Monday, August 27, 2012

Currently.

Enjoying a beautiful day at the in-laws. @hank3 @roohampton  
We enjoyed the most beautiful day yesterday! August in Northern Arizona is the best.

Loving: that Fall is almost here. It feels like a huge blog cliche´ to even post about Autumn because inevitably there will be a million posts everywhere in the next few weeks about fall fashion, those "beautiful Autumn leaves," pumpkin spice lattes, etc...so I thought maybe I'd just not mention it but I just can't not. In fact I already did last week! It's my favorite. So add me to the list of other fall-obsessed bloggers, surprise, surprise. I just love everything about the season. I think my initial adoration of it started while growing up on the East Coast, surrounded by so much Fall beauty. I love Arizona, but nothing beats New England in September and October; its the most beautiful! Later when we moved to Phoenix my love for the changing seasons kind of died- it's not so exciting when all of the months kind of blend together, but later when I moved up north to Flagstaff and later Prescott I fell back in love.

Reading: I'm reading a couple books right now- I just started two this past weekend. A Theory of Small Earthquakes and Good in a Crisis: A Memoir. Both are great so far, although I think I prefer the first one a bit more. Do any of you start multiple books at once? I am always in the middle of at least two or three and rotate them out nightly. I always wonder if other people do this too. I enjoy it because one, it allows me to drag out great books a little longer, and two, I never get bored. I'll let you know my thoughts on these two when I finish them up!

Watching: Pretty Little Liars, still. I posted about it in my last Currently post and I'm still loving it. I watch an episode at night after Henry goes to sleep and it takes everything in me to make myself turn it off after one. My old pre-kid self would have stayed up until 4am watching episode after episode (binging on boxsets of shows was always a favorite past time - LOST anyone?!) but now that I have to wake up so early with Henry it's just not happening. I'm currently on Season 2, episode 10 and totally immersed in the storyline. ABC Family is so ridiculous but I'm so hooked. Although I will say I tried to watch Bunheads this weekend and it was WAY too cheesy. So maybe my love for bad TV isn't quite so bad?

Thinking about: how I feel like my brain is not as sharp as it used to be when I was working. I hesitate to even write this because I don't want any other stay-at-home Moms to think I'm calling you dumb or something, just because you don't work (this is just ME), but I've been noticing little things about myself here and there. It's weird- I've always loved school, either attending it or teaching it, and it's just really strange doing neither. I don't think it really hit me the first year of not working, but now that I'm in the second year sometimes I think about how crazy it is to not be in a classroom, constantly learning new things, adapting to new people and situations, etc. And it's not that I want to go back to teaching right now, but like I said above, lately I've been noticing random things that I just seem to have forgotten- weird grammar rules, making mistakes in my writing I normally wouldn't, noticing my brain taking a bit longer to figure something out. I hate it. I read every single day and I try to write everyday too, but I feel like I need to be doing something more to keep myself sharp. I'm not quite sure what that is yet, or what the point of me even sharing this whole big thing is, but maybe one of you can relate to a least part of it! Off to do some Sudoku...

Surprised by: a little touch of baby fever. What?! I feel like I just posted about how Hank and I were going to wait and see what happens next year but then all of a sudden we found ourselves hanging out with some babies and saying "hmmm..." So we'll see. I would love to get pregnant again, but we both are also so into the idea of adopting. I think it would be wonderful, especially because Hank is adopted, and the idea of bringing a new baby or even older child into our family is really exciting. That's a lot of pie in the sky talk because in reality we've just talked about adoption a few times, but maybe one day, I hope.

Making me sad: I've talked about this before but I DO NOT UNDERSTAND how anyone could deny any rights to someone because of their sexual preference. This isn't even a topic for discussion because if you don't agree with me than we are fundamentally different and will never, ever see eye to eye. It disgusts me and I am 110% that one day we will look back in horror that we ever treated homosexuals as "less than," in the same way we look back on other huge missteps in our country's history. I saw a quote the other day that said something about how crazy it was that certain groups fight for fetuses' rights (pro-life) but then what happens if the fetus is gay? They don't get the same rights? That's a horrible paraphrase, but it kind of struck me because it's so true. I usually try and avoid getting too political in this space because I don't even want to go there (and because that's ALL I see all over FB as the election gets closer), but this isn't even political- it's common sense.

