Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Currently.

Rosy.
 a new pretty rug for our laundry and a pair of shoes no blogger has ever had before. ;)
  
Loving: that my sister and Abe will be bringing little Lucy into the world in just a few months (January 9th to be exact). I don't know if I shared yet that they are having a little girl, but they are, and I am so excited. I honestly wouldn't care if Hank and I had all boys, but it makes me even happier to know no matter what I'll always have a sweet little niece named Lucy to do all sorts of girly things with. My sister is going to be the best Mom and I'm really looking forward to seeing her in her new role.

Reading: A couple of books. I started Anna Karenina last week and I'm really enjoying it. It's a book I've been meaning to read forever, but haven't ever gotten around to for a few reasons - one, it's always been a bit intimidating at 1,182 pages...and two, so many other new, shiny books were always more enticing. I am a total sucker a good classic though so I felt it was about time I gave it a try. The second book I'm in the middle of is a book I actually had already started previously and wasn't too into. I don't know what's changed, but now I'm suddenly loving it and finding it much easier to relate to. The book I'm talking about is The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It's incredibly inspiring and I've been devouring chapter after chapter every night before bed. I'm not done yet, but I highly recommend it. I already can't wait to read her next book.

Watching: The new season of Parenthood. Can I tell you how much I love this show? It's another one of those shows everyone and their neighbor said "you've GOT to see it!" and I ignored them (like a fool). Let's not even talk about the fact that my own mother tried to convince me to watch LOST when it first came out and I told her it looked ridiculously dumb. Ugh. So yeah, I held off on ever starting it, and one day during one of Henry's long naps I discovered it on Netflix and became hooked after the first episode. Amazing acting, amazing writing, just overall amazing. If you haven't seen it, you need to.

Thinking about: what a great husband Hank is. I don't talk about him too much in this space (who wants to read about how great someone else's partner is anyway, right?) but every so often I feel like I need to just shout it to the rooftops. To see Hank as a father, and more so as such a present father who finds the joy and positivity in everything, is such a gift. Sometimes I feel like I am a little difficult- I am often moody and prone to overemotional moments- but he loves me all the same and makes me feel so safe being 100% me, 100% of the time. It's truly an amazing thing to be raising Henry with my best friend and I feel very thankful for this love in my life for the past 8 years.

(Slightly) Stressing about: Henry's first long flight as a toddler. This weekend we head out on a 6 hour flight + a flight on a smaller plane and I'm a little nervous about it. We've flown with him before for even longer distances, but he was smaller and it wasn't a big deal at all. This time he has his own seat and it should be quite the adventure. He's only used the iPad once, when I used it in a back of the seat holder and put on Disney movies while we drove to CA. He's never played a game or anything on it (or any device), so I think if we let him do that it might keep him occupied for awhile in a "what the heck is this magical toy?!" kind of amusement. So I ask you, any tips for flying with a toddler? I'm all ears!

Looking forward to: Henry's 2nd birthday! I absolutely love birthdays and I'm excited to host a fun party at our house for him full of toddler friendly food and fun. Last year we had a big 1st celebration and it was fun, but I think this year will be even more fun since it's a lot more about him. 1st birthdays always seem more about the adults, don't they? This year I'm looking to have a low key party- light eats and sweets, and fun goodie bags for the kids. I wish you all could come!

Making me happy: not eating cheese and then eating cheese and having it be the BEST thing in the entire world, making progress in Crossfit, starting Boardwalk Empire with Hank (we have only seen the first episode but we loved it), our visit to our town's little sanctuary zoo today - Henry yelling "HI TIGER!" melted my heart, thinking about baby #2, and my new blog design coming so soon! 

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.

71 comments:

  1. I really like the idea of a "currently" post... currently adding that to my to-do list :)

    also, I started reading the Happiness Project back a few months ago and only made it to chapter 6. I think you just have to be in the right frame of mind to read it... thinking I need to give it another shot soon!

