what I’m into :: September 2013.

Linking up with Miss Leigh for the monthly What I’m Into  – join in!  What are you reading, watching, musing over and thinking about?  xo.

This is what's been happening lately: sunshine in San Francisco.  It's a September rarity.  (Land's End).
This is what’s been happening lately: the rarity of sunshine in San Francisco (Land’s End).

Books read: 

Graceling (Cashore) – I’m getting back into reading YA lit (and loving it, mind you), and this is my first YA fantasy novel in, oh, like 20 years. But this I love: an adventurous, rough-around-the-edges, anti-stereotypical female protagonist in a rogue coming of age/discovering of self novel. It was hard for me to get into, but once in, I couldn’t put it down.

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis (Winner) – wowzas. While some say that Lauren Winner’s memoir is too dark, if you’ve ever felt in that “middle” place in faith, her words are for you. Absolutely phenomenal.

She Matters: A Life in Friendships (Sonnenberg) – Eh.  You win some, you lose some.  Vlog review here.

Wild (Strayed) – meh, it wasn’t my favorite. I think I expected to be more Krakauer, Into the Wild-esque, and instead it was more, “I”m stepping into the woods and reflecting on my life. Again. And again.” [Now that’s irony! says she the memoir writer).

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Chbosky) – Loved, loved, loved, loved, loved – and again, vlog review here.

Currently reading: Falling Together; Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World; SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance; Les Miserables; On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature; Going Bovine; Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America.  

Boob tube: Criminal Minds, Weeds, Breakout Kings, Hollywood Game Night, Tamra’s Wedding.  And of course, The Emmy’s, the 49er’s, the Giants and college football have grazed the screen from time to time.

Movies: Hunger Games …did we watch more?  I’m just not sure.

In the blogosphere: I died laughing at “Surviving Whole Foods”.  Seth Godin’s “What if Surfing was Your Job?” reminded me of perspective.  And then, in an Alanis Morissette ironic sort of way, I found myself thinking a ton about Momastery’s “Six Reasons Why Social Media is Dangerous for Me,” while taking mental notes on Jon Acuff’s “61 Things Four Million People Taught me about Social Media,” reposted by Katie-friend over at Cardigan Way.

On my blog: regardless of stats, I most enjoyed writing a poem of sorts with “I am From,” musing over hair beauties and frights, and being reminded of the battle waged inside each one of us.

Pondering: What is the balance in putting yourself out there, marketing and networking and workin’ it, while patiently waiting for response and reaction and Spirit?  Also – and certainly much more importantly – how can I keep my toddler out of the trash can, the diaper pail and the toilet?

Meet the HBH (Hot Black Husband) - date night!
Meet the HBH (Hot Black Husband) – date night!

Cooking: Ya’ll: who cares what I’ve cooked in the last month when the HBH spent an hour and a half in the kitchen last night cooking me perfectly divine halibut with roasted veggies and green salad?  Winner winner chicken dinner.

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That’s it!  What about you?  What’s been a part of your Septemberings, friends?

12 thoughts on “what I’m into :: September 2013.

  1. I love everything Lauren Winner ever has written. I read “Girl Meets God” in college, and I thought, wow. To be able to write like that!

    I just stopped by the encourage you to keep writing. And when you have an idea you want to pitch to a publication, point at all that writing and say, “See what I can do!” If you find a blog on a topic you’re interested in writing about, reach out to that blogger and ask if he or she would be interested in a guest post. Just to get you started, here are the submission guidelines for RELEVANT: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/how-to-write-for-relevant

    Oh, and about STORY: Last year truly was amazing. Every speaker hit it out of the park, and I met so many amazing people. This year, the format was completely different, and that made it harder to meet new people. And most of the speakers were disappointing. So maybe it’s just hit and miss year to year? I am very much looking forward to the Festival of Faith and Writing next year, though!

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Emily! YES to Lauren Winner. YES to continuing to write. I have a list of publications I want to/have submitted to, and I hear the biggest thing is to keep going. Thanks for the tip, though – I still feel so new at this and am eager to learn! And yes, I’m super excited about the festival – definitely going. 🙂 Excited to read more of you!

    1. Yay! We share a common love of literature, I’d say, my friend. 🙂 Glad you’re liking the vlogs – sometimes I wonder if I’m just talking to cyberspace (and even that, I tell myself, is okay).

  2. I have Girl Meets God on my shelf – thought about reading it this month – I want to read Still as well! I’m going to check out your links – thanks! 🙂

  3. I think you’re one of the first people I’ve heard say they didn’t like Wild. I haven’t read it but I couldn’t quite figure out what all the hype was about, based on the description of the book. So are excited about the new Hunger Games movie coming out? It’s right up there with Harry Potter as far as nerdy fandom for me!

    1. Yeah, as per Wild, I’m still trying to figure out what I didn’t love about it – it was very Eat, Pray, Love if you’ve read that book, seeming to focus more so on the back story and reflections of life away from the trail than on. So, eh. But Hunger Games 2?! YES!!!! 🙂 (Now there’s a book I loved). xo!

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  4. Yes to Still (as per our previous conversation on this as well as our future plan for December). Also, I’m super impressed with your hubby’s skill in the kitchen (my september cooking was something near “Do we clean the kitchen if we didn’t use it this week?”).

    And…I’m married to one of the biggest 49ers fans ever. When we married, I made him take his “room o’ 49ers gear” to the office because I sure wasn’t going to throw my trash into in the 49ers trash can. Anyway, it never occurred to me that they are on your TV screen, too! Oh me. Here’s hoping for a good game tonight (and therefore a good day tomorrow).

    1. K. So we’re putting it on our someday list of things to do: a) meet, and b) watch a 49ers game together. YES INDEED.

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  5. I felt the same way about She Matters! I had mixed feelings about Wild- well written and yet I needed to see some sort of redemption or connection and that just didn’t happen. I missed the last 25 minutes of part 3 of Tamra’s wedding! Can you believe it?! I haven’t been able to track down the episode anywhere. Alas. At least I got to see most of the ceremony. Such a cute picture of you and your husband!

    And did I see in the comments you’ll be going to FFW?! Yay!

    1. Yes, FFW – and for some reason, I think we might potentially be rooming together?! (I’m rooming with Micha, who’s rooming with Addie, who was going to talk to you – at least, that’s what I think I remember seeing in a string of emails awhile ago). But anyways, back to the real task at hand here: I too haven’t seen part III of the wedding, aka: THE WEDDING. And haven’t been able to track it down either; i’ll