Making me happy: not so serious things- coconut macaroons, trying out new recipes almost every day, Crossfit (did you think I could go a whole post without mentioning it? haha...), all of the pretty pins on Lauren's boards, making progress on our jungle of a backyard, starting to think about Henry's 2nd birthday party, and sweet little Madeline who is currently snuggling up next to me.

So, how about you? What are you up to today? Feel free to do your own "currently" post on your blog and link back in the comments for everyone to check out. And thanks again to my dear friend Megan for providing the original inspiration for these posts.

Click here to see previous Currently posts.

57 comments:

  1. coconut macaroons never fails to cheer me up!
    www.tinacious.me

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  2. Babies! I've had baby fever so bad lately, I empathize!

    And politically: I read that the GOP wants abortion banned, even in cases of rape, and I had to just put my head down on my desk. The thought of forcing a woman to carry a pregnancy that is the product of rape to term makes me ill. I try to stay hopeful, that we WILL look back and be horrified by how we treated people. I just hope we get there, you know?

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  3. I hear you on the brain lag! I've only been home for 5 months and mine has already gone to mush!

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  5. I LOVE that you are as obsessed with PLL as I am. Its so ridiculous but I love it haha. Totally made me fall in love with the name Ezra for a baby boy's name! Hell, Ezra made me fall in love in general. Helloooooo Mr. Fitz hahahaha.

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  6. I am right there with you. I just had a disagreement with my dad this week on the "gay agenda". I cannot even begin that talk...I feel so passionately about it.

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  7. I constantly start books and then start reading others! I've been trying to stick with one, but depending on the book/tone, it's sometimes better to switch back and for between the two (or three). Though I have found that if I truly love a piece of work, it's something I won't put down.

    I saw a bit of Bunheads the other day, but it was way too much like Gilmore Girls. It has the same creator, writers, and actors, so I just find it confusing.

    I have my "Currently" page open in a tab to hopefully post tonight. Then again, I have a teacher recruitment fair to go to tomorrow. Maybe I should prioritize. ;)

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  8. I'm right there with you. I don't even think homosexuality should be an issue AT ALL. Like why does it matter!? Why is it even a subject up for debate? I DON'T GET IT. I wish homosexual/heterosexual just wasn't even a thing! Hahaha.

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  9. I think adoption would be great. I was adopted when I was younger and I'm now 24. I was given a second chance at life and can happily say that when I'm ready to be a mom I'll not only want to have my own children but adoption will be on the list too.

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  10. I've only been home for a couple of months, but I've already noticed my brain feeling a little fuzzy, too! I also used to be a teacher before my daughter was born, and I'm really worried I'm going to lose all of my skills and then be a mess when I decide to go back in the classroom. I've been thinking about tutoring at a homeless shelter to keep myself in the habit, though. Maybe you can try something similar? (I also love PLL, by the way.)

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  11. Oh, Danielle, I could go on and on about gay rights and women's rights. I just had an argument with someone very conservative the other day about gay couples adopting children and how wrong they thought it was. How could anyone deny a loving couple (ANY couple) the right to give a child a happy home and a chance at a bright future? I will never understand. It shouldn't even be an issue!

