Currently // Three

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It's been a long time since I posted an entry such as this one. But I suppose there's no better time like the present to hop back onto that "currently" horse!

READING a lot of books that I really haven't cared for. Which is a major bummer, considering how much I love to read. There haven't been much in the way of books that I've read this year that have really grabbed a hold of me, which has in turn made me less excited to read. Every time I pick up a new book, I'm hoping that this is it, this is the one that will get me hooked and excited because YEAH! LITERATURE! But no dice. Right now, I'm reading "The House at the End of Hope Street" by Menna van Praag, and it's good, but not what I want to be reading right now. Does anyone else ever encounter that? Having all these great books, but they're not really want you feel like reading?

WATCHING season two of Graceland. I don't watch a whole lot of television, though on weeknights when we're in, Brad and I will often catch some re-runs of The Simpsons and Seinfeld while we do our respective dorking out on our laptops. We don't get the channel that airs Graceland, so I usually end up watching it a day or two later after, um, "acquiring" it. I must say, thus far I am really enjoying the direction that this season is going in! Last season, by comparison, was very bright, and sunshiny. It still dealt with some dark themes, but I feel like this season has upped the conflict and the character development by many notches. The fact that we're getting to know more about characters that aren't Mike Warren and Paul Briggs is a breath of fresh air. Last season I was lukewarm on Paige Arkin, but this season I feel like she's becoming a more fleshed out and well thought out character. It's an enjoyable summer procedural drama, and I hope it's back next year!

FEELING motivated. I've put on a couple of pounds since arriving in Victoria earlier this year - we'll chalk it up to all the delicious foods this city has to offer, and the fact that I live with someone who enjoys cooking and preparing meals. We both decided it was time to take action and start taking better care of ourselves. We've been working out in the evenings (crunches and squats for me right now), and making a valiant effort to eat better, subbing in healthier alternatives for not so healthy meals and snacks. I haven't seen a lot in the way of progress physically yet, but I'm feeling a lot better than I did even this time last month, and that's a great start as far as I'm concerned!

LOOKING FORWARD TO autumn! It's almost here, I can feel it! This will be my first autumn in Victoria, and considering how green and lush it is, I'm really looking forward to experience the season on an entirely different level. Halifax doesn't really get a typical autumn; it stays warm well into October, and then suddenly everything is simply dead and cold. Hmm. Not optimal. And of course, autumn brings many special days and occasions! Halloween and Thanksgiving are the obvious, but also mine and Brad's birthdays, and our one year anniversary. We were still in the beginning stages of coupledom when our birthdays rolled around after meeting one another, so we haven't celebrated them together yet. Getting to enjoy those celebrations together will be truly awesome!

Currently // Two

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LISTENING TO "If I Had a Heart" by Fever Ray on a constant loop. Earlier this week, I watched the first two episodes of History Channel's show Vikings (which I love more than words can adequately describe already). Aside from the show itself being visually stunning and featuring a wide array of characters that you love to love and love to hate, something that really stuck with me was the opening theme. The imagery was breathtaking, and the song that played during it really stuck with me. Naturally, I had to find out what it was and listen to it over and over and over again. It fits so well with the show, and is so hauntingly beautiful.

READING "Attack of the Theatre People" by Marc Acito. I read the first part in this series, "How I Paid for College" while enduring layovers and delayed flights during my trip to and from New York, and it was an absolute riot! Strangely enough, I had originally picked up this book a couple of years ago, not knowing that it was a sequel, and it wasn't until I was a couple of chapters in that I actually figured that out. I haven't gotten far along in it this time around, as I started reading it last night after a twelve hour day spent at the office, so after a couple of chapters my brain sort of just fizzled out and stopped comprehending anything other than the chanting of "sleep, sleep, sleep!" Really, this series has everything that I could ever want in a piece of literature: the 1980's, New York City, misguided and misspent youth, theatre, musicals, sexcapades, jazz hands! Yes! Get into my eyeballs!

THINKING ABOUT what comes next. As I mentioned previously, my major resolution for this year was to do and be more. With my pilgrimage to New York City done (but oh, how much I want to go back), I need to focus my attentions elsewhere. The original plan was to recover mentally and financially and then look into taking yoga classes, which is still the primary objective, and I'm currently shopping around various studios and asking friends about their experiences. But more than that, I have no desire to be stagnant, and am still working toward another one of my goals - embracing simplicity. I'm in the process of purging a lot of stuff from my life, mainly material possessions, and it's harder than it sounds. I have more purses, scarves, shoes, and coats than is acceptable for one person to own. I plan to get all that stuff together, and invite my girl friends over to have their pick at things. I'm planning on selling my monstrosity of a desk, and getting rid of my television (I don't watch it much anyway). I have pack rat tendencies, so the Great Purge of 2013 will be hard for me, but I know that it's something that I really need to do.

