April 21, 2015

In Lieu of WUW

{Fun fact: What's Up Wednesday was based at least in part off of the Currently... post that had been circulating at the time. Thanks goes to Katy Upperman for reviving this and giving us a place to dish now that What's Up Wednesday is no longer.}

The spring sunshine. This was a fairly mild winter, but even so, it's always nice when spring rolls in. I love, love, love TOMS and Chucks weather.  I'm also in love with my Erin Condren planner and all the fun washi-ing and sticker-ing that has been going on with other writer/planner friends. It's a great way to start my week and is yet another fun creative outlet.


This has been a pretty decent reading month for me, with some new faves added to my list. I've recently read (and loved) SOMETHING REAL by Heather Demetrios, A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray, THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler, and BONE GAP by Laura Ruby. I also read I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman, which was good, but I didn't love love it. I'm currently reading OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord, and no big surprise, I'm loving it already.

I've been all over the map with binge-watching Netflix shows lately. I'm finally finishing up The Killing, which earns the prize for giving me nightmares twice in the past few weeks. I'm countering this with yet another Gilmore Girls re-watch. I'm also watching Game of Thrones, Outlander, iZombie, among others. Basically I'm watching too much TV in general.

Like always, my musical tastes tend toward playlists of a variety of artists rather than solely listening to entire albums by a single artist/group. Lately, there's been a fair amount of Ed Sheeran mixed with random songs I've picked up while watching Hart of Dixie, Grey's Anatomy, and a plethora of CW shows. (See what I mean about watching too much TV?)

About to get real here, folks. I could tell you all kinds of things I've been thinking about lately, but these days my brain is plagued by doubts and worry. A few weeks back, my husband lost his job and since the few substitute teaching shifts I'm able to get don't add up to much, we're both on the hunt for new jobs. Ugh. Not fun. So my mind is constantly occupied by job hunt-related stress swirled together with the self-doubt that comes with trying to write and hoping it doesn't suck.
#wompwomp

The flip side to starting over career-wise is all of the opportunity that comes with that change. It's tough to stay positive, BUT there's always that anticipation that things could end up so much better than you're hoping for. There are so many things open to us that we might not have had the guts or the motivation to seek out had this whole unemployment crapola not been forced on us. The possibilities are kind of exciting and I'm choosing to focus as much as possible on that.

I'm wishing that a few entrepreneurial ideas I've come up with will maybe kinda sorta work out. You never know, right? Also wishing and hoping I can get the hang of baking macarons. We took the leap and attempted chocolate macarons over the weekend, and while they tasted yummy, they looked...not great. We've done some troubleshooting, so we know exactly what we need to do differently next time, so my wish is that Macaron-Baking Round Two will be much more successful.


The many ways I'm connecting with writer friends is one of the things making me happy these days → Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, email, etc... You ladies are seriously the best, and you make me smile every single day! ☺ The hubs and I have been rearranging things around here—the couch faces a different wall! no glare on the TV! the kitchen island is free of clutter!—and it's amazing how that little bit of change makes me feel lighter, happier to live in this place awhile longer. The pipe band I'm part of has decided on our next trip: Scotland + Ireland. Can't wait to visit Ireland in particular!

Our last trip (NW Europe) was incredible, so Scotland + Ireland should be wonderful too! (I've been to Scotland but not Ireland.)


So tell me, what are you currently up to?



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    1. One of Katy Upperman's fabulous ideas. :-)

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  2. *hugs* Sorry things are so stressful for you right now. I'm sending positive vibes your way :)

    iZombie is my new favorite show!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! Hopefully we can find jobs we like soon. Speaking of iZombie, I need to get caught up. Love it!

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  3. Sorry things are so stressful, Jaime, especially on the job front. Sending lots of hugs. I just finished season 3 of Hart of Dixie and really like the music. I can't wait to see season 4 though it is a shame that it got cancelled. I saw the final episode and it seemed a bit rushed but I guess they knew what was coming.*sigh* Also yay for Bone Gap love. Sarah Ockler too! I loved 20 Boy Summer and Bittersweet- can't wait to read Broken Hearts :)

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    1. Thanks, Rachel. We're hoping the job situation gets sorted out soon so we can both stress less. :-) It's a bummer that Hart of Dixie got cancelled, but I am kind of happy that I'm all caught up on it. There is some satisfaction in seeing an entire series from beginning to end. Plus, I love how it all wrapped up in the end. As for Sarah Ockler, I think I'm pretty much a lifelong fan now. Love her stuff!

