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Currently: August 2017

Currently at Lindsay Loves

So much for that “first Wednesdays” thing. Posting before the second Wednesday counts for me, even if it means I completely missed the link-up.

Here’s what I am currently…

Snacking (on): Protein! I went hard for cheese cubes for a while, but these days, I am all about soy protein. I found a store-brand protein bar that is very tasty, and I discovered that the same store’s “carb conscious” yogurt is full of protein and low in sugar. They’ve been great reminders that, when I’m hungry, I need protein to fight off hunger, not just carbs to fill my belly.

Anticipating: The start of school. Faculty orientation is this week, so I’ve dialed back my hours at the grocery store. My manager was sad to see me leave. It feels good to be wanted!

Borrowing: Audiobooks from the library. I caught up on all my podcasts and wasn’t in the mood to veg out with the radio, so I decided to try “reading” with my ears. My first selection was World War Z, which I highly recommend. The premise lends itself to a full cast recording, and the story is so compelling. It’s graphic, so don’t listen with kids around. My second selection was a standard YA novel. It has three narrators for the three main characters, but it’s not nearly as good. I might stick to listening to books I’ve already read with my eyes.

Admiring: My grocery store coworkers. It’s not an easy job. I have a new respect for people who make part-time, minimum-wage jobs work for their real lives. I understand how you could be working 40 hours a week and not be able to make ends meet. I’ve seen what great and lousy work ethic looks like in a labor-intensive job. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work this job, one that I’m “overqualified” for, because it helped pay the bills.

Purchasing: A teeny bit more now that I’m under contract with my school (and therefore have increased my income). I’m not going crazy, but I can finally get my hair done to start off the year without split ends.

Recapping: July

  • I got to meet some of Mr. Man’s college friends.
  • We saw a professional production of Julius Caesar in Central Park.
  • I got a gift card for my two-month work anniversary, so I took my man to the Cheesecake Factory.

So what’s new with you? What are you anticipating currently?


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Currently: July 2017

Currently at Lindsay Loves

Whew! My June was a whirlwind compared to my May. This month’s Currently day is a little later than usual, though, so I think I’ve recovered enough to summarize June for you.

Here’s what I am currently…

Documenting: All of my new-employee information, because I actually got two jobs. I have a full-time job for the summer at a local grocery store. I work in the hot foods department, which is tough, but it’s better than nothing. (I had nothing for a while, remember?) The employee discount comes in handy, and it’s good to have some income again. I also lined up a full-time teaching job for the fall. All my previous experience has been with high school, but I will be switching to middle school this year. I’m excited to finally be back in my field!

Accomplishing: More in my mornings than I ever have outside of retreats. Before I started working again, I had successfully shifted to a rough 9-to-5 schedule. I got up relatively early, completed some solid personal work before lunch, and called it a day on “work” before dinner. It felt good, almost normal. On the other hand, my grocery store job has a flexible schedule, so I have lost the standard weekend (I get two days off each week, but they’re almost never on the weekends, because that’s when many people shop for groceries) and the typical workday. I did, however, manage to train myself to get things done at home in the morning when I work in the afternoon and evening. It’s weird to eat lunch at 4 p.m. and dinner at 10, but I manage. Shifting just an hour or two later each time my shift, well, shifted has helped immensely, and that’s how I plan to transition back before school starts.

Enjoying: The confidence that comes with not being unemployed anymore. This was not my first period of unemployment, but it took a big toll on my self-esteem and sense of self-worth when it was combined with my big move. Like the other times, I wish I had completed more personal projects when I wasn’t working, but I’m also more satisfied than ever with what I did accomplish. Thanks, GTD!

Reading: Shamefully, almost nothing! My current line of work is so different from my old job that my old habit of reading while eating lunch has completely fallen by the wayside. I also dove into the huge task of reading my backlog of alumni magazines. Add in the monthly newspaper from my old diocese (which I should probably stop getting now) and the weekly newspaper from my current diocese, and reading an actual book never came to the top of my list. I’ve got nothing in the queue for tomorrow morning, though, so back to my book at breakfast it is!

Spending: Not very much. Working at the grocery store doesn’t exactly pay well. I did take Mr. Man out to dinner (at IHOP; I love IHOP) for a tiny celebration of my restored self-confidence. It felt pretty great.

Recapping: June

  • I was hired as a teacher again.
  • I won a free hard copy of Deep Work from an Asian Efficiency webinar. Don’t let the name fool you; AE’s advice is for everyone and is top-notch.
  • Mr. Man and I went to Mass in Spanish.
  • I celebrated Independence Day a little early, again with Mr. Man’s family.
  • I learned how to tell the front of a rotisserie chicken from the back and a chicken breast from a thigh. I almost never eat chicken off the bones, so I struggled!

