Not So Much Photography Today, but Currently. . . .

As you can see, I am late posting. I am tired. It is the end of the mod at Remington where I teach written communication—grammar, composition, critical thinking and reading. . . .  I have a bunch of essays I need to grade tonight in preparation for close-out tomorrow.

So, today, I am lifting a page from my Happy Planner (check them out at www.michaels.com or www.meandmybigideas.com). This has become my daily planner and “scrapbook” to keep up with daily life and to record memories. At the beginning of each month, there is a list called Currently. Here is my “Currently” list:

Reading: Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. My morning quiet time is routine, and it always includes a “little” prayer. I have been trying to think of a way to make my prayer time more meaningful, and this book is giving me some things to think about.

Planning: a road trip to the mountains this weekend (note: the road trip has been postponed, courtesy of Hurricane Matthew) and the Write31Days Challenge.

Watching: Dancing with the Stars. You can blame my mama for this! She started it. I do enjoy DWTS on Monday nights. I haven’t picked a favorite yet, although I must admit that I’m pulling for “Marcia Brady” and Marilu Henner.

 Cooking: hmmmm. . . . chicken. I made two really good dishes in the last couple of weeks. I started by cooking three or four chicken breasts in the crock pot with some water, a sliced onion, and some carrots and seasoned with some salt and pepper. The chicken will cook in about three and a half hours on high. I stirred up the chicken until it fell apart, and then I got creative. For one meal, I added a can of cream of mushroom soup and a jar of alfredo sauce and simmered for an hour or so longer. Then I added some noodles and let them cook (about fifteen minutes or so). The second recipe began the same way except I used cream of mushroom soup, golden mushroom soup, and some sour cream with noodles added shortly before time to eat.

Eating: popcorn for afternoon snacks.

Drinking: lots of lemon water. Have you tried La Croix’s sparkling water with lemon: no sugar, no sodium, no artificial anything.

Crafting: melt-and-pour soaps. These make really sweet hostess gifts. And then, the bomb shell fell—son Aaron wrote last night on Facebook: Just so you know, that soap you made for Sherry is great. I’ve been using it, too. Would you make some for me? And I’m looking at some things to make to decorate for Halloween.

Going: to the mountains later this month to get some apples and see the changing leaves.

Loving: this cooler October weather (but not the threat of a hurricane.

Listening: I love classical music, and lately I’ve been listening to Mendelssohn’s “Songs without Words,” and I’m working on a couple of them for piano lessons.

Celebrating: family. This weekend, we will celebrate Homecoming at my church (photos to come) and a family reunion. Next week, the church of my childhood is celebrating Homecoming. It is good to have these to look forward to!

As you can see, there are no photographs, just words. Sometimes, when we are the family photographer and the event photographer, we don’t always get to participate in the event fully. We’re too busy looking for the next best shot and the perfect image. We lose ourselves behind the camera. Next time you have an “event,” put down the camera and live fully in the moment. Create your own “Currently” list based on that event and on the life that is going on right in front of you.

I love conversation, the close, intimate kind amongst friends. Won't you join me? I look forward to a good coze.

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