Currently

I’m a sucker for Currently posts. You know, where the writer lists what he/she is doing currently. I’m also pretty nosy. Are those two related? Couldn’t be.

Here’s what I’ve been up to … currently, I’m:

  • Watching: Homeland and Dexter. If you’re not watching these shows, you’re either busy, ignorant, or just plain weird. My favorite of the two is Homeland, which captivated me from the very first episode, but this season of Dexter is helping to wash away the bad memories from seasons five and six, which I found to be subpar (for Dexter, anyway). These two shows are both from Showtime, and I would like to offer them my sincere gratitude, in the form of wine, cheese, or both (my favorite things, you know). Dear Showtime, you make my lazy Friday/Saturday nights on the couch with my husband so much more fun.

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  • Reading: I just finished reading Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. If you haven’t heard about it—well, where have you been? I had heard a lot of hype—that I’d read it in two days, that I’d love it, that it was “amazing” … So of course I was prepared not to like it, as is my wont when someone promises that I will. The premise is this: it’s Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary; she disappears. It looks bad for Nick. But there’s something else behind all the seemingly obvious signs of a struggle. I won’t spoil it for you. Read it, but I won’t lie: it wasn’t my favorite. I’m a fan of relatable protagonists, and neither main character was anywhere near likable. (Come on, I relate to Dexter! I’m not that hard of a sell.) By the end of the book, I just wanted both of them, Amy and Nick, to go away and be miserable together.
  • Thinking about: A trip to Munich in December. Mario once lived in Munich (if only for a year!), and Germany has been somewhere I’ve seen in pictures but never visited. I would love to visit a traditional German Christmas market, even if it means bundling up in six or seven layers to withstand the cold.

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  • Loving: Our apartment! Mario picked it out while I was back in the States this August, and he did an amazing job. We’re not centrally located, but we’re still within the M-30, and we live right next to two great places for running: a park and Madrid Río. It’s very cozy, has lots of light, and we just got a new rug from IKEA, which, for some odd reason, just makes the room.
  • Listening to: Joshua Radin’s Vegetable Car (and all the rest of his album Simple Times), Mumford & Sons’ The Cave, and This Side by Nickel Creek, just to name a few.
  • Making me happy: Seeing all the Halloween decorations in the stores! I know it’s an Americanization and all, but I love Halloween. I love fall and crisp weather and autumn leaves and pumpkins and the smell of cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice and everything to do with the month of October.

What have you been up to currently?

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13 comments

  1. I have been trying to watch the second season of Homeland but I cant. How do you watch it out here? I loved the first season and I couldnt believe how long I had to wait for the second season. When I found out the second season would come out while I was in Spain, I didnt think I would be able to watch it.

    Germany at Christmas sounds wonderful. I am thinking of maybe south Italy.

    Let’s get together soon. Hopefully you received my text.

  2. Great post. My family and friends seem to be obsessed with both shows! It’s all over Facebook…we need to get into it as soon as we are done with our House marathon.

    Happy Halloween. Any party plans? There seems to be too many to choose from here in Florence, which I find so odd, but fun I guess.

  3. Currently reading: Leaving the Atocha Station!

    Currently thinking about: my Halloween costume. Hehe! But man, I also would LOVE to go see a traditional German Christmas market. The Christkindlmarket in Chicago is one of my favorite places during wintertime.

    Loving: My new private class, which is in Arganzuela come to think of it!

  4. I read Gone Girl about a month ago when it appeared on “bestsellers” on my Kindle Fire. It was a page turner and the book kept me captivated from beginning to nearly the end. Somewhere near the end though, I started rolling my eyes. Nobody is that careful, plans that meticulously, that manipulative, and hides their true personality from everybody like that. Even the most careful of people are eventually found out. Along the way, the story stopped being believable. There is more I could say but I don’t want to spoil the book. Not sure if I want to read another book by this same author. If you’re looking for mystery though, try Tana French. She is an Irish author and so far I’ve liked both books I’ve read by her.

    I think I might have to try Homeland, heard so many good things about it. Dexter though… I can’t stomach the gore. (True Blood is as gory as I’ll get)

    And you’ll love Munich if you decide to go! I really did when I went this past April. If you do go, make it a point to visit Dachau. It’s really emotionally draining but I’m really glad I did it.

  5. I just finished Gone Girl, and I liked it. The characters weren’t likable, but that’s one thing I liked about it, and the ending was really the only way it could believably end. Cheers for Dexter, this season is really good!

    And Germany…do it! One of my favorite countries, amazing food, beer, and people! I can imagine the markets would be fantastic at Christmas.

  6. I went to Munich for the December puente last year, when I was feeling especially homesick…and it made me feel SO much better. Seriously. The Christmas Markets are SO cute! And the city is so festive….I almost felt like I was home :)

  7. I’m glad to hear you are keeping busy while still saving time for simple things in life: TV and Books. I too, would love to see pictures of this apartment! If you go to Germany I would love to see a few pictures in a blog.

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