So what’s new with you? What are you reading currently?


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Currently: June 2017

Currently at Lindsay Loves

My May kind of crawled along, much like April, but then it picked up like crazy! The last few days have been slightly overwhelming. I’m not engaged; I just got a job. Blog-appropriate details are forthcoming.

Here’s what I am currently…

Planning: Well, my life is kind of up in the air at the moment. This is good because having a job means I have things to do, but it’s bad because I sort of had a life beforehand. I love habits and routines, and mine have changed a lot. Setting new routines will take a while, and although I am glad to have the reason for the changes, I’m anxious about how those changes are actually going to go.

Yes, that is all vague. It’s vague on purpose.

Wishing: I had put more attention into completing my personal projects when I had more time on my hands. I’m delighted to have kept up my prayer habits, worked on my Spanish vocabulary, and read the entire books of Wisdom, Timothy, and 1 Peter, but my physical files are just as sloppy as they were before.

Learning: The ropes of my new job. I forgot how awful it is to be the new girl, but there are some clear advantages. I’m older, so I know my self-worth, maturity, and capabilities. I’ve experienced enough company and organizational cultures to know that every one is different. You just have to learn over time who to trust, who has your back, and how things go around the place (especially as they relate to the way they’re supposed to go). That was probably one of my best takeaways from my last job: figuring out the culture, finding my place in it, and rejecting it where appropriate.

Browsing: The J-Archive. Since I watch the show live most days now, I’m really just looking for the winners’ Coryat scores (at-home score equivalents) to see how well or poorly I’m doing. I got Final Jeopardy! wrong for over a week a while back, which was sobering. Without the data, though, I wouldn’t have realized that at all.

Going: To visit Mr. Man’s family for Memorial Day. Most of my friends in Austin were too far into parenting for a young adult celebration of holidays, but not far enough into it for a family-plus-friends-and-their-families gathering, so I spent most of my holidays alone for a while. It was nice to not be alone.

Recapping: May

  • I started blogging about using Todoist instead of Wunderlist.
  • I became re-certified in Adult CPR and AED. I am now qualified to save your life.
  • Mr. Man and I crushed at trivia (more than once!), attended a wedding together (just the one time), and finished watching the first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I think I can safely say we enjoyed all of these things.
  • I got my teaching license renewed.

So what’s new with you? What are you learning currently?


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Currently: May 2017

Currently at Lindsay Loves

My April was tough. It started off with the back end of my move to Kentucky and ended with more stress than I would like to dwell upon, so let’s get on with the rest of the post, shall we?

Here’s what I am currently…

Baking: Not a thing. I have yet to even turn on the oven in my apartment. I considered it when I was getting ready to eat leftover pizza (I prefer oven reheating to the microwave for pizza), but then I realized I could eat the pizza much faster if I had it cold. I actually enjoy cold pizza and French fries, but only if they are “in the fridge overnight” cold. “Left out on the counter” cold is not the same thing.

Listening To: Podcasts at home, for a change. I started out my life in Louisville by listening to the radio as I got ready in the morning, as usual. Then I realized that, with no commute, I didn’t have a built-in time to listen to podcasts! So I replaced music with conversations, and now I’m back in business. I’m sad that Modern Manners Guy has ended, but I’m glad that Beyond the To-Do List and the GTD Virtual Study Group are publishing new episodes again.

Loving: Bagels. Sometimes it’s as simple as that. I eat a whole-wheat bagel with butter and drink orange juice every weekday morning. I could eat less expensive or more protein-packed breakfasts, but that’s what I like. In a life where not much is normal anymore, it’s nice that some things don’t change.

Planting: Ha! My grandmother was good with plants (flowers and vegetables), but that skill did not trickle down through the generations. I am from a fake plant family and have no shame about that.

Remembering: Nothing, as usual. I have always had a terrible memory. When I embraced GTD and built the habit of writing things down, I solved that problem! I recently left my beloved Wunderlist when they announced the planned shutdown. They didn’t give a date, but I was already burned when Microsoft bought, ate, and shuttered Sunrise. I’m not letting that happen again; I started using Todoist instead. The transition is still in progress, but I’m mostly back in action. I have some separate posts about that in the works.

