Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Currently List - October 2017

Since I haven't shared a currently list in a while, I thought this might be the perfect time to check in with an update.

Reading - The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett - I'm only 50 pages in, but I'm enjoying it so far. It's been so long since I've read something wonderful that I have pretty high hopes for this one.

Watching - Mindhunter on Netflix and The Voice on network TV (a BGHS student is on Jennifer Hudson's team)

Struggling with -  a nasty sinus infection that I'm ready to just go away :(

Listening to - Ed Sheeran's Deluxe

Avoiding - putting away clean laundry, thus the mountain of it grows. At least I'm predictable, right?

Stitching - some small ornament and necklace pieces, partly for fun and partly because I might sell a few for the upcoming holidays

Anticipating - some much-needed time off for the holidays. I know we just had fall break a few weeks ago, but things at my job are pretty stressful right now in light of the pension crisis in KY.

Scrapbooking - honestly, not much right now, but I have lots of projects in mind for the last part of this year. Since the Nashville retreat, I just haven't had much mojo for scrapbooking; I've been stitching instead. I am still excited about working in my Big Happy Memory Planner for the coming year though.

Cooking - crockpot soups and easy dinners to match my rather hectic schedule. Recent favorites include: zuppa toscana, chicken noodle, avocado toast, and frozen pizza. Hahaha!

Photographing - selfies and outfits and random crafty projects

Dreading - all of the extra work and extra spending that the holidays seem to spell out for me. I really need to do a better job of managing my expectations and my budget. :0

Learning - how to incorporate Google forms in my classroom instruction to facilitate more efficient grading/feedback.

Reminding - myself that I have to let go of what I cannot control. I really wish that came more easily to me, but I'm apparently still a work in progress in that regard.

Planning - upcoming crafty projects for the holidays since I'd like to make some goodies for my loved ones.

Creating - my third online scrapbook class; it's called Selfies 101.

Attending - football games, local play productions, and small, local concerts whenever I can.

Savoring - time alone when I can relax with no pressure to do or to go or to buy, time with loved ones just hanging out without an agenda of any kind, and the time of changing seasons where I long to spend more time indoors kind of hibernating.

Planning - my calendar through the end of the year to fit in time for family and friends and work and fun and podcasting and crafting and all of the things.

Sharing - more small photos on Instagram and more topics for discussion on Facebook in the ScrapGals group; I'm trying to have a more consistent, purposeful presence on social media.

Evaluating - the way I spend my time at work and my free time too. What habits and practices are adding to my life and making the most of my time? Which habits and behaviors are time sucks that I need to do less? Those are the big questions for me.

So that's like 20 things that are going on in my life right now - none of it is terribly exciting, but I'm still glad to record it here and maybe reference it for some future memory-keeping project. What's going on with you, huh?


  1. Thanks for the book recommendation -- sounds right up my alley. :-) It looks like you're really having fun with your stitching pieces. I just bought the Ed Sheeran album recently -- both my daughter and I really like it.

    Reading: This Christmas, which contains three novellas, one of which is by Jane Green. That's what snagged my interest. It's really not great, but I purchased it, so I'll likely finish it.

    Procrastinating: Putting away clothes, because I really need to put away spring & summer things and get out fall & winter.

    Proud of myself: For arranging meetings & presentations and traveling to regional sites to give them. It was required by my boss and not in the same zip code as my comfort zone.

    Creating: Nothing at the moment, but lots of ideas. I want to finish my WITL pages (need journaling & embellishments) and buckle down to edit & order last year's vacation pictures. I've been gathering products to use with them (I may have gone a wee bit overboard. shhhhhh!)

    Looking forward to: Thanksgiving & the Christmas season

    Want to Buy: Brandi Kincaid's Comfort & Joy kit (currently sold out, but reached out to the owner of the shop in case an extra one should materialize) If I get the kit, I'll do a 6 x 8 December Daily. If I don't, I think I'm going to do a traveler's notebook version.

  2. Hi Tiffany! Would you share your Zuppa Toscana recipe? Hope your stress level gets better soon. That’s no fun during the holidays!
    Lisa Page

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