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  2. Wow, I can't believe Henry is nearly 2! Time flies. Good luck with the travel, I'm sure it'll be fine :)

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  3. The currently post has been on my blog to do list since your first post and it's still there. It's a shame... I wish you all the best with the travel but the Ipad is magical so i'm sure you'll be fine ;) Couldn't help but noticing you're thinking about #2! How exciting. Keep us posted ^^

    Love, Sari

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  4. I love Parenthood too! I rewatched them all before this season started. It is just so great, I am glad it is back :)

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  5. Currently I am happily taking in the news that my campus is closed today! That means I get an extra day of planning for my students. My "Monday Night Digs" post wasn't completed this week because I was hired as an adjunct teacher on Monday. Woot!

    I think the iPad will be perfect for Henry. Kids are always fascinated by it and there's so much to do! Just make sure those games don't require some sore of Internet connection!

    Parenthood is great. I love the film, too!

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  6. Sounds like things seem to be going really well danielle, happy to hear it :) LOVE Parenthood and the new season totallyyyy made me cry at the end LOL. I'm such a sap for that show!

    Hopefully Henry will be okay when he flies! As long as you have a couple books and he's not in a bad mood, you should be fine. I flew with my nephew for 24 straight hours Montreal-Brazil and can't say I heard him cry very much at all. We walked around a lot, made sure he got a good amount of sleep (the rest of us didn't of course) and found other ways to keep him busy. Plus, people love happy babies. If Henry is walking around smiling at everyone he's bound to make new friends, ha :)

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  7. Boardwalk Empire will suck you in! Such a good show!

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  8. Yours & Megans "currently's" have always been my fave! Good luck on the plane ride, I'm sure the ipad will keep Henry occupied. Although I love that he hasn't used it before. So many kids these days are too interested in techie items instead of playing with toys or outside.

    anyway, here's my currently post if you're interested. :]
    http://praxsmiles.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/currently.html

    xo, Praxis
    praxsmiles.blogspot.com

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  9. oh my goodness.....where is that rug from?

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    1. Hi Leah! It's from Urban Outfitters! :)

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  10. Love your post and I am happy that everything is going so well!
    When we travel, we always try to surprise our boys with new books they have not read and also new coloring books. This has worked for us very well, they get excited and hooked with the new stuff. Also, when they were Henry's age, we tried the little magna doodle where they can scribble and draw on, it is very fun. We even tried the little play-doh sets hahaha! I am sure you will be fine and it will be a great experience for you all. Have fun and enjoy every second of it! Hugs!!

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  11. Stressing about my masters assignment I keep avoiding. Reading blogs is getting it done, right? Right!?
    Love your blog.

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  12. First off, I LOVE the Happiness Project, but at the same time can see why it would be one of those books that could also rub you the wrong way and later be something you liked. Its good. I'm also impressed with the classics you're reading; I always think I should read some more classics and then....don't.

    Happy Birthday to Henry btw. The iPad will probably help at lot, in the distraction arena. When we were young, our parents wrapped up some of our small toys (things like McDonald Toys or whatnot) a few days before the travel. Then, I think about every hour or two hours, we got to open a new one (hence why they were small items). Even though they weren't "new" toys technically, the novelty gave us something to do. Maybe that would help too?

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    1. Oh, GREAT idea for the little presents! Thank you Kristian! <3

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  13. oh my gosh love cheese i couldn't give it up! and crossfit is tough - way to go on that! and i had those shoes in green but they looked terrible on me - they look cute in this photo!

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  14. I had the same problem with The Happiness Project! I did try to make my own list...but then I had my second little one and realized I didn't need anymore goals than just surviving each day :) Hopefully, I'll get to it when things are a little less crazy.

    I hope when you finish you'll share your own "happiness project!"

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  15. I'm stressing about a 7-hour car ride next week, so I feel ya. Although I think a plane would be worse; at least in a car, you can stop and get out if you need to :) Good luck! @mommaruthsays

    I just recently started my own Currently series and it's so much fun, thanks! http://mommaruthsays.blogspot.com/

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  16. Yay! A fellow Parenthood lover. I'm not even a parent and I love that show!
    I did my own Currently post over here:
    http://witandspice.blogspot.com/2012/09/currently.html

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  17. I've heard numerous things about the Happiness Project. I might just be convinced to read it.