Recapping: April

  • Mr. Man and I observed the whole Triduum together.
  • I switched task management apps from Wunderlist to Todoist.
  • Therefore, I published what will probably be the last post in my Wunderlist and GTD series.
  • I attended the Peak Work Performance Summit online, where I heard some of my favorite speakers and some new ones.
  • My refrigerator broke. My landlord replaced it as soon as he could… which was a week later.

So what’s new with you? What are you listening to currently?


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Currently: April 2017

Currently at Lindsay Loves

Well, I missed the link-up for this month entirely, but that is partly because I moved to Kentucky!

Here’s what I am currently…

Accomplishing: Moving to Louisville. (I promise this won’t be the answer to every prompt.) The toughest part was keeping it all on the DL. I had to do things like correspond with my old landlord to show the house where I no longer live, visit the city to look at new apartments, and say goodbye my friends in Austin—all without my now-former boss accidentally finding out. As I put it to Mr. Man, I needed to be able to leave when I wanted to and not because I accidentally got fired. That wasn’t likely to happen, but plenty of unlikely things have happened in my life. Haven’t they in yours?

Feeling: Sneezy, like the dwarf. Mr. Man warned me that Louisville is known for inciting people’s allergies. I had never experienced an allergic reaction until grad school, I got my first sunburn when I was in my twenties, and not even Austin’s infamous “cedar fever” got to me. I was skeptical. He was 100% correct. I am humbled and taking Claritin.

Needing: Motivation. I was not getting enough sleep when I was working my previous job, and now I am getting plenty, but I’m somehow still not getting enough done. I managed to finish all my packing and moving (with Mr. Man’s help), and I’m all unpacked except for decorations, so now I need to focus on finding a new job and getting some of my personal projects crossed off the list. I don’t have a 9-to-5 in my way at the moment, so I can’t use that as an excuse. After the Triduum, things will be full speed ahead.

Practicing: How to use a good knife. My dear trivia teammate Gene gave me a beautiful Japanese chef’s knife as a going-away present. It is exactly the kind of thing I always meant to buy for myself and never did. (To be honest, it is also the kind of thing one often receives from a wedding registry, but that is not my life.) I’ve mostly been using it to slice up my apples at lunchtime, but it’s tricky because I keep them in the fridge. I could probably use a bit more force than I am, but I don’t want to damage the knife or, say, my fingers.

Pinning: Nothing. I’m between jobs, so although I have blank walls and an empty pantry, I’m not quite in a position to start filling them with gallery displays and tasty-looking recipes. Does adding new cells to my job search spreadsheet count?

Recapping: March (and almost half of April)

  • I moved to Lousiville. (Last time, I swear!)
  • I liked the end of Bones. It was time, but I’m sad to see it go.
  • Several dear friends threw me a going-away party. The night ended with Lindsay Trivia. It was delightful.
  • I finished my salvation history Bible study. So amazing.
  • I ate the fried avocado at Trudy’s and instantly regretted having only ever had one.
  • Mr. Man helped me pack and drive from Austin to Louisville. He’s a champ.

So what’s new with you? What are you accomplishing currently?


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Currently: March 2017

Currently at Lindsay Loves

The scant few days of February cause March to sneak up on many people. I have a couple of birthdays in my circle in February, though, so it always feels like just the right length to me. Non-bloggable matters have kept me moving through new projects, travel, and events. This year is moving right along!

Here’s what I am currently…

Watching: The final season of Bones! It didn’t start until January, and episodes have been moving right along. I was disappointed at the resolution to the cliffhanger. They built up another good arc, but it seems to be done again. It feels strange to be starting and ending a season in just a few months. I hope the series comes to a satisfying end. The almost-series finale a few seasons ago would have been really good. Can they top it?

I’m also up to Season 4 of Merlin. Both of the leading ladies got huge appearance changes this season. I’m not a fan, but I am excited to see how Arthur’s reign, Lancelot’s return, and Guinevere’s doomed romances all play out in just two seasons.

Eating: A ton of Mexican food. I know; I live in Texas, but still! I had a chimichanga for the first time last week. It’s basically a burrito, lightly toasted and covered with queso. It was worth trying, but so decadent. I should probably stick to enchiladas and flautas.

Saying: Many things to Mr. Man, as usual. I got to see him again last weekend! I also find myself saying more often than usual around the office that you have to make the machines work for you. Technology can be a huge time waster, but it also saves time like crazy. Auto-pay bills, the Dropbox mobile app’s document scanner, anything with voice recognition: use these tools! At least use them until the machines take over.

