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the sunday currently, volume 80.

Warning, readers: this is not a very jolly volume of The Sunday Currently. Nothing groundbreaking is wrong, I think I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. It's honestly nothing a good trip to Starbucks can't fix, I'm guessing, so it's nothing to be alarmed about. All I know, is I'm ready to get the day jump started and hopefully get in a little more chipper of a mood.

I am happy to say that, upon my completion of this post, Justin & I will be hopping in the car and heading over for a little road trip to Greenville today [after we stop at Starbucks, of course]. I may take some photos and share later. 
C  U  R  R  E  N  T  L  Y  .  .  .

R E A D I N GHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but I am sad to say that I didn't pick up the book once this week. I'm going to have to re-work my reading schedules, because obviously I've fallen behind. That's ok, though. W R I T I N G about what has been in my March makeup bag this coming week. And abou…

someone is turning 28 today.

here's the birthday boy on his second ski day in breckenridge. he was basically a pro. well, at least compared to me.
Someone is turning 28 today. Remember when he turned 27? What about 26?
Something that I absolutely love about blogging is the living, changing record of our lives that it produces. I look back at when Justin turned 27, and I can see where we were in our lives at that point: it was his first birthday after we had gotten married, we had just gone for a trip to Charleston, and we were enjoying our life together in Wilmington.  I can look back at 26 and remember that that was when we were living in Kinston, that was when he was working ridiculously hard at a difficult job, and that was when we were still in the throes of planning our October wedding.
So, what about this year? Well, two days ago I got home from an impromptu 2-week-long visit to Shreveport. Earlier this month, we could be found skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado. And now, we are standing on the precipice o…

love lists: march 2014.

MARCH HAS definitely been a month filled with travel.  At the beginning of the month, I found myself skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado.  And only two days after we arrived back home in Wilmington,  I found myself on a plane home to Shreveport.  In the midst of all of this travel, I have noticed a few things  holding true and catching my fancy. Here they are.
1. Camellias. And all of the other trees and flowers and plants we admired on our walks with the girlies during my Shreveport trip. [Red Buds, Magnolias... but mainly the candy-colored camellias - my favorite wintertime flower]. 2. Sprite. I just can't get enough lately. I plan to wipe out this addiction upon my arrival back in Wilmington. It's time to get back to water, folks. 3.  NYX's lipgloss in BeigeThe perfect, perfect springtime pink. This gloss, along with my trusty tubes of Carmex, have almost been the only things I've worn on my lips this month. 4. Reading the Bible. There is a kind of excited peace that comes al…

back to wilmington.

As  I bid Shreveport farewell today, I look forward to arriving in Wilmington and seeing my husband for the first time in two weeks. I'll be off later today, praying for safe and smooth travels, hopefully travels during which I will be able to get some quality Harry Potter reading accomplished.
I've also got moments like the one pictured above firmly planted in my mind. These little Shreveport porch moments are some of my most treasured, and I look forward to when I'll arrive back there, ready to spend time with my parents, take the girlies on walks, and eat too much food.
Until next time, my dear Louisiana. It's time to press forward and accomplish some goals in Wilmington before the next adventure comes along. Which, you know, may not be so far off after all...
[Photo: Front Porch Reading | iPhone 3Gs]

on taking a break from social media.

I know it's a going premium in the blog world, to talk about simplifying your life. I've talked about it - here, most recently - I've read about it, and I like to think I've taken part in this movement from time to time. 
But I'm only human, and I find myself drawn to scrolling Instagram... to scrolling Twitter... sometimes, even Facebook. And sometimes, frankly, I get just plain sick of it. Sick of it all. Sick of the pressure it makes me feel, to post witty remarks and beautiful photos. 
When I came to Shreveport last Wednesday, I made a little pact with myself that I would abstain from posting on social media sites for the duration of my visit. And, aside from tweeting all of the Sunday Currently troupe, I've held strong. And it has felt really good. And, I've also missed it. 
Maybe instead of simplicity, the key to all of this crazy, wonderful Internet stuff is moderation. Tweeting a little here, Instagramming a bit there... maybe that's the way ou…

the sunday currently, volume 79.

Good morning and Happy Sunday! My family and I are headed to Monroe this morning, for reasons which I will be illuminating later on. Here's to safe travels, catching up with everyone, and just being together.
C  U  R  R  E  N  T  L  Y  .  .  .