    Also, that rug! I kind of love it.

    http://frenchpresstights.blogspot.com/

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  18. I terribly enjoyed Anna Karenina. It was a huge goal of mine to read it, and after I did, I was like, "Hey, that was actually enjoyable!" haha

    Also.... We decided a while ago to wait to reveal our baby's name on the internet until she is born, but we are also naming our daughter Lucy! I've been hearing of it more often, which is kind of reassuring, because I swear I have heard of more dogs named Lucy than humans.... So, yay! Your sister adds another human Lucy to the forces. :)

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    1. Oh my gosh YAY! I love the name so much...it's timeless and classic and perfect!

      Love to you guys lady.

      xoxo

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    2. And don't you just love being able to use an alliteration each and every time you say, "Little Lucy?!" Because I am totally digging that. :)

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  19. We watched Boardwalk Empire (I think 4 or so episodes so far..) and really like it too! And I am one of those people who also thought LOST looked really stupid, and then I watched it....wow.

    Currently I am reading Gone Girl and hoping that I love it as much as everyone else has!

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  20. I'm a sucker for Russian lit since my degree is in Russian. Have fun with Anna Karenina, especially that super long chapter in the middle that is about nothing but farming. Tolstoy was really into farming when he wrote that and IT SHOWS. Haha :) Other than that one chapter the book is awesome.

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    1. Ha! Okay thank you for the heads up! ;)

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    2. You're welcome! I wish someone had warned me. I eventually just skipped past it, haha.

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  21. I moved recently, and have been feeling a little frazzled, so a Currently post was just the thing to direct my energy: www.endlesslycreatingmyself.com/2012/09/05/currently.

    Perhaps I'll feel less frazzled when I can finally unearth my Roku and watch more Parenthood. I am so into that show, it's a little ridiculous.

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  22. I LOVE your new rug! I really enjoyed reading The Happiness Project too. I think I still have a few chapters left though. I really got a lot out of it. I've been thinking about how great my husband is lately too :) I will probably post my "currently" later in the month. ♥Lindsay

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  23. I love "Parenthood" as well, but have you watched "Friday Night Lights"?! They feature the same producer, Jason Katims, who uses some of the same actors in "Parenthood". I know you will LOVE it, as it's based around a small town high school football team, especially once you lay eyes on Time Riggins!

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    1. Oh my gosh Erica I LOVE FNL. It's one of my most favorite shows ever. And I totally agree about Tim Riggins!

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    2. I should have known that you had already watched it, especially knowing our shared mutual love for "My So-Called Life" (best single season show EVER). Speaking of Claire Danes, you should check out "Homeland"! And yes, I spend way too much time watching tv series.

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  24. I just flew with my daughter who is 2 1/2 from Seattle to Philly and we had a iPad with us too. But what really helped was having small toys with us that she has never seen before that we surprised her with on the plane. I had heard it is great to wrap up each new toy so it is like a plane party but I was lazy and bought her a small purse off of etsy which held the new toys. They have some great travel crayon holders on etsy and I also loved the tiny sticker books by Dover. Lots of different topics and with help peeling the stickers up by mom, she loved covering the books up with stickers. Good luck!

    Also on Netflix I can't recommend enough the series the many states of Tara (? Unsure if that is the correct title). I just LOVED the characters and it really stuck in my head for days.

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    1. Shannon- I've never seen that show but you're the second person this week to recommend it! I'll definitely give it a try! Thank you :)

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  25. I too and reading the Happiness Project! I'm just about finished now. I love how relatible her writing is and how real she comes across.

    And I too love watching Parenthood. My little sister has Asbergers like Max, and it's just great to see something so relatible.

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  26. Wow, I was thinking Henry was just about a year and a half, maybe not quite. Time flies by so quickly, even with babies who aren't mine!
    We started watching the first season of Parenthood this week and love it. I noticed there was only one season (on Netflix at least) so figured it had gotten canceled, then I saw on Dax Shepard's Twitter that this season came back six years later! That's nuts! I'm excited to catch up though!

