There’s a group of writers in the online community that I’ve secretly been eyeing for awhile (er…since January, really) – but I sure love what they have to say, and am excited to start to join in a little bit more here and there! Once a month, Leigh hosts “What I’m Into” – join in!
Read and Reading:
Beautiful Ruins (Jess Walters) – I love the genre of storytelling I’ve been seeing so much of lately, one that switches narrating voices to tell a story in both the past and present. Set between Italy, LA and Seattle, modern-day and in the 1950’s, this was a fun and intriguing read!
Torn (Justin Lee) – As a Christian and a friend of the GLBT community, this was touching, informative and a must-read for thinking about how we can all bridge the gap between these two groups. Above all, Lee shared his heart, his story and his experience, none of which can be questioned or taken away from him.
Currently reading: Les Miserables (Victor), Daring Greatly (Brown), Rowan Williams (Goddard – for an Anglican studies class), The True Story of the Whole World (Goheen and Bartholomew), and because I was curious – gulp – Fifty Shades of Gray (James – please actually read book reviews before purchasing books, instead of thinking, “Hey! Everyone’s talking about this NY Times Bestseller, and so should I!” Please don’t read it for the fact that it’s more poorly written than the Babysitters Club series, circa 1989. Please learn from my mistake, as I won’t be finishing the book, much to my own usual set of reading rules). On a redeeming note, I’m super excited to have scored an early copy of Shauna Niequist’s Bread and Wine, to be read just as soon as March 15th rolls around (and my Masters is complete!).
TV: Downton, check. The Oscars minus the last four awards since we set the DVR to three hours, check (and boo!). Otherwise, the Mentalist, Criminal Minds and Grey’s Anatomy.
Movies: ARGO – wowzas. Watched it, loved it, and thought to myself, Self, you need to catch up on your late 20th century history.
Music: Does the “This American Life” podcast count? If so, check out part I and II of Harper High School.
In the Blogosphere: generally speaking, Micha Boyett, Sarah Bessey, Kristen Howerton (Rage Against the Minivan) and Preston Yancey (whom I’m excited to bake and poet with next month!) have caught my eye.
On The Blog: I’ve LOVED featuring various writer-friends who’ve shared their hearts on the theme of community here on my blog – Chris wrote on a babysitting co-op 30+ years ago, Megan shared on the DS community and Erika wrote about cushions. (Shameless plug: want to join in with your thoughts on community, the good, the bad and the ugly? It’s happening on Mondays, and there are openings – let me know!)
Pondering: the rhythms of life. Being present. Learning to rest. Living in this sabbatical of sorts. Giving Canon the downtime his little body needs. Responding instead of reacting. The power of just being faithful. Networking. Recovering from ministry.
Cooking: My friend Brenda Joy at The Millerhood will love and appreciate this, but I cooked FLANK STEAK for the first time this past weekend – granted, it took two of us: after prepping it in a yummy rosemary-fig marinade, I stuck it in the oven, flank-flap doubled over, just as it was in the package at Trader Joe’s. I soon realized that maybe I was supposed to “unfold” the steak, and at that point the HBH (Hot Black Husband) looked up proper cooking temperatures for our lukewarm 75-degree piece of cow. It eventually tasted divine, but I think I’ll stick to fish and chicken for now.
Baby Cancan: You’ll get a full mouthful of the little bubs come March 14th [The Canon Chronicles!], but for now, he’s rolling over (much to my chagrin on the changing table), scooting backwards and forwards and in circles on our hardwood floor, and eating pureed solid food to his heart’s content.
I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into theme – join in!0