I always miss the boat on linking up with Anne for her Currently series. Well, that changes today! When she announced it last month, I was sure to make a note on my calendar so I could show up today and share a little sneak peek into my “currently”, so let’s do the darn thing!

Currently - Hawaii Life - Communikait by Kait Hanson


Realizing: When the clock struck midnight on December 31, 2016, we had no freaking clue what was in store for us in 2017. We could never have imagined the way life would shift with the buying of a house and everything that led up to eventually having to sell it just 9 short months later. It was insanity (and I feel like even the word insanity is putting it lightly…). At every turn, we found ourselves asking the powers that be “WHY?!”. Though we don’t have all the answers (and probably never will), some of the realizations that we did make were pretty hard to deny. Coupled with our recent trip to the mainland, I think Dane and I both would agree that living closer to family and friends is a major priority for us sooner rather than later.

Stirring: Oh, I’m totally stirring up some delicious fall recipes! I can’t stop thinking about all things pumpkin and we ate the most delicious fall treats while we visited our family and friends all over the East Coast. I’ve got pumpkin roll on deck for the weekend! Sadly, we won’t be around for Thanksgiving this year, so I’m also planning mini Thanksgiving for Dane and I after we get home from Tahiti the first week of December. Any tips for Thanksgiving-for-two?!

Appreciating: EVERYTHING! I spent a lot of time earlier this year being resentful and just plain unhappy. We had some shit cards delivered this year and it wore me down in a way I wasn’t expecting. I am so happy for the holidays and all the joy that they bring and obviously looking forward to a fresh slate in 2018, but I’ll be honest…I’m starting now. In the words of the Goo Goo Dolls from Better Days, “Tonight’s the night the world begins again…”

Investigating: Does anyone else fall into the trap of seeing a Dateline special and then just craving more and more on that story? All the sordid details?! I jokingly call myself an armchair detective, because once I fall down a hole, I’m staying there! Has anyone else seen the Laci Peterson special on A&E. I believe it’s a 6 part episode series, but even THAT was not enough for me, so I’ve succumbed to the weird hallways of internet forums. Don’t ask, people. It’s probably considered a disease by some.

Following: I can’t get enough of holiday sales and from now until the end of the year it’s like a one-way ticket to sales and specials at all your favorite stores. Furniture to appliances, clothing to electronic gadgets…everything is freaking on sale! I just picked up a new GoPro HERO 5 after seeing it on special and getting it price matched – such a good technique for any of you early holiday shoppers. Price matching has become my BFF since moving to Hawaii. Most stores these days will do it and I always, always, always price compare with Amazon!


What have you been up to lately?

November 2, 2017


  • I absolutely second EVERYTHING in your “appreciating” section. I feel like we both had similar 2016 experiences and I am READY FOR THE NEW.

    • I could not agree more, my friend! I spent nearly the whole year in a weird funk that I had no idea was coming when the clock hit midnight in 2016. Here’s to hoping 2018 brings much better things 🙂

  • Lauren Harrelson

    Just had to google that song! *adds to playlist* excited to see some new recipes, I’m in a rut!

    • Ohh I’ve got some good ones on the way! And yes – that song makes me really happy. It was initially written as a Christmas song, but I think it hit mainstream and became an “all the time” song 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh gosh, Dateline is always sucking me in!! I need more details sometimes, especially with the way some of those episodes end.

    I definitely love checking out all the fun deals this time of the year.


    • Yes! Dateline never gives me enough, so I’m left searching the dark holes on the inter webs for details!

  • Jen

    Dateline sucks me in every single time!!! I can’t get enough!

    • ME TOO! Why can’t we be neighbors so we can run and watch Dateline?!

      • Jen

        Right?! That would be rad!

  • Do a cornish hen instead of a turkey! Or just a small breast! Everything else is pretty easy to scale down! I can only hope that 2018 is better than the last two years! I’ll be honest though, my expectations aren’t very high..

    • I’m trying not to get my hopes up about 2018, but DAMN! I am ready to send 2017 packing, LOL! And good idea on the turkey breast! I am totally doing that. I was excited to go on vacation, but then really sad realizing I was missing out on Thanksgiving food HAHA!

  • So good to end the year with a happy holiday season (and Tahiti can’t hurt!!!) to help move beyond the insanity. Glad you’re able to be moving into the “appreciating” stage. And so glad you joined in this month! 🙂

  • Oh my gosh, Dateline is the bane of my existence (or is that a bit dramatic? haha)…My husband LOVES seeing stuff like that and cold case shows but it’s real life so I can’t handle it haha

  • I do that with Dateline and just about everything else I get interested in! Our daughter loves the show The Wiggles right now, and I’ve spent waaaay too much time looking at their life stories.

    Hoping for a better 2018 for you. I really like your outlook on starting now. I think I’m going to adopt that in light of some recent challenges we’ve had.

    Thanksgiving – Jennie O makes bagged turkey breasts that you don’t have to defrost for 95 hours or do special stuff to. I decided to cook our Thanksgiving dinner on the Tuesday before last year, and it was just the right size for us!