Currently Christina

It worked so well for me yesterday, that I figured I would try it again today.  You know, the big old data dump out of my brain, so I can clear out the clutter and get on to what matters.  Except, I cleared it all out so well yesterday that there just isn’t much left today.  Still, I need a motivational jumping point, to warm up the fingers and crack open the creative side of my brain.  So, I thought I would steal an idea from one of my favorite blogs, city & the cubicle.  Her Caitlyn Currently entry had a survey of sorts, that I am going to borrow and re-blog with my own submissions.

Current Books:

Book 1 in the series

Book 1 in the series

I have been locked into The Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon for quite some time now.  I am currently reading #5, The Fiery Cross.  When I picked it up, I really didn’t have high hopes that it would hold my interest.  While I absolutely devour historical fiction, I really have no taste for time travel works.  It has been a pleasant surprise and I find myself drawn into the characters, wanting to see where the story goes … and therefore, I keep plugging along, book after 1200+ page book.  Because of the length of the books, breadth of the series, and the limits on my time, this is the only work of fiction I am currently reading.  Usually there are 2 or 3 going at a time.  On the non-fiction side, I am plodding through “The Story of the Irish Race” by Seamus McManus.  The plodding is my fault, not his.  I enjoy the book, it just seems to be taking me longer than normal to complete.  I love my history, folks!  Story of the Irish Race

Current Music:

Hmmm … maybe I should have chosen a different list.  I have a confession to make:  I haven’t been listening to any new music at all lately.  I’ve got my car radio tuned into 2 stations, one is talk radio (bo-o-ring, I know) and the other is classic rock.  Lot’s of AC/DC, Heart, Journey and the like.  If I plug my iPod in, I generally turn it to Dropkick Murphy’s or Grace Potter and the Nocturnal’s.  I guess I need to spend some time perusing the iTune aisles?  Here’s the bit:  My new car did not come with Sirius or XM radio, and I really don’t like our local radio stations all that much.  So, my introduction to new music is limited to the times when I go seeking it.  Generally, that is something I do once a month in order to get a new updated workout music list.  Lately, however, I have been doing my workouts with a partner, and therefore no headphones, no music.  Also, I am not a huge fan of what is considered pop music, right now.  Here is a sampling of my last updated playlist:

  1. Kelly Clarkson, What Doesn’t Kill You
  2. Flogging Molly, Salty Dog
  3. Grace Potter, Turntable
  4. Christina Aguilara, Fighter
  5. Dropkick Murphys, Dirty Glass
  6. The Young Dubliners, The Foggy Dew
  7. Queen, We Will Rock You
  8. Jessie J, Domino
  9. Bob Seger, Old Time Rock and Roll (Live)
  10. Skid Row, Monkey Business
  11. The Band Perry, Better Dig Two
  12. KT Tunstall, Black Horse & the Cherry Tree

Pretty bad, eh?  I am open to suggestions.  Just not Rhianna or Beyonce or Justin Timberlake or the like.  Good God … have I gotten old?

Current Guilty Pleasure:

Salted Caramel Frozen Yogurt with peanut butter topping.  I do not indulge often, but I think about it every other second.

Current Nail Polish:

I am badly in need of a mani/pedi.  My fingers are bare and broken.  My toes are neon orange.  Hoping to fix this issue next Tuesday.  Maybe black for the fingers?

Current Drink:

Black, unsweetened coffee (morn), and black, unsweetened iced tea (eve).  And lots of water (all the time).

Current Food:

Grilled chicken on chopped southwest salad.  Happiness combined with food I can actually eat.

Current Favorite Show:

Oh, bugger.  My Game of Thrones and Revolution series just had their season finales.  True Blood starts back on Sunday (guilty, oh so guilty, pleasure … my husband and I call it Vampire Porn.  Cuz it kinda is …) and I think I might watch the new Spielberg/King thing starting on the 24th, Under the Dome.  I don’t do reality TV of any sort.  I get enough of that every day.  And my idea of reality looks nothing like what is portrayed as such on television.

Current Wish List:

A trimmer body for the swimsuit season?

Current Needs:

Soccer shin guards to wear on my forearms for kettlebell.  The heavy weights are bruising my bones and it hurts.  An oil change for my car (who has the time?!).  A maid, because cleaning takes away from my creative brain flow.  I swear it does (however, the hubby isn’t buying it …).

Current Indulgence:

I could say the frozen yogurt I listed as guilty pleasure, but I think I am going to say “spending all of my time writing or lifting kettlebells instead of cleaning my house.”  Both are worth it in the long run, but boy, oh boy, could I ever use that maid …

Current Blessing:

There are many.  However, I am going to stick with this:  My son will have a new start with a new teacher next year, and an IEP to address the dysgraphia issue long term.  Dealing with a learning disability, either in your self or in a loved one, is stressful and heartbreaking.  Seeing a light at the end of the tunnel is uplifting.

Current Outfit:

Workout clothes, covered in chalk.  You don’t expect me to dress up any time soon, do you?

Current Excitement:

Heading out to NYC for a few days.  This will be my son’s first real visit and I am excited to share with him the uniqueness that is Manhattan.  Oh, and I have a birthday on Saturday. I know I am not supposed to be excited about birthdays anymore, at this age, yet … I am.  I enjoy logging another year into the books.  My husband shares the same birthday, so I only ever focus on his age anyway (he’s 8 years my senior).

That about wraps me up.  Chime in, or steal the idea and let me know so I can go read it.  I love peeking into other’s lives … 🙂

2 thoughts on “Currently Christina

  1. -OMG! The Outlander series- yes!!! I read the first 5 in succession but each book is seriously a marathon. I keep plugging along because I ultimately want to know what happens in the end (if we eveeeeer get there) but my interest wanes more with each book. So I’m giving myself a month off from it before book #6.

    -I am a pop music junkie, but even I hate 99% of what is out right now.

    -Your wish is also my wish.

    -I want a maid too … and all I have to clean is my bedroom and bathroom. Pretty embarrassing.

    -So happy for you and your son! That’s so wonderful. I can only imagine how hard it is for you all.

    -Happy early birthday! That’s so cool you and your hubby have the same special day! have fun in manhattan 🙂

    • That’s right, I remember reading somewhere that you were reading Outlander. It’s what convinced me you were my little sister (I could say daughter, but I like to think that the oldest child I could possibly have is an 11 year old. A very false notion, considering my younger sister is a granny 2x over! lol)

      As for wishes I think you will get there sooner … and I cheer you on. From my easy chair. 😀

      A maid is a necessity no matter the size of your home, I am convinced. Everyone should have one. I actually did for a short bit, when I broke my leg and learnt that, left undone, toilets in a house of boys can be seriously nasty. I almost hated to lose the crutches knowing it would also mean losing the cleaning service. *sigh*

      Thanks about the boy and the birthday and Manhattan wishes. I look forward to every opportunity to be waited on hand and foot. I often wish I lived in a hotel for that very reason! 🙂

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