Sunday, October 7, 2012


Casual Friday.
I'm allowed to use these silly mirror photos on Currently posts right? This was on Friday morning, about to head over to Veronica's for a playdate with Henry. Lately I've been gym attire more than normal clothes and I can't complain. :)

***Parenthood spoiler below. If you aren't caught up with the current season skip the first "Watching" section!

Watching: Parenthood. Oh my goodness this season is so emotional and so good! I got into this show last year and I was hooked from episode one. I think it captures family life really well, and does a good job of portraying so many different dynamics. This season hits especially close to home as my Mom is a breast cancer survivor and to see Christina go through it brings back a lot of memories. It's hard to watch at times because I can vividly remember how scary it was, especially in the beginning. My Mom is fully recovered now (she ended up having a double-mastectomy), and although it's been a few years it still feels like yesterday she was telling us about the cancer for the first time. Scary stuff. And on the subject of Parenthood, I am wondering how this will all pan out for Christina. I know it's just a show, but I really hope she's okay. Annnd now I'm done sounding crazy and talking about TV characters as if they're my friends.

Listening to: the same two albums on repeat all weekend. The Weakerthans' Left and Leaving and Blink 182's Cheshire Cat. Random. Most music has been kind of irritating to me lately. Does that ever happen to you? I go through these phases were certain things I always love just aren't appealing at all. That's me right now, with just about everything.

Thinking about: how I feel terrible about something that happened earlier. This afternoon I was having a conversation about Romney with a friend and without thinking I tweeted something to her (in an @ reply) using the word "retarded." Right after I sent it I panicked and tried to erase it on my phone- I don't know why I would choose to use that word, ever. I thought the tweet was gone until I checked in on an internet forum that discusses blogs and saw someone had seen it before I erased it...went to Twitter and realized it actually never erased. You definitely cannot please everyone (especially on that website), but that word is a valid reason to be offended or upset. It's just not nice and shouldn't be in my vocab online or off, period. I already commented there, but I wanted to mention it here too in case you saw it and I offended/upset you. I'm sorry. :(

Trying to figure out: how to deal with Henry's sharing and "mine" issue he had going on today. We had some friends over and one of our buddies brought his little girl who is 3. Henry is usually SO good about sharing, but for some reason today anything that Natalie had, he had to have. He was wanting literally anything she was playing with. This isn't his typical behavior- he plays with lots of different friends throughout the week and is so kind and patient- so I'm not sure if it was just situational (new friend playing with his things), or what, but it was challenging and I am really going to focus on working on it with him this week.

Looking forward to: Henry's birthday party, in a little over a month. This year we are doing a construction/truck theme and I think Henry is going to love it. After his first birthday party was over Hank and I talked about how weird it was to plan a party and kind of go overboard when Henry had no idea about anything. So this year it's awesome to be throwing a party that is actually all about him, and what he loves. The current "thing" in our house are trucks of any kind (especially bulldozers and dump trucks!) so that's what the party is going to consist of! I have some fun ideas up my sleeve and I've also been browsing Pinterest for some inspiration. 

Reading: nothing right now, outside of finishing up Wild. Weird, right? Feel free to suggest the last great book you read in the comments. I'd love to discover something new.

Making me happy: spending extra time with Hank this morning while Henry had grandparent time, totally cleaning out my closet to the bare minimum, signing up to volunteer at the library- I'm so excited about this!, Veronica's benefit for the Arts show that's coming up next month, a mini-trip with Andy and Anita this next week, thinking about my parents in Vegas right now having the best time, Lauren and Abe's new house closing the week after next, and little Lucy getting bigger by the day! So many good thing.

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.


