Currently: es agosto

Books: My main read is How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny. I have been plowing through her books for a few months now. I am also nearing the end of a short story collection by Philip K. Dick, and I returned to some Neruda translations. I copy these out by hand so they are a slow read for me, but it is very helpful to my Spanish learning. I am reading The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege as part of my peace/justice focus in 2017. It is enlightening and heavy and breaks my heart/makes me angry. I am slowly creeping through The Poet’s Companion by Kim Addonizio. It is really good. I am moving slowly because I stop to write.

Current Playlist: I just finished listening to A Man Called Ove and am binging the What Should I Read Next podcast.

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: I can’t think of anything. Even my Starbucks indulgences have all been on gift cards lately. I guess I will go with eating out between class and work sometimes.

Current Color: Bright blue

Current Food: the smokehouse brisket from Firehouse Subs

Current Drink: I order a frappe at Starbucks but change the specifics so I get caramel and toffee. It’s supposed to taste like butterbeer. I love it.

Current Favorite Favorite: Louise Penny. Her books have become my comfort reading lately. I can disappear into Three Pines and have a bowl of cafe au lait in peace.

Current Wishlist: I wish the art and photos I want to have framed and hang on my wall would just magically be framed and hung on my wall. The motivation to make this happen is eluding me right now.

Current Needs: Since summer classes are over and the slower pace of fall semester has set in, I need to make a dental appointment, an appointment for my yearly check-up, etc…

Current Triumph: I was selected to participate in an “UnSlam” poetry competition at the Ink Festival in Tupelo next month. I have memorized the two pieces I want to perform. I am nervous about doing well and taking the stage alongside some really amazing talent, but I am also super excited. Spoken Word is part of my dreams, and I can’t believe I am really doing it.

Current Bane-of-my-Existence: My own fear… my own anxiety… and also the spider bites on my leg. Not dangerous bites, at least, but they are painful and have made me ultra anxious about spiders.

Current Indulgence: I’m sitting here on the sofa, typing this post, when I should be reviewing my Spanish notes from last semester.

Current Outfit: I’m wearing jeans, sneakers, and one of my Honduras tees.

Current #1 Blessing: I am 100% finished with math classes. I passed Beginning Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, and College Algebra. I didn’t just pass them either; I made As in all three classes.

Current Quote:  when i had / no friends / i reached inside / my beloved / books / & sculpted some / out of / 12 pt / times new roman  -from The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace

Current Photo:

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David got braces!

Currently: Es Junio

Current Books: I am reading and loving State of Wonder by Ann Patchett, thanks to a friend suggesting it. I am listening to the audio of Home by Toni Morrison in the car. I love hearing her read her own work. I’m also reading Living Buddha, Living Christ.

Current Playlist: The three most recent Gungor albums on shuffle

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: I grabbed fast food after work today.

Current Colors: Todos de colores

Current Food: Cheddar Peppers from Sonic

Current Drink: Cherry Limeade

Current Favorite Favorite: Color coding my vocabulary lists for Spanish class

Current Wishlist: An extra two hours in my day

Current Needs: Time for my dental cleaning and to make an appointment for my yearly check-up and some extra energy each afternoon

Current Triumph: I made a 100 on my first math test of the summer!

Current Bane-of-my-Existence: Juggling work for five hours after my classes each day. I’m exhausted by the time I come home and I still have homework.

Current Indulgence: I bought a canned Starbucks Refresher for tomorrow morning.

Current Mood: Tired but mostly content

Current Outfit: It is Nattie Day, so I have on my tee that reads, “Kiss my Tiara,” with jeans, and tennis shoes.

Current #1 Blessing: Friends who help me juggle this crazy schedule

Current Quote: “Because you are alive, everything is possible.”  ― Thich Nhat Hanh

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Actualmente: Abril

Current Books: I just finished Gulliver’s Travels (part 4) for my Brit Lit class and will read A Modest Proposal tomorrow. I’m reading Hollywood Homicide for my fun read, Audacious for verse novel research, and The Divine Dance for my spiritual book with morning coffee.