    I think what bothers me about so many extreme pro-lifers, is that the mother is never a concern to them. What about HER? What about her health and her needs? Not to mention, so many extreme conservatives want contraception banned as well as abortion. So they're basically backing us into a corner. It makes my blood boil - the government should not be able to tell me what I can and can't do in regards to my health/wellbeing and my body. (I also really dislike the term "pro-life" -- none of us are "anti-life")

    Also, I've realized that I need to stay far, far away from Facebook until after the election because I'm pretty sure it raises my blood pressure. ;)

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  12. Aw, Danielle.. this is why you're my favorite blogger. You share your beliefs and you stick to it. You're a genuinely good person and it makes me so happy to have found your blog.
    The thought of adoption is amazing and I think it'd be a great thing to do!
    I still have yet to try a macaroon but I hear they're great!
    I did my own "Currently" post, as well! :) http://www.stevenandrew.net/2012/08/currently.html

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  14. that makes me sad too. i cannot handle it and i too cannot see why people are so against same sex couples. it in no way affects anyone else except the people being denied the right to marry. one day we will look back in shame..

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  15. My "currently": http://www.madiandme.com/2012/08/currently.html#!/2012/08/currently.html

    And I completely agree with you on the equal rights thing. I can't believe that this is even a big issue. Human beings are human beings. Period.

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  16. I was just saying to a couple people last week about how sad it is that parents disown their children because they're gay. I look at my own son and can't fathom ever disowning him, especially for that reason. It's so heartless.

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  17. I find I am getting vaguer with age, and I don't have kids yet. I am having problems with nouns. :) "Can you pass me the thingy? You'll find it next to the... the big thing..."

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  18. You are so right about everyone having the right to love and be happy - gay/straight/bi/etc...should NOT and and does not matter. Love is wonderful between whoever is involved. I love your blog - am an avid reader - I don't post often but feel like I should check in every once in a while and thank you for posting since I take the time to read...if it makes you feel any better I feel like your posts are so thoughtful and mindful...but I know what you mean about feeling a bit foggy mentally... I'm on my second back to back mat leave and feel a bit less sharp then when I'm at work.

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  19. (1) loving fall is not even a cliche. It just is, seriously. I mean, how could you not!? I'm so excited that it's coming, truly.

    (2) I absolutely want to adopt someday. I just can't think of a better thing to do in this world. I really can't.

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  20. I'm trying not to use the F-word on my blog either, I feel like I will jinx it arriving if I mention it too early. but it is so great to feel that chill in the air. I've been eyeing my sweaters for the past week. :)

    My "Currently" post -> http://oldladyisawake.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently.html

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  21. My husband and I are definitely going to try to adopt someday. Although I have no real history of adoption in my family, I came from one with step-siblings so I know what it's like to see/love someone as your real "brother" or "sister" without them having the same blood. Everyone deserves a family.

    Here's my currently: http://erica-castillo.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently_27.html

    Aloha

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  22. You speak to my heart on so many levels here! Hating or treating someone differently because of their consensual sexual preferences and actions (therefore excluding possibilities like those who claim they are only sexually attracted to young children, etc) blows my mind. So what? I don't go into straight people's houses and tell them they are doing it wrong, I'm not gay, I'm probably not 100% straight, but I'm not going to tell people how to live out their sexual and relational lives as long as it's a healthy environment.

    I am in the middle of a couple books right now, well, actually I just finished The Hobbit which was one of four books I was reading at the same time. Two of which I was reading simultaneously and the other two I started and then put away for a while and then started again. It overwhelms me a little bit when I do that (to that extent) so I've tried very hard to keep it to one fiction book and one nonfiction. That way I can change depending on my mood.

    I am so, sooooo looking forward to fall. So excited. I miss the weather of Portland just a tad, San Diego is absolutely gorgeous most of the time but I am dying for some rain. It would definitely bring some fresher air.

    Pretty Little Liars makes me super happy and I'm so glad you got sucked into it too! Well, I'm just glad when anybody does. It's a crazy show and obviously a little out there at times (many times) but it's so good, just makes you come back for more without really giving you anything. Ugh, love it.

