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currently: february 2017

Ah, February. We’ve had a tumultuous relationship in the past, but that’s mainly due to cold weather that’s been nonexistent this year. Do I like February now? Do YOU like February now? What is happening? Anyway…it felt like we squeezed a lot into the wee month between two fun weekend visits from family, soaking up as much gorgeous patio weather as possible, oh and being completely out with the flu for a week. Both of us. So that was fun. We’re referring to that time as Flumageddon. Here’s what the rest of February entailed: 

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Making: Little house updates for spring. The patio got a new rug and some new plants, the entry got a new mirror, and I’m feeling some spring/pre-move cleaning coming on. 
Cooking: Loved these verde enchiladas — warm enough for “winter,” but light enough for the 80-90 degree days we’ve been having. Also, I want to lick the plate every time I make this honey soy glaze. I serve it over salmon, brussels sprouts, and a little bit of white rice. 
Reading: I read Big Little Lies during Flumageddon, and I don’t know if I was just cranky from being sick or if it really did just kind of drag? The ending was really entertaining, but so far the show is bringing the story to life in ways that the book just didn’t for me. Probably because of the gorgeous beach houses and Reese. Always Reese. I’m halfway into The Light Between Oceans…my library rental expired before I finished it, so I need to check it out again. And this post inspired my next read: In Cold Blood. I’ve never read it!
: To not kill the plants I bought for the patio. I’ve gotten pretty good at keeping indoor plants alive, but outdoor ones are harder for me. I have roughly a 10% success rate. This makes no sense to me. Plants belong outside. Why is this so hard??
Enjoying: Finn’s warm, blocky head resting on my leg while I write this. <3 
Listening: I have been ridiculously obsessed with this song since being captivated by this choreography video. Also, queueing up some new podcasts for the long trip to Marfa this weekend: Revisionist History, Sword and Scale, and 2 Dope Queens.
Needing: Nothing, guys. I put myself on a buying freeze for house stuff until we know where we’re going to be living next. Seems…adult?
Smelling: A lemongrass peppermint mix in the diffuser. So yummy!
Wearing: Gotta ditch my normal work-from-home uniform of leggings and knits for cool-girl outfits if I want to have any street cred in Marfa. Here’s a few things I’m packing, including this hat that Matt is not a fan of, which cracks me up: this kimono in coral, these boots in Desert Calf, this necklace, and this top which is sold out and in looking up this link I found this top which I now want and it’s on saleeee…
Loving: The Kristin Ess shampoo and conditioner from her Target line. It’s sulfate and cruelty-free, it smells so yummy, and the bottles are so cute. Most importantly, I’ve been having some decent hair days. 
Watching: I’ve seen The Office so many times, but Matt had never watched it from the beginning, so we’ve been watching the whole thing. It never, ever gets old. 
Bookmarking: This page for new date night restaurant ideas, this tool to turn photos into digital copies, and this adorable Marfa community forum that a friend shared for our trip. You can find daily restaurant menus, closures, a lost and found, etc.
Feeling: Excited!! Have I said Marfa enough times in this post? 

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I always struggle with the currently posts because they are 100% me flinging what I’ve been up to and my opinions at you. I decided I want to end each of these with a question to get to know you all better so that there’s equal-opportunity opinion-flinging. I recently saw a friend ask this question on Facebook, and the answers were fascinating. Here’s the question: What is a song that makes you cry? Mine are Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Norah Jones’ Carnival Town. Answer in the comments!



  1. Meredith Meredith

    thank you for sharing the oh so easy honey/soy/lime glaze. i tried making some last week, and while decent, there was maj room for improvement!

    i can’t wait to read and hear all about your trip to Marfa. there shall be no shortage of snaps or instas, correctamundo?

    the podcast you mentioned, 2 Dope Queens, reminds me, have you ever watched Insecure on HBO? it is phenom and i think you’d like it.

    i’m not sure if there is any song that makes me cry? maybe any song i listened to while going thru stupid boy dramzies back in the day because i was already ugly crying?

    what do you have your sights on for eats in Marfa?

  2. The glaze is so dang good and easy. The hardest part is having the patience to let it bubble for a while so that it thickens. I know you’ll love it!

    And yes, where there’s a signal there will be snaps/grams/stories from Marfa, FO SHO.

    I haven’t started Insecure, but your recommendation means there’s a very good chance I’ll enjoy it, so I’ll check it out!

    You know I’m an easy crier and you’re the opposite of that. But like…nothing?? Fix You? Auld Lang Syne? Your Hand in Mine?? Anything nostalgic??

    Do Your Thing, Food Shark, Bar St. George, and Stellina are all on the list for Marfa eats…hoping for no weird closures so we can actually go to all of them!

  3. Umm, good for you for not buying/needing anything! That’s a tough one, girl! Ha! I feel like I should try to put myself through a buying freeze sometime because I always buy way too many little things that I don’t even need. 🙁

    Hmm, a song that makes me cry? Probably “The Fools Who Dream” form Lala Land! Not necessarily because of the song, but because of what was going on in my life when I first heard it. Music is always about context! It’s crazy how a song can mean an entirely different thing from person to person…

  4. Holly Twitchell Holly Twitchell

    Two songs that always make me cry are “Bleed to Love Her” – Lindsey Buckingham, and “Windows are Rolled Down” – Amos Lee. There are probably a thousand more, because I am the original easy crier. You’re welcome. xoxoxo

  5. Jim Richardson Jim Richardson

    Another Pulitzer-level contribution, Mollsker. it’s great that you’re taking Matt through The Office, from the beginning. See how long it takes him to figure out that I’m Jim. Next, Parks and Recreation, then Frazier.

    Songs that make me cry? There many, but the top 3 are
    1. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
    2. Itzy Bitzy Spider
    3. Un Bel Di, Vedremo from “Madame Butterfly” (if I’m hearing it, there’s nothing better to do than go to the Opera)

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