August 2020: Currently and What’s New With You?

Posted August 5, 2020 by shooting in Personal / 40 Comments

I’m linking up with Anne for Currently and Kristen for What’s New With You?

Happy August everyone! I hope your summer has been going well. I know a lot of schools are opening up this month – are your kids going, or are you doing online teaching? I hope you’re all staying happy and healthy!

Let’s start with Anne’s prompts for August, and then I’ll add some more of my own to further let you know what I’ve been up to!

Currently/What’s New With You (August 2020)

Choosing: to finally start working on my novel. I’d started another one and hadn’t gotten too far, but this other idea has been in my head for awhile. I decided to really think about this one more and get started. I’m not abandoning the other story, but this one just works better for me at the moment. It’s been awhile since I’ve really worked on my own writing.

Consuming: the Netflix show Sweet Magnolias. I watched all of it with my mom last week and we really loved it. I wasn’t too sure at first, but then I really did fall in love with the characters. Just an FYI though – it ends on a big cliffhanger! There will be a season 2 though, so claps for that.

Enjoying: some fun books that I’ve been meaning to read, such as Nevermoor and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill.

Ordering: way more books than I actually need. However, I did buy a few “special edition” copies of Agatha Christie novels. I’ve read two of them before and love the books, and the third is one that I haven’t read yet. I’m a big fan of Christie, so I thought these were some nice editions to own. Plus, I want to keep reading more of her work in general.

Remembering: all the birthdays that are coming up. My dad has one this month, my nephew has his in September, and one of my best friends has hers in September as well. I have others in the next couple months too but the three I mentioned are the ones that I definitely plan on getting gifts for, so I need to start figuring that out.

And now for some other fun prompts-

Snacking: on my Hangry Kit! I got the Gluten-Free version, but they have something for everyone.

Listening: I made a playlist for the book I’m writing, so I’ve been listening to a lot of those songs. Also, a lot of Kelsea Ballerini, McFly, and Nina Nesbitt.

Watching: so many HGTV shows. There isn’t a ton on regular TV at the moment, so I kind of got sucked into shows like Love It or List It. It’s just so fun, even as I complain about people being selfish and why does EVERYONE need a guest room?!

Waiting: for the weather to cooperate so I can finally try out my projector and screen to have a movie night. I’ll be doing a review of it once I’ve gotten it up and running.

Craving: the Caesar Salad and Cheese Fondue from The Melting Pot. Yum. I love all of the chocolate too, but I’d be happy with just salad and cheese.

Worrying: about my health. I had another CT-Scan with Contrast last week and the blood clots in my lungs are gone. However, the pain I had started to come back (hence the new scan) and it showed that the fluid in my lungs has gotten a bit higher. By the time you read this I will have seen the lung specialist, so hopefully I will be on the right track to figuring out what’s wrong and how I can feel better.

Whew! That’s a lot of W’s! Anyway, feel free to share your own Currently’s in the comments or link up to your post! I love to read these!ย 

40 responses to “August 2020: Currently and What’s New With You?

  1. I hope everything went okay with your appointment Lauren, I haven’t been around of late and I’m sorry I haven’t kept up. I hope you’re doing okay darling and feel free to message me anytime. It’s been a devastating few weeks for me, losing our little dog to a cardiac arrest and we’re on complete lockdown again. Because of the virus, we weren’t allowed to say goodbye and I’m struggling with it all. 2020 can just get in the bin already.

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  2. Oh friend, my fingers crossed that everything is going okay for you health-wise. That’s so scary!

    I’ve been binging Caribbean Life on HGTV. It’s an OBSESSED. And I need season 2 of Sweet Magnolias RIGHT NOW.

  3. I cannot believe it’s August already. Time is flying stuck at home (yet also dragging). Congrats on committing to writing your novel, if it’s a story which has been in your head for a while then it should be time to commit and try and get it on the page (or screen). I wish you luck and hope it goes well. I think the playlist you’ve got for the book sounds good, definitely a playlist I would be bopping to regardless. Fingers crossed the lung specialist helps and gives you some good news.

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  4. I do hope you get some answers and feel better soon! Meanwhile, working on some great writing and reading sounds like just the ticket ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been meaning to check out Nevermoor myself.

