Currently (or: New Music, YA Novels, Not-Junk Food, etc)

Currently, I’m..

Listening to a new artist, called Zealyn, that Josh discovered on his birthday; her first album Limbic System was produced by one of my favorite producers (Aaron Marsh of Copeland). And actually, we realized yesterday that she came in third place on the only season of American Idol that I’ve ever kind of followed (her name is Angie Miller). That was a neat surprise! You can hear the whole album on soundcloud here. I wholeheartedly recommend that you do! This song, Overwhelmed, is my favorite song on the album. It’s so, so gorgeous.

Reading All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. (Technically, I guess I’m also listening to this since it’s an audiobook.) I’m only a few chapters in, but so far I’m enjoying it. Most of you already know this about me, but for those who don’t: I really like reading Young Adult novels, and I got tired of feeling like I should be embarrassed about that.. so I’m not embarrassed anymore, haha. Everyone has different tastes and it’s okay for me to like what I like! And it’s okay for YOU to like what YOU like! Life is a rich tapestry.

Avoiding the inevitable re-write of my About Me page. I need to update it to reflect the fact that Lulu is gone, but I just haven’t had the heart. I also figure, while I’m re-writing it, I might as well revamp the whole thing. I’ve always viewed what’s there a placeholder, but here we are six months later and I haven’t give it a second thought. Sigh. The ache of missing Lulu isn’t as overwhelming as it was two weeks ago, but I still think about her all the time. Anyway, I need to figure out what I’m going to do with my About page on here.

Snacking on lentil chips. I am a little obsessed with them. My mother-in-law found a huge bag of Enjoy Life brand “plentils” at Sam’s, so I’ve been stuffing my face every time we go over to her house. They’re allergen-free and my body doesn’t seem to hate them, so I’m in chip-lover heaven right now. (I’m actually at the Taylors’ right now, chomping on a bowl of them as I type. It feels like I’m “treating myself” with junk food, without actually eating any junk.

Realizing, in this very moment, as I type, that I forgot to put deodorant on this morning. Whoops!

Thankful for my in-laws, big dogs who think they are lap dogs, lap dogs who think they are big dogs, lentil chips, green tea, Harry Potter, our bright & comfy (and long overdue) new comforter, belly laughs with Josh, and grace that I don’t deserve.

What are you currently listening to, reading, avoiding, snacking on, realizing, and/or thankful for this week?

12 thoughts on “Currently (or: New Music, YA Novels, Not-Junk Food, etc)

  1. Listening to: my roommates watching the Office in the living room while I wash the dishes (and also listen to the Modern Love and Reply All podcasts.)
    Reading: the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I know it’s good…I’m still trying to get into it. My roommates have been reading aloud from “The Truth According to Us” and I’m really enjoying that!
    Avoiding: writing my email update to my sponsors 😁
    Snacking on: peanuts, raisins, and chocolate chips. It’s my reward to myself for surviving the day.
    Realizing: I have a lot to do in the next 4 days! We’re doing an English exhibition at school on Friday and I leave for language school in Costa Rica on Sunday. 😳
    Thankful for: my students who make everything worth it, but also for the opportunity to get away for a little while this next month.


  2. Currently
    –> listening to Rusty Clanton’s “How I Know”. SO GOOD.
    –> reading Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, about a white man in 60s that transforms himself into a black man to further study race.
    –> avoiding taking a shower. i mean, it’s not that i don’t want to take a shower, but there are so many interesting things on the interwebs.
    –> snacking on avocado.
    –> realizing my sister really wants me to make brownies.
    –> thankful for the ability to be active and outside, children, street lights, and rice made with oil.