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  27. I've been working my way through Parenthood as well...love it!

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  28. An entertaining and thoughtful blog post! Thanks for sharing and thanks for inspiring me to write my own today :-)

    http://leslieismore.blogspot.com/2012/09/currently.html

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  29. my 2 year old daughter and i just flew internationally, i packed her a surprise pack to open on the airplane with a new coloring book, crayons, and some fun snacks we don't get that often. i also didn't give her all the surprises at once, i waited untill i saw she was getting feisty and pulled another one out. she loved it! i also put a lego game on my iphone, a drawing app, and a handful of shows like sesame street and mickey mouse to keep her busy.

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  30. aw little baby lucy on the way!! how exciting :D I can't help being extra excited as I'm a lucy! And I like being a lucy, it's a good name to have! haha. xxx

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    1. Yay for Lucys! I am definitely nicknaming her Lulu too! :)

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  31. I've been so inspired by your CrossFit updates on Instagram lately! My husband and I cancelled our gym membership due to a move and I've been feeling so sluggish lately. So now I'm really tempted to join a CrossFit gym or something comparable!

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  32. Nieces and nephews are so fun! I just moved a few hours away (which is much, much closer for us) from my bro and his little fam, and I am so excited for our kids to have cousin hang-outs.

    I posted a "Currently," http://corrinadarling.wordpress.com/.

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  33. Your little dude will be great on the flight! Sonja did really well on that flight, she didn't even care about the surprise toys or books we bought for the flight, she ended up playing with a string she found in my bag as a straw from my drink. We get her to sleep in the middle of long flights and that helps a lot. It breaks it up and makes it so much easier to entertain her for an hour or two. Also since he has his own seat he'll be able to move around more than if he was on your lap (which is how we travel all the time) I posted about why I thought it was easier traveling with a toddler rather than alone awhile ago, maybe that will calm your nerves :)

    http://diycupcake.blogspot.com/2011/12/why-traveling-with-toddler-is-easier.html

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    1. Jennifer thank you so much! I will be checking out your post tonight! :)

      xoxo

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  34. I just started watching Parenthood via Netflix Instant this past week, and I love it too! Have you watched any Six Feet Under? It's my all-time favorite show ever, and Peter Krause (Adam Braverman) is amazing in that too. And, of course, Lauren Graham is absolutely the best. She actually plays quite a different character than Lorelai in Gilmore Girls, aside from being an unstable single mom, haha. You will LOVE Boardwalk Empire! All I have to say is try not to get too attached to any of the characters because you never know when one might get capped!

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    1. Kassie, my in-laws LOVE the show (Hank's Dad owns funeral homes and is a mortician actually!) and I have been meaning to watch it forever. I'll keep you posted- thank you for the rec! :)

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  35. We're taking our 20-month old on a cross-country flight this weekend - I'm a little nervous too, but less nervous than I was flying with her when she was younger. Among other things, I'm bringing a little magna doodle (the ipad probably has an app for that, ha) and a roll of masking tape (small, cheaper/cleaner than stickers, fun to tear and play with, then bunch up).

    I loooove Parenthood too. I'm so glad it's back. I really need to check out FNL!

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  36. When I first flew with 1 1/2 year-old (by myself, BTW), I bought plenty of healthy snacks to munch for the sensitive ears and to keep her occupied, she watched her favorite movies and played that slicing fruit game on my iPad. She really did 10x better than I thought. And I'm sure he will, too! The only thing that surprised me was that when she needed a diaper change, the bathroom did not allow an easy experience. Kinda sucky. But, good luck!! -Kendell

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  37. haha I LOVED your eating cheese comment, made me laugh!

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  38. Eating cheese when you're paleo is the BEST. THING. EVER.

    http://www.lifeasashlet.com/2012/09/currently.html

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  39. I held off on watching LOST for forever too! But the benefit was watching it on DVD with no commercials or waiting for a new episode each week... So maybe it's better to wait... maybe :)

    I love your Currently posts. I did one of my own here: http://part-timenomad.blogspot.com/

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  40. I've heard a lot about Parenthood. I'm thinking that I should give it a go sometime :) I did a "currently" post too!