    And I'll be using these prompts on my Currently post here in the next week too. :)

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  23. I think it is SO SO SO true that we will look back on this time and think how crazy it was that the LGBTQ community was discriminated against... It is mind-boggling to me that some don't understand this concept because, after all, half a century ago we were discriminating against African Americans in similar ways, yet society EVOLVED and realized how wrong discriminating someone because of their race was. Eventually the next generation will think it's laughable that anyone would discriminate someone because of their sexual orientation. Anyways, love your blog! You're awesome :)

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  24. Great post! I especially like the 'making me sad' paragraph - it's the same situation here in Australia. Absolutely ridiculous. Our grandchildren will not believe that in our generation gay marriage was still an 'issue' - just like we can't believe that women or people of colour used to be discriminated against as much as they were. So sad.

    Life etc

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  25. I think you should look into volunteer work to help "keep your mind sharp". I'm sure any organization would be happy to have you volunteer, even if just for a few hours a week. Maybe even at your local library? I've definitely noticed since finishing school I'm starting to "slip" even though I read and write. I guess maybe I need to start doing homework haha!

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  26. I am also an Autumn lover. Summer is my favorite season for personal holidays - my birthday, Jen's birthday and our anniversary. However, Autumn is my favorite season period. And Halloween is my favorite "commercial" holiday, with Samhain being my favorite Sabbat. I just can't help but love the magickal air, the cooler weather (thank the Goddess - I hate heat), the warm scents and that fluffy inner feeling. *snug*

    Also, thank you thank you THANK YOU for every. single. thing. you wrote under the "making me sad" section. You are a wonderful woman and remember, what I keep remembering: WE are the ones who will shape the future, with what we do, what we think and what we teach our children.

    Also... Mmmm, macaroons.

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  27. Thank you. As a gay reader of your blog, who's family has been less than supportive... Thank you. It always makes me so happy to read things like that from bloggers - especially those with kids, as I know those kids will be raised to be accepting, or better still, raised to not even see these things as an issue.
    I'm in New Zealand, where we are having our own battles to do with gay rights (there will be a ballot on gay marriage held very soon, and as yet, no word on when we will be able to adopt.. sigh) but I have been following the American elections and the issues going along with that, and have my fingers crossed that the outcomes will be positive.
    Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks, and you give me great hope. Your efforts WILL be worth it.
    Kate

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  28. I posted mine on Thursday, here it is: http://www.shortgirllongisland.com/2012/08/currently_23.html

    I totally understand the whole love for autumn. When I lived in Florida, and it got cool + the air smelled just right, the only way I could describe it to them, was this is how New York smells + feels when the leaves start to fall. So glad we moved back to Long Island! I was just writing to my pen pals that I can't wait to welcome the cooler weather - fall wardrobes are the best.

    As for what making you said, I agree wholeheartedly. Your remarks are much more diplomatic than mine would be (I get really upset about issues like these + curses + elevated vocals are common).

    I'm starting some fun stuff on the blog in the next few months, which I am super stoked about. Can't wait for you to see it! :)

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  29. I too love a good marathon of bad TV, but like you, Bunheads was over the line. I think it's a combination of trying so hard to be funny and trying so hard to remind us that it's just like Gilmore Girls, but different.

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  30. I just finished season 2 of pretty little liars & the season 3 finale is tonight! I'm sure I will hear about it on twitter, but i can't wait to watch the 3rd season. I'm hoping it comes out on netflix soon! Also, I understand about the whole learning thing! I haven't worked outside the home in 5 years & sometimes I feel a little out of the loop! I want to think of ways to step up my game too :)
    Jessica

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  31. Thank you for sharing your views - I actually think you should share them more. The blog world seems to be dominated by Mormon or uber-Christian mommy bloggers that skirt issues just like this for fear of losing their left-leaning readers. Instead, they focus on crafts and food and the happy sides of their idyllic lives. They ignore the Todd Akins and the Paul Ryans of the world as if their misogynistic views were never unleashed upon us.

    Don't get me wrong, there's nothing terrible about portraying a wonderful life - but as this sub-group within larger society gains clout, so do their values. We need influential, level-headed women like you to voice our side. Not in a political, banner waving style - we've got people for that, too - but in a voice which fits into the larger context of our daily lives.

