Lucette, Dorothy, Sun Kil Moon, Kari Kimmel (Black is like the BEST SONG EVER), Whiskey Shivers, and yeah, I could go on and on. I’ll make you a playlist. I’m sure you won’t listen, but if you actually do, PLEASE let me know if you like any of it. I don’t know anyone who listens to this stuff!

What new (or maybe not so new) favorite things are you jamming on right now?



Currently // Is it Fall yet?

July 19, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 6

Right this minute | I’m on the couch waiting for my breakfast to finish cooking!

Feeling | Well rested, for once. My doctor put me on something a little stronger than Benadryl for this rash (that I still have) and it knocks me out good and proper. I have a little bit of a headache from it, but goodness, that was some good sleep.

Reading | I am currently struggling (because slump) through Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, The Shore by Sara Taylor, and Armada by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton. I’m actually not struggling through Armada, audiobooks are still working for me, plus Wil Wheaton! I’ll be glad when I break through this!

Listening | As I’ve been coloring more than reading this week, I’ve been listening to Armada, as well as music. Shoshtakovich has been in rotation, as well as Lucette, Kari Kimmel, The Brothers Bright, and Jamestown Revival.

Watching | I started watching Bomb Girls yesterday. It looks like it’s going to be fantastic! We also went to see Ant-Man, which was really good. May be high on my list of favorite Marvel movies. Just wish Josh Paul Rudd had taken his shirt off a couple more times. Hubba hubba.

Blogging | I took a week off and it was really nice. I feel the words coming back.

Promoting | I can’t think of anything at the moment.

Loving | Van’s Gluten Free Blueberry Waffles with peanut butter and honey. I can’t wait for them to get out of the oven.

Hating | Rash. See above. 6 weeks now and they don’t know why.

Eating | Breakfast!!!

Exercising | What is that?

Anticipating | AUTUMN. OMG I AM SO READY.

Meal Planning | Meals this week are….

1: Cheese lasagna (with GF noodles) and a salad

2. Crab Nachos

3. Baked Thai Salmon with rice and squash

4. Sausage Hashbrown Casserole

Have a great week!




Currently // AHHHH!

June 14, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 9

Right this minute | I’m having a chai latte and making a list of the Anna Pigeon (by Nevada Barr) books. I have hooked my uncle on them and I can’t remember which ones he has. I’m trying to find the missing ones on

Feeling | Extremely anxious. I sometimes have anxiety problems and today isn’t a good day. Plus, I’m really annoyed that I can’t search the books I’ve received from Paperbackswap. Or at least can’t figure out how to. And that our internet so completely STINKS. It is soooooooooo slooooooooow.

Reading | I think I will concentrate on The Beekeeper’s Lament today. It will probably get me all worried about the bee situation in the world today, but it’s crazy interesting.

Listening | The family is listening to The Graveyard Book Full Cast production. Judging by the amount of times the kids told each other to shut up, I think they are enjoying it. I am listening to H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald, which is just wonderful.

Watching | I watched the pilot of Casanova last night. It’s going to be on Amazon. It has Diego Luna who is WHOA. Hella sexy.

Blogging | Well, as usual, I discussed my weekly reading on Monday. Tuesday was a list of books coming out later this year that I KIND OF NEED NOW and Wednesday, I reviewed The Library at Mount Char, which was crazy good. The rest of the week was so busy I completely flaked out on blogging.

Promoting | The Estella Project, Season 3! Such a great list of books!

Loving | Peace and quiet. When I can get it.

Hating | Unexplained rashes. I have one and it’s driving me INSANE.

Eating | GF waffles and peanut butter. Breakfast of champions. Or people who have no other food in the house.

Exercising | I managed to walk the trail three times this week. In the cut-it-with-a-knife humidity.

Anticipating | GETTING HIRED NEXT WEEK. Cross fingers please!

Meal Planning|  Ugh. Again? Can I just eat out all week? We’re having a heat wave here!

Meal 1: Hubby is going to make his tilapia (I have no idea what his recipe is, but it’s good and involves no work from me) with buttered (gf) parmesan noodles. I’m going to throw in a vegetable; perhaps roasted asparagus? If I can stand to turn the stove on?

Meal 2: Grilled chicken breast tenders with the kale garlic rice I didn’t get to make last week, plus a veg. Possibly squash. I have some in the garden that will hopefully be ready soon. I know, grilled squash!