Current Playlist: With the kids in the car? Welcome to Night Vale podcast…. otherwise, I am binging S-Town and crying a lot.

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Way too many Sonic stops after class, since it is on my way home and I tend to be hungry then.

Current Colors: I don’t even know. I’m wearing blue right now.

Current Food: I just finished eating a small frozen pizza while doing homework.

Current Drink: I am drinking Mello Yello at work everyday. I need to stop.

Current Favorite-Favorite: Pell Grant. I am so thankful for my Pell Grant.

Current Wishlist: Someone to deep clean my house a couple of times per year, an extra day in the week just for rest, a bunch of books…

Current Needs: All the energy and motivation to get through the next few weeks of school, write this book, and juggle my crazy summer schedule…

Current Triumph: I made a 100 on another Biology test, making my average for that class a 100.

Current Bane-of-my-Existence: Needing to work while in school. I wish I could focus on school and writing.

Current Indulgence: I just spent over an hour sitting on the bed listening to S-Town.

Current Mood: Is tired a mood?

Current Outfit: Plaid PJ pants, Le Petit Prince sweatshirt, white socks

Current #1 Blessing: Financial Aid for school

Current Quote:  “The energy in the universe is not in the planets, or in the protons or neutrons, but in the relationship between them.”  ― Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation

Current Photo:

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Currently: First Post of 2017

Current Books: I am reading Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg, but it is not holding me quite how an Elizabeth Berg novel usually does. I may have just read too many Berg books in a row. Sometimes, I am like that with authors. I need them in well-portioned doses. I am also reading Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science by Mike McHargue and LOVING it. I will post a full review soon. By my bed, I have a volume of poetry called Return of the River: The Selected Poems of Roberto Sosa. He is a Honduran poet, and this book is for both pleasure and book research.

Current Playlist: The Liturgists podcast. Always. Mixed in with a few Gungor songs. I just started the episode called Who Am I?

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: I stayed home while my husband and kids traveled for a few days. I did miss the family time, and I loathe being home alone at night, but I got a lot done and I really needed to feel I’d accomplished something over break.

Current Colors: Grey and teal, especially the darker shades of teal.

Current Food: I had Papa John’s pizza last week, and I hadn’t had it in a long time. It was so good.

Current Drink: Coffee, as always, but also I am shaking EmergenC Immune+ powder into my water bottle in the morning this month. I refuse to get sick again. I leave for Honduras in a month, and the sick has to go.

Current Favorite-Favorite: The word “hygge.” My friend, Jen, taught me the word and showed me this website and I am in love. It explains what I have been aching for in my own home.  It isn’t the theme God gave me for 2017, but it is my personal goal for the year.

Current Wishlist: Items to help me accomplish hygge in my home and a few books and such.

Current Needs: A job that pays more for less hours or allows me to work from home or else to feel at peace with the juggle of my current job (which I do like) and school (classes start in 2 weeks).

Current Triumph: I cleaned so much stuff out of my closet/craft cabinet over break. So. Much. Stuff. And I finished reading The Anatomy of Story so I am ready to start scene weaving my new novel.

Current Bane-of-My-Existence: Illness. My kids have been sick and so have I, and I cannot shake the sneezing and the coughing. It just will not go away. It always goes away in Honduras, so I am hoping my upcoming trip will help reset my system.

Current Indulgence: I watched all of the first season of “This is Us” last weekend. I can’t wait for it to return.

Current Mood: First day back to work after break and juggling illnesses in the family? My mood is pensive and exhausted. Probably, by Friday I will be back to normal.

Current Outfit: Dark wash jeans, dark purple sweater over a black tank, dark grey cardigan, light grey sneakers

Current #1 Blessing: The Well… the community I have found there… the friends I have made within that community… They are keeping me sane.