    I'm not American - I'm Canadian. I'm from a country which enjoys religious, sexual and women-focused freedoms that humans the world over can only dream of. I value this. I hold it dear and I will not let it go without a fight. We keep a firm eye on what's going on with our southern neighbours, because of a pervasive worry that if you guys swing far-right, we might not be far behind. Please speak out for your rights, your neighbours' rights and the rights of humanity - because your clout can make a big difference.

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    1. You kick ass. I concur totally. In fact, I almost lost it on a Christian blog because she totally supported the Chick Fila A debacle despite their giving money to organisations who support the death penalty for homosexuals whilst she banged on about how HUMANISTIC and NATURALLY TOLERANT AND COMPASSIONATE AND KNOWLEDGABLE SHE IS... oh and it's JUST CHICKEN ANYWAY. Yup.

      When you're that religious (ie blinkered) - then you leave my internets. It's at the point where a religious blog is a blog I don't want to read at all, no matter how devout or not the writer is. I simply don't want to support you, your friends, your family or your church in any way.

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  32. I second the idea of doing volunteer work - in college I worked with a literacy non-profit that helped people who for whatever reason never learned how to read (seriously, it's far more common than you'd think, and sometimes these people are like CEOs of companies and shit). Since I spoke Spanish they had me teaching English to Spanish-speakers instead, but as an English teacher I bet you'd be invaluable and I'm sure there's something similar nearby in P-cott.

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  33. a few things:

    on fall - loving it is not cliche if it's TRUE! ;) fall is the most wonderful time of the yeaaaaaaar! i live in NJ (not quite new england) but we still get gorgeous color and weather (as you know). it is my absolute favorite favorite time of year!!

    on adoption - this is a dream of my husband and i as well! we have a little girl (she will be two in january) and we'd like to have one more of our own before adopting. ideally, i'd like my own children to be old enough to understand what we're doing and why we're doing it! maybe when they are at least 8-10? but who knows what will happen, right?

    on what makes you sad - i am probably the most un-political person you will ever meet but this does make me sad as well. you said it correctly - it's not even political, it's common sense. and what makes it worse for me is that "christians" are very much involved in the anti-gay agenda and that just breaks my heart. I am a follower of Jesus and you know what? HE LOVED ALL and DIED FOR ALL so who are we to judge and deny love? The Jesus I know would never show such hate to another human being. is this the quote you were talking about? "if the fetus you save is gay, will you still fight for it's rights?"

    xo allie
    comeandplaytoday.blogspot.com

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  34. First of all thank you for introducing me to PLL. I am way too amped for the season finale tonight that I wish I was at home right now watching the marathon. I think I drive my bf crazy because I make a "A-Team and Leader" list lol. I think I'm also going to start reading the books.

    and on the brain part, I feel like you. there is a website called luminosity that is good for brain games. Though they have a free trial i felt it worked well.

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  35. Love these posts. It's almost like a little slice of therapy if that makes sense. Here's a link to my Currently Post - http://freeasabird215.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently.html

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  36. What a great statement of who you are! I am nominating you for the "Super Sweet Award" Congratulations! I will have details on my site later this evening. I love the things you included in your statement - what you are reading, watching, and even your challenges. I retire in two days, and i will have to work hard to stay sharp! Marsha Lee :)

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  37. Don't stress about the brain mush. Yesterday, I backed out of my work's parking lot and went the wrong way, and almost ran over a co-worker. So embarrassed and I thought, "Where did my mind go?" and then composed an apology e-mail in my head on the way home. From what I understand, it begins to happen more to women in their early 30's, and it's apparently due to juggling more activities than we did when we were younger along with the upgrade of hormones. (Oh joy.)