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  4. Girl, I SO hope things work out soon for you and the hubs in ALL THE THINGS. But I am so glad you are keeping a positive and open attitude about this. That is so hard. I would probably be curled up in a ball.

    You're right though. Change can be very exciting! And hopefully they'll be good ones in your future SOON. Have a great week, Jaime! And so glad I can keep you with you too via twitter and email and facebook and... :)

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    1. Thanks, Alison. You and me both! :-) Hoping that this change brings good things. At any rate, it's forcing me to reevaluate certain things and decided what I *really* want to do.

      Have a wonderful week!

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  5. Sending you lots of positive thoughts on the job search, Jaime! I hope all the stress starts to resolve itself soon.

    Can't wait to hear your thoughts on OPEN ROAD SUMMER. It's on my TBR list!

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    1. Thanks, Kaitlin. I appreciate it! :-)
      I'm really enjoying OPEN ROAD SUMMER so far. It's the perfect read for me right now. You should give it a whirl!

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  6. My husband and I watched The Killing together over the last few months of 2014. I thought it was really well done, though the military school story line in the last season was rather ridiculous and far-fetched. Also, did you like the finale? I thought it was an oddly simplistic way to wrap up a show that's super complex and all sorts of shades-of-grey. Anyway. :-) I watched the Gilmore Girls pilot yesterday (I can't believe I've never seen this show!) and I'm very much looking forward to continuing on. Also, I'm excited that you're reading OPEN ROAD SUMMER. I liked that book so much... Matt Finch = <3. I've got Emery Lord's latest waiting on my TBR. Here's hoping it's as great as her debut. :-) Have a wonderful week, Jaime!

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    1. Todd and I are partway through the finale season, but we've enjoyed *most* of the series thus far. The first two seasons in particular were fantastic. We get a huge kick out of Holder. :P I'll let you know what I think of the finale. Sort of bummed that it only went for such a short time. Ah well. I'm so happy you liked Gilmore Girls. I have all of the seasons on DVD (got them for dirt cheap), that's how much I love the series. The witty banter is just so great. As is Stars Hollow as a setting.

      Loving OPEN ROAD SUMMER so far! I can already tell that Matt Finch is going to be a fave book boyfriend. This is basically the perfect read for me right now. Can't wait to read her sophomore novel as well! Have a great week, Katy! And thanks for reviving the Currently... post. It's just what I'm looking for at the moment.

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  7. So jealous of your future Scotland/Ireland trip! I loooove Scotland and am so desperate to go to Ireland at some point in the future.

    Sorry to hear about your husband's job, and I hope that great things start to come together soon for you guys.

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    1. It's a couple of years away still, but I'm excited at the prospect of a return to Scotland and a first-time visit to Ireland! (That's where my ancestors are mostly from.) Thanks for your job hunt wishes. We're really hoping we can both find jobs that we like and soon! Have a great week, Crystal!

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  8. It's warmed up considerably in the UK and I too have busted out the Toms! I was so sick of wearing boots. Did you like The Book of a Broken Hearts? I wish we had Gilmore Girls on our Netflix over here but they recently gave us Friday Night Lights, so I can't complain too much. Best of luck with the job search and round two with the macarons.

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    1. Boots... As much as I love cute boots come fall, I'm SO ready to shed them come spring. I'm a TOMS girl all the way, so I'm always super excited to pull them out again when I know my feet won't freeze in them. I really liked THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS, but then I've really enjoyed everything I've read by Sarah Ockler. There are still a couple of hers I need to read, though. Wish you could get GG on Netflix! I love that series so much I bought them on DVD for super ultra cheap. Worth every penny. :-) But then, FNL is pretty darn great as well. It's making me want to give it another watch. Have a wonderful week, Sophia!

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband's job, Jaime. I think you have a fantastic attitude, though. Focus on the possibilities and opportunities. You just never know what's coming your way! I'm sending you and your hubby good vibes on the job hunt. Good luck!

    A trip to Scotland and Ireland sounds a-ma-zing!! I am not big on traveling but if someone said Scotland and Ireland to me, I'd be there in a heartbeat. I can't wait to hear all about it!

    Have a fantastic week!


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  10. Best of luck to you both with the job hunt. I hope it proves fruitful soon!

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  11. Good luck with the job hunting! And jealous of the trip to Scotland. I was in Ireland for several months and loved it (would go back immediately). I like the idea of the currently post... a great way to stuff that hole :)

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