Meal 3: I’m thinking some sort of breakfast thing. Like a casserole. Like this? Yes, I’d have to turn the oven on, but I can get it ready before hand and just pop it in. Maybe can even get the hubby to pop it in before I get home???



Currently // So Much Irritation Today

June 7, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 13

Right this minute | I’m cleaning out my iCloud because I am sick and tired of my phone telling me it’s almost full and I AM NOT BUYING MORE APPLE. Also my kids keep yelling ridiculous things at each other.

Feeling | Irritated. And also very sad. Both our chickens disappeared yesterday. I know one is dead, judging by the amount of feathers in the yard, but I’m giving up hope on the other one. It was the bigger one and she was a pretty tough cookie, but I also think she would have popped up by now if she was hiding. We are all very sad.

Reading | I was tearing through Fire Shut Up in My Bones but I haven’t had time to read all week. Boss is out at work for two weeks (lucky duck)

Listening | The Bees by Laline Paull. So crazy awesome. Orlagh Cassidy can officially read me anything.

Watching | I need a new show to binge watch. Any suggestions?

Blogging | Let’s see…. I shared my reading plans for the week and also shared the books I read in May. Check out the awesome list of books to read for The Estella Project, Season 3, again if you didn’t miss it. Lastly, I talked a bit about the completely AWESOME Cinnamon & Gunpowder by Eli Brown.

Promoting | The Estella Project!! Season 3! Great list of books! Read 2 or 3!

Loving | Peace and quiet. Whenever I can get it.

Hating | iCloud at the moment.

Eating | I had a banana.

Exercising | I’m actually exercising more. I’ve walked the trail near my house three times this week and hope to do it today as well.

Anticipating | My Sunday nap.

Meal Planning| I actually did it this week!

Meal #1: Garlic Pork with Mushrooms and Onions with Kale Ginger Rice. The original recipe calls for sugar snap peas, but they never go over well in my family, so I’m going to use mushrooms and onions instead. We have never tried kale either, so this will be an adventure.

Meal #2: Sauerkraut and kielbasa with home fries. One of my kids favorite meals. Their reward (and mine!) for trying kale.

Meal #3: Tilapia with Chili Lime Butter, roasted broccoli, and parmesan garlic (GF) noodles. I have to eat more fish, so….

Meal #4: Grilled cabbage, squash casserole, and grilled peaches with honey and ice cream. All this came from the farmer’s market Saturday. CAN’T WAIT. I love this time of year!



Currently // Reading, Blogging, and Health

May 31, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 6

Right this minute | I’m having breakfast! And paying bills. I bet you can’t bet which one I’m enjoying more.

Feeling | Like I’d like to go back to bed.

Reading |I’ve been immersed in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Darfur, and other such hot beds of political violence this week, with Lynsey Addario. Her book It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War is amazing. I was also reading Comfort Me with Apples by Ruth Reichl, but I can’t find it. I’ve looked EVERYWHERE. I’m going to have to move on soon. :(

Listening | I was listening to The Graveyard Book Full Cast Production by Neil Gaiman, but decided to hold off and listen to it with the kids this summer. So now, I’m listening to The Shore by Sarah Taylor. It is read by Jenna Lamia and MacLeod Andrews, two of my favorite narrators!

Watching | OMG I can’t remember the last thing I watched.

Blogging | Last week I shared some of the great reading I had lined up for the week, a list of 12 books I hope to read this summer, an adorable picture of my cuddly baby chicken, and a review of a YA book that I didn’t find completely cringeworthy.

Promoting | The Estella Project!!! Today is the last day to submit a book! The list of Must Read Books will go up tomorrow!

Loving | Everything and everybody. Except…

Hating | Cholesterol. Apparently mine is very high.

Eating | I had GF waffles with peanut butter and honey. Also a banana and some strawberries. According to labels, no cholesterol in sight.

Exercising | Apparently I need to do some. I have to loose some weight.

Anticipating | Getting my job? The job I’ve had for the last nine months was a temp job. I can finally apply for it! Cross fingers? BECAUSE I LOVE MY JOB.

Meal Planning | Can you believe I haven’t done it yet? I’m usually done on Thursday because I get groceries on Friday. I have no idea what we’re having. Any ideas? I AM OPEN TO SUGGESTION.