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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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Currently: January 2017

Currently at Lindsay Loves

Whew! That was kind of a long time to go without posting properly. Back to it now.

Here’s what I am currently…

Gathering: My hair around my head at bedtime. My hairstylist gave me a Christmas goodie bag with a hair wrap in it, so I’ve been wrapping my hair. Forgetting to pack the wrap when I was home over Christmas was a setback, but I’m back on the wagon now. It took some experimenting to figure out how my hair responds, and I had to buy a boar bristle brush to make it work, but I’m getting much better at the whole process. My hair stays way straighter now. I might have also spent too many minutes gathering tips from the Glamtwinz’s other hair videos. I don’t know any other black women with hair as long as mine, relaxed or natural, so I’m always looking for advice.

Making: A legit Christmas card display. I do not come from a Christmas Card Family, but I have been a Christmas Card Person since high school. My grandma was also a Christmas Card Person. This was the first Christmas since she died, so I felt a little extra joy knowing that someone in our family still has still got it. Oh, and the secret to displaying flat cards like this? Binder clips!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, I admire my Christmas card #haul. Grandma would be proud.

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Sipping: Pure Cane Sugar Dr. B ( a Dr Pepper imitation) from HEB; they had a coupon kind of a long time ago. Maybe a year ago? I forgot to drink them because I almost never drink sodas that have both sugar and caffeine. And I put them on the top of the wall cabinets in our kitchen, which is my extended storage space because I’m the only roommate tall enough to reach (without a chair, I guess). During my last grocery run of the year, I forgot to get my usual case of Coke Zero, so I drank those instead. They were tasty, but the extra sugar threw me off balance for a while.

Following:-slash-stalking Yahoo View for new episodes of my TV shows. Grey’s Anatomy had a most excellent cliffhanger, and Bones has started back up after its amazing finale. At least Black-ish has been back online already. I don’t watch a lot of TV, but cutting the cord and hand-picking what I watch has given me an almost fanatical devotion to the few shows I do watch.

Resolving: To write “2017” instead of “2016.” That’s the closest thing to a resolution you’re getting from me!

Recapping: December

  • I have morphea. I sat on that post for a long time before finally publishing. It was on my Epiphany cards, so it was time to just come out and talk about it.
  • Mr. Man went home with me for Christmas. We survived meeting my family, some classic tourist confusion about the DC area, and shoe shopping. It was delightful.
  • I got a filling. It was literally painless. My dentist is great.
  • I rang in the new year with a friend. We had a lovely hotel dinner with her mom and went to a great local brewery party.
  • I took myself on a date to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I liked it!

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


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Currently: December 2016

Currently at Lindsay Loves

November is always a frustrating month. People want to try to stop doing anything useful a full week before Thanksgiving Day because “it’s almost Thanksgiving,” and then it takes several days to get back into the swing of things because “it was just Thanksgiving.” Then it’s December. So for these last six or seven weeks of the calendar year, I am happy if I manage to get anything done, really.

Here’s what I am currently…

Doing: Trying to maximize the rest of the calendar year. I’m not planning anything new for January because I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. The only thing I’ve added to my usual December schedule is sending my Christmas cards before Christmas instead of roughly at Epiphany. My goal is to figure out what can be realistically done this month and what needs to be deferred to next month. I’m trying to treat December-to-January like any other month-end transition, except that many other people will be out of the office at the same time I am.

Enjoying: My non-traditional Advent wreath. As I shared on Instagram, I finally figured out how to get two full lightings out of each tea candle. It’s an art, guys. This year, the Fourth Week of Advent is much longer than usual, so I will get to see the whole wreath lit for several days. I’m excited.

Cooking: Nothing special. Since Spirit & Truth disbanded, I have one additional night at home each week, but I haven’t established a new meal plan for that night yet. I eat, so clearly I’m figuring it out, but I like my simple solo meal planning so much that I want to include this “new” night, too.

