Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday Currently: Volume 16

A recent photo of my Mom in her new abode on the water. Happy Mother's Day, Mom! I love you!

Reading Bringing Up Bébé by Pamela Druckerman. It's a really fascinating look at how French parenting differs from American parenting. The differences, for the most part, have really surprised me--for example, it turns out that the majority of French infants, starting as young as 2-3 months old, sleep straight through the night! I suppose I was expecting to read that French parents are looser and freer, but this bit of evidence points to something different.

Writing this post, and not much else.

Listening to this absolutely beautiful song from The Great Gatsby, which we went to see yesterday. In fact, I was blown away by the entire soundtrack--it was a high mix of 20s Jazz Age music, rap and hip hop, classical organ music, and synthesized beats, and often these were layered on top of each other in the most creative ways. My husband commented that the movie was very similar to Moulin Rouge in that way (and then we found out that these two films share a director). I almost want to see it again just for the music!

Thinking about how deeply I slept last night. My husband downloaded a white noise app on my phone a few weeks ago because there's an obnoxious dog in our neighborhood who starts barking at 1 am every night. So far, the white noise works like a charm.

Smelling nothing. A clean house, I suppose!

Wishing my husband didn't have to travel this week.

Hoping my brother's move out of his dorm goes well! He's finished with his freshman year of college--I can't believe it.

Wearing nothing cute at the moment.

Drinking tea with soy milk--my blog friend Betsy tells me that the English would be horrified by this!

Loving my Mom. I'm so thankful that we just keep getting closer as the years go by. I hope that someday soon, we will be physically closer too, so I can see her and my Dad more often than once every few months.

Wanting to play the song linked above on repeat all day. I won't, but I want to.

Needing to discover more ways to use coconut oil. I'm very into eating healthful oils these days. Yesterday, we made homemade popcorn in coconut oil, tucked it into my bag, and ate it in the movie theater. We're so rebellious!

Feeling very positive and hopeful today. I love this feeling!

Clicking on some fashion shots from The Great Gatsby. This is my favorite look from the movie. I just adore that headpiece.

Here's my Mom with my Mother-in-Law. Two beautiful ladies, if I do say so myself! We hope you both have a wonderful day.

Linking up with Lauren.


  1. I love that Lana Del Rey song. After I saw the movie yesterday, I couldn't stop singing it. The film was magical.

  2. I've been singing it nonstop too!! So funny that you also saw the movie yesterday!

  3. I've heard of that book! Now I think I need to pick it up! Fascinating. :) So I haven't seen Gatsby yet, but I have to comment that I did not like Moulin Rouge and thought it was choppy... so we'll see. I read an article about how The Great Gatsby seems to be impossible to recreate in film. And, really, it is (so far) one of those books that simply cannot translate as beautifully onto film. So, we'll see. I love the story and I love Leo.... and when is the movie ever better than the book anyways?

  4. I saw Baz Luhrman's La Boheme on Broadway - it was insane! can you imagine? (you can see from the trailer!

  5. You should definitely read Bringing Up Bébé, you'll love it! It's really fascinating. And you know, I'm not sure I can really say I loved The Great Gatsby--I find the storyline to be so depressing (and I felt that way about the book too) but I did love the soundtrack and the costumes. Especially this Lana Del Rey song--it's woven in beautifully, and I love that the director actually commissioned original compositions for the soundtrack. Anyway, you will probably have mixed feelings like I do but I hope you go see it! Let me know what you think :)

  6. Oh what an awesome experience that must have been! I love La Boheme, the opera, but I didn't even know there was a Broadway version!

  7. Sleeping through the night at 2-3 months? The French are truly magical! I definitely want to read that book. One of my fears about one day becoming a mom is that I won't be able to handle the sleep deprivation and will become a zombie. Maybe French parenting is the way to go? :D

  8. I loved Bringing Up Bebe. Such great perspective on parenting. And I love, love coconut seems like I'm always discovering one more way to use it! Drizzled on popcorn sounds delicious. We will have to try that soon.

  9. You've inspired me to drink more tea and now I'm on the hunt for some loose tea - hoping to get to the local coffee/tea shop this week!

    I haven't seen Gatsby yet either ( I heard it was very similiar to Moulin Rouge which I walked out on after a 1/2 hour)

  10. I do think that a lot of their methods, especially early on in the child's life, are excellent. Some of their other mentalities I don't agree with at all, but even those are fascinating to read about!

  11. I recently hear that coconut oil makes a good shaving cream too? Who knew!

  12. Oh excellent! I hope you find some loose tea. We buy ours online because I can't find any loose tea around here :)

  13. and also..I meant to say that I'm dying over your parents house on the awesome is that? Is it spacious enough if you were visiting or is it pretty much limited to your folks?
    There is something very special about the waters of DC/MD/ scenic!

  14. Isn't it beautiful?! As far as houseboats go, it's very spacious. It has an open plan and feels very airy--the walls let in light and there are TONS of windows and doors. There's only one bedroom so I slept on the couch when I visited, but it wasn't cramped at all. Even the bathroom is much bigger than I had expected! When my husband and I visit together we would probably stay in the hotel at the Marina, though.

  15. Is this something they designed and had built?

  16. Yes, my Dad designed it, had the shell and basic framework built, and then he actually did a lot of the interior construction himself. Totally custom-made!


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