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  5. Thinking of you and hoping that your appt resulted in GOOD news! And huge co feats on the commitment to your novel! We love the projector movies, too ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoping our next one will be a repeat of Hamilton ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I hope you got some answers from the specialist! I can certainly relate to the love of those HGTV shows. I always laughed at those guest room requests, but we recently had to turn our own guest room into a second office. With both of us working from home, 2 spaces were desperately needed. So maybe those people were actually on to something lol.

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  7. I’m so sorry about the fluid around your lungs! I had pleurisy a few years ago and it was TERRIBLE. It had me down for the count for 2 weeks. If your pain and discomfort is anything like that I truly feel for ya <3 I looove Caesar salad! And I'm so glad you're cracking down on writing! What a wonderful way to focus your energy right now!!

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  8. I love your screen and projector for outside movies. I’m a Christie fan, too.
    Wishing you well as the doctors figure out your lung issue.

    Have a great August, Lauren!

  9. Iโ€™m so sorry to hear about the fluid in your lungs Lauren, thatโ€™s so scary and I hope you get some answers soon. Thinking about you and hope youโ€™ll keep us posted.

    I always forget about HGTV bit their shows are so fun. Also we want to get a projector for the backyard too!

  10. I’m sorry about your health, I hope that you find out some good news. And yay for writing and also reading books that you’ve been meaning to get to!

  11. We’ve always had a guest room just because but in our last house, we did NOT have a dedicated guest room and it was AWFUL. Scott’s office was in the guest room and it was also used for storage and, ohemgee, if you’re gonna have company (or live far from family), you need a darn guest room lol.

  12. Good luck with your writing! Reading more Christie sounds fun- I want to do that too. and of course good luck with your specialist visit- hope all goes well!

  13. Good luck on your novel! I’ll have to add Sweet Magnolias to my to-watch list!

    Also, I feel like I’ve been away for a while and missed that you had blood clots in your lungs! :[ I’m glad those have cleared but sorry to hear that the pain is back. I really hope everything went okay with your appointment–sending my best wishes! <3

  14. Good luck with your novel! What genre do you write? I love that you made a playlist for it! That is pretty cool.

    The special editions of Agatha Christie sounds like fun! I’d love to get some of hers in leatherbound so they look nice on the shelf. I’ve been meaning to read more Christie lately! Think I might join in on an Agatha Christie Reading Challenge.

    I really would like to get a projector as well! Think it would be fun for the kiddos.

    Hope all turns out to be well with your health. It’s funny my mother-in-law had blood clots on her lungs recently and they have no clue why it happened! Which seems crazy. Anyways, hopefully your complications will be easily solved for the doctors and you’ll be 100% soon.

    I enjoyed your post!

    And here’s the link to mine, if interested ๐Ÿ™‚
    Coffee & Books

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      This book is YA contemporary fiction!! That is crazy about your mother-in-law. It’s interesting how these things just happen sometimes.

  15. Sweet friend, thinking of you and hoping that the specialist has figured out how to get your lungs back to working normally. I am so sorry to read that you are having to deal with that. I bet once you are on the mend, you will have much improved energy. All I want to do these days is sleep. Already in hibernation mode and it is just August!
    Thought of you earlier in the week. Was wishing we could go out to dinner and remembered how you said you gals carried out from Melting Pot. We have yet to go and it has been on my bucket list for a year or more. Hope you have been able to enjoy another salad and their cheese fondue again.

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  16. The Melting Pot sounds so good right now! We normally go out for our anniversary but because of Covid, put it off. Maybe next year! Their salad and cheese fondue is so good! Sometimes we have cheese fondue for dinner!

  17. I’m glad the blot clots on your lungs have cleared up but I don’t like the sound of the fluid! I’m glad they’re looking into that and hope the appointment with the specialist goes well.

    Nevermoor has been on my shelf for ages! My son bought it at his school book fayre last year and we just haven’t gotten to it yet. ๐Ÿ™ I hear only good things!

  18. I know what you mean about buying more books than I should! I can’t seem to stop! It’s like sitting at home it just is easier to order stuff online. I keep coming up with ideas and thinking about writing but not getting anything done because at home I just don’t work as well. Hope we both do better with our writing in August!

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  19. Bri

    Ohhhh…. Sweet Magnolias is on my list to watch! Glad to hear you like it. And, I am ordering WAY too many books too. I often wonder why I do that because I don’t have all the time in the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Jen

    It always has to end on a cliffhanger to keep us coming back right?!

    I am hoping to start watchign this week, maybe if things slow down a little ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care!

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