Sunday Currently {22}

Reading
Stacks of magazines (seriously just about caught up) and flipping through Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts book. Every year I say I’m going to do some homemade gifts…..and every year, the time gets away from me and a never follow through. Maybe this year will be the year.
Writing
Notes and lists to prep for this weekends travels to Maryland. It’s been a month since we’ve been up and we need a family visit.
Listening
After a tip from a friend on Twitter, I downloaded Bel Biv Devoe’s Poison…very early 90’s but very good.
Thinking
We need to carve our pumpkin by Tuesday night.
Smelling
Target’s Perfect Night (soy candle). I picked it up on clearance last week and it smells wonderful. I have some great Bath and Body Works Pumpkin candles that I’m planning on using next.
Wishing
That a cold winter wasn’t in front of us. Yesterday morning it was 25 degrees out…a little too cold for October.
Hoping
The kids have a nice Halloween this year and the temperatures are mild enough that we can go to more than 5 houses. It was cold and windy last year.
Wearing
Lululemon Skinny Will pants and and Old Navy hoodie….pretty much my lazy weekend clothes.
Loving
That Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner….hands down my favorite Holidays.
Wanting
Some new sweaters and shoes
Needing
Cold weather accessories – for everyone in the house. We got through last year ok, but with the predictions that it will be a super cold winter, I need to step it up this year.
Feeling
Better than I did after Mass this morning. I was driving back and felt a migraine coming on, so I came home and relaxed as much as I could. It usually wears me out so I didn’t get all the things I wanted to get done today.
Clicking
A lot of Pinterest lately.
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Sunday Currently {21}

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This picture was taken last Friday when we were leaving the Soccer field. Haven’t the skylines been amazing lately?
Reading
I haven’t started yet, but I have 2 books on my desk right now that I plan to get into this week:
1. Small Steps for Catholic Moms
2. The 7 Experiment (this is a book club / Facebook group that I joined).
I will keep you posted on my progress with both.
Writing
In my planner and getting the next 2 months planned out. We are planning to go to MD sometime soon, but with everyone’s schedule it’s becoming a bit harder to do as much as we’d like to.
Listening
Three times this week I heard Elvis Presley’s, “I Cant Help Falling in Love With You” and all thee times I was a ball of mush. It’s funny how certain songs can do that to you.
Thinking
I’m starting to get a handle on some of the home organizing, although I’d like to purge more. It’s highly unlikely that we will be in Blacksburg another year after August 2014, so some of the things we brought that we still haven’t used need to go. I find myself on an occasion getting rid of things but then you come back to the house and the stuff seems to multiply.
Smelling
The gym….nothing great
Wishing
The buys would start listening better. It’s at the point where their favorite things are being taken away to make a point and that more often, tortures Tim and I more than them (whining).
Hoping
That things are going well in our house back in Maryland. We have new renters and we haven’t heard anything regarding move in, etc. I have contacted our property manager and she’s been responsive. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that no news is good news.
Wearing
Work out clothes….currently I’m on the elliptical at the gym.
Loving
Also, the fact that Tim and I were able to get a babysitter last week and make it to a Virginia Tech football game. It’s funny that when we lived in Maryland, we drove here every weekend in the fall for games (club seat season ticket holders). We moved 2 miles from campus thinking we would go every game. Tim goes, but it’s been since the 2010 season that I’ve been to a game….crazy, right?
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Wanting
New clothes….I have a very sad closet right now. This isn’t like me to not do just a little shopping, although Tim is not complaining that I’m not spending money.
Needing
To start planning for Thanksgiving. I’m so happy that my parents decided to come down this year and spend the Holiday with us. Last year was the first time (EVER) for both Tim and I where we didn’t spend the Holiday with family.
Feeling
So much better than I did the last two days. I’ve noticed in the last year that when rain is coming that my back and arms get so sore. Friday and Saturday were pretty brutal for me all day. Once is rains, the pain goes away…..so I’m just popping Ibuprofren (which I don’t like to do unless I need to) until the rain comes.
Clicking
Lots of clothing sites…ordering nothing….not that I don’t want to.
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Sunday Currently {20}

