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Currently: December 2019

Well, here we are in the last month of 2019. Whew! What a year. Here’s what’s currently going on in my life.

Mom with baby in carrier

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Currently looking forward to This holiday season with Sadie and Jimmy ❤

Current drink Coffee. My throat is still sore from being sick over Thanksgiving, so warm coffee in the morning is especially lovely. I also had apple cider recently and it hit the spot!

Current fun We’re still going strong with taking a walk as a family each night when Jimmy gets home from work and we love this routine! It’s a great way to unwind after the work day and catch up without distractions. It’s also adorable to see Mavis all bundled up in a sweater.

Cocker spaniel in sweater

Current excitement I think Jimmy is going to take a few days off work soon so we can have a staycation and I’m so pumped. We’re thinking of bringing Sadie to Pittsburgh’s science center because there’s a holiday train display we think she would enjoy seeing.

Current blessing Having work I enjoy, a flexible schedule, and contributing to my family’s business. Do I know everything about the real estate industry? Absolutely not. Do I relish learning about it every day? Yes!

Current excitement My sourdough starter is alive! I’ve become mildly obsessed with growing and babying it. I even gave it a name–Lyle. Jimmy thinks its funny when I’m like “Oh, it’s time to feed Lyle! He’s really growing fast!” I can’t wait to bake my first loaf of sourdough 🙂

Sourdough starter in a mason jar

Current books Working my way through Exodus and also reading the story of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke. I just finished this cooking-esque memoir, am almost finished with this one about a pastry chef, and this one will be next. I guess I’m on a roll (<– haha, get it?) with the baking and cooking memoirs!

Current craving A day with my sister. She’s absolutely rocking her nursing career, but it keeps her busy. I’m hoping we can get together soon!

Currently baking Challah, challah, and more challah. Loving every second of it. It’s a lot of fun to experiment with different braid shapes, flavoring methods, and rising times. I just had an order for onion challah and got great feedback on it. I’ll have to post some recipes soon!

Loaves of challah bread with onion

Current indulgence Changing into my pjs as soon as it gets dark at night, which is like 5:00 pm. It’s just so cozy!

Current thought I feel like Mavis has been sad and lonely since Lola passed away. It’s the worst at night. Sometimes she just howl-cries and it sounds downright sorrowful. When Lola died, I told myself I wouldn’t get another dog because it’s too hard on everyone when they die. Plus, our little 900-square-foot house is filled to the brim with a dog, overly rambunctious cat, two adults, and a toddler (plus all her stuff… so much stuff), and yet I can’t stop thinking about getting another dog.

But what if the dog and Mavis don’t get along? What if it’s too much? I’m great at asking what-if questions. I know the only way to find out is to just go for it. Or should I not rock the boat with our family dynamics? Am I crazy? Yep.

Cocker spaniel

Current project Still slowly working on our kitchen. Like really, really slowly. But hey, slow and steady wins the race, right? I’m loving all the trips to Lowes (minus the spending money part, lol). Sadie is a big fan of the kids carts!

Lowes kids car cart

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Currently: November 2019

It’s November! Let the holiday season begin! Here’s what’s currently going on in my life this month.

Yard in November with frost

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Current fun Family walks after Jimmy gets home from work. We decided that we won’t let cold weather and an early sunset keep us from being outside as much as possible, so we just bundle up and take Mavis and Sadie on a quick walk around the block before dinner most nights. It’s such a great way to connect as a family at the end of the day ❤

Currently making Homemade vanilla extract. The hardest part is waiting eight weeks for it to be ready!

Current drink Starbucks Holiday Blend, with a side of Mavis 🙂

Starbucks Holiday Blend 2019 and cocker spaniel dog

Current question Does anyone else wake up first thing in the morning and just instantly have 600 random questions in their brain? This is me 24/7. For example, the other day I had the following questions floating around my head (among a million others) before 6:00 am:

-Why do camels have humps?
-What did manna look and taste like?
-Do Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes shed more?
-How do you sprout chia seeds?
-Is it possible to spray paint screws?
-Can you grind your own flour using a food processor?

Current food I’m totally addicted to this honey cinnamon peanut butter.

Current baked good Challah! My absolute favorite bread to bake. Word got around at our church that I’m an avid bread baker, and I’ve been getting orders for challah. So. much. fun.

Challah bread

Current book(s) When I Was White: A Memoir by Sarah Valentine (<–fascinating and based in Pittsburgh!) and the book of Exodus (still loving my new study Bible so, so much). Sadie’s current favorite is Babies Love First Words by Scarlett Wing. I’m pretty sure it’s how she learned to say ball!

Current beauty product Literally nothing. I have broken out in the most annoying, weird rash all over my body. I have no idea what it’s from, so I’m trying not to put anything on my skin. Bleh.

Current joy Savoring little moments. I spent a few minutes watching the sun rise this morning and just taking note of all the color changes and the smoke coming from chimneys in our neighborhood. It’s lovely to just pause and take things in, you know?

Tell me what’s current in your life this month!