Current Quote: (This explains the answer I gave for #1 Blessing) “I hadn’t realized how much I’d been needing to meet someone I might be able to say everything to.” ― Elizabeth Berg, Talk Before Sleep

Current Photo:

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Currently: Going Forward

Current Books: I am a few chapters from finishing The Anatomy of Story. That book make my brain hurt but it is so helpful. I am reading The Souls of Black Folk as an early start on my peace/justice book list. It is crazy how little has changed in the handling of race relations. Technology has changed and the details of what a family’s home life might look like, their school, etc… But, over all, in one hundred years, we haven’t changed as much as we’d like to think. I just started The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg for my postal book club. So far, it is a quiet thoughtful kind of read. Last night, I began Return of the River, which is a collection of poems by Roberto Sosa. This book is doing double duty as part of my peace/justice book list but also research for my new manuscript.

Current Playlist: The Liturgists podcast. I get in my car and hit play and then I nod and say amen and say yes and also cry. I have been crying in my car for two weeks. Sometimes I pull over and sob. It’s the same kind of crying I did when I first read Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans and throughout anything Nadia Bolz-Weber writes. My soul soars upward to meet the words and I find hope there, hope and peace and acceptance and challenge of the best kind. The challenge to be better, not a better Christian or even a better person but a better soul, a better me.

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Mello-Yello from the soda machine at work… I rarely drink soda, but lately I grab a can from that machine 2-3 times a week.

Current Colors: teals and creams… soft colors, but not pastels, per se. Peaceful homey colors.

Current Food: A lot of my preschool students brought me Christmas gifts, and one of those gifts included three kinds of cookies. So yummy.

Current Drink: This morning, it is coffee from a travel mug one of my students gave me for Christmas, but it will be Emergen-C apple cider in a bit. I am trying to shake a cold.

Current Favorite-Favorite: The Liturgists Podcast, hands down. I know I sound obsessive lately, but their conversations are feeding my spirit. I wonder if this is how the disciples felt when they first started walking behind Jesus, listening. Suddenly, things were making sense, and they didn’t feel quite so crazy.

Current Wishlist: Mostly books: Amazon Wishlist

Current Needs: Stamina… Back to work on January 3rd and then just one week before I am registering for classes and then a day or so later, it is back to college for me. There will be a trip to Honduras tucked in there as well, and I have a book to write.  So, you know, nothing really going on in 2017.

Current Triumph: I got all of my paperwork done and turned in and jumped through all of the hoops so I can go back to school. Also, I completed a full semester as a preschool teacher. There were some weeks I didn’t think I would make it. The kids are great, but my depression and anxiety issues can make things more difficult.

Current Bane-of-my-Existence: Naptime in my 3yo class… I am going to do some schedule rearranging in January to try to fix that. In a class of twelve, I have only two that always nap.

Current Indulgence: Blogging right now… I need to be putting together media for The Well tonight. And I will do that as soon as I finish this. I also indulged in a thrifting trip with my friend, Jeniffer, yesterday. I bought jeans and a blazer, and I haven’t bought myself clothes in a long time.

Current Mood: Not bad. I am coughing and feeling a bit sick, but I have chicken in the crockpot for our Community Well party and I swept the kitchen while my coffee brewed. I’m looking forward to two weeks off of work, and my new manuscript is promising.

Current Outfit: Grey sweats, Leila’s old Southern Miss soccer sweatshirt, thick slipper-socks one of my students gave me for Christmas

Current #1 Blessing: My husband, my family, my home… finding community here in Mississippi

Current Quote: “There I was, waiting, afraid I’d never experience the kind of joy yet to come, but hoping for it just the same.” -Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures

Current Photo:

David, after his choir concert

 

Title from:  “Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson (((Because, 2015 was Dream and 2016 was Dare and now it is time to go forward with a dream in one hand and a dare in the other.))

Currently: The Best of Summer Gone

Current Books: I have too many open at the same time, and I am trying to wrap a few up. I started Daring Greatly on the flight to Honduras, and it is really good. I am just struggling to focus on non-fiction right now. That’s also why I am only halfway though Foolsgold, even though I started it well before my Honduras trip. I’m reading from Original Voices before bed each night. That is a mix of poetry and prose. For poetry, I am more than half through The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins. That is another I was reading while in Honduras. I’m reading through my copy of Three Simple Rules to help me with small group facilitating. I just started The Hypnotist’s Love Story to continue my Liane binge. I just finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and also the audio of Lit Up (very very good).