Wrapping: A White Elephant gift. I don’t like White Elephant exchanges (or Dirty Santa, Yankee Swap, or whatever you call it), but I have a greater dislike for being called a poor sport for not participating. How is it fun to spend money I don’t want to spend on something I don’t want that no one else wants, either? So I went with my typical gift when I get sucked into these things: a cube of Post-Its. It’s easy to wrap, no one ever guesses what it is, it’s appropriate for all ages, and it perfectly straddles that line between useful and useless.

Playing: Codenames. I spent Thanksgiving with an old college friend who is now local, his wife, and an assortment of international Ph.D. students. This game was perfect since it relies on pretty broad knowledge of English (for practice) but works for fairly large teams (we had about six people each). It was even better than Werewolf/Mafia. I loved both being a spymaster and being on one of the teams. Randomly, another friend who is temporarily in the U.S. after living in Europe mentioned this exact same game at another event with completely different people. The synchronicity was awesome and slightly creepy.

Recapping: November

  • I voted.
  • I went home for my grandmother’s funeral. I’m glad we could finally, finally, lay her to rest.
  • As mentioned, I had a low-key Thanksgiving. It was excellent.
  • My favorite band, Switchfoot, live-streamed their Day After Thanksgiving concert from L.A. They put on such a good show, and I remembered why I love their music best.
  • I made plans to see Mr. Man again: I’m taking him home for Christmas. (Technically, he’s meeting me there.)

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


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Currently: November 2016

Currently at Lindsay Loves

There are only two months left in this year! I had to start my end-of-year planning very early, so I’m already thinking ahead. I’d like to figure out how to finish the year strong. Even with all the preparation required for year-end holidays, there is also a lot of downtime. I want to use that time productively and not let it slip away.

Here’s what I am currently…

Discovering: Student loan co-signer release. I wrote a relatively impassioned plea in my 7th quick take last week, but it’s worthy of repetition. If you have private student loans, please read up. If you qualify, apply! I sent my applications in yesterday. I chose to fax them, not because I have to submit my applications to 1982, but because I could do that sooner than I could go to the post office.

Celebrating: A milestone with Mr. Man, and a wedding (not ours). That was my only wedding for the year, which is highly unusual. I went through a season when all my local friends got married, and then everyone was either married or completely single. It was weird.

Starting: To plan for the end of the year, as I mentioned above. I have a budget, so I’ve been saving money for Christmastime expenses since January. The challenge now is to budget my time and energy in the same way. I took a quick glance at last year’s yearly reflection as I was setting it up for this year. I can already see the ways in which I succeeded and some ways I’m still struggling.

Wearing: Still summer clothes, somehow. What is up, Texas? It is usually at least chilly by now. I refuse to start wearing boots and sweaters until the weather is appropriate. I sweat enough in regular clothes; there’s no need to cause my own misery with unnecessary layers.

Googling: Best practices for OneNote and for Evernote. My first try of the OneNote web clipper didn’t go so well. Evernote sounds awesome, but I’m not sure I’m ready to take the plunge just yet. OneNote is free and stays free (like my BFF Wunderlist). My organizing bug is a perpetual syndrome; it’s spreading to my personal documents. I’ve got this weird hybrid system right now of Dropbox, Google Drive, PDFs and text files and Word docs on my hard drive, and physical files. Setting up my tickler started the ball rolling towards purging and redoing my existing physical files, but since I also have some things electronically (like my tax returns), I’m not always sure what is where. The purging is the hardest part, so I guess that’s a step in the right direction.

Recapping: October

  • My good friend and former roommate had a birthday brunch at her new house. I have entered the season of life when birthday parties are less “ten til when” and more “leave by noon.”
  • I wrote an article for our diocesan Catholic newspaper. It was published in this month’s edition just yesterday, so I don’t have a direct link yet, but it’s totally real!
  • I went to the dentist for the first time in an embarrassingly long time. It was not completely terrible.
  • I attended the wedding of two good friends. We never thought the groom would get married. He had an excellent bachelor uncle thing going on, but he finally found the woman who shares his odd sense of humor. They are adorable.

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


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