I’m currently…

Listening to the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack and it’s bringing me back to a year ago, when I was in isolation for months on end in Jakarta, unable to leave my housing compound. I would work all day, and in the evenings, when I needed to get the pent-up angst and energy out, I would walk circles around my pond, blasting this soundtrack, tears streaming down my face.

Loving my healthy, happy plants, fresh baked bread, friends who listen when you’ve had a bad day, and writing in the SOL Challenge.

Drinking water. I have not drank enough water today and I need to hydrate to stave off the headache that’s trying to creep in.

Thinking about the next step I should take in developing the curriculum. We have made tremendous progress, and I know what needs to happen, but I haven’t yet decided the order in which to go about it. I need some head space and time to do this big picture thinking.

Wanting to wake up late tomorrow and read my book while sipping on English breakfast tea (sigh, tomorrow’s Friday…I guess I’ll have to wait til Saturday).

Procrastinating so many things…well, I’m not really procrastinating them, it’s just that I have a to do list so full it’s about to burst and I don’t have enough hours in the day to get to all of them in a timely manner.

Needing some rest, a good cry, a hug from my mom and dad, exercise, and a day off to catch up.

Reading an easy read, The Return by Nicholas Sparks. When there’s so much going on in the world that you aren’t sure will work out, there’s something comforting about reading books like this…where you just know it’s going to all turn out alright.

Worrying about whether or not I should go home this summer, vaccinations (when? really not until the fall? which one will they give us?), and the stress that’s been a constant this week.

Wondering which book I will read next…I have so many to choose from in my ‘to read’ stack. I’m leaning toward The Huntress by Kate Quinn. I fell in love with The Alice Network, which I read while I was in quarantine this summer. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.

Anticipating a little getaway to Seoul during Spring Break in 3 weeks. We have just been given the green light to travel to the mainland for 4 days at the start of the break without the requirement of a Covid test. This is definitely a silver lining!

What are you currently up to?

20 thoughts on “Currently

  1. amyilene

    I love this format….it is incredibly centering to read & I would imagine that it does the same for the writer. I will definitely be trying this out!! Thank you for this slice.

  2. terierrol

    I love this style of writing. I had forgotten and done this with my students. You inspire me to try it again. I’m currently- rushing. So much to do today. Bye.

  3. hsatlas

    Looks like a good format. I might try this today. I love some of the Evan Hansen songs too,and I could see you blasting the songs and crying. I’ve certainly done that in difficult moments. Hope you get your getaway soon.

  4. elsie

    Currently, I am celebrating getting my second vaccine shot yesterday, grateful I don’t have to be anywhere because it’s blustery and snowy outside, and enjoying a few slices from my favorite slicers.

  5. Terje

    Thank you for the book recommendation. I am happy to hear that you can go to Seoul during the break. Your “currently’ post reminded me of my “Right now” structure – the same idea, different start – and gave me a nudge to write today.

    1. aggiekesler Post author

      You’re welcome…I hope you like it, too. I’m so looking forward to a bit of big city life! I just read your “right now” post…I’ll have to tuck it away for future reference. Glad I could help you. Your post about your name was an inspiration for my slice about mine earlier this month. 🙂

  6. karpenglish

    I loved The Alice Network, and I keep meaning to read The Huntress. I’ll have to add it to my list of books to track down. I’m so happy that you get to go to Seoul without any more Covid tests. That will be nice. I cannot believe that South Korea will not be vaccinating until the fall! Or is that because you are a foreign worker that it will take so long? I feel for you, spending all those months of quarantine alone. While there have absolutely been times that I wanted to trade in my family for some emptiness around me and peace and quiet, in reality, I cannot imagine how difficult it had to be to endure all that isolation on your own.

    1. aggiekesler Post author

      I loved it too! When I was in quarantine, I allowed myself an hour a day of reading it (had to stretch it out) and I looked forward to waking up each day, but the day after I finished it, I was so sad it was over, that I stayed in bed almost all day.
      I am so glad about that too…even if just for 4 days!
      The vaccination schedule is slow, and they are spacing out the first and second doses over 2-3 months, so everyone will be finished by November. The locals definitely get priority.
      Yeah, it was tough, but I know it’s been hard on everyone.

      1. karpenglish

        Oooh, not finished until November? That is tough. In Oregon, they are tentatively planning to open vaccinations to all adults by May 1, so we are hoping for a bit more normal summer. Though how long it will actually take to get through all of the people is a different calculation. It’s not like everyone will be done 4 weeks from May 1!

  7. cvarsalona

    Great to meet you and read your currently slice. I think it will help me stay in the moment and savor each thought I own. I tried out a list poem that turned into an index poem that cataloged all of my March Musing slices with links to each one. I am trying to figure out how I could use your currently format to write a poem. I might just try that.


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