Friday, September 6, 2013

Currently.

 a sweet moment with H & C

Reading: I have a ton of samples on my Kindle but haven't gotten into anything good lately. Anyone have a great recommendation?

Eating: the most delicious salad my friend Layla brought over today. Seriously, the best gift you can bring a new mother is food! Layla dropped by this morning and brought with her a ton of food for us- homemade pan-fried mung bean, broccoli and tempeh salad (so good!), a freshly baked mixed-berry pie, coconut milk ice cream, juicy watermelon and pineapple, and lemonade. What a gal. Sometimes I get so stuck on the same food day after day that it's incredibly inspiring to be reminded that there are a million and one other foods out there to try and cook. I mean hello, what the heck is a mung bean?

Thinking about: First, watch this video-



So what did you think? Hank and I watched it the other night and got into this whole conversation about the implications of living the way we ("we" as a collective) do. It's like everyone's new normal includes so, so much technology and media that yes, of course it's changing everything, including the makeup of how we deal with each other, like the video gets into. I mean it's changing the way we get married, the way people date, and these are just the super obvious, already-know-that things. It's really crazy to think about how our kids and kids' kids will be affected; what technology will be like for them, and even how it will all shift as our generation gets older. A conversation most of us have already had, but still something that's always interesting to me. And of course, during those conversations I always bring up this little daydream I have about totally disconnecting from every social media outlet and just living without any audience at all (because really, engaging on IG, FB, Twitter, etc, is living with an audience, either in mind consciously or subconsciously). Then I think how weird it is that that seems so crazy and alternately, so scary, and that sparks a whole different branch of discussion. Never-ending!

Listening to: Modern Life is War's new album, Fever Hunting and a lot of Henry's current favorite, Macklemore. haha.

Enjoying: I'm really enjoying being the mama of two. We're still adjusting of course, and some days are really difficult, but there's something really sweet about being able to say "my boys," and have a whole group of them to refer to. Love that. It's pretty awesome to have wanted something, to have had this idea in my mind, and then to just be here. It's only the beginning right now, and it's pretty exciting to think about all the fun to come. I can't wait to see Charlie's personality start to come out, for his tiny newborn legs to turn into chunky baby legs, and to watch the boys play together for the first time. I feel lucky to have so much good on the horizon and I'm just really enjoying this beautiful season of our lives.

Watching: Thanks to my parents we are the proud new users of HBO GO and I feel like a whole new world has opened up. There are so many shows I've never watched because we never wanted to pay the extra million dollars to add on the premium channels to our cable package. So instead I found bad-quality rips of some of my favorite shows (Girls and Curb), or bought them off of iTunes (which incidentally, was just as expensive as subscribing to the premium channels). But now we have so many shows and movies at our disposal. I just got into watching Entourage and absolutely love it. I love all of the guys but I think my favorite characters would have to be Turtle and Lloyd. I'm on Season 3A, so I am hoping Lloyd sticks around! Have you watched Entourage? What do you think? Or do you have any other HBO shows you'd recommend?

Loving: that Autumn is right around the corner, Pink Lady apples and nectarines, my sister (just feeling so grateful for her lately- more than ever), Hank coming home for lunch, finishing up Henry and Charlie's rooms, the next three weekends, and getting in touch with old friends.

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.

38 comments:

  1. What a darling picture of your two beautiful sons ^_^ I too am so excited for Autumn - I've never experience America in the Fall before! As for books, have you ever read anything by Haruki Murakami? I got my Mum 'Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World' for her birthday and it is completely weird and wonderful, a real joy to get stuck into.

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  2. I just made a gallon of apple butter from pink lady apples.. oh SO good!! I love the fall.

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  3. If you haven't yet read The Zookeeper's Wife then I highly recommend it. I'm just at 50% through at Chapter 21, which makes it seem like a rather long read. However, it is a lovely, descriptive, and heartwarming story. Antonina Zabinska is one admirable lady.

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  4. If you're looking for an 'easy read' then the sequel to the Devil Wears Prada, called Revenge Wears Prada, isn't too bad.

