For anyone who's ever been a fan of Skunkboy Blog, you've probably seen her "Currently" posts where she talks about what's been going on in her life lately. Since I've been pretty absent from the blogging world for the past month or so, I figured I'd take my cues from her and update you all with what's been happening. So, here goes.
*Listening: About a month or so ago I FINALLY fulfilled like my ten year dream of seeing Death Cab for Cutie live. They were (of course) brilliant, and Ben Gibbard has this really adorable little bop-bop-back-and-forth sway that he does when he plays. They closed with an encore of Transatlanticism (I died), and ever since then I've had their latest album Kintsugi on pretty much nonstop. They are without fail, my go-to band for whenever I don't know what to listen to. I never cease to be amazed by their ability to capture all the feels so poetically and perfectly.
*Watching: I've been trying to cut down on time wasted in front of the TV, but I did go through a recent phase where I was pretty much watching Chopped nonstop. When Daniel and I first got married we had cable, and we would watch marathons for days on end. Then when we moved to Phoenix we ditched cable, and got Netflix instead. That being said, I discovered that one season of Chopped was on Netflix, and plowed through that in a matter of days. Cmon Netflix, give us all the seasons of Chopped!
*Doing: Looking for jobs. I'd been getting progressively unhappier at work for the past few months, until finally I decided it was time to move on. I wanted to stretch myself and grow my career in new ways, so now I'm in the market for a full time graphic design position. It's totally exciting, terrifying, gratifying, and soul-crushing all at once. But hey, one day at a time right? I've had a surprising number of interviews so far, however, so I'm not giving up hope yet!
*Wearing: Umm, nothing new, that's for sure. Given the current job circumstances, I've had to put all fun purchases on hold. Blah! It's certainly been testing my ability to get creative with the wardrobe that I already have, that's for sure!
*Traveling: Again, there aren't any spare nickels and dimes for us to use for any traveling right now...however, luckily enough, we did get to take a weekend trip to LA last weekend for a photo shoot that Daniel had. It couldn't have come at a better time, as I've ***desperately*** been needing to get away, and there's no place like the ocean for me. Unfortunately it was freakishly cold, and our AirBnb was a bizarre experience to say the least, but it was still a great trip filled with lots of eating and laughing. And those trips are always the best, right?
*Instagramming: Umm, nothing, really. I've been pretty sick of Instagram / social media in general lately, with how fake everyone presents themselves. Cool, your life is made up of expensive clothes and donuts? Well, mine isn't. It can be tough to not play the comparison game via social media, ESPECIALLY when you're feeling down and out - which is one of the reasons I've been so absent from the blog world too. Although, I did have a semi-viral post of our bedroom, so I guess that was kind of exciting. Other than that though, Instagram has been kind of off limits for me. Because life is just too short to wish that you were like every other blogger with too many clothes and too much free time.
*Planning: Well, life, I guess. Being on the job hunt and our lease ending relatively soon has got Daniel and I mulling over the idea of moving again. When it comes to decisions like this, I still feel awkward and uncomfortable in my adult skin, and wish that I had someone to tell me what to do. It's hard to not let decisions like this be completely ruled by finances, and finding a happy medium but still coming to a decision on making a big change like moving has proven to be really tough.
*Reading: With my recent amount of free time, I plowed through this book called "The Storyteller" that Daniel bought me almost a year ago (and I never had the time to read before). It's written by Jodi Picoult, one of my favorite authors (and only one that I really know), who also wrote My Sister's Keeper. She is an incredible writer - and all I can say is, this is book had me crying on more than one occasion. I'm planning on flexing my library card muscles in the near future to check out some of the other books she's written as well.
*ANDDDD last but not least, VOTING?
Okay, shameless husband plug for a second. Daniel is currently entered in a short film competition called "My Rode Reel," and voting runs until July 3rd. We're currently in fifth place - and if you all could vote that would mean so much to me!! You can vote every day - so please share it with your friends and family and ask them to vote as well! CLICK HERE TO VOTE.
You guys are the best! Leave a comment and let me know how you're doing "currently" as well; I'd love to hear. Also, if you actually made it this far, you probably deserve a trophy.
xo, grace - @thegracemattei