Wearing: Summer clothes! A few weekends ago, it was legitimately too hot for jeans in the afternoon. I felt ridiculous wearing shorts in February, but the weather was appropriate! I honestly don’t know what to wear most days. I just mentally prepare for being too warm or too cold at some point every day, and I try to remember whether my ceiling fan is still on when my bedroom light is off. I hate the light switch fake-out.

Posting: Not much at all, besides sharing my Sunday Style. My aforementioned non-bloggable matters are taking up time that I might otherwise use to blog. Some of my hobbies and activities are gone, but then there is Twitter. I struggle.

Recapping: February

  • I rear-ended a minivan on Valentine’s Day. No injuries. I blame the drizzle and the stop-and-go traffic. Insurance settled everything, so I’m all set now.
  • Yesterday was Rare Disease Day, so I shared my morphea awareness post on Twitter and Facebook.
  • My delightful optometrist prescribed me some antihistamine eye drops, and my eye started watering again, so now I have figured out how to use eye drops successfully. And no one had to tackle me like on Friends!
  • A dear friend hosted her annual tea party. I enjoyed blueberry jasmine tea, a butterbeer cupcake (it was Harry Potter themed), and much girl talk.
  • I went up to Ft. Worth to see Mr. Man. Due to my car repairs, I got to drive a rental, which was good and bad.

So what’s new with you? What are you saying currently?


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Currently: February 2017

Currently at Lindsay Loves

I saw an excellent meme on Facebook that described my feelings about January: “I’m starting my year over in February. January was a free trial month.”

Here’s what I am currently…

Packing: My new YETI bottle for tea at work. My company gives us a logo-branded item as a Christmas gift each year. The committee that’s in charge of recommending what to get has latched onto the YETI brand of coolers. They’re also made in Austin; Austinites love local stuff. This year, we all got YETI Rambler bottles. I was reluctant to use mine at first because it’s all metal and has a screw-on lid (as opposed to the sippy kind), but I tried it anyway. Wow! I’m amazed at how well it holds heat, even with the lid just placed on (to facilitate the aforementioned sipping).

I’ve even had to change the way I drink my tea. I used to use a normal travel mug (last year’s gift). I would leave the lid off at first, to let it cool to a drinkable temperature, because I detest scalded taste buds. Then, I drank at a casual pace until the tea started to get cold, at which point I semi-chugged the rest. I was usually done by about 10:30 a.m., leaving me time to drink water before lunch. (Yes, I have an extremely detailed workday hydration plan. If you know me, that is not surprising.) But the YETI doesn’t let my tea cool off once that lid’s on, so I have to keep an eye on the clock to make sure I drink it before lunch. Even after two hours, my tea is still hot enough to fog up my glasses!

This is not a sponsored post, but if you have the chance, get a YETI.

Jonesing: For pico de gallo. I’m always looking for ways to get more vegetables into my diet without requiring more brainpower than I really want to spend on food. My most recent solution is to go for the pico. When I get a salad at my favorite Mexican restaurant before Bible study each week, I dump some complimentary pico on it. It adds a great kick. I also started buying a snack-size container of pico to go with the quesadilla or two I eat each week. (#Texas) It’s not a ton of tomato, but it’s more than zero. Gotta start somewhere.

Texting: About the same amount as usual, which is not a lot. I am right in that generational sweet spot between T9 texting (when you had to press the physical “7” button on your phone four times to type the letter “S” once) and unlimited texting on smartphones with autocorrect. So I’ve never been a big texter. I also don’t feel the obligation to respond to texts immediately (or emails, for that matter). Make the machines work for you, I say!

Reading: All the things, always. Now that I am no longer reviewing regularly for ATX Catholic, I’m back to reading on my own schedule. Somehow, I let my Pocket get alarmingly full, so I need to clear that out. I reached my goal of reading four non-religious nonfiction books last year, but I forgot to read much fiction, so I’m trying to rebalance that. Not needing to read for my column should help. Any recommendations? I like productivity, personal finance, Christian/Catholic interest, and YA.

Hearting: Mr. Man, same as last year. We’ve been dating for kind of a long time at this point. We’ve been through a lot and have learned a lot about ourselves, each other, and our relationship. We still have so much left to learn and know! I much prefer adult romantic relationships to the younger kind, though. They come with different life baggage (like the need to pay bills in addition to funding dating), but we’re not still waiting for huge life changes like moving out or getting a job.

Recapping: January

  • I made no resolutions, so I kept them all!
  • I went to the Texas Rally for Life.
  • I survived the glaucoma test when I went for my annual eye exam.

So what’s new with you? What are you jonesing for currently?


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