12.18.2014

currently / Rob vs. Kitten / link up

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The deal: Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' going on with you. Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other bloggers linking up - especially to my amazing co-host Randalin of Harvesting Kale.

This week's themes: 
loving, reading, choosing, designing, wondering

We have all been Loving a little kitten named Rosie. We get to pet-sit her for a couple of weeks and we were excited for Otto to get a chance to practice feeding schedules and litter clean-up and for the family to get a sense of what it will be like when we get Otto his birthday kitten. Well it turns out we may have a problem because Rob's eyeballs don't seem to love kitten essence. He woke up after a night of kitten sofa snuggles with demon eyes yesterday and through all kinds of scientific testing (take a shower, go for a walk outside) we are pretty sure they were the classic demon eyes of a cat allergy. So he is like, "maybe we can't get a kitten," and I am like, "well I guess we will have to find a less allergenic kitten and you will need to wash your hands more." Cat standoff?

I'm currently Reading a beautiful, quiet book called Stoner which the New Yorker called, "The greatest American novel you've never heard of." I don't know if it's for everybody, but it's for me. And I'm looking forward like CRAZY to reading Wild with the Ladies Who Book Club. We are reading for the month and then discussing towards the end of January. All interested ladies should join us. We are the best book club in the world <-- fact.="" p="">

Last night the kids had their Winter Concert at school and Loretta was almost Choosing to skip the stage and hang out in the audience. She was pretty overwhelmed by the whole show and cried, just a bit, but I was proud of my brave girl for eventually standing up there with her classmates. Just standing. No singing. Refused to dance. Just a scowling, darling statue of misery with terror eyes. And Otto, you guys, Otto was doing like Michael Bolton-level emotion faces while singing Michael Jackson's "Heal the World" with his class.

I am in the beginning stages of Designing just a handful of things that will be a part of a shop launch in the New Year (hopefully February). I'm not trying to be coy, but there is a lot of fear in my heart as I kick off this little business that's been dancing in my head for days and in and out of months and over a year... So anyways, to be designing feels really amazing and I cannot wait to share more here in just a couple of months!

Otto has been Wondering what could possibly be in all of the packages under the tree. Not a thing from Mom and Dad. We haven't wrapped a single gift. But his Nanas and Papas sent huge boxes full of packages and so under our tree looks ridiculous right now. So much Christmas magic for a near-six year old!

Next week and the next:
'Currently' is taking some time off for the holidays! See you back here in the New Year!!  

12.10.2014

currently / look, we drink blurry cocoa / link up


The deal: Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' going on with you. Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other bloggers linking up - especially to my amazing co-host Randalin of Harvesting Kale.

This week's themes: 
dancing, cooking, losing, clearing, sharing

We have all been Dancing to the holiday station on the radio and also lots of Michael Jackson. Rob thinks he can moonwalk, so there's that to witness. Ours is a dance party house and I can't help but stop and smile and hope we will always be a dance party house, no matter how old the kids get.

Oh guys, in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, not a whole lot of Cooking goes on around here. We are pinching pennies and so so busy. I guess I've been cooking a lot of frozen pizzas and cooking up crescent rolls and Costco's broccoli cheese soup. Almost all meals these days are some combination of fast-to-make and bread-based with cheese as an ingredient.

I wish I could say I've been Losing those last 10 pounds and doing sit-ups like GI Jane but it would be a wild lie.

Same as cooking, not much Clearing has been going on around here lately either. We are gathering stocking stuffers and gifts for the kids and tucking them away out of sight... Cards from friends and family... Catalogs (which, who knew catalogs were even still a thing - I think I have a tree's worth from the past few weeks and Otto couldn't be happier. He loves them). In a few weeks I'm sure we'll feel a need to clear everything, sort, donate, organize, unclutter, but right now it's like charming holiday clutter and we're just wallowing in it.

Loretta has been Sharing in all that we do quite aggressively lately. She is very ready to be a big girl and to do all. the. things. She drags a chair into the kitchen to help do dishes and bake. She helps Otto clean up the toy room. She folds towels, mostly small ones that she rolls like crepes. When she takes her shoes off she throws them to the shoe bucket and if they don't make it she yells, "I missed!" She chooses books for story time. She plays board games. She picks out her own clothes - and God help us cause the girl is tacky. Anyways, it's so nice to have her take an equal part in the little things that make up our daily life. She and her brother just light up our home.

Next week's theme's:
loving, reading, choosing, designing, wondering 

12.04.2014

currently is "calling in sick" this week...

Hey guys, it turns out 4 out of the 6 Harvesting Kale/Ot & Et kids and moms are down for the count right now. We're going to skip a week... We love you. We'll be back, all well rested and hydrated, with nasal passages all irrigated and weird amounts of cinnamon in our systems. xo

11.27.2014

currently / Happy Thanksgiving / link up


The deal: Use our themes or use your own - just let us know what is 'currently' going on with you. Be sure to stop by and say hello to the other bloggers linking up - especially to my amazing co-host Randalin of Harvesting Kale.

This week's themes: 
picking, reading, watching, rushing, planning

I'm 36 years old and I am a turkey cooking virgin. But we're hosting tonight for some friends and so this week I was Picking out my first Thanksgiving turkey. I got a hot tip from a friend that Costco had organic turkeys and Holy Pricey Bird, Batman! Anyways, wish me luck today, friends.

Otto and I have been Reading the third book in the Little House series at bedtime, Farmer Boy. As with the first two, I'm a bit mortified by the child abuse and racism in these books. But, by editing on the fly, Otto is just getting the benefit of hearing about how self-sufficient life used to be and how different childhood used to be. "Doesn't seem like much of a fun life," he said. Ha. Werd. But it's also so fascinating. The books are so procedural, I feel like if I needed to make cheese, maple syrup, or plant a field of potatoes, I could do it now.  

We will all be Watching the Macy's Parade in a few hours! Having the parade on while I cook is MANDATORY.

This week all the Rushing around that seemed to make the whole summer give me anxiety kind of melted away on a sea of Hershey candy cane kisses and slowly enjoyed cups of coffee. Un-rushing.  

We are Planning to get a real Christmas tree this year, probably this weekend. And are planning to take the kids to Big Hero 6. That's it for planning. Happy weekend.

Next week's theme's:
dancing, cooking, losing, clearing, sharing