Current Book: Right now for work I'm re-reading several books on early modern Europe in order to write lectures. For fun I'm currently reading the last Harry Potter novel in Spanish (I needed to ease back in with that goal) and Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child.
Current Drink: It's Monday morning so lots of coffee!
Current Excitement: The start of a new semester (which has actually been delayed due to icy conditions and campus being closed today) and the start of marathon training!
Current Fashion Trend: I am enjoying the hell out of colored pants. I added two new pairs scored from a Loft sale right before the start of the year. Also I 'm loving the mod, graphic, black and white prints that are in right now.
Current Favorite Blog/Website: These days I'm really loving Letters of Note.
Current Garden Item: I don't have a garden. I also have a black thumb and live in Alaska. I'm not sure it's in the cards.
Current Love: The return of Downton Abbey on PBS. I alternate between wanting to be Lady Mary and wanting to be Tom Branson.
Current Food: Right now I'm into all things potato even more than usual. Hashbrowns for breakfast? Potato & leek soup for dinner? Yes, please!
Current Indulgence: Mascara. For the first time in my life I spent almost $30 on a tube of it at Sephora instead of buying the cheap stuff at CVS.
Currently Pondering: A couple of home decor projects. We are planning a little shrine to our nieces, but we'd also like to buy some art to hang in the next few months. I'm also thinking I'd like to get a few trays and baskets to keep clutter under control a little better. For now I'm just excited to have a clean study.
Current Mood: Slightly manic. I got up, got ready for the first day of the semester, checked my email, and saw that campus has been closed due to icy conditions. I think we're also under a flood warning right now. My eternal internal child is thrilled at a school closing, but now I have to redo my syllabi and work on a book review.
Current New Find: This is not completely a new find as we've been using them for a couple of months, but Mark bought reusable parchment paper sheets a couple of months ago. Since we eat a lot of oven baked fries and roasted vegetables they come in very handy. They're not as easy to clean as I might like, but they're definitely better for the environment than regular parchment paper.
Current Outfit: After finding out that campus is closed, I changed out of the dress and blazer I was wearing and into running clothes. How about I show you a picture of my most recent date night outfit instead?
Current Peeve: Mis-representations of faculty life in the media. I've been feeling pretty pissed about recent articles in HuffPo, Forbes, etc. that drew on a CareerCast survey and suggested that professors live cushy lives, work few hours, have next to no deadlines, etc. As I've posted before, many of us work more than 40 hours a week and work during the summer when we don't even get paid.
Current Song: Ben Folds Five "Thank You for Breaking My Heart"and the new (holy shit) Bowie for sitting and feeling somber. Alicia Keys "Girl on Fire" for running.
Current Triumph: Getting a publication project cleared off my desk (at least for now) before the start of the semester! Woot!
Current Wish-List: I wish that I had lots and lots of airline vouchers, because it is freaking expensive to fly out of here - especially this time of year.
Currently Delaying: Any further attempts to adopt a second dog. Last week we did a trial run with a terrier mix who is currently in foster care. She was really cute, but she really didn't like Bailey and exhibited some troubling behaviors so we decided not to move forward with the adoption. I'm still feeling some guilt and sadness about it, but the overwhelming emotion, to be honest, is relief.
What are you currently reading? What's currently on your wish-list?