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

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  41. Great idea for a post... must use this idea.
    Any advice for travelling with a 10 month old? We will be travelling from Australia to France in October, on the way we have a nights stop over in Korea, on the way back a six hour delay at the airport. Once in France we will be there for two weeks traveling the whole time by car.
    Jarvis has just started walking (holding onto wall/furniture/hands) and that is all he wants to do all day every day. How do we alleviate the boredom for him on the plane and in the car? Any hints on travelling with a child would be amazing.

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  42. Love this post and have played along this time around. I really enjoyed the Happiness Project when I read it but am a little sad I didn't really put any of it into action. It might be about time to go back and revisit. I'm keen to pop around to your many commenters blogs and see what they're reading - I always love the suggestions.

    http://simonssista.blogspot.com/2012/09/currently-i.html

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  43. New toys (several) are a good place to start on a long flight. Definitely bring your car seat as well; we've found that they're used to sitting in it, so it's much easier than trying to get them to sit in your lap or in their own seat, which is new! and exciting! and so free! My boys also like to take pictures and let me take their pictures and scroll through them on the camera. Really, it's just about being able to redirect their interest when they get bored which means lots of snacks and food.

    Oh, and if it's a full flight. have Hank sit in front of him. Car seats push their legs straight into the seat in front of them, which means a long flight of kicking for whoever is there.

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  44. Parenthood is AMAZING. I cannot get through an episode without crying... I don't think I've ever watched a show where the cast is SO believable. Also, as a sister of someone with autism, I love that they have an autism storyline that is so real and honest. So so good!

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  45. "Sometimes I feel like I am a little difficult- I am often moody and prone to overemotional moments- but he loves me all the same and makes me feel so safe being 100% me, 100% of the time"

    This! :)

    Also I did a little currently of my own. Maybe a little late for this bandwagon but here's a link http://checiarastakeonlife.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/currently.html

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  46. From when you first recommended Parenthood I got SUCKED in. I can't wait for the new season to pop up on Hulu! I need to get around to checking out at least one of your book recommendations. I'm guilty of starting book and never finishing them, I don't understand this horrible habit but it definitely needs to end. Best of luck on your flight, and safe travels!

    I barely started my blog so there's not much going on. At least this currently post encouraged me to update,
    http://eatdrawsloth.blogspot.com/2012/09/currently.html

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  47. Cool post :)

    Val
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

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  48. "and a pair of shoes no blogger has ever had before"

    ^ Ha :)

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  49. Congratulation you are going to be an Auntie!! Lusy is a beautiful name. My sil is pregnant with her first child and she is sooo thrill to have a baby girl also!!

    I am still debating if I should started reading that book "Anna Karenina". It is definitely intimidating! I bought the book few years already and just waiting to read it! You are very very funny. I was laughing when I was reading your blog. I am not alone after all! Thanks for the laugh.

    Hoping you and your family have a wonderful time at Hawaii!! Everything will be fine...Don't be stress out!

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  50. I did the same thing with Parenthood. And now I'm addicted!

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  51. Gretchen's book saved my life this past year. I wrote her an email explaining my (long) story and how her book helped me, and I was super shocked when she actually wrote me back! She was very sweet and offered me some encouraging words. That book really is amazing!

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  52. I love how these Currently posts seem to turn in to such an amazing list of all the wonderful things in our lives. I read your previous post where you mentioned watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix and I'm almost finished Season One - and perhaps I'll try Parenthood when I'm finished that :)

    http://tarasutherland.net/2012/09/currently-6/

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  53. I've heard of that book but haven't read it. Maybe I'll take a peek!

    Here's my Currently post: http://followk.blogspot.ca/2012/09/currently.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  54. Danielle!

    where did you get your pants?

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  55. I adore that rug! How exciting that you will have a little niece. Lucy is such a sweet name.

    My mom just got The Happiness Project from the library so maybe I'll have to try reading it while she has it. I'm totally with you about Parenthood. That show has been a favorite of mine since it started. I think I bawl like a baby on every episode. It just feels so real. If that makes any sense haha

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