R E A D I N GHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, though to be honest, I have slowed my reading down a lot this week, and I have been focusing on other things. Hoping to get caught up this week, because as you may have seen from this week's recent reading post, I have a lot to get through! W R I T I N G is something else I haven't really been doing a lot of this week, and which I also plan to get back into as we start anew.  L I S T E N I N G to the TV in the den and the TV in kitchen. And to the tap-tap-tap of the keyboard as I work to complete this week's post. T H I N K I N G that I miss getting up early. It just proves to be a better start to the day when you're up before everyone else is. Maybe I'll begin working on …

recent reading.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling - Considering this is my third? fourth? time reading this series, and the ending of this book still brought a nostalgic tear to my eye, I'd say this is a good one. I love the Harry Potter series, and I hope to re-read them many times in the years to come.

The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is one of my very favorite movies, so I thought it would be nice to finally read the book series on which the movie is partially based. The movie is actually an adaptation of the first three books in the series, so I am anxious to find out what happens in the story past that point. I love the style in which these books are written. On Wikipedia, they are described as belonging to the Gothic Fiction, Absurdist Fiction, Steampunk, and Mystery genres. I'm looking forward to moving forward through the series, and I loved all of the extra details I discovered through th…

on simplicity.

How wonderful it would be, to sit in this swing, in the sunshine, and just... be. In a simple kind of world... one with no cell phones... one with no beloved Instagram to scroll. Not even a book to take your mind off of how wonderfully serene it can be in this world. To search the horizon for beauty, finding flowers, and ferns, and crisp, green grass. How wonderful to be distracted by the distant bird's song. How lovely to look up at the impossibly deep blue sky, to feel the late Spring sun on your freckling face.
I know how wonderful. I know how lovely. Because I've done all of those things, in the very place shown in this photo. 
And while I may never sit in this exact swing, in this exact back yard, ever again, I'd like to think I can carry those things on with me. I like to think that when life gets a little bit loud, I can close my eyes and transport myself to this very spot. And I also like to think that one day, in a different back yard, I'll sit on a different…

around here lately.

As I mentioned in this week's Sunday Currently post,  I am currently in Shreveport, and today, I wanted to share a few photos from the time I've spent here so far. Please do note: I have recently had to revert back to the iPhone 3GS, and the camera quality leaves a bit to be desired. We'll be back to normally scheduled programming when I return to Wilmington, where my replacement phone awaits.

It just wouldn't be a trip home to Shreveport without Cantina, which is one of my mom's very favorite restaurants. On Saturday, we were craving this Mexican delight, but we weren't feeling up to changing out of our PJs, truth be told. So, we phoned our order in to Go Waiter, and we feasted within the comfort of our own home. It was just as delicious as always... especially the fresh guacamole and fish tacos.

During this visit home, we have been focusing our energy on taking the dogs for a daily walk. To say they've been excited about it is an understatement. And we ha…

kara's feelin' 22.

it's my sister's 22nd birthday today
and on the phone this morning,
she & i laughed about the old story -
how i missed my St. Patrick's Day Parade
in kindergarten, because i was about to be a big sister

and then we laughed a little
when i asked her if she was feelin' 22.
she said she guessed she was.

Happy Birthday, Kara!

the sunday currently, volume 78.

Well, folks, there is so much to tell right now. I can't adequately express in words what has gone on in the past week, and for the time being, I'm going to keep it all private. Some things in life encourage an opening of the floodgates - and unadulterated sharing. Other events channel a sort of "hermitting," a gracious sort of secret-keeping - a holding sacred of the present. For right now, my innermost thoughts and feelings belong in the second category. And though I do plan to share it all in the coming months, all I will say right at this moment is that in the past week, I have felt both profound joy and profound sadness. And I'll also say that I'm currently typing this post from the dining room of the Ontario House in Shreveport.

I know things on this blog haven't been consistent. And I know that I've been talking about it a lot, then doing nothing about it. And this inconsistency has been a source of great unhappiness for me. My blogging rhyth…

the sunday currently, volume 77.

more photos and commentary from our ski trip coming this week!
Good morning, everyone! Since we arrived home last night from a day of travel from Breckenridge, this TSC post will probably be a bit shorter, as I did not have a chance to draft my answers in advance. 
C  U  R  R  E  N  T  L  Y  .  .  .
R E A D I N GThe Cuckoo's Calling, then finishing HP and the Chamber of Secrets, then reading Uglies, then reading And The Mountains Echoed. The library's holds and due dates system is highly motivating for me, and I can't wait to have read all of these books... and more. W R I T I N G in my gratitude journal each day has made such a positive impact on my life already. I would recommend this practice to anyone. L I S T E N I N G to a Sigma Alpha Epsilon video. It's Founder's Day. Justin is an SAE, if you didn't know.