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  38. We are both thinking of our boys 2nd birthday! How crazy is it that they are already two. I mean one came up pretty fast but two! I feel like I barely had enough time to enjoy Judah being one. Im sure you feel the same with Henry. They are growing way to fast. Maybe thats why you have the baby fever ;-) Scott and I hearts are wanting to eventually adopt. One Judah is a bit older :-)

    http://www.mylittlemustache.com/2012/08/currently.html

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  39. I know what you're saying about the sharpness wearing off?? I've been a perpetual student for the past decade almost, always in this university class or that college or whatever. I've been out for a couple years now and I seriously lost probably 85% of it. I guess everything falls by the wayside if you don't practice every day. I've gotten amazing at selling tattoos to 19 year olds though. I bet you've gotten amazing at hanging out with a baby and gym etiquette and stuff like that.

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  40. I'm watching Pretty Little Liars two !! The last episode was yesterday but I have to wait longer to watch it. :'(

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  41. I can understand how you feel that you aren't as sharp as you used to be now that you aren't working. I can (sort of) relate. I just graduated in May, and this is the first Fall that I have not gone to school in my entire life. I feel like I don't know what to do with myself now, everything feels weird and different. I do have a full-time job, but it is just so bizarre to not go to class every day and do homework until the wee hours of the morning. I know that I am out of school now and have free time to use as I please, but I almost feel guilty if I am just sitting around, realxing and not occupying myself with something at all moments of the day. Or even just watching a movie or television, I feel guilty because I'm so used to homework being my first priority, and now that it isn't, I'm not sure what to do with myself. I suppose it is just a weird transition that I will have to get used to! Or I'll just have to go back to school for another degree!

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  42. I know the baby fever feeling! I can't wait to have children. I want to finish college first, and my husband and I want to move around and maybe do some travelling first. I love these posts :)

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

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  43. We have a lot in common from this post! I too LOVE the fall, i just started watching PLL, I also read many books at once, I too have a bout of baby fever! Yes, gay marriage should be legal (I live in canada so it's already legal here but i did grow up in Jersey). Finally coconut macaroons should only be eaten selective times a year as to not grow tired of them!

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  44. I am loving your Currently posts!

    I don't read multiple books at the same time unless it is one fiction and one non-fiction. I couldn't concentrate on two separate pieces of fiction!

    You continue to be my favorite blog :)

    PS yay baby fever ;)

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  45. I just wrote a Currently post :)

    http://namelessw0nder.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently.html

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  46. Love your blog and the posts! :)

    Here's my latest Currently post!

    http://notsoaveragemomma.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently-82912.html

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  47. Your post inspired me to start a "currently" feature (finally!). Check it out: http://bacheegsandlove.blogspot.com/2012/08/new-feature-currently-in-my-life.html

    Thanks!
    -Ani

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  48. I might have to try Pretty Little Liars....

    My currently post: http://followk.blogspot.ca/2012/08/currently.html Thanks for the inspiration!

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  49. What a beautiful photo! The clouds looks so fluffy & wonderful.

    High-five for a Pretty Little Liars fan. It's so bad it's good.

    My currently post: http://wishinginfishbowls.blogspot.com/2012/08/currently.html

    Thanks for the idea. (:

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  50. Here is my currently post : http://asplashofida.blogspot.ca/2012/08/i-am-currently_31.html

    I love reading this kind of posts because I get to have an overview of what other people's days are like. :-) It makes me feel connected with them in one way or another!

    xoxo
    Ida

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  51. "It disgusts me and I am 110% that one day we will look back in horror that we ever treated homosexuals as "less than," in the same way we look back on other huge missteps in our country's history."

    I completely agree. Disgusts me that we look at women as "less than," in the realm of choosing whether or not to have a baby. Condoms, birth control, rhythm method, abortion, whatever. I hate that one day it may not be my right to decide for myself what is best for my life trajectory.

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  52. I love these posts! They always inspire me to do one, too, which I think is great. And it's fun... :)

    http://thelifeandtimesoftin.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/currently.html

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  53. I love this feature, you are so inspiring! here's my little update:

    http://sweet-beau.blogspot.com/2012/09/currently.html

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