  1. currently loving your blog redesign and scheming up one of my own... also reading Faulkner's the Sound and the Fury. it's definitely complicated- like trying to decode a puzzle while reading -but in a way that makes it hard to put down.

    my most current "currently" post

  2. If you liked Jane Eyre, you'll love The Flight of Gemma Hardy. It puts a neat spin on the classic. I've loved the original since I was in middle school, so I had to give the re-telling a try. :)

  3. That whole "retarded" incident is too bad. We all make mistakes and misuse words sometimes, but the sad thing about the internet is how words can last. I'm sure that everyone other than those hunting for things to criticize you for will understand this. :)

    And as for Henry's "mine" incident - remember all kids do that stuff and sometimes it's good for them to go through it with other kids. They can learn great lessons through their shared interactions, even the negative ones. My son has had some run-ins with other kids who have been mean or bad at sharing and by talking about it after he really seems to understand why he shouldn't do it to others (even though he still will, every now and then, and then we remind him and he corrects himself). Henry's lucky to have such a thoughtful mom!

  4. Have you read Divergent by Veronica Roth? It's another dystopian young-adult novel but it is soooooooo good!!!

  5. I am reading Mindy Kaling's memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without me and am loving the hell out of it!

  6. this season of parenthood is really emotional for me as well. my memaw is a breast cancer survivor. and three years ago, my gyno found a false lump in my breast and i had to go in to have tests run. it was so scary and put so many things into perspective for me.

    and as for 'retarded.' it's one of those words that bothers me when people use it. but i think it speaks volumes about you as a person, that you took a minute to think about it, and regretted having said it. we've all put our foot in our mouth, and i think everyone can relate to that.

  7. Hi Danielle: Cute gym attire! As far as Henry's lack of sharing last week, trust me when I say that ALL children go through this. I know it is frustrating & maybe even a bit embarrassing but it's so normal. I notice that my kids have a harder time sharing their own toys at our home when we have friends over, but it doesn't really seem to be an issue when we play at a friend's house. It makes sense that children would be more attached to their own toys. Maybe this is what was going on with Henry. Don't worry, it will get better with time. Have a great week

  8. I love the new blog look! I know I'm a little late in commenting on it, but it looks so great! I can relate with the "trying to figure out sharing and the "mine" issue" with my son. He's normally so good, but lately it's been creeping in more and I'm hoping this week we can work on it. And I'm looking forward to my mom's visit this week. She lives on the east coast and it's been 7 months since we've had any family visit out here, so we are really excited to have a week of Grandma! :)

  9. I hate when I say something and cannot take it back. We aren't perfect and it happens! I think the fact that you can admit you were wrong and are truly sorry shows your very solid character :).

  10. first of all, you look amazing! and second, i can relate to saying something you wish you hadn't - and in front of other people! i think it's great that you have owned it and apologized!

  11. i came back to your blog to comment on my previous comment, but i guess with your new layout you can't have the reply option? it's the same with my layout, and at times it drives me bonkers.

    i have been thinking about the 'retarded' tweet for a while this morning. all of us with smaller blogs want a bigger audience for one reason or another. but we don't think about how someone out there will be scrutinizing our every single word. it's a little overwhelming to think that no matter what you say, odds are that you are going to end up offending at least one person. and even crazier are the people out there who are intentionally looking for things to rip you apart about. sometimes i don't think blog 'fame' is all it's cracked up to be. :)

  12. Ditto Divergent (as mentioned above) LOVED it and Insurgent (the second book) and am anxiously awaiting the third. I actually enjoyed them MORE than Hunger Games (which is saying a lot ha)!

    Also, how great is Ray Romano on Parenthood?? Loving his character.

  13. The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. It is the best book I've read in quite a while. It is a dystopian novel, and so beautifully written. I thought it was the perfect read for this time of year.

