what i'm into march 2013

books i read

The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Samson :: I’m pretty hard to please when it comes to “Christian” fiction (as in: I don’t really like it) but Lisa Samson is consistently my favourite in this much-maligned genre. I loved this one. Check out this quote: “Confession: I don’t want everybody to be beautiful, not in that unlined, creaseless, symmetrical way. Android beauty, like it comes out of a test tube. Beauty without blemish or mark. Not only do I not identify with such people, I don’t believe in them either. I don’t even find them attractive. This is what makes watching television so hard: they don’t cast actors anymore, only models. When they make a movie of my life, they’d better cast a character actor in the lead. Don’t try to tell me I’m not a character.”

Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale by Ian Morgan Cron. I read this just before Pope Francis was elected. When he announced his choice of name, I was hoping it meant exactly what I learned in this book. I loved this one.

The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James. I’ve got a weakness for Jane Austen themed fiction and Syrie James does this genre so well. These are my “curl up on a Saturday night with a bowl of popcorn” books. I won’t re-read this one (it’s not as good as her other two) so didn’t buy it but it was a fun read, satisfying.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I am a banner-waving introvert and this book was absolutely fascinating. The science and research truly sets it apart from the usual “free-to-be-you-and-me” that masquerades as self-help or self-discovery books. Many a paragraph was underlined and then read out-loud to my husband in my “see! see! I’m okay! I’m free to be me!”

A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together by Jerusalem Jackson Greer. I received this book from Jersaulem after she guest-posted here a couple of weeks ago. And you guys, this book is an absolute delight. I dog-eared so many pages and recipes and ideas. It’s inspiring without guilt-inducing. I love crafty and vintage-y goodness and have a monster crush on people like Amanda Soule. But this spin on that whole world puts it in proper perspective and mirrors the church calendar. It’s the best kind of Sunday reading. I trotted it over to my mum’s house and may have said something along the lines of “I want my life to look like this!”

books on my nightstand right now

The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse by Michael Gungor

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – slow going on this one. I’m taking my time.

What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell

Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning by Rebekah Lyons

television worth watching

Doctor Who – Well, I’m into Series 5 but I hardly have the heart now. It’s been ripped out by the death of the Tenth Doctor and I feel I can hardly go on. I can’t talk about it.

Once Upon a Time –  I caught up on Once Upon a Time. I’m still watching but the big long breaks between a couple of episodes is hard to get into. The whole thing with Neal’s fiancé is quite interesting.

movies i’ve watched – in or out of the theatre

Peter Pan – I used to love this Disney classic as a child. It’s such a fun romp, loved the songs, but I admit a big part of me was cringing over the racism and we had long talks about that afterwards. Man, Disney….

Les Misérables – You know I bought this one the very day it came out. I dreamed a dream, baby!

in my ears

Young Man in America by Anais Mitchell – My friend, Seth Haines, recommended this artist to me because he knows I’m a huge Patty Griffin fan. I’ve pretty much had her on repeat for two weeks now.

Without Words by Bethel Music  – I can’t listen to music with lyrics while writing. I am most at home in silence but when I want a bit of background writing music I tend towards classical or Jane Austen movie soundtracks (Becoming Jane is an old favourite). For my birthday this past month, my sister gave me this album of Bethel’s worship songs done reworked instrumentally and I absolutely love it.

in my kitchen

It’s been a very busy month here and so I’ve not been doing very well in the whole cooking department. Many a supper of grilled cheese around here lately. But now that my book’s major edits are in at last, I celebrated by spending the weekend in the kitchen. And ta-da! I have been baking bread. (And now I’m eating all the bread….) I have started with simple white bread and, oh gracious, I’m in love with the process and the work of it. Preston will be so proud of me. I always long to bake bread during Holy Week, so this year, I just went ahead and did it. It satisfied us, body and soul. So worth it.

random thing making me happy

Be Small Studios quietly sent me these water-colours. Annie would probably be embarrassed if she knew I was making a fuss about them but seriously, YOU GUYS. The detail work is amazing, they are so lovely, so meaningful, I can’t help myself. I cannot wait to frame them in the house.


what i’m looking forward to next month

Well, we are glad to have March behind us! It was a very full month. As I mentioned above, my major book edits took place last month but they are finished (hallelujah, praise you Jesus, free at last and all that). I think the majority of the continent likely heard my exhale of relief when that was over.

This month, Evelynn is turning two years old. (Two! *sob*) Brian has his birthday as well and we have many family birthdays to celebrate.

Brian passed his Canadian citizenship exam and his citizenship ceremony is this month. Quite looking forward to watching him swear allegiance the Queen. I’m planning a Welcome to Being Canadian Day – which will probably end up being about beer and doughnuts. He’s also taking a night class in Punjabi to learn a bit of the language for fun (as one does, apparently).

Spring is shaping up to be absolutely gorgeous around here. Everything burst into bloom this weekend, and the tinies smell like dirt at the end of every day.

So what about you? What’s on your nightstand? What television show has captured your imagination? What are you pinning or cooking or planning?

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