Current Playlist: “Trust in You” from Lauren Daigle. I listen to it on repeat as I drive to work each morning. It’s getting me through a rough time. That line… “Letting go of every single dream”

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Binge-watching Downton Abbey on the weekends. I will finish the series this weekend or next.

Current Color: Bright blue, bright red… bright colors

Current Food: I am craving pupusas.

Current Drink: My coffee every morning is so wonderful. I bought more Hope coffee from Mi Esperanza, and it is just perfect.

Current Favorite Favorite: The feeling of publication. It never gets old. I have three poems up at Scarlet Leaf Review this month. You can read them HERE.

Current Wishlist: A few new outfits, new black boots before winter, to try LulaRoe leggings, a writer’s retreat

Current Needs: A bit more energy, because I am now extraverting 6 out of 7 days a week. I’d also do well with a girls’ night out.

Current Triumph: I have my lessons planned through September, and I actually wrote a new poem today.

Current Bane-of-my-Existence: I’ve had a cold and I can’t seem to fully recover my voice. It starts out okay each morning but reading to kids all day, talking loudly over kids all day, singing silly songs with kids all day… I need some quiet time.

Current Indulgence: Doing this post and working on a poem when I have food to cook and still need to clean up before tonight’s meeting.

Current Mood: Is exhausted a mood?

Current Outfit: My Buenas TARDIS El Doctor t-shirt, my favorite skinny jeans, grey and white polka dot shoes

Current #1 Blessing: Peace in my home, with my husband and my kids

Current Quote: Hope is a function of struggle. – Brené Brown

Current Photo:

Limited edition shirt from Out of Print Clothing

Title from:

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.”
― Sylvia Plath

Currently: Summer, Soon Enough

Current Books: I just finished The Reader by Traci Chee (BEAUTIFUL), and I am near the end of the hilarious Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle (on audio). I have a volume of poetry by Billy Collins in my purse, and I am reading from Foolsgold by Susan Wooldridge and The Anatomy of Story by John Truby.

Current Playlist: Various Spanish practice programs on Overdrive

Current Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: Probably taking time to do this post today. I have so much to do, having just returned from Annual Conference, and my heart is heavy over the horror in Orlando last night. I want to be doing something that matters, that fixes things. But instead I am distracting myself on the Internet.

Current Color: Red… I wore red shoes and red lipstick with my black dress Friday night.

Current Food: I had a strawberry macaron on Saturday, and now I want more macarons.

Current Drink: I am on my second cup of coffee today, a mix of some from El Salvador and some from Rwanda.

Current Favorite Favorite: Pictures from Annual Conference

Current Wishlist: Eh… various books and such. Nothing major.

Current Needs: A few more items for Honduras… I will start packing this week.

Current Triumph: Last Friday, my husband was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He has worked toward this for 9 years. I am so proud of him. And I managed not to trip going onto the stage, so that’s good too. Ha!

Current Bane-of-my-Existence: The hate and distrust that still fills the Church… It’s not right. We have got to love each other and those around us, or we are always going to do more harm than good.

Current Indulgence: I recently bought a stack of books from a used bookstore. I can’t wait to dive into them.

Current Mood: Heavy-hearted over the mass shooting in Orlando, hopeful for our future despite the sadness…

Current Outfit: My 7 For All Mankind jeans (thrift store, y’all, I am cheap) and my Bell Jar tee from Out of Print, along with black flip-flops, ’cause it is summer.

Current #1 Blessing: My husband. He is sending me off to another country for an entire month, and he didn’t think twice about the extra work that will put on him.

Current Quote:  “If you’re reading this, then maybe you know you ought to read everything. And maybe you know you ought to read deeply. Because there’s witchery in these words and spellwork in the spine.”  ― Traci Chee, The Reader

Current Photo:

After ordination, 6/10/2016

Title taken from: “Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”  ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones