(I plan to do a Currently blog post every other Tuesday. To find out how this idea came about, click here.)




All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. Although I’m only one third of the way through, I adore this book already. If you’re in the mood for a contemporary YA, you should totally check it out. It has amazing characters and a fabulous voice. I just finished reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. This was a fun, light-hearted read which was recommended to me by my daughter. I loved the family dynamics and highly recommend this book if you enjoy contemporary YA.


Celestial Seasonings Apple Spice Herbal Tea. I recently started eating healthier and this led to cutting out my nightly glass of wine, which as any creature of habit will agree, was quickly replaced by something else. Thankfully it happened to be this tea. It’s so delicious that I forget I’m drinking tea. I’m also loving my new Nutribullet, which has become my most favorite appliance, aside from the coffee maker. Yes, friends, I am now one of those people who drinks a fruity-vegetable-chia seed smoothie for breakfast. It’s a miracle, and I’m not just talking about the Nutribullet.


A job offer! I’m happy to share that I now have a contract with my school district, including a job offer for next year. I’m still waiting to find out the grade level I’ll be teaching, but I’m so excited to stay at the same school. After two years of not knowing what grade I’d be teaching until after the school year started, I’m thrilled to have time to prepare over the summer.

I’m also celebrating the completion of my Whole 30, which I promptly celebrated by having a glass of wine and two tacos. To find out what Whole 30 is click here. The mantra is You can do anything for thirty days. I had to repeat that over and over…and, I’m not going to lie, the first two weeks were tough. I actually went through sugar withdrawals in a bad way. I do, however, feel so much better. I also plan to go back on the eating plan tomorrow morning, now that I’ve had my tacos and wine.


Being mom to three active kids and the wife of an Army Officer. My son’s baseball season is set to start as my oldest competes at the state gymnastic competition this weekend. I’m excited for her and so proud of how far she’s come since her foot surgery a year ago. I know that with each meet, we are nearing the end of her competitive career, but that doesn’t diminish the years of hard work that I’m sure will accompany her to her next endeavors. I truly think she is amazing, and am constantly inspired by her drive and ability to persevere. She is the epitome of every Nadia Comaneci/Mary Lou Retton gymnastics dream I had as a kid, as I was balancing on a two by four, tumbling on a flattened sleeping bag, and swinging on a metal swing set.

So Over…

The election. I know social media is a means to promoting ones beliefs and/or campaigning, but it’s exhausting for those of us who like to get away from the election. Plus, people are so negative and it makes me sad. I suppose you could say I live behind rose-colored glasses, but in truth, I don’t feel it’s necessary for you to know all of my political beliefs. After all, they are mine and you have as much of a chance of changing them as I have of changing yours, right? Let’s just keep it civil, huh?



To participate in Camp NaNoWriMo, which for those who don’t know is Camp National Novel Writing Month. It’s held in April and the goal is to write 50,000 words in one month. I actually drafted The Reunion Tour during Camp NaNoWriMo, in April of 2013. This time, however, I’m outlining the plot of a project I’m working on so that I can draft when I get home from work each night. In all, it amounts to just under 1,700 words/day. It’s fun though and keeps me motivated. You should join me!

Making Me Happy

Gonzaga made it to The Dance! Go Gonzaga! G-O-N-Z-A-G-A!


I’m also thrilled that it’s supposed to stop raining tomorrow and that all of you took the time to read my blog. Enjoy the rest of your week. If you write a Currently post, let me know and I’ll stop by to read it. Cheers!



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