Currently {May 2017}


If I’m being honest, currently, I’m still sickened and outraged over the senseless act of violence that happened this week. My heart breaks every time I hear news of Manchester. It doesn’t make sense. At all. Those who were targeted were babies. Babies! It makes me sick to my stomach. I start to ache when I put myself in the parents’ and the children’s shoes. Empathy is wonderful, but boy is it hard sometimes. I’m able to wear the emotions of others so well sometimes, and it hurts. (I have an 8 yo son, 11 yo daughter, and a 15 yo daughter, it’s been VERY easy for me to put myself in that place.)

Currently I feel selfish, because I’m trying to avoid some of the news. It’s just too much, because again, I have the ability to really put myself in the situation. I feel selfish for feeling this way because obviously those who are dealing with this head on in Manchester can’t hide from it.

Currently….too many

There’s been too many times since I started blogging that there’s been some awful tragedy. I always question: 1) should I write the post 2) is this too light and insensitive. Sometimes I’ll take a day, sometimes I will write right away, and as always I tell myself you must go on. You’re lucky and FEAR is not allowed here. So, EFF OFF YOU TERRORIST SCUM! Nobody thinks you’re badass coming after babies with bombs.

I’m sure you’re thinking: WOW, DEAN! And currently I’m thinking: WHOA, I guess I had to get that off my chest. Perhaps I’ve been holding in all my emotions lately. I’m in a place of calm and balance but when you miss a morning of meditation this happens… I guess.

Currently {May 2017}

I didn’t want this month’s Currently post to go this way. Here’s how it would have originally went….


How can I boost my blog stats?!?! My blog stats have taken a dive this year. I can admit that I haven’t been the best blogger this year. Posting here hasn’t been nearly as much as I use to, and perhaps this is a direct reflection of that. I really don’t know what to do. Help?




Currently wanting more of this AMAZING Fresh Nature jalapeno hummus!!  I’m considering breaking up with guacamole for this stuff. May I add that this is in NO way sponsored. I just figured I wouldn’t be a good friend if I didn’t tell you about this glorious new find. I’m on my second tub… eeek!! To be fair we made sandwiches using the hummus in place of guac. We’re a family of five. 🙂 Also, I cannot wait to make some falafels.

And since I’m on the subject of food… I’ve been wanting more of these brown butter blondies!! My youngest daughter made them for me for Mother’s Day and they were phenomenal! I couldn’t stay out of that dish. 😀 I totally carb-loaded on Mother’s Day.

I never showed up my Mother’s Day arm candy! The kids made me bracelets, my husband purchased his for me.


That you will head on over to check out these posts if you missed them. 🙂

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Don’t forget I blog over at Living A Positive Lifestyle! 🙂 I’d love to see you there too.

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I’m also wishing for more days like this.

My husband and I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner. (It was beautiful day, we wanted to BBQ.) When we came home all three of… excuse me, I mean all four of our babies were outside- there was some intense reading going on. We followed it up with an intense couple rounds of Spades and good food. 🙂

Working on

Keeping centered! I’ve been working so hard to keep internal balance.



ART! This is my last month of being an art docent. May was also our art show. 🙂 I had my last class with my third class this week. We worked on cubism. Next week I say goodbye to my 5th graders.

I made the kids stickers and I put cute tags on pencils for the kiddos. 🙂

What are you up to currently?





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14 thoughts on “Currently {May 2017}”

  1. My heart breaks over the Manchester bombing, so I totally understand. It does also stir up feelings of anger being that it was innocent kids at a concert! But I’m at a loss as well when it comes to blog stats, the hummus sounds yummy, the blondies look delicious, and I have also been enjoying the warmer weather these days 🙂

  2. It breaks my heart for Manchester too, i can’t believe someone would target kids! You’ve been busy this month. I had no idea they make jalapeño hummus, i have to find this and put it in my body, hah. I hope you have a great weekend.

  3. These acts of violence are so upsetting, and that’s why I think it’s important to celebrate the everyday good things. That jalapeno hummus looks yummy 🙂

  4. I enjoyed reading your post. I know it is so hard to understand the tragedy and acts of terrorism that keeps happening.
    That is so cool all the kiddos was reading at once. I miss those days seeing my kids read. They are grown now. You asked what we are up to. Well… I am trying to get back in the swing of blogging. I am trying to find ways to cheaply enjoy summer. #MMBH

  5. I’m currently trying to catch up on your post. I have been bad this month, but it is the usual. The last 6 weeks of work are always about testing and it consumes my life. I’m so looking forward to summer vacation. It has been a challenging year. I know you don’t see it in my postings, but there has been a feel bumps in the road. I am needing to BREATHE! Aww, there…feeling better already. Keep up with what you are doing and don’t change. I think we all go through seasons and have a few set backs, but you will bounce back because you are such an awesome person and an awesome blogger. So, don’t you worry!

  6. I love it when I catch my kids getting lost in a good book! And I’ve been avoiding the news for years. It’s too depressing and I find myself always getting in my feelings because I don’t understand why it’s so hard for people to not hurt others.

  7. I actually had to stop and think about which senseless violent act you were talking about! There was the one up by you with the train stabbings. Awful.
    Targeting kids with bombs? The worst. The absolute worst.

    As for blog stats, they’ve been low all-around for 2017. It’s weird. Commenting is down too!
    I need to carb-load right now and the reading photo is priceless! Poor dog has no book?

  8. I’m right there with you on falling behind on blogging :-/ And figuring out how to blog about light-hearted things when horrible things are happening in the world.
    I bet you had so much fun being and art docent! My mom did that when I was in elementary school.

  9. I’m really tired of all of the bad news. I just want a good news website to read sometimes. I’ve been slacking when it comes to blogging lately and it is causing lower stats. But I have a few posts planned for this month. So I hope that helps me get back on track. 🙂

  10. I am sick of the news at the moment! Living in Manchester, I still recall what I was doing when I read the news about what was happening in my city. Fuming and still shocked about it – but we are tough cookies and we just keep going! Sim xx

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