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Me, Currently

WIAWs get better week after week, am I right? If you missed mine, check out What I Read On This Fabulous Wednesday. I also shared a new recipe made of cauliflower rice. It’s the first thing on my list to make when I get home tomorrow!


But WIAW is in the past for now. How about something more current? Like this super cool idea that I saw on the blog Chasing Chels yesterday.

The idea is to respond to all of the categories with what you’re loving most this minute. Think on some of these things as you read and enjoy!


Current Book: As I shared on Wednesday, I’m reading two right now. Frankenstein and The Search for Meaning. I’m also supposed to participate in a book discussion next week for Life of Pi, but that isn’t very likely to happen (it’s not for a class, so no penalty).


Current Music: At school- nothing. On my rides to and from school- whatever country music station is in range. Or I just sing to myself. Favorite song to belt out- Everytime We Touch. Such an amazing ballad line.

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Current Guilty Pleasure: Army Wives on Netflix. I’m always a sucker for romantic war stories. I watched part of this series when it first came out, but had to stop because I was “too young.” Maybe 12 or 13?

Current Nail Color: All natural. It’s the new chic, or haven’t you heard?


Current Drink: Peppermint tea. Good for soothing my stomach. Speaking of which… I should go make some right now!


Current Food: Would it surprise you if I said soup?

Just call me Souper (Wo)man!

Current TV Show: Same as above. Toss in the occasional ABC Family drama (Pretty Little Liars or The Lying Game) or an something on antenna (New Girl, Big Bang Theory or The Mindy Project). Over the weekend I watched a few episodes of That 70s Show with my brother when he was sick.

Current Wish List: More time.

Current Need: A nice restful nap.

If only I was this cute when I’m asleep!

Current Triumph: Keeping up with all of my school work and not procrastinating too much.

Current Bane of My Existence: All of the boy-obsessed giggly girls on my floor.

Because one can never have too many quotes from the likes of the Foremans.

Current Celebrity Crush: Forever and Always. This guy:


Current Indulgence: Coconut Oil. On Everything.


Current Blessing: My sweet dog waiting at home to greet me.


Boy, doesn’t that face just say a thousand words?

Current Slang: Chill out. I say this to my dad on a daily basis when I’m at home. He hates that phrase… Then my brother started using it.

Current Outfit: A Snoopy T-Shirt that says “Futbol,” a pair of maroon Nike sweatpants, and red/white fuzzy socks.


Current Excitement: The fact that I get to go home tomorrow. I know, I know. I’m supposed to be making friends, having the time of my life, and “experiencing the world.” I do that for five days a week. Give me a break.

Current Mood: Laid back. Not a care in the world until I have to start my MIS assignment. Let the stress begin!

Current Link: In order from the top of my internet window: PeasandCrayons.com, WordPress.com {this post specifically}, Youtube.com {Cascada}, ChasingChels.blogspot.com {looking at what “current” thing I need to write about next for this post}, Yahoo.com, UrbanDictionary.com.


Does anybody else read WIAWs like it’s their job?

So, now what to leave you with?

Have a terrific weekend and Martin Luther King Jr. Day for those of you who do (or don’t) have off. For me that means three days of no school, but still tons to do. I hope everyone can find some time to take a break and just enjoy.

Happy Friday!


Pick a few of the “currently” survey categories above and answer them!

What is your favorite kind of tea?

What one ingredient do you put on everything?

What I Read on this Fabulous Wednesday (And a New Recipe)

And so it begins.

Seriously, I knew last semester was too good to be true. Yes, I did have homework, but as expected, I think this semester is going to be much much harder in regards to both in and out of class work. Yay me.


It’s going great though! I’ve been reading some awesome books. I finished Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead before school even started. Right now I’m in the process of reading Frankenstein and The Search for Meaning, both great in their own right. Frankenstein, of course, is a gothic horror novel written by Mary Shelley. (So far it’s not too scary).What you may not know though is that it is also classified as a romantic piece and has beautiful prose that captures you right from Chapter 1.


The Search for Meaning is just what it sounds like- a philosophical investigation into thinking about the meaning of life. The author goes through 8 different “worldviews” or approaches in determining your own personal meaning of life. My Great Ideas class is based on us learning about the 8 different worldviews, and reading literature that corresponds with each of them.


My favorite class as of now may have to be Inquiry into Physics.

Any teacher that references Monty Python to make a point has an A+ in my book!

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Other than school, things have been going just alright. Sadly I wasn’t feeling up to posting on Monday, but I sorely missed doing MIMM and reading blogs. Over the weekend I think I may have caught something and felt some ill side effects. I was doing pretty well on GAPS up until that point, but the weekend set me back a bit. Right now I’m trying to add back in some of the things that I had to eliminate, but I’m feeling much better now. I had planned on introducing some of the foods on the next stage of GAPS, but I’m going to wait until the upcoming weekend. I didn’t want to rush anything. Thankfully I was able to try some new vegetables, which you’ll see in my WIAW for this week. There is even a new recipe to share! Big, huge thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons.

Now to my recent eats:

Chicken and Vegetable Soup with Carrots and Yellow Squash “Pasta”


Frozen Organic Sweet Peas cooked in broth


Really tasty, but not very exciting, am I right? So, how about a new recipe? I haven’t shared one of those in a while. This is adapted from a recipe that I found on Heart of Cooking, an allergy-free menu planning website. I shared the link and picture on my last Friday Food Finds.

Cauliflower Rice Risotto

Vegan Option, GAPS Diet-Friendly, Allergy-Free, Low Calorie, Paleo

Adapted from Heart of Cooking

Makes 2 Servings



  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup broth (any kind will work)
  • 1/2 cup mashed squash (butternut or acorn)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley
  • salt to taste


  1. Wash the cauliflower and cut off the fibrous stem. Then pulse in a food processor until chopped up into small, rice-sized pieces.
  2. Over medium heat add the cauliflower pieces and half of the broth. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the broth is absorbed.
  3. Add the rest of the broth and cover to simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Mix in the mashed squash, careful not to mash the cauliflower in the process (it’s supposed to resemble rice, not mashed potatoes!).
  5. Top with parsley and salt to serve. Refrigerate for at least once hour if you prefer cold risotto like me!


This recipe makes a great side or snack. I had half for supper paired with some crock pot chicken and topped with coconut oil. Later on I ate the rest cold. Fantastic! Now I’m off to read some more Frankenstein, or Life of Pi, or one of the other gazillion books that I have to read. I haven’t decided yet.




What have you been reading lately?

What is your favorite movie to reference?