  3. Listening to: Audrey Assad – just discovered another album by her. Such a soft voice – really calming.
    (PS. Angie Miller! I watched that season aha, I remember her because she was really unique compared to the others!)
    Reading: Eleanor and Park! Took your suggestion – not sure about it yet but it’s kind of intriguing too! Only a chapter or two in I think
    Avoiding: sleeping, but after this I’ll probably give in
    Snacking on: Oreo thins – so good. And these vegetable stick things (hard to describe but kind of like chips!)
    Realizing: that I should spend so much time worrying about future jobs and “post-school” life, etc. haha. Currently on my mind.
    Thankful: God’s peace, for encouraging family, the album I just found (see above), nice walks in the park and around town, and your blog because it’s awesome 🙂


  4. Listening to: choir music! A youth choir I’m on is part of the international choral festival in a couple weeks. Every three years it comes to Missoula, MT, which is where I live. This will be my first year participating and I’m very excited! Currently practicing for it a lot!

    Reading: Harry Potter! I’ve never read or watched them, for no real reason. I’ve just never been too interested in them. The. I heard a little more what they were about, and saw how much some people liked them (including you, Hannah Musgrove, and another blogger I follow), and decided to give them a shot. Currently on #3 and loving them!

    Avoiding: cleaning my room and folding laundry. 😁 Tomorrow!

    Thankful: for Jesus and his sovereignty! And also I’ve worked out consistently for over a month now, which it’s been a while since I’ve been able to do that! (Lots of sickness, injuries, concussions! 😜) so thankful for that!


  5. Listening: Kelsey Ballerini’s album The First Time.
    Avoiding: Packing for the beach. I leave tomorrow, but I keep putting it off, as if if I don’t pack I won’t have to go😂
    Thankful: For awesome friends and youth leaders who made camp two weeks ago a lot easier than it could have been.


  6. This video is mean to me. It makes me wish I was on that canoe with her but here I am at my desk. I like that you can see her singing but never see her face. That is neat. Pretty song. I haven’t listened to Copeland since the summer of 2005 at a bbq we went to. I don’t know why I haven’t listened to it since, but it was from their second album which I hadn’t heard at that point. I think I was too into Beneath Medicine Tree that I haven’t listened to the others yet. bad me.

    Definitely nothing to get embarrassed about in reading YA novels. I didn’t start reading them until I was a “normal” adult. I have been reading The end of The Selection series (just got the last book the other day but finishing a couple other books first).

    I hope your “about me” page writing gets better. Let us know when you update it? You can always say that you miss your dog Lulu in it without having to explain…

    I only put on deodorant when I leave the house so I don’t offend others.

    Lentil chips. . .interesting. I like Lentil soup but putting it in chip form makes me think of some Willy Wonka business of having a three course meal to taste….I like it! I want to try now!

    You have great things to be thankful for!! Nice!

    listening to: Amber Arcades
    reading: One Dress. One Year. (about a girl who wore the same dress for a year to raise money to fight human trafficking)
    avoiding: doing laundry
    snacking on: I’m eating spicy chicken corn chowder right now
    realizing: I still haven’t taken pictures of the quilt I finished on Monday so I can try to sell it.
    thankful for: the rain coming down on Monday and Tuesday morning when I was the most sick so I didn’t have to water my landlord’s plants those days while he is on vacation.


  7. Dude, I stopped feeling ashamed about loving YA novels a long time ago. Everyone is entitled to like what they like! 🙂

    Listening: to the new Chvrches single over and over again
    Reading: A Man Called Ove
    Avoiding: cleaning my bathroom (ugh)
    Snacking on: almonds
    Realizing: how nice it is to have two cars again after five years of sharing one!
    Thankful for: Utah mountains


  8. Listening to: A Julian Bream CD of Baroque guitar music. I like it because it’s peaceful, and I need that right now, but also because there is a pretty Spanish influence to everything he plays, whether it’s Bach or whatever.

    Reading: Bits and pieces of books that are lying around. Can’t seem to focus on just one right now.

    Avoiding: Studying. I’m not supposed to have the summer off, but something inside me always says, “It’s summer vacation time!”


  9. I am currently listening to the tv in the background (don’t worry, someone’s watching it).

    I’m not surprised that you read YA. Many adults read YA.


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