    Gorgeous pic of your boys!
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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  5. That video was really interesting. I agree with some points and I understand them, but then I think about my own life experiences and how connecting with people online wasn't (still isn't) about quantity, but of the depth of the connection. After almost ten years on LJ, I accrued quite a number of "friends," but most of them were people I was friendly with. That being said, I made a handful of really amazing friends that I spent time with and spoke to on the regular.

    Right now the devices are often a way for me to help maintain my connection to people because I don't always have time to be with them in person. I don't always glamorize myself or my life. I guess an Instagram filter does help things to look more beautiful, but I'd like to think that I'm pretty much myself regardless of the medium. I just use far more swear words in real life, with friends, than I do on the interwebs now...mostly because a students' parent can google me and then BAM.

    If I have kids one day, I do want to create a technology-free zone for as long as possible. Nature. Handmade materials. Sensory objects and not just a computer. And this is coming from a self-professed Apple geek. I think technology is incredibly important, but as a teacher, I want people to understand that there are other resources available, too.

    HBO: Entourage was too much of a boy's club for me. I think when it started airing, there were a few programs that had the same feel and I just desperately wanted some awesome female-centered shows. Uh...but my dad really loved it! <3 I loved the first and second season of True Blood (not so much anymore) and I think Treme is a wonderful show. The Wire is something I've been meaning to check out for years because it comes so highly recommended.

    Currently: Thinking up a blog post for tomorrow. Anticipating my second day as a kindergarten teacher. Hoping for a luxurious and much deserved bubble bath. ;)

    The Rambling Fangirl

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  6. That video was just so interesting. I had many of the same thoughts running around my head that you shared.

    We just got HBO for the first time ever about a year ago and HBOGO is about the coolest thing ever. I was able to catch up on True Blood, Game of Thrones, and Sex and the City (I know, way behind on that one!). My husband and I also really enjoy Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom.

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  7. You and I (according to your Currently posts) have really similar tastes in TV Shows, and I am blown away that you're watching and loving Entourage. My husband owns all the seasons and LOVES them. It's a show he watched BK (Before Karly), and I've been avoiding it like the plague. I might have to give it a shot, now!

    "Boys" has such a precious ring to it. Congratulations, again!

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  8. i love love love the newsroom on HBO! it's like, real life stories (next week is election day 2012, for example), but with a fictional twist. it's like, the west wing but in a newsroom instead of the white house! fantastic.

    i also just finished reading the shining girls. if you don't mind reading about serial killers and time travel you'll love it! ha! i should warn you, some of the other women in my book club were a bit turned off by some of the language and graphic-ness of it. i didn't notice/mind.

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  9. Oh the brother picture is just the sweetest! There is seriously nothing more special than the bond they will build. Melts my heart! And a mung bean? I am totally intrigued! I love learning about new foods.

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  10. 'Night Film' by Marisha Pessl! It just came out last week and I can't put it down. The fact I'm carrying around a 600 page hardback book with me everywhere I go is testament to how good it is...

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  11. GAME OF THRONES. dude - add that to the list of good things on your horizon. :) it's amazing. congratulations!

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  12. "but there's something really sweet about being able to say "my boys," and have a whole group of them to refer to" --- Yes! I feel the exact same way! I love saying "my boys" "the boys" sometimes i get lazy and drop "the" and just say "boys" ..."Aaron? where are boys?" lol

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  13. orange is the new black! just finished the netflix season, now i'm on to the book - soo good!

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  14. orange is the new black! just finished the netflix season, now i'm on to the book - soo good!

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  15. The Newsroom, definitely! So good!

    Also, that video is spot on! I think about how social media takes part in our lives almost daily, and I always end up pulling myself away from it, even though I do enjoy it (mostly)!

    Hope you're having a beautiful day!

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  16. Book Recs: Eleanor & Park and Attachments, both by Rainbow Rowell, Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

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  17. You have to read Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

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  18. May I recommend Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It's a big book an the first in a series, but I promise you once you start you will fly through it.

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  19. If you're into fantasy, I say check out the Inheritance trilogy by N.K. Jemisin starting with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. I'm finally getting around to reading the final book & I would recommend this series. HARD. Excellent writing & excellent world building. Everything is just excellent.

    If you're into historical fiction then read The Winter Sea (followed by The Firebird) by Susanna Kearsley. My friend got me into her books & I am so, so glad.