FEELING tired. I am one of the ten people in the world who absolutely love winter. But even us winter lovers reach a point where we declare, "Enough!" I have reached that point. I keep holding out for one more epic snowstorm that will cripple the city, but with each one that misses us or ends up being nothing but flurries, my patience goes away. Further to that, the long winter months leave me feeling so tired. No amount of sleep is ever enough, and there is not enough tea in the universe to assist in waking me up. Work is in it's slightly maddening period, and I'm coming home at the end of the day feeling drained for energy. I am intensely looking forward to Easter weekend, as we're getting four days off, and it will be the first time I've had that much time off since Christmas to just relax (there was practically zero relaxing done in New York). Though I enjoy sleeping, I certainly don't enjoy being tired so much!

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Currently // One

I'm jumping on what appears to be a bandwagon in the world of blogging. I've seen various bloggers post entries on things that they are currently enjoying, anticipating, loving, thinking of, etc. And I thought to myself that this might be something fun to do! I'm not certain how often I will do this, weekly seems a bit much, and bi-weekly doesn't give me enough time for interests and thoughts to shift in most cases (though I am fickle with some things). So, perhaps these will just appear whenever the mood strikes!

LISTENING TO Mat Kearney's "City of Black and White." I know that I'm a couple of years behind on this one, but I didn't start listening to Mat Kearney until spring of last year. For whatever reason, this album just really speaks to me (to borrow an old and tired trope). There is something wonderful and simplistic in the lyrics and the melodies that I just find myself really enjoying. Perhaps it's because I recently ended a non-relationship with a man that I really liked and really connected with, but I find that whenever I listen this album I think of him. Not necessarily in a bad way, or in a way that would suggest longing, but just thinking of him. Not all the time, but my thoughts drift to him once in a while. Or, perhaps it's just because Mat Kearney is delightful to listen to. Yes, let's go with the latter.

READING nothing at the moment. I know, gasp if you must. I'm "between books" right now, as silly as that may sound. The last book I read, "In the Pleasure Groove" by John Taylor of Duran Duran, was one of the best rock memoirs I've had the pleasure of reading. I find when I finish reading something that I enjoyed so much, it takes me a short while to recover from it. That makes no sense, I'm well aware. Sitting on my nightstand, however, is "Alive in Necropolis" by Doug Dorst, which I fully intend on starting before this week is over. I had actually started this book last year, and put it down a couple of chapters in. I just wasn't in the mood for it at that juncture. Hoping to get through it the second time around!

THINKING ABOUT life. It's such a simple thing, yet such a grand thing. We only get one kick at it all, and lately I find myself thinking about my own life, choices, path, and the things that I want from myself. A lot of my thinking lately has to do with my career. What I'm currently doing, it's not what I see myself doing in the long run. Do I love aspects of what I do? Absolutely, but I long for something more. I'm in a position where I don't want to quit my job and go back to school, I couldn't afford my lifestyle even with a loan, and I'd prefer to do something online or via distance. The problem is finding something that pertains to my interests, and will allow me the time to continue working. I've not delved too deeply into this as I've just begun thinking of it recently, but it's on the forefront of my mind often. Life is what you make of it, and what am I made of?

LOOKING FORWARD TO New York! I think this one goes without saying. It's still a little over three weeks away, but the anticipation is already bubbling over. When 2012 rolled into 2013, I promised myself I would do things that I wanted to do, and not let the little things hold me back. When I began planning this trip, I worried about travelling alone, being in a big city that I'd never been in before, experiencing things that were new and strange to me. And then I wondered to myself, "Why?" I crave adventure, shouldn't those be things that excite me? I was scared when I bought tickets for the play I'm going to see - it meant I couldn't back out. I was scared when I purchased my plane tickets - oh god, airplanes with a stranger sitting next to me. But since receiving my confirmation from the airline, I haven't been able to stop smiling, haven't been able to stop making lists of places I want to go, things I want to do. Yes, I'm still a little scared, this is a big adventure for me, but more than anything else I am so excited that I could burst.

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