Category: Currently

Currently August Pandemic Edition

The Currently Project is a super old blogging series in which bloggers would share what media they’re consuming, what projects they’re working on and what they’re into at the moment.

Watching:

Strangers playing video games. I’ve found Twitch is very good for background noise.  I’m also watching Critical Role now that is back in production, and when I need to laugh until my body hurts, I rewatch the first season of Narrative Telephone.

Reading:

I’ve honestly had a hard time focusing on anything long enough to read. I’ve been reading the Followers by Megan Angelo for the last four months. 

But! I’ve recently picked up Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer and I highly recommend it!

Kidding. It is a complete mess. But I am reading it for a good cause. For Snark Squad! Mari got the band back together for the very special occasion of Meyer republishing the same story a 3rd time! This time from the perspective of the abuser. We’re just getting started, so feel free to check out our recaps over on the Snark Squad blog.

Listening:

Sorry, but I am complete trash for Taylor Swift’s folklore. I feel those songs in my bones. 

I’m also listening to the Arkells’ latest tunes on repeat: People’s Champ, Years in the Making and Quitting You. I’m only listening to music that makes me feel all the feelings, apparently.

Creating: 

To cope with the global pandemic, like many others, I have taken up a new hobby. Sobbing into my tea or wine, while burrito-ing in my sherpa fleece blanket. While listening to folklore.

I’m kidding. I’ve been doing that for years. But I have taken up painting. I’ve wanted to try it out for a while, but I had zero confidence in my ability. But the pandemic has done some weird things to me and I decided to stop listening to the voice telling me I couldn’t. I found an artist on YouTube that had some really great tutorials. I’d highly recommend Emily Mackey’s YouTube channel. It’s so peaceful.

Planning:

I’m planning to enjoy the rest of my vacation and then slowly prepare myself to go back to work. I’m actively avoiding thinking about it right now, because returning to my physical office after working from home since March 13th is panic-inducing for many reasons. It feels like a waste of the past four-five months of social distancing, of being in lockdown, of having social bubbles when we’re going back to everything as normal, when we’re still in the middle of a global pandemic. lol, yolo, I guess.

Loving:

What I’m loving right now is all the things I’m using to distract myself from all of the garbage going on out there in the world. So in no particular order: FaceTiming with my niece and friends, watching the birds at my bird feeder, the feeling of the sun warming my skin, painting, playing Animal Crossing, getting my house ready sell.

What are you up to these days?

Currently: Autumn Edition

For the month of November, I am participating in #NaBloPoMo2019 (National Blog Posting Month). My goal for this year’s challenge is to post 10x in the month of November. This is post 3/10.

It’s not too late to join in the Nablopomo fun! Set your own goal for the month, post away and share using the hashtag #Nablopomo2019 so other people can find your posts.

The Currently Project is a super old blogging series in which bloggers would share what media they’re consuming, what projects they may be working on and what they’re into at the moment. As this year’s unofficial Nablopomo theme seems to be the resurrection of blogging, I thought I would bring back this series. Here’s

Watching:

I’ve turned into one of those millennials that doesn’t really watch live TV anymore. #Sorrynotsorry

I’m obsessed with Critical Role, a web series where a bunch of nerdy ass voice actors playing Dungeons and Dragons. I have been watching campaign 2 and I’m all caught up, so I watch their streams every week. We’ve also been watching the other content on their YouTube and Twitch channel: Travis Willingham’s Game Ranch, Pub Draw and the mini series Undeadwood. Undeadwood is so, so good.

Outside of that, we watch a lot of Taliesin & Evitel’s Twitch streams. And of course, it’s basketball season so I’ve been watching my WORLD CHAMPIONS play.

Reading:

I just finished Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. It was a pretty good read, but it was a lot darker than I was anticipating.

I’m now reading These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling, a YA novel set in modern day Salem about Hannah, a teenage witch who is trying to keep her magic hidden from ‘regs’ and hide from her ex-girlfriend. When an apparent Blood Witch pops up in town, Hannah finds her summer is turning out to be a lot more complicated and dangerous than she was anticipating. So far, this has been a really fun read and it is the 37th book I’ve read so far this year.

You can find me on Goodreads, if you’re into that sort of thing!

Listening:

I mentioned that I have been watching a lot of Taliesin & Evitel’s Twitch stream and their stream is what introduced me to my newest favourite artist, Sigrid. Her music is all over their stream playlist, so I’ve had a bunch of her songs on my list.

