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Right now, I am…

Back in the early days of blogging, we used to do, “Right now” posts…but I haven’t done one in a really long time.

However, I think I’m out of Meet a Reader submissions (if I missed your submission, let me know and I will go digging for it!) and I have 20 minutes before I need to leave for class.

So, right now, I am…

so tired

Lisey is flying to and from Texas today for a $5000 scholarship opportunity with American Airlines (flight is complimentary, of course) and we had to get up pretty early to get her to the airport.

screenshot of alarms

It’s gonna be a long day.

(But not as long as it’ll be for Lisey!)

happy I got a bag of hazelnut coffee

Everyone seems to be out of my usual Starbucks mocha-flavored grounds…so I tried a bag of hazelnut today and I really like it.

And since I have my bottle of heavy cream from Safeway, I felt extra happy with my coffee situation.

looking forward to December 14th

Finals will be ALL DONE by then. One week and two more days left.

enjoying a little Christmas decor

stockings hanging by a fireplace.

We haven’t gotten a tree yet, and I doubt I will bother with any outdoor lights.

But I do have some Christmas-y stuff up inside, so my living room feels a bit festive.

almost done with my microbiology study guide

Tomorrow we have an exam that covers three modules, and I’ve been steadily working through the extra credit worksheet/study guide, one module at a time.

I’m also doing lots of Quizlet review. And I re-listen to lecture recordings as I cook and clean and fold laundry.

Here’s hoping this helps me hold onto all the info!

so very happy to have gotten a 50/50 on my chemistry exam

I still hate chemistry. But I am working hard at it anyway, and it’s paying off.

You know how I tell my kids, “You don’t have to like it. You just have to do it.”?

That’s me to myself right now! I don’t have to like chemistry; I just have to do it.

relieved we have leftovers for dinner

It’ll just be Zoe and me here, so I have plenty of leftovers for the two of us.

It’s good timing for leftovers, because if I feel this tired at 10:30 am, I knowwwwww I am not going to feel energized about cooking dinner at 5:30 pm.

looking forward to bedtime tonight

I’d like it to be 9:00 pm already, please. 😉

not looking forward to a group project

I think our whole last week in psychology class will be devoted to a group project.

I do not like group projects.


Annnnnd now it’s class time for me, which means it is now officially the end of this blog post. 😉

Wanna join me? You can do a little “right now” list in the comments.

P.S. If you want to do a Meet a Reader post, just email me ( and I will send you the questions!

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Meg L

Wednesday 7th of December 2022

Right now I am home from the grocery store and getting a quick lunch-hurray for leftovers. Then to my daughter and son-in-law’s to fix our weekly supper there and have fun with the 3 grandkids. Very thankful to live close by! ♥️


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Are you kidding?!? I LOVE Chemistry! And this is coming from someone who had trouble in school with math and other science classes. (I did just fine in English.) But I had a high school teacher who was passionate about it...and his enthusiasm just rubbed off. I am fascinated how these little bits and pieces add up to our wonderfully complicated world. Right now I'm... *Putting off the appraisal reports I'm supposed to be finishing off -- while writing here. *Listening to the dishwasher. (The Brick got up early, and finished off a task he'd been putting off for was getting hard to even see the kitchen counter. His anniversary gift to me one year was to do the dishes -- and he mostly does, though I help out, too.) *Also listening to Christmas music. *Not many decorations are put up; we apparently left our decor in the storage trailer we left back in Michigan. (A long story. We live in Colorado, 'caretaking' for friends who have a ranch here. They're in Phoenix for the winter.) I found a ceramic village from our friends' decorations, and put it on the mantelpiece. I also bought two Christmas stockings from the thrift shop; those are also up. I'll make a wreath; hopefully we'll get a tree, but it will probably just be lights and tinsel (that make a 'brave show,' just like A Christmas Carol talks about.)

Sigh...back to work.


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Right now I am

home with our three year old who started with a fever in the middle of the night. I am thankful that I could cancel everything I had today to nurse him because he really seems uncomfortable. I am also anxious that now the rest of the family will get it. I leave tomorrow for my last eight-hour commute, and then I interview Thursday morning for a very prestigious post. I really don't want to attempt all that with a fever. I also don't want my husband to have to nurse sick kids in my absence knowing all the work he has on him right now.

working on my presentation for Thursday. I am determined to give this all I've got. This thing I'm interviewing for is so far out of my league, I'm not even nervous about it. That feels so freeing. Now I can just walk in and be myself and talk about my passion for my research.

wondering when on earth we are going to decorate the Christmas tree that is sitting bare across from me. I still have presents to buy, and I have no idea what they are going to be. Meanwhile my mom is dropping all her usual hints for me to decide on and order all of her presents to my family. Every year I refuse to do the work for her, and every year she tries seventeen different ways to get me to do it. It's infuriating.

glad my third (and hopefully final) breast biopsy of the year is over with. I am so thankful to be cancer-free and so deeply tired of needles and incisions and almost passing out every single time.

excited for my last class of the semester on Thursday. My students are presenting the research they've undertaken over the last six weeks. As the professor I usually do 99% of the prep work for class, so I am really looking forward to letting them sit in the hot seat and teach me some interesting things.


Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Your house looks very cozy and festive, Kristen!

Right now, I am sorting through my grandma’s collection of vintage Christmas decorations and attempting to display them in a way which won’t overwhelm my little cabin. I only have a 3 ft wrought iron tree, so I think these will be mostly arranged in glass bowls, vases and maybe an unused plant cloche and terrarium. The woman had a SERIOUS decorating habit, and would only buy holiday items when they were on the clearance rack. And yes, I tried to divide these up amongst my kids. They all said it would be better to wait until my grandkids are less hazardous to fragile things!

Linda in Canada

Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Right now I am:

Hoping that there are no more mice coming into my house. There have been 10 mice in 8 days that have been caught. The last 2 days there were no mice caught. I am hopeful but realistically, not really, as I still don't know where they are coming in. They seem to be only in the cabinet under the kitchen sink and the one next to it that houses my storage containers and mixing bowls (pipe runs through both cabinets so mice can get through the hole). I have to tackle (again) the cleaning and sanitizing of both cabinets, take everything out, clean, sanitize.... sigh.

Pretty cheery, considering the above.

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