Friday, January 24, 2014

Currently.

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Reading: I'm in the middle of two books right now, one of them being LIFE-CHANGING. I kid you not. I feel like since beginning it I've loved blogging about 100x more than I already did, and I've felt more inspired to continue working on something very close to my heart that I won't ever talk about or share until I'm ready to do so, which I definitely am not even close to being. haha. Sorry, vague, I know. Anyway, the book I'm talking about it called Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, and it was a gift from my dear friend Diana. I can't say enough good things about it- I actually could go on and on about how much I relate to it- and I will definitely review it here when I finish it. The second book I'm also absolutely loving and have found myself highlighting things so often- The Spectacular Now. The funny thing about this book is I actually ordered a Kindle sample of it a few months ago and hated it. The narrator was so negative and he called his girlfriend fat, and I felt super annoyed right from the get-go. But then this past Saturday night I had a few hours to myself after the boys went to sleep and I decided to rent the movie from iTunes (not making the connection between it and the book, since I never actually read it). I fell in love with the movie, and of course I wanted to read the novel. That same night I got the sample (again), and liked it this time. I think it helped that the movie made Sutter so lovable, so I was able to see the book's version of Sutter in a different light. I'm on Chapter 18 and in love, and I think this might be the rare case I actually recommend seeing the movie first.

Doing: I've been running so much more lately and it makes me so happy. I've always loved running but I have this whole appreciation for it since life has gotten so much busier with two kids. I look forward to that me time so much- an hour where I can listen to the really crappy music really loud, and run really hard. Just this past week Hank and I signed up to do the Whiskey Row in May Shirley and Nate (and baby Carson in the stroller). The original plan was to do the half-marathon but since Hank's doing the half and I'll have the boys, I'll be pushing them both in the double BOB for the 10K. 6.2 miles pushing 100 pounds? I might be crazy.

Working on: The other day I came across a pin about the "Four Agreements." Are you familiar with it? I read it a long time ago and recall enjoying it in a self-helpy kind of way, but this time it really struck a chord. I can say without a doubt that I have never felt happier or more fulfilled, but at the same time I find myself getting upset over very silly things that I have no control over; mainly things that stem from other peoples' behavior, or me taking something personally that has nothing to do with me. And part of that book is all about letting go of those things, so you can let go of needless suffering. And as dramatic as "needless suffering" sounds, I do feel like I waste time feeling sad about this or that, or the way this person is. I need to get to a place where I accept that if I want to have these certain people in my life, then I need to accept just that- the way that person is. So I'm on that path, and it's not easy, but when I saw that pin I was reminded of the book, which of course I then had to look up online. It's helped put things in perspective for me in various situations and I'm feeling good about it. Where I'm at is always a work in progress and I keep reminding myself of how FAR I've come, and how good it feels to be truly happy. Now I just need to continue letting go of all the extra stuff.

Watching: Well, I'll tell you what I'm not watching...The Bachelor. What?! Yes...it's true (and yes, I just asked myself a question then answered it). I'm not sure if it's being annoyed and disgusted with Juan Pablo's anti-gay remarks (yes, I know he went back and apologized), or just kind of over the whole thing, but I can't get into it. I would say the biggest issue is that the show is two hours long, and I can think of a million things I'd rather be doing during those two hours. Maybe next season I'll like it again but this time around, no thanks Juan Pablo. So what am I watching? Nashville, and feeling so bad for Juliette. I actually really like her, and hope she succeeds; I feel like she has a good heart, deep down. I'm also loving Parenthood and dying a little more every week. And crying a little more too. And like I mentioned above I watched The Spectacular Now and adored it. I'd say the best thing about the whole film is the chemistry between the two main characters, played by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. Their performances were so great, and I found myself being moved to tears numerous times, from the emotion I felt and also the bits of nostalgia I experienced from their own high school experiences. It was great.

Loving: this whole cookbook project and February's pick, getting the best news from one of my best friends today, dreaming of summer, Valentine's Day planning, discovering new music and listening to old favorites, going to bed and feeling like I did a good job, but also going to bed and feeling like I didn't do the best job, and knowing I can try again tomorrow.  

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.

