books i read
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris – Not my favourite at all. I found it disappointing and I will just retain his “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and call it even.
Decoded by Jay-Z – absolutely fascinating.
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis – Dark and beautiful but I could have done with a little more redemption. Amazingly well-written.
Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes – A much slower pace of a book. I liked it but I wouldn’t read it again or even really recommend it. I kept waiting for something to happen and really, nothing did, and then it was over. Lovely in some ways, slow in the rest.
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brene Brown, Ph.D. I love Brene Brown but this wasn’t my favourite. I’ll hand out The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly like candy though.
(Not a great month for books for me in terms of my “fun” reading. I have a gigantic stack of books related to the research for my second book on the go already, too, but I’ll share those at another time. And most of those were fantastic.
books on my nightstand right now
The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse by Michael Gungor
The Prodigal God by Tim Keller
She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy
television worth watching
Pretty much not watching anything on telly right now. We’re considering starting Friday Night Lights because it might be a good show for us to watch together.
movies i’ve watched – in or out of the theatre
Silver Linings Playbook – I know, I know. I’m the last person in the world to watch this beautiful movie. But we finally watched it and WOW. I have a lot of feelings. Beautiful, messy, imperfect, tender. I loved each one of these broken people so much.
in my ears
Continuing with the theme of me being about two years behind popular culture, hey, have you heard of this little band called The Lumineers?
Also, my friend Susan and I went to see Patty Griffin live in Vancouver this month. God, I love Americana folk music. Nights like that feel like some sort of church.
best stuff i pinned
This quote from Calamity Jane:
this shelving idea for the tinies’ rooms
this celebration of nerdiness from John Green
this amazing photo of Kate Winslet with a killer quote
this whimsical signage which I want, pronto
stuff i love
long summer days
sidewalk chalk on my front driveway
opening the door and telling the older tinies: Outside with you! every day
the sounds of hide-and-seek neighbourhood games
Saturday night grilling
chubby baby thighs in little summer rompers
the gift of cleaning my house alone without anyone else around (if you’ve ever cleaned a washroom with a two year old on your back, you know what I’m talking about)
year end report cards and good marks
white tea towels
french press coffee
chubby toddler tummies in princess dress-up clothes
fort building in the basement
garlic and butter – it makes every vegetable better
open windows and lazy breezes
preschool graduations with little orange paper grad hats
preschool teachers who clearly love their job
summer hair cuts for little boys with thick hair
people who say sorry easily
when my pastor says “according to Brueggemann…” during his Sunday sermon
piles of pears on my mantlepiece
holding hands in the car
hiding people on Facebook – such a relief. Almost as good as cancelling plans.
and the first sight of my book’s designed pages, all laid out and looking like, well, A REAL BOOK
So, friends, 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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