HAPPY FALL!!!!!
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Reading
I should just start ignoring this one, because my stack of magazines is getting bigger and I’m not getting much time to sit down and read lately. I actually was able to sit and read the September Lucky Magazine with Blake Lively…gosh she is so pretty – want her hair…want her clothes!
Writing
Meals and menu planning. I’m getting better at this but working to improve
Listening
Coldplay (Atlas). Download it….your welcome!
Thinking
It’s getting darker way earlier in mid-late September than I ever remember. I don’t hate it..just an observation. It’s also the first day of Fall and if you have never been to Blacksburg, VA, it sure is beautiful this time of year!
Smelling
Chesapeake Bay Candle Cinnamon Roll candle. I’m ready to take advantage of Bath and Body Works sales and get some of their fall scented candles. I like them so much better than Yankee Candles.
Wishing
I was better at decorating a home. I’m so terrible. I have typically stuck to basic pieces and neutral colors, but it’s getting pretty boring. Does anyone have a house that looks like a Pinterest house?
Hoping
The renters we just signed a lease with for our house in MD work out great. It’s such a relief to finally get someone in.
Wearing
Gap Skinnies, my Steve Madden brown boots and a grey sweater. It was cold enough this morning for this, but has since warmed up outside.
Loving
Trader Joes Pumpkin Spice Tea. They sold out quick last year, but I’ve had my mom on top of it and they just stocked in the stores this week. You bet she picked up 4 cans for me!
Wanting
A new grey crew neck sweater and brown handbag. I will spend way too much time looking for the perfect and most affordable versions
Needing
To find some new books for Graham. He’s in kindergarten and reading by himself so well. Major proud mom!
Feeling
Productive…need to keep this feeling going
Clicking
On some of my favorite stores online shops (All the Gap Inc. stores & J Crew). I want to get a few new pieces and staple items for fall / winter. Plus everyone seems to be having great sales right now.
Be sure to head over to Lauren’s blog and see what other bloggers are up to this Sunday!

Sunday Currently {19}

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Reading – Magazines still, but looking for new recipe inspiration for the family. I’m on a “make everything yourself” kick and buying less and less processed foods. I’ve been getting better about making things homemade instead of popping something frozen into the oven/microwave. My husband and kids are big pizza fans, so I’m looking for a great fresh pizza dough recipe. Anyone have one they’d like to share?

Writing – Lots of lists (To Do, Grocery, Meal Planning)

Listening – Depeche Mode (Policy of Truth) & Coldplay- Atlas. This is in addition to some of the random downloads from this week (Digital Underground (Humpty Dance), The Outfield (Your Love) and Chicago (If you Leave me Now).

Thinking – We made a great decision putting Graham in soccer. He loves it, the league is fantastic and I think it will be some fun, Friday night fun for our family. It was so nice to see so many young families (our age) and some of the kids classmates from school.

Smelling – Chesapeake Bay Candle- Cinnamon Roll. I think I’m pretty much over Yankee Candle’s and have a love for Chesapeake Bay Candles & Bath and Body Works Candles. I feel they burn cleaner and smell awesome!

Wishing – Tim can get though the next 2 weeks and get some adequate sleep. He’s tremendously busy with school and getting little to no sleep. You can guess how fun it is at our house-he’s usually a grump when he’s tired. I’ve been trying to be a good wife (keeping hot water in the tea pot all the time for hot tea and making sure there is something in the fridge that he can heat up quickly when he has time to break).

Hoping – My parents came make the trip here soon. Would love for a long weekend too….that way they can be here for Friday night soccer. I just talked with them a bit ago and they made reservations to come down for Thanksgiving which makes me SO HAPPY!!!!!

