currents. [August]

>> 8.17.2012

evidence of how much I miss Mr. Potter.


Reading: Since it's that time of year, I've started the Harry Potter books again. I just love them way too much to not read them more than once, and really, I miss Hogwarts. Each time around I notice something new, and I am continually in awe of J.K. Rowling's writing and how well she communicates with her audience. 
I've also just started "The Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet, but it's gotten a lot of good reviews, so here's hoping. I finished a trilogy that she wrote not too long ago, and although I wasn't blown away, there was promise there, so...I'll keep you posted.

Watching: My usual brain candy, although Hubs got the documentary channels for me, so I've been watching some educational tv. Ha. We're working our way through season 3 of 'Modern Family', and I've decided it's got to be one of my favorite shows ever. The writing is simply brilliant, and the characters are hilarious. Seriously. I watch it any time I'm in a bad mood, and it always makes me smile.

Listening: I recently discovered Ben Howard, and have been obsessed ever since. I love, love, love his album and his voice.
Also, Taylor Swift's new song has been stuck in my head, much to Hubs despair. I'll admit, it's not her best work, but it's catchy and I love her anyway. 
And, of course, there's always "Row, Row, Row, Your Boat" and "Wind the Bobbin". 

Eating: Oh, gluten. The bane of my existence. I'm sure I've talked about it a little bit before, but I've really got to get back on the gluten-free bandwagon. My problem is just how expensive it is to buy "freefrom" groceries, and the time that goes into figuring out GF meals to make. Not to mention that all of my favorite foods happen to be made out of bread and flour, and I have little to no willpower when it comes to pancakes. But really. I've got to stop. I've got headaches every day, stomach pain, and major anxiety/depression issues that need to calm themselves and I am 99% sure that the cause of it all is the dreaded gluten. Dang it.

Thinking: About home and how much I life in America. Also about how I am kind of excited for fall, but I won't let myself look forward to it, because I feel like I got gypped out of a summer here. 
About politics and how my views have changed in immense ways ever since I moved out of the country and started living life outside of the States.
And about how wonderful it was to see familiar faces over the last few weeks, how it reminded me of the life I used to live, and the person I used to be, and the possibility that she's still in there somewhere.
It's hope, and I miss that.

Alright, folks, give me your currents as well.
Stick your posts in the link-up below so that we can get some suggestions/ideas for things to read/watch/listen/think for the next month!




3 thoughts:

Anonymous,  August 17, 2012 at 1:14 PM  

::BLOG STALKER ALERT::

On Politics: Honey, I went from a right wing conservative to a pro-socialism independent after living outside the states...changed my life. Now my grandma think I'm radical.

p.s. I love stalking you...a lot.

-Marisa

Desiree S.,  August 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM  

Whoa, I tried doing the linky thing and I flubbed it o_0 LOL Have no idea how it works. Obviously, things like this aren't my strength. Oh well! I'll just list some things to listen to/watch right here then. :)

The band Civil Twilight. Their first album released in America, self-titled "Civil Twilight". Beautiul album! Their South African release has the same title but some different songs. Both albums are astounding. Here's them covering another artist's song, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78YgyBXKmpA

If that link doesn't work then look up "Tear drop Civil Twilight" on youtube. A really mysterious, beautiful song that builds. Also, youtube "how'm i supposed to die Civil Twilight". That is my new favorite of theirs because it is so haunting, dark and deep and romantic and sad..ghostly! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hda4IyFkVCY

The reason I shared those here is because those songs are not on their album (sadly).

Another great artist is Heather Nova. She has a million albums, many out of print now. She has so many good songs, it's hard to choose but Winterblue is a good general example.

Two great artists I've recently discovered. Trio Mediaeval and Mediaeval Baebes. Authentic mediaeval music, gorgeous! "Words of the Angels" by Trio Mediaeval is chilling. o_o "Star of the sea" by Mediaeval Baebes is real fun. Youtube them. :)

Watch the documentary by Christian Kirk Cameron, "Monumental". It is about the people who began the plan, escape from Britain to America. From what I remember, it took them a long time to even get off England's shores. This movie is INCREDIBLE. Every American and especailly every Christian American should see it asap! http://www.monumentalmovie.com/

Lastly, in the category of "thinking"...I'd like to suggest Christian radio program Steve Deace http://stevedeace.com/ You will be informed, you won't even know what to do with all those facts lol

Carrie August 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM  

Love the pic... Now I have another to-do on my London List, whenever I finally get there! ;)

I usually don't do the "watching now" / "reading now" / etc. lists, but I'm trying to work myself back into blogging, and that'd be good practice, so I may just do it today. Thanks for the motivation!

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