    I also liked The Passage, another dystopian novel about vampires (the scary kind, not the sparkly, sexy kind). This book is awesome, and I'm looking forward to the sequel, released next week. I love to read spookers around Halloween. ;)

  14. I'm reading "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?"

    and it's so good! It's about a woman named Bernadette who goes missing, but it starts before that- I actually haven't gotten to that point yet and I'm a little more than a quarter done. It's not written in a traditional format, it's told through e-mails and form letters back and forth between the characters, so the story gets put together through all these different perspectives. I'm loving it! Plus the cover is adorable, which doesn't hurt :)

  15. My book club just read "The Other Wes Moore" and loved it. It's a non-fiction about a guy who grew up some pretty rough areas, and ended up being a Rhodes Scholar, hugely successful, etc. There was another guy with the same name who grew up in the same area who is in prison for the rest of his life for being involved in a robbery/shooting that left a police officer dead. The author spoke at NAU last week (the book was required reading for many NAU freshmen) and was truly incredible. It's a quick, inspiring read.

  16. the "mine" thing is such a hard stage. I have two boys that are 2.5 years apart, so I didn't really hit it too hard with either, because they're both used to sharing for the most part (although some stuff is "special" and is kept separately). I did recently have my nephew here who just turned 3 and my cousin's daughter who is about Henry's age came over, and my nephew was all "mine"y about everything--even though it was all our stuff! I think it's kind of harder to do at Henry's age, but one thing I learned from other parents and play dates is that we will put away the super special stuff that my kids might have a harder time sharing, and I also try to remind them that these toys will still be theirs long after their friend leaves. We try to talk about what it's like when a friend is over--playing what they want to play, and letting them have turns, but I know that doesn't really translate well to younger ages. Maybe he could help you pick out what toys he wants out for when friends come over?

    as far as reading, I just read "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett for my book club and it was really good!

  17. I tried so hard to like Parenthood and I haven't been able to really get into it. I love the characters and I love, love, LOVE Peter Krause (mostly from Six Feet Under - best show ever!)... but... the plots always feel too clean to me. It doesn't feel real to have everyone end up in Adam's office on the same day or struggling to attend Max's baseball game or whatever. Anyhow - maybe I'll give it a third try at some point, but my first two passes just didn't gel with me. (And it seems to me like Cristina is going to be OK because that just doesn't feel like the type of show where they'd allow a main character to die. Hence my issue with it and the "real" feeling.)

    I'll also admit that I like my TV shows quite a bit darker - as evidenced by what I just finished watching....

  18. I am a huge fan of Parenthood!!

    When I first learned that Cristina was going to have breast cancer I was unsure if I could watch it since I lost my aunt this year who was only 45 and she left behind a 6 and a 9 year old.

    My life this last year has been raising those kids and missing my aunt so to imagine the challenge for that family if the same where to happen to her its heartbraking!

    I thought for awhile I might have to stop watching it but now I make sure I am alone incase I cry!!

  19. We all say things we regret sometimes...that moment of realising what you've said is just horrible. You've acknowledged the mistake though, and apologised, and I think that's the most important thing.

    Bookwise, I would really recommend Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel. Also After Dark by Haruki Murakami.

  20. Love Parenthood too!

    I'm reading Gone Girl right now - and WOW!!!

  21. Parenthood is too good. I just love the show for how REAL it seems. You feel like you know all of them and I hope they don't get any ideas about cancelling it anytime soon.

    What are you going to be doing when you volunteer at the Library? I volunteered for a few months before I ended up getting my job at ours.

    Anyway I made a currently post too

  22. I totally understand about your "retarded" dilemma - I can say I've used the word in the wrong way, and it makes me feel guilty, too. At times, we slip up, and the most important thing is learn from that slip up, right? :)

    My currently (which isn't exactly current, as it's from yesterday:

  23. Cute shorts! :)
    A reader a few comments up mentioned Gone Girl, I read it earlier in the year and I liked the style and most of the story but the ending was somewhat bizarre for me.
    A few books that I loved this year and would totally recommend:
    Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese - You seem to enjoy heartfelt books so hopefully you'd enjoy this. It was such a beautiful portrayal of Life in Ethiopia for the narrator.
    The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth - If you think the Hunger Games was good, wait till you read this, I thought it was so much better!! (In my defense, I was disappointed by Katniss and books 2/3).
    Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson - Granted it's a weird book and if you've ever read her blog you know she's a but bizarre (in a good way), but this book was absolutely hilarious. I read it on a long train ride and I had to make a serious effort not to look crazy by laughing out loud constantly. Very very funny.
    If you enjoy any of them, let me know!
    It'll be so much fun to plan Henry's party, enjoy!