23 comments:

  1. I am currently preparing myself for my first weekend away from my daughter! She is 20 months and have also spent one night apart so I'm planning to be busy and relax at the same time! I'm slightly anxious and slightly excited!

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  2. I love how you pick out positives in everything, it's so inspiring and really makes me enjoy reading your blog :) Today for me consists of work until 5, then curling up at home with a good book and hiding from the rain in Manchester!

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  3. I really enjoyed this currently post.
    I think I may try to get back into doing weekly Currently posts.

    I have read your blog for years and I admire how real you are. Not that we see your entire life, which I think is unnecessary, but we see enough of you and how you view the world and I love it. You seem to have grown more optimistic over the past few years and I really admire that. Thank you.

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  4. I'm so glad you liked The Spectacular Now, well, the movie version at least. It's making me look at my high school students in a new light.

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  5. I'm definitely going to check out both of those books!! Thanks for the link to the Four Agreements too...what a good read.

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  6. My currently post: http://runningwithtongs.com/2014/01/23/currently-1-23-14/

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  7. i didn't even realize spectacular now is out. that's on my to-read and my to-see lists. thanks for the recommendation!

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  8. I am quickly catching up on Nashville. Juliette's character is so hard to like but at the same time my heart aches for her constantly. I'm going to watch episode 5 of the new season tonight, I'm getting so close to caught up!!!

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  9. I definitely want to check out that book your'e reading. Thanks for sharing!

    -Lizeth
    http://coffeeandkinfolk.blogspot.com/2014/01/currently.html

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  10. I've been wanting to start watching Parenthood lately! Most likely a result from being the first in my group of friends to start a family and wanting to find a community and outlet so I don't bore them to death with my pregnancy ramblings ha. I'll have to check out The Spectacular Now as well!

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  11. Hmm, I look forward to the review on Still Reading!

    http://rachelmramirez.blogspot.com/2014/01/currently.html

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  12. THE FOUR AGREEMENTS!!! Yes! This totally changed my relationship with my boyfriend, now husband. For the better. Not only that but it also gave us perspective into the quality of relationships we wanted to have with friends. Such basic concepts, but profound to hold in your day to day interactions, and really life changing. I hope it brings you the same clarity!

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  13. Thanks for the suggestions, need to check these out. I am in awe (and just a little envious) of all the time you have for leisure reading. : P

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  14. I just recently found your blog on bloglovin and I'm so happy I did! I love this post and I can't wait to read more :) you seem so real and thats awesome!

    dianamechelle.blogspot.com

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  15. Nashville! Hayden (I feel silly calling a celebrity just by their first name - like we are friends or something. Ha!) is SO GOOD at playing Juliette. She give Juliette a lot of depth and layers. That could be easily an unlikable character, but she made her a character to root for.

    Also, I think that Gunner and Scarlett should always do duets - their voices compliment each other so well. Oh! And those little girls - they are so talented! Okay, I'm done now. ;)

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  16. I also loved the relationship between the two main characters in Spectacular Now, such a great movie!

    xoxo
    Lauren
    http://laurenannephotography01.blogspot.com

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  17. Ahhh, Diana also bought me that book and I haven't started it yet! Glad you liked it, I need to move it up in my to-read list ;)

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  18. Love this idea for a blog post! Such a great idea. I have also been enjoying seeing the new recipes you try!
    http://bearandeden.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/currently/

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  19. http://whenlifegivesyoumellins.blogspot.com/2014/01/currently-and-whats-currently-on-my.html

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  20. Hi Danielle! I loved the idea of this post. It is very interesting, and fun to write! I'm adding the books you mentioned to my "to read" list ^_^ Here is my post http://www.musingsofawallflower.com/2014/01/24/currently/ -- My blog is fairly new, so thank you for the inspiration <3 ^_^

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  21. Hi Danielle, really interesting post thanks for sharing! I might think about reading the book next...
    Here is my 'currently' post
    http://ciaramcguiredesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/currently.html

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  22. My currently post :)

    http://honeyandthread.blogspot.com/2014/01/currently.html

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  23. I love Parenthood. Such a great show all around. Tugs at your heartstrings and has a very real element. that makes it relatable. I always end the show feeling like Im a part of the family. My "Currently" inspired post:
    http://www.likeyouimagined.com/

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