Posts Categorized: Miscellaneous

Currently // It’s All About the Relax

July 26, 2015 Currently, Miscellaneous 11

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.



Currently // Sunday Ramblings

May 24, 2015 Miscellaneous 18

Right this minute | I’m contemplating whether I want to do Armchair BEA or not.

Feeling | Snuffly. After working in the garden yesterday, which involved a LOT of grass pulling, my allergies are going haywire.

Reading | I started Lynsey Addario’s It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War yesterday, after finishing The Long Walk by Stephen King (FINALLY) and so far, it’s fantastic. I also finished the edge-of-my-seat thriller Before I Go to Sleep by SJ Watson in audio Friday. It took me a bit, but I finally settled on the full cast recording of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. WHICH IS COMPLETELY FANTASTIC.

Also, Neil Gaiman tweeted to me and Jennifer from The Lit Housewife. I’m not sure which of us was more over the moon about it!

Listening | Oh, yeah. See above? Also, lots of bluegrass. For some reason my daughter is falling in love with it.

Watching | Minecraft videos. If I don’t gouge my eyes out. My son is obsessed.

Blogging | I shared what I was reading on Monday, then Tuesday, I gave you some of my recent favorite book covers. Wednesday, I posted one of my favorite shots from our trip to Washington in March. I skipped Thursday because life was just too busy, but Friday I brought you my favorite bookish podcasts. More podcasts to come soon. I’m thinking of doing the food ones next.

Promoting | The Estella Project Season 3!!! Come and give us your favorite book to push on everyone!


Oh, and more fun things coming soon!

Loving | That my daughter has made a reading plan for the summer. She has 12 books and she wants to finish them before school starts. This nerdy mama’s heart is full.

Hating | My teeth. One of my wisdom teeth decided to act up this weekend. It hurts!

Eating | Just had some GF waffles with peanut butter and honey. Yum!

Exercising | My mind. By writing this.

Anticipating | Summer!

Meal Plan | Grilled Churrasco with Green Chimichuri – probably tonight? Also Mexican Street Corn and grilled veggies.

I’m a little homesick for Texas, so I’m planning to have some Cornmeal Fried Catfish (from The Best 30 Minute Recipe by Cook’s Illustrated cookbook) with potatoes and asparagus. I had some excellent catfish when I visited Andi last year and dude. I have such a craving.

Lastly, I am planning on Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp with rice and whatever leftover veggies I have by then.

Oh, and I’m making Strawberry Ice Cream tomorrow. We always have a Bring Your Own Meats cookout at my mother-in-law’s on Memorial Day. I have a ton of chicken to take.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!



Currently // Reading, reading, reading. And some mourning.

May 17, 2015 Miscellaneous 7

Right this minute | Just finished breakfast, so I thought I’d sit down and blog for a minute before returning to my book.

Feeling | So happy! I finished TWO books yesterday and read over 100 pages of another!

Reading | I finished Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson which was completely engrossing. Robert Kurson writes wonderfully about deep sea stuffs. I also read Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal which was so funny. I can’t wait to hand it to kiddo #1. Then I read some of Comfort Me With Apples by Ruth Reichl. Over 100 pages!

Next time I’m in a slump, kindly remind me that nonfiction seems to help?

Listening | I’ve been listening to Act of God by Jill Ciment this week, plus the usual podcasts.

Watching | Nothing. I’m just not much of a watcher.

Blogging | Last week, I bemoaned my lack of reading, talked about authors I would like to meet, welcomed a new member of the fowl sort to the family (who has since tragically died) (something got her, we don’t know what), told you about my favorite podcast app, and talked a little about The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.

And then, of course, Bout of Books.

Promoting | Nothing yet, but this reminds me I need to get my butt in gear. Things are brewing!

Loving | Words!

Hating | I’m pretty sure either a cat or a raccoon and witnessing my daughter’s heart break when I’m powerless to help.

Eating | I had GF waffles with peanut butter and honey. And now a banana.

Exercising | Who has time for that shit?

Anticipating | Summer!



Currently // Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10, 2015 Miscellaneous 6

Right this minute | I’m reveling in all the extra love. I get loved every day, but Mother’s Day brings gifts.

Feeling | Happy!

Reading | I finally gave up on all the books I’ve been reading for the last three. weeks. Seriously, I haven’t finished a book book in three weeks. I’m trying to find the right book now to rev up my reading. So happy Bout of Books is this coming week; it usually helps get the juice going!

Listening | We did a major cleaning of the house yesterday, so I listened to music all day. Right now, my son is belting out some song of his own creation.

Watching | I’m all caught up on The Blacklist, so I’m waiting for Thursday. I need a new show to binge watch.

Blogging | This past week I bemoaned my lack of reading, again, I shared ten books I’m absolutely almost certain I will never read, and I shared my thoughts on Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey.

Promoting | I have several things to promote, verrrrry soon.


Loving | Strawberries. They are finally at the Farmer’s market and oh my Susan B. Anthony they are so sweet and juicy.

Hating | That it may rain today!

Eating | My Mother’s Day breakfast of ham omelet, strawberries, tomatoes, and pickles!

Exercising | Ha! What IS that?

Anticipating | Our annual Mother’s Day cookout later today. Rain or shine!

Happy Mother’s Day!!



Currently // It’s a Gorgeous Day!

May 3, 2015 Miscellaneous 5

Right this minute | I’m fixing my daughter’s iPod. Because, of course. Also contemplating what to do outside on this gorgeous day!

Feeling | Irritable. My head hurts. The ibuprofen should kick in soon.

Reading | Ugh. Why ask me that? It’s been at a standstill all week. I’ve mainly been listening to Dead Wake by Erik Larson and I did manage to read quite a bit of The Wind Is Not a River by Brian Payton yesterday. End of semester is super busy at the university.

Listening | I added a bunch of music from my youth (late 80s, 90s) on my Spotify playlist Friday night. We were jamming in the car yesterday!

Watching | I watched Pitch Perfect Friday night. Perfection.

Blogging | During my brief break I tried to get ahead a little bit. I have about three half reviews and a few topics drafted for emergencies.

Promoting | Nothing. Yet. The Estella Society has been plotting for summer. More details coming soon!

Loving | Did I mention the weather?

Hating | Did I mention the headache? And lack of reading? ::sigh::

Eating | We have a birthday party later. I’ll probably have to pack my lunch since they will probably have pizza. I meal planned like a little mother nut earlier in the week, so I KNOW what I have and what I’ll be making all week. Score!

Exercising | Uhh….what’s that?

Anticipating | Summer!!!