Making:

I’ve been working on some new sticker designs and digitizing old pen and paper designs using my iPad and Procreate. The hardest part is remembering to charge my iPad and Apple pencil…

Planning:

I’ve been planning post ideas so I can actually finish Nablopomo this year! Not having prompts is often the hardest part of these challenges, but I am determined to finish this.

Loving:

Starbuck’s Honey Citrus Mint Teas, the Procreate App, drawing on my iPad Pro, Inkbox, time with my nieces, Autumn colours, sweater weather.

What have you been watching/reading/listening to/making/planning and loving this autumn?

Currently: Dystopian Future Edition

LOL, JK. This isn’t a Dystopian Future Edition. Because we’re living it.  The dystopian future is now.

Anyway. Let me tell you about the escapism things I’ve been enjoying to help cope with the fact that the whole world is basically on fire:

Currently

Watching:

NBC’s The Blacklist. I’ve watched this show from the beginning and found the last season and a half to be…. rough. The writers really didn’t seem to know what to do with actor Megan Boone’s pregnancy. I was so irritated with how they handled it that I nearly quit the show. And I ranted about it a lot. Because misogyny and pregnancy tropes really hit my rage button. The writers seemed to be writing themselves out of that hole, and by the time the show went on its winter hiatus, I was back onboard. Especially because M and I guessed the BIG TWIST that really makes for a compelling story. Good job, Blacklist. I figure this show will be canceled after this season, though, because I can’t have nice things.

Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I’ve been watching this series for Snark Squad, and we’ve finally reached the penultimate episode. Or as we liked to call it, the episode that destroyed us. I won’t go into spoilers here, but you’re welcome to check out our recaps over on the Snark Squad website.

Reading:

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I haven’t been reading as much as I was earlier in the year. I’m going to do a more in-depth review of the books I have read, but for now I’ll say that this was a fun read*.

 

*With caveats

Listening:

I haven’t been listening to as much music as I usually do because I’ve found I’ve been needing quieter things to focus on. Instead, I’ve been listening these podcasts:

Gilmore Guys, turned Bunhead Bros, hosted by Kevin T. Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe. A podcast that was originally just two dudes, special guests and Gilmore Girls discussion (sometimes), that has now moved on to another Amy Shermin-Palladino show, Bunheads. I quit it for a while, because I never really watched Bunheads and then when I tried to watch the show, I hated it. But I came back because these two dum-dums are pretty entertaining.

Welcome to Night Vale is a War of the Worlds-esque podcast, presented in the form of community updates for a small desert town called Night Vale. It is creepy, bizarre and funny. This would appeal to people with slightly twisted senses of humour. So of course, I love it.

Porch Club popped up in some recommendation for podcasts I might like. I gave this a few goes, but man, it’s tough to get through. I find the hosts’ navel-gazing a bit too much to handle. I think if I knew the hosts, it might be slightly more appealing to me, but there is a strange, deeply religious undertone that makes me feel uncomfortable. Maybe it’s because I’ve retired from organized religion. Maybe it’s the twenty minutes of laughter at inside jokes that are only funny to the hosts. Or maybe it’s not my bag.

EOS 10 is a sci-fi radio play, reminiscent of Welcome to Night Vale. My friend Wendy recommended it to me and she gives good recs (She also introduced me to Saga and Bitch Planet). The story follows two space doctors and their team on a space station and a deposed prince who has taken up refuge in the station’s food court. Definitely worth a listen if you’re down with radio plays. It’s also a great distraction from the sci-fi world we’re currently living in.

 

Loving

I’m also addicted to the Sodastream that I was given for my birthday. I drink a lot of water a day and pretty much drink water (When I’m not mainlining caffeine in the form of coffee and tea) these days. I try to get 2.5 litres of water a day, and I’ve taken to drinking sparkling water for about half of that. But it’s expensive. And not super environmentally friendly. It sounds crazy, but I love, love, love my Sodastream.

I mean, this is the tagline on their website:

It’s the little things in life that make me happy these days.

Lastly, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family lately. My aunt has been sick since the middle of March, so we’ve been helping out, visiting, trying to keep her distracted while she’s gone through a million tests, treatments and doctor’s appointments. It’s weird to say that I’m ‘loving’ all of this time that has come about due to a family emergency, but I’m trying to look at the bright side of things. Because haha, lol, there is so little of that these days. Hi, political world climate.

 

How’re you surviving and coping with the strange, Twilighty Zone world we’re all living in? Tell me all about it.