General- This month started out great with my annual women’s retreat that I attend. I even got some solid writing time while enjoying beautiful mountain views. I got home and was promptly sick for two days. I got back to normal and then got blasted with the flu. Seriously guys, I’ve never been that sick in my life. At least, from what I can remember. I’ve never had no energy. I’m usually the one powering through illness to get to work and do what I need to do. There was no overpowering this bug. Seriously, this would have knocked the Hulk out. However, I’m recovering, feeling better, and we decorated for Christmas a week early! Whoo hooo!

Since my husband and I have been married, we have spent black Friday decorating the house instead of going out into the chaos of the world. About 4 years ago we started a new tradition. We spend all morning decorating the house and then in the afternoon, we’ll get lunch (sometimes) and then go to a store and pick out a new ornament for our tree. Each year someone gets a turn. Since Thanksgiving fell so late in November this year, I made the argument that we had to decorate a little early so I get the same amount of time to be holly jolly. My husband being a logical man, agreed and we decorated over the weekend and this year was my turn to pick our ornament. I picked a cute little red truck. It looks great on my tree. 

Reading– I’m still hooked on the Luminaries by Susan Dennard on Twitter. This is a choose your own adventure style story that Susan started about 5 months ago. Seriously, I’m conditioned to check my twitter at the same time every day for the update. We’ve managed to keep our last life hanging on for a bit now. We’re in the climax and things are making me stressed. But the story is so good! You have to check it out. I’ve also started and finished One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. This is a YA murder mystery that makes you think everybody is a suspect. This was my second time reading it but it was even better the second time. SO GOOD. Plus they just finished filming the pilot for the TV show. (And I’m desperately hoping it gets picked up) This book is perfect for TV. Think Harper’s Island with fully formed characters. (Don’t get me wrong, I loved Harper’s Island. But you didn’t get all the info on all the characters because, well it was a mini-series and someone had to die at the end of every episode.) I’m currently reading Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus. While reading One of Us is Lying, I developed theories and whatnot the moment I started reading that book. Two Can Keep A Secret however, I know nothing. I’m halfway through the book and I only have the small inkling of a theory but cannot explain why I think that and well, I know nothing. It is such a good book though. I love how McManus puts a lot of characters in her book and each character is distinct and has their own voice. It’s wonderful. 

Listening– Christmas music! I’ve been jamming out to my Christmas playlist for a good minute. I also discovered a podcast called Relatable by Allie Beth Stuckey and I’m hooked on it! She is speaking wisdom in every single episode I’ve listened to. So good. With being sick, I haven’t been listening to much though. Hopefully next month will have some more things for you to check out. 

Watching– The Masked Singer! Can someone explain to me how Kelly Osborne got everybody convinced she was from the south? That was my favorite reveal so far. For some reason I think the Fox is Robert Downey Jr. No idea why, when I see the Fox on TV I end up thinking about RDJ. It probably isn’t but who knows. Also, I feel like the Leopard is gonna end up winning. I know there are stronger singers but that animal has been in the bottom two twice now and survived both smack downs. Those judges want him to stay in. I’m also back on the Resident. I love the characters on this show. However, it is very Man VS The Man and the little man never wins and there is like NO forward progress on that storyline so it is hard to watch sometimes. Grey’s Anatomy is a staple in my house. With being down with the flu, we watched A LOT of Disney+. Hello all my favorite childhood shows. I started off with 10 Things I Hate About You and then when it was over I had my husband restart it. 

Writing– My WIP is currently at 6K words, almost 7K. Thanks flu for killing my writing streak. I don’t know if I’ll finish in time for NaNo but I’m definitely going to try. 55,000-ish words in like 5 days? I’m sure someone has done it. 

Currently (April Edition)

I think I’m going to start a new series on this blog. I have the exploring my city thing that I am going to be working on but I am also going to do a currently post every so often to talk about the things I’m reading, the writing I’m doing and the things I just love overall right now.

GENERAL: It is officially summer in Vegas. Growing up my dad used to tell me that Vegas only had two seasons, hot and cold. I didn’t understand him at the time. My teacher had just explained to me how there were four season and I didn’t understand how hot and cold were seasons when my teacher said Summer, Spring, Fall and Winter. I get it now and he was right. It is either cold in Vegas or it is hot. There is no middle. Some people would probably point out that 70 degrees is a middle. 70 degrees in Vegas feels like have a blow dryer in your face. The wind only makes it worse. Vegas is also very windy, just ask my allergies. So currently, I’m loving anything that makes me feel like I can breathe without sweating buckets. Today I wore shorts and it was glorious. I am loving my shorts and the new skirt I got last week. I also bought a different pair of shorts last week but I’m still on the fence about them. It’s also a tad hectic in my casa. We are trying a new schedule with how we do things and the first few weeks were fantastic and the past week or two it has just seemed like the new schedule is biting us in the butt and there are not enough hours in the day. I’ll keep you posted on how this schedule looks and whether or not we stick with it.

READING: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis & Windwitch by Susan Dennard. I have not been devoting as much time as I would like to lately to reading. It makes my heart a little sad. Windwitch is the second book in a series by Dennard. I read the first one in a couple of days, I couldn’t put it down. I haven’t picked up this book in a minute. I really should, I want to get to the third book that she just published. Hollis’ book has me feeling things I didn’t want to feel but I needed to. I’m like 8 chapters in (I think) and I love it so far. I’m also about to start 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs. I already went through this once but I want to do it again and do it right this time. Each day has a new way to try out being brave and I want to stick to it. Maybe I’ll even write about it. Challenge time!

VIDEO: We watched a lot of hockey this week. We had to end our season when the Knights were defeated by the Sharks in Game 7 on Tuesday. So now I will be cheering on the Avalanche in hopes they knock the Sharks out of the playoffs. Golden Knights forever though. We are also watching Game of Thrones every Sunday and we are slowly catching me up during the week. I have been told what has happened but it is always different to see it happen. We also watched Avengers End Game and the movie broke me.

OTHER: I’m currently amping myself up because I AM PUBLISHING A BOOK. This has been a dream of mine for YEARS. YEARS. The day has finally come and I am publishing a journaling devotional. You can preorder the ebook here. I’m also getting excited about a week break from school in between terms. This isn’t a usual occurrence in my experience. Usually my term will end on a Sunday and the next term picks up the following Monday. I love my school and the 8 week terms but getting a break for whatever reason is very welcoming right now.

COOL STUFF: I am also trying to be more active on my Instagram. Go follow me and say hi! Sometimes, I’ll post stories about the silly stuff that happens in my life. Some people say I’m funny when I do my talking stories, at least my friends like them. That’s all that matters, right? (This is going under cool stuff because Instagram is cool and I am trying to be cool.) 

Well, this is gonna wrap it up for the first edition of Currently! I had fun writing this post so it will definitely be coming back. Sometimes it’s nice to just chat about small stuff.