Books I’ve Read
- Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist. I was introduced to Shauna’s work through a mutual friend, Laura. And now I love her, too, and want her to be my friend. Every essay is worth reading, but in each book, there were three or four that were downright brilliant. I underlined, and I will reread them.
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (UK version) by Helen Simonson. Absolutely lovely, I fell a bit in love with the hero, Major Pettigrew, myself. Funny, insightful, cutting. Might be my favourite fiction read of the year.
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed. It was a fantastic book, and I probably would have loved it more if it hadn’t been so impossibly built up to me.
- Lit by Mary Karr. You guys. I quit writing. This book is so well-done, so perfect, I quit.
Books still in progress
- A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling her Husband Master by Rachel Held Evans
- Women, Food, and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything by Geneen Roth
- Knit One, Pearl One by Gil McNeil
- Little Bee by Chris Cleve
- Blue Nights by Joan Didion
- Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy by Flora Thompson
- For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts edited by W. David O. Taylor
- A Woman Called: Piecing Together the Ministry Puzzle by Sara Gaston Barton
T.V. Show Worth Watching
Nothing. I am watching NOTHING on the telly right now. But I did figure out how to watch Downton Abbey series 3 online, thanks to Kristen at Rage Against the Minivan. So, you know: ethical dilemma and all that, but FREE BATES.
Movie I’ve Seen (in or out of the theatre)
Nothing. I haven’t seen a movie in a dog’s age.
In My Ears
Mumford and Sons’ new album releases this week. CANNOT WAIT. Their interview with Jian Ghomeshi on Q was superb (including a live version of I Will Wait).
In My Kitchen
I’m losing my kitchen mojo. I blame school lunches. I plan on having a fit of baking with pumpkin shortly.
New (to me) Blogs that have caught my eye
- Jim Palmer’s blog is so refreshing. Loved this one with 14 religious lies.
- A Deeper Story has added two new channels: A Deeper Family and A Deeper Church. I love them both (seriously, the line-up of writers is gob-smackingly wonderful). Check out Made for the Party by Amber C. Haines and then Grief, 3 little girls, and God by Guy Delcambre.
- The Beautiful Due by John Blase. John is an editor, writer, and poet in Colorado (with Southern roots, I believe). His poetry is quickly becoming a must-read for me, I get plain excited when I see he’s got a new post. In less than 20 lines, this one might be one of the best love poems I’ve ever read.
- A Mighty Girl – this is a collection of books and movies for smart, confident girls
5 Random Things Making Me Happy
2. A new vintage items shop that opened up here in Abbotsford called Spruce Collective. Happy place, happy place. Also, another favourite home shop of mine, Creekside Country Home Decor (don’t be put off by the “country” in the name – lots of vintage-y goodness in there) just added new booths of vintage items from other vendors in the back.
3. Sleepy tinies, fresh out of the bath, reading with their Dad. Things like this make me want Tiny #4.
5. Apple picking season is upon us. Grabbed these little ones from the roadside. Public trees never have the best fruit but still: free apples!
What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month:
- My October trip to Haiti with Help One Now. I am scheduled for about eleventy-billion immunizations this week.
Do tell – what are YOU into right now?