Wearing – Lululemon Skinny Will Pants (my favorite) and an Old Navy Long sleeve. It’s a high of 67 and it was 50 degrees this morning.

Loving – That the temperatures were 47 yesterday morning. Fall weather is my favorite

Wanting – To be better about following through. I make plans, sign up for things or commit myself to something and I continually back out. Like the Hokie 5K I signed up to run today…and didn’t go to.

Needing – To try some new recipes for myself. I was thinking of following a vegetarian lifestyle, but after doing some research the last few days and knowing how I’ve been feeling the last few months, I think it may not be the best for me. Being Anemic, and not having enough Iron in my Diet from no meat isn’t really good. Plus, I don’t want to take tons and tons of vitamins and supplements. I’d rather get my vital nutrients from food (good & healthy foods, of course).

Feeling – Happy! I’m ready for the changing of the seasons and the Fall / Winter holidays.

Clicking – On Target.com this morning and snagging a Phillip Lim for Target bag.

Be sure to head over to Lauren’s blog and see what other bloggers are up to this Sunday!

Sunday Currently {18}

What a busy week it is been. School started this past Wednesday (9/4) for both kids and I must say I’m happy to be back into the routine of car lines, drop off’s and getting lunches made.

Reading: Magazines. That seems to be the trend lately, right? Week after week I’m reading the same thing. I’m so behind and I cannot wait for all the fall issues to be coming out. This is my favorite season!

Writing: lists, lists, lists. School started this week and there seems to be something else the kids need.

Listening: music playlists that I made last year when we first got to Blacksburg (Imagine Dragons, Lumineers). Don’t laugh but I was enjoying the soundtracks for
the first two Twilight movies – great music!

Thinking: I need to get out more and be 31…not 61. One of my friends that I have met here in Blacksburg invites me out all the time and I make it out about 50% of the time.

Smelling: gym sweat….gross, I know. I’m at the gym right now so it’s to be expected.

Wishing: Soccer is successful for Graham this year. We signed him up when he was 3 and he was not ready. He did t ball this spring and loved it. He’s 5now so I think soccer will be good.
While we are on the subject, do any of you remember playing organized sports at 3? What’s the push to make our kids grow up so fast?

Hoping: We get our morning routine down to a science this week. I am a perpetual planner and ready for the morning the night before. Those last 20
minutes before getting everyone in the car are insane.

Wearing: Gapfit Gfast leggings, Lululemon cool racerback and Nikes….gym attire.

Loving: that fall lineups are starting soon. I have to admit, I find myself turning into my dad and watching less network tv and more news. Movies
never happen anymore. I have the time for 1/2 hr shows….I can’t sit still and I’m constantly pausing.

Also that Tim took graham to the Virginia Tech vs. Western Carolina football game yesterday and they stayed the entire time. Graham had a blast,
decided he liked being in the club (season club ticket holders) and loved the experience. I’ve been waiting years for them to have something they enjoy doing together.

Wanting: a new brown satchel….something I can use for years-not for just this season.

Needing: some new meal ideas for lunches (kids). I have one kid who will eat anything and all the good things (fruits/veggies) that I give him. My
oldest, is a challenge.

Feeling: awake and alert-ready to start my Sunday.

Clicking: Pinterest a lot for some new recipe inspiration.

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The Old Line State

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Born and raised, I hail from Maryland. If you haven’t been or already know, the food, the culture, the history, the sites and the scenery are like no other. We have all 4 seasons (sometimes to the extreme and sometimes average) and we have a mix of coastal towns, mountains, farmland and city living (Baltimore and DC Suburbs).

Both sides of our family are in Maryland, while we are presently living in Virginia. While this situation is only temporary, it’s still unsure if we will go back (and put our house up for sale) or if we will move on somewhere else (wherever husband gets a job teaching at a 4 year University – keeping my fingers crossed for the South :-) ).

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