what i'm into for june

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

A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson

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:

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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

this collection of 50 tattoos inspired by books

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

swimming underwater

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

scattered books

preschool graduations with little orange paper grad hats

preschool teachers who clearly love their job

summer hair cuts for little boys with thick hair

loyal friends

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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  • The church we visited on Sunday had an “according to Brueggemann…” moment. I think that’s when I realized we were home.

  • No, you’re not the last person to watch Silver Linings Playbook cause I am 🙂 Also, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper will be teaming again(happy squees) in a movie based upon Ron Rash’s book Serena. You must read the book because the writing is so utterly beautiful.

  • What do you mean there is nothing on tv – Wimbledon, girl – watch the tennis at Wimbledon!!! Come on Andy Murray 🙂

    • I’d love to watch Wimbledon but alas, no cable television here! Just catching highlights online.

  • Elizabeth

    Another ‘last’ person to watch Silver Linings Playbook. Will get to it one of these days.

    Also, I too am thankful for pastors at our church who love to quote Brueggemann.

    Also…loved the whimsical signage (noticed all those ‘lands’ but one was created by a Brit. Why does all the best children’s lit come from the UK?).

  • Glad you’re loving Silver Linings Playbook – we’ve had our Twitter dialogue on that, what an amazing and beautiful film. Other film I think you’d love which is similar in some ways – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. Just amazing in a very similar way, definitely recommend it to you. I’ve been watching Man of Steel a lot in the cinema recently (I love Superman, total comic book film geek, especially Superman), and trying to read Life After Art – loved it so far, but need to get back into it.

    The Jay-Z book intrigues me. “I’m a business, man”. I’m with Morag on Wimbledon – always worth watching (I’m lucky, I actually got to go and watch as I live 15 minutes away, and it was amazing). Oth

    To be honest, I’d love some advice on getting time for writing and reading & a busy life. I really struggle to sit down and read, and really envy and admire equally how much reading you get done. Maybe I watch too much TV, not sure. Any tips?

    • Okay, Perks of Being a Wallflower —added to the library queue now! As far as the reading, I don’t know what to tell you. We don’t have cable here so that takes care of TV for me. also, I am a pretty fast reader, too, to be honest.

      • Excellent – let me know what you think of “Perks” when you watch it (and keep a box or two of tissues handy, trust me).

        In terms of the reading, I’m a pretty fast reader too, but for me it’s about getting motivated to read (I’m quite a visual person) and making the time to do it, and also avoiding the temptation to watch TV rather than read. The TV i think is the biggest obtacle…maybe need to cut down the amount of channels I get, and have more self-discipline about it.

        Thanks for replying, appreciate it! 🙂

  • I read Under the Tuscan Sun a few years back and felt similarly underwhelmed. How on earth did I miss that you saw Patty Griffin?!?!?!?!?! I must hear all about it! xoxo

    • YES! Leigh, we were FRONT ROW. I could smell her hot water and honey tea. Phenomenal show.

      • Front row? I’m sorry. I just died of jealousy.

  • Laughed myself into embarrassment reading, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?”

    • Okay, that’s a good tip! I’ll add to the library queue.

  • Such a bummer about the Sedaris book. I just finished “Me talk pretty one day” and was looking forward to reading more.

    Currently on my nightstand are two books – “Anne of Green Gables” and “Bittersweet”
    TV – we are in season 2 of “Justified” (we love watching shows in full seasons – we had a great time going through “Friday Night Lights” last summer).
    Cooking – I just learned how to make Vietnamese spring rolls. They are so much easier than I thought, and I have been rolling them up every day for lunch or dinner. Yum!

  • Whitney

    I’m a Texas girl. I love, love Friday Night Lights. I will always associate that show with my first born because my husband and I would watch it together after he was finally in bed for the night and we were exhausted! It’s a great show….not a family show, be warned. Not for tiny eyes. But, oh my heavens. Once you start, just settle in for a FNL marathon!

    • My husband is American, Whitney, and he played high school football and so I think he’d love it. But I hear that it’s a great show anyway for those of us who don’t like football so it might be a good one. Thanks for the tip!

      • Allison

        I was wondering if I’d be the only one to mention FNL 😉 I’m not a huge fan of football and neither is my husband, but we LOVED this show. I was sad to see it end. I sometimes like to harness my inner Tami Taylor!

  • Rebecca Henrich

    Oh I’m so glad you watched Silver Linings Playbook! I’m awed by that movie, and by Jennifer Lawrence in general.

  • kristina grob

    ooh. cancelled plans are wonderful, aren’t they?

  • Anne Bogel

    I felt exactly the same way about Sedaris–not enough funny in the latest to cut through the blech. I skipped every third person essay–I HATED those.

    And I felt the same about Brene Brown, too. I think she was still finding her feet, writing-wise, on that first one.

    And Friday Night Lights? YES.

  • I love that Tim Keller book. I still haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook either. I’m waiting for it to become available at the library. I loved Friday Night Lights but my wife refused to watch it with me.

  • SusanRogersStLaurent

    I’m a little late to the Patty Griffin party. I think it was you who was raving about “Heavenly Day,” wasn’t it? I finally got a CD the other day, and I love it.

  • carameredith.com

    a. LOVE “according to Brueggermann…” b. sad to hear that Sedaris’ latest isn’t the greatest. c. chubby baby thighs & Saturday summer grilling = nothing like it. Congrats on the cover!

  • Jessica

    I still haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook, but it’s on my list. Perks of Being a Wallflower was wonderful, and I also really enjoyed Safety Not Guaranteed. I never read “Under the Tuscan Sun,” but I heard it was very slow. I liked the movie version.

  • The Lumineers — YES! Have you heard this version by Lennon and Maisy?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceYtOlmImNE

  • ChrisOakes

    Forget the football – Friday Night Lights has the best writing and acting for a husband/wife relationship of any show I’ve ever seen. Phenomenal!