  24. I haven't listened to Cheshire Cat in years! I might need to pop it in soon.

    Here's my Currently post:

  25. loving your blog redesign! thanks for the inspiration to document the daily.
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  26. Love the blog design. Cute gym attire I love having gym attire days so comfy!!! Where do you get most of your cute w/o clothes? Sad to hear about the word incident! I am sure there were critics and oh well thats not your nature and you made a mistake chalk it up people! Henrys a cutie how nice to have a gym w a daycare I am from a small town no cross fit here I may google it to see what its like you look great

  27. I love Parenthood so much! This season is making me so sad and Christina's breast cancer is so scary. I think, though, that this season is the one that she is falling most into her character, as weird as that sounds. Maybe it's because of the seriousness of the issue but I must say it's the first season that I'm truly believing Christina's character.

    PS I constantly talk about TV characters like they're my friends. Big Bang Theory and New Girl? We all basically hang out together every week, ha :)

  28. a) I'm a Parenthood fantatic, too, and talk about the characters as though I know them (though I do that with the mom-bloggers I follow, too...ha!). My husband and I actually watch the show together--it's our Tuesday night ritual and something we look forward to every week. "Yay!" to knowing someone else is as into it as I am!

    b) I am currently reading Defending Jacob by William Landay. I'm not normally up for reading murder mystery, but it was this month's pick by a lady in my book club, and I'm actually enjoying it---it's like reading an episode of Law and Order: SVU, as the father is a DA who was originally investigating a murder in his hometown of Newtown, Massachusetts (about an hour from where I live in MA!)...until it was his son being charged as the murderer. Akk!!

    c) Diggin' the truck b'day party theme! As a fellow mama of a boy, I'm having fun thinking up ideas for his 1st birthday (which isn't until June, lol). Because his name is Wyatt, and we totally were inspired by our love for Wyatt Earp and the movie "Tombstone", we intend to have an old west theme. I hope to gather more inspiration when I fly out to visit my parents again (they live in Sedona, not far from you!)

    d) I admire your dedicate to CrossFit so much! I wish I had the money, drive, and energy... Perhaps I'll give it a go when my son is a little older and can actually play in their childcare area? Sounds pretty amazing, and because I grew up an athlete (soccer, dance, field hockey, cross country), I really miss being physically active every day and feeling in-shape.

  29. I love your currently posts :) Here's mine!!

  30. Wonderful post, as always :) I did one too!

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  31. I just read Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" and I really enjoyed it. It was a quick read full of many laughs! I never really watched the office, but I love her, I think she is adorable! If you liked Tina Fey's bio, then this one is a good book for you!

  32. Love these as always. Two things- one: I will forever love Blink. two: I posted one too.

    Prairie Hen

  33. I've been looking for a new boxset since finishing Modern Family. Thanks for the heads up-Parenthood it is :)
    Sorry to hear about your Twitter situation.Romney makes lots of people say stupid things ;) . Hope you feel better about it.

    My Currently

  34. In regards to your Romney comment and knowing your love for FNL, I think you might enjoy this:

    In terms of a great book, have you read anything by Jhumpa Lahiri? She's an absolutely amazing writer and she has the ability to capture seeminly mundane life events in the most beautiful way.

  35. I love the idea of a construction/truck themed party, I think it's going to be awesome:)

    Here's my currently post:

  36. Thanks for the spoiler alert, I had to skip that bit because I'm way behind on Parenthood. When do you get a chance to watch tv anyway? If I'm lucky, I can stretch my night out and watch a couple shows but I also pay for it in the morning. Anyway, here's my currently post:

  37. The Weakerthans are amazing. That album brings me permanent sense of happiness every time I listen to it.

    Also, check out The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; it may just change your life.

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