    -Tiffany

    my currently post

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  20. I constantly download Kindle samples, haha! Amazon actually has The Enchantress by James Maxwell, a FULL book, for free and it's quite good! Some compare the series to Game of Thrones, and while I don't think it's THAT good, it's still an enjoyable read and has held my interest!

    HBO GO is amazingggg. Jen and I love that, and we have Netflix, too! We just got addicted to Doctor Who and no, that wasn't supposed to rhythm!

    SO EXCITED FOR AUTUMN!

    I think I'll do a Currently post soon, I try and do AT LEAST one a month! :)

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  21. Book recommendation: anything by Sarah Addison Allen. I particularly like garden spells and girl who chased the moon and am currently re-reading the peach keeper

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  22. Thanks for the link to that salad! I've been on the lookout for good things to do with tempeh (it's a staple in Indonesia where I live, and extra delicious, not to mention super healthy and cheap!!!) So this is perfect.

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  23. Love that picture of Henry and Charlie! so glad they love each other and that they are getting along so well :)

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  24. I love these posts - they are such an interesting time marker! Here is mine this week: http://andnowhilarityensues.blogspot.ca/2013/09/currently.html

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  25. I'm reading Elephant Girl: A Human Story by Jane Devin & it's really good so far.

    Your boys together are the sweetest!!
    @mommaruthsays

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  26. i'm reading crazy, rich asians by kevin kwan, i have no idea how i came across it on my nook, but it's actually really entertaining and interesting and a light beach read, check out the sample, you'll get hooked!

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  27. I really like that picture of H & C together!!

    I posted my Currently today El blog de lauritapurple

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  28. Your boys look so sweet!

    I recently finished reading Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, and The Windup Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami. Two VERY different books, but both excellent.

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  29. Love the post! That video is super interesting!

    Here's my "Currently" post for the week:
    http://www.notesfromtheslife.com/currently-10/

    Thanks for letting us link up!
    Sandra

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  30. A few I've read recently that I enjoyed were:

    Never kiss a rake - Anne Stuart
    A vision of loveliness - Louise Levene

    Both set in London but at very very different times.

    The boys look like they are settling well - so pleased for you and your lovely family.

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  31. An odd but totally worthy choice "Forbidden" by Tabitha Suzuma

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  32. It's so crazy that I'm reading your blog all the way over on the otherside of the world, where we are sick of Winter and finally heading into Spring.

    It is a bit delayed, but I did a currently post too - thanks for the idea!
    http://alfinos.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/currently-2/

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  33. I love the idea of a "currently" post every so often! It makes you think about all the things that are currently happening in your life, whether they be big and permanent or small and temporary. here's my "currently" post:
    http://emmabauso.blogspot.com/2013/09/currently.html

    I recently discovered your blog and am enjoying it very much!!

    Emma

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  34. I read Wonder by R.J. Palacio yesterday. Have you read this one yet? It's YA...I LOVED it and highly recommend it! I wrote about it quickly on my blog today if you want to check it out. :)

    http://kccd.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/book-review-wonder/

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  35. I love that picture!

    Ha! I depend on you for book recommendations! I'm reading Let's Pretend This Never Happened.. have you read that one? It's cheeky.

    Here's my post: http://followk.blogspot.ca/2013/09/currently.html
    Thanks for sharing on Twitter :)

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  36. Love these post!1

    Here's my post http://asoicalwhore.blogspot.com/2013/09/currently-2.html

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  37. Danielle - I cannot thank you enough for putting the Innovation of Loneliness video in front of me. I began blogging this summer after quitting social media and drinking in an effort to eliminate distraction in order to pay more attention. This video says so perfectly why. Thank you! Sami Carroll, www.BoldlyBe.com & fellow AZ Gamma <3

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  38. That video totally hit home. A lot of the things that sound crazy in the video are things that I know that are totally applicable to me on a daily basis. I definitely like to edit myself constantly before communicating with people because I know I have so many emotions and tend to talk my way through things. It's dangerous to talk your way through things with people because you hit a lot of points that you're not too proud of before you get to the end - luckily I have a lot of good friends who are used to it at this point, and I guess I shouldn't worry too much about the rest of the human race, huh?

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