Sunday, July 19, 2015


This week, I'm trying out something new. I used to do weekly Summary Sunday posts, but the format just became less appealing over the past year. I felt like I still needed something to wrap up/begin the week. Seeing Jenni Elyse's Currently posts made me feel inspired. It was just what I had been looking for.

There are a few versions of this meme floating around the blogosphere. Now I'm taking it on and making it my own. I have a list of "currently" categories that I'll be using. Some weeks, I'll have things to fill them all. Some weeks I won't. We'll see how I like it. We'll see how you like it. You'll have to let me know.

Watching :

I've become addicted to YouTube. I have a list of regulars that I follow, but every once in a while, I come upon something that is special and new. This week, it was the result of an assignment for one of my summer classes, Morgan M. Morgansen's Date with Destiny. It's cute, witty, and funny. I quite enjoyed it.

Reading :

Sadly, at this particular moment, the majority of my reading is purely academic. I'm reading a lot of early American literature in the form of primarily letters and articles written by Americans in the 17th and 18th centuries. I'm not going to lie...most of it is pretty boring.

I'm 20 (yes, TWENTY) books behind on my Goodreads goal for the year, so I'm hoping I can kick that in the butt a little bit with some upcoming read-a-thons. I at very least need to complete 32 books this year so that I have enough to fill my bracket for the 2015 Book of the Year Challenge in January.

Listening :

I have run into a bit of a road block. I purchased a new monitor for my office so that I could replace a broken one in another location. It's a long story, but basically the one I needed to replace had to be a specific size and it was easier to just give that location my old monitor and buy myself a new one. I got a great deal on the new one, but it sadly has no speakers. That has meant no Spotify for the past couple of weeks. I'm hoping to rectify that in the next few days.

In the meantime, I've been making due with getting my music fix on my commute. At this particular moment, I'm really enjoying:

Young and Unafraid by The Moth & The Flame

Tear in my Heart by Twenty-One Pilots

Learning :

I'm smack dab in the middle of a 7-week condensed summer schedule. I'm taking two fully online courses: Early American Literature and Introduction to Linguistics. They're both very intense courses and they're taking up a ton of time. I would guess that, on average, I do about thirty hours of work on them each week. Basically, if I'm not at work, I'm doing homework. It's insane.

Making :

I've found myself in the midst of a creative slump. Part of it is a complete lack of time and energy. Part of it is the fact that our air conditioning isn't working and my upstairs sewing/crafting room is hot as Hades. If I'm not up there working and finished before 9am, there's no surviving it. It's a sweltering pit. So...crafting has taken a back seat for the moment. I'm sure the craft bug will bite again soon, but in the meantime, nada is happening on the fabrication front.

Thinking :

Honestly...I've been thinking that I'm completely crazy for going back to school. There's been a few times where I've questioned whether I really want to keep going with it. It's easy to try and tell myself "Well, you wanted to take some college courses again and you finished out a full semester. That's good enough." But really it's not good enough. I need to keep pushing myself and make this happen. I hate being a quitter.

Feeling :

The balance of the schedule between work, home, school, and fun has totally got me feeling overwhelmed...and exhausted. I'm pretty frustrated with the fact that I spent my summer vacation sick in bed and I'm totally bummed that I didn't get to go out of town...because that was my one chance this summer. Basically, I'm just feeling a little sorry for myself at the moment. Luckily, I might have the chance to go out of town for a few days in September, so I'm just trying to keep optimistic that my time will come.

Wanting / Needing :

There's not a lot of wants on my list these days. I'm pretty content with most of what I have. It doesn't hurt that I went ahead and bought myself a couple of things on Amazon last week to curb some frustration.

I desperately needed a new Nook cord (mine was held together with electrical tape, hopes, and dreams). It showed up yesterday. I'm super excited about that.

I also got myself a surge protector to plug into the outlet by my bedside table. I now have enough outlets to plug in my iPhone/iPad charger, my lamp, my laptop, and my Nook all at the same time, with room to spare. It's such luxury.

Loving :

Right now, I'm loving that Collin is back home. He was gone for the week on a business trip, so having him home this weekend has been great. It's been nice to spend some time relaxing together. Plus, it's always nice to have someone to share the day-to-day chores with. I like being able to be a little bit lazy.

Planning :

This week, the High Summer Read-a-Thon (hosted by Seasons of Reading) is on the agenda. I work Monday - Thursday afternoon, so my participation won't really start until then, but I'm going to try and get some real (non-Academic) reading in this week. I'm extremely excited. Of course, that all hinges on me getting my schoolwork done before then, so I'd better hop to it.

Darian is at his mom's house for a few days, but he's having me pick him up on Thursday afternoon so that he can join in. I'm really looking forward to being able to hang out with him and read for a few days. I'm glad that he's still into doing this kind of thing with me once in a while.

And's back to homework. I have some reading to get in before I head to bed. Let me know what you think about having a weekly "Currently" post around here. I'm also open to any suggestions. Have a great week!


  1. I'm so glad you decided to do this! Oh wow! I went to school when I was working full-time and it was crazy. I could only keep it up for a few years! Good luck with your school endeavors! I wish you success! :D

    1. It's a great concept and I'm really happy to try it. I had a lot of fun writing this one. School is definitely crazy. I very often question my own sanity in this endeavor... Thanks Jenni!!

  2. This was a fun post! I like the areas you divided it up into, and I feel like it gives your readers a more intimate snapshot of your life! I say keep it up!

    1. Thanks Lisa! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think it just gives me a little bit of a chance to branch out in what I'm writing about...always a nice thing.

  3. I really like this format, Elle! It seems like a good way to get us all caught up on your life, which is something I've been missing! :)

    Your schedule sounds NUTS. I don't even know how you're doing it, but I admire you for it!

    Also, so happy to hear that Darian is going to join you for a RAT. I know you missed having him for the last few.

    1. Thanks Shaina! I definitely have been a bit of a blog stranger the last couple of months. I'm hoping that the cooler fall weather and the more stable schedule that should be coming in August will make me get back in a regular bloggy (and crafty) routine.

  4. Glad to have you joining me again, Elle! I do hope you're enjoying it so far. I've been busy with the last days of an out of town guest visiting so I'm really behind visiting blogs.

    1. I love that you host these read-a-thons! It's so nice to be able to enjoy a book that hasn't been assigned to me. So far so good...three books under my belt and a good portion into the fourth.

  5. I like this sort of format for posting things. I've taken to doing a 'Weekly Rundown' post on a Sunday where I share some of the things I've been up to during the week that I might not have enough to fill a whole blog post with.

    I find the best way to catch up when I'm falling behind in my reading is some nice short books. I've got a bunch of the Penguin Little Black Classics which come in at under 60 pages each, nice quick read and it boosts your book totals when you've slowed down. ;-)

    1. I did notice that you were doing something similar. I really like reading posts like this from other bloggers as well. It makes it all feel that more connected.

      The short books are brilliant! One of the books I read this week was like 90 pages. It was awesome. It made me feel super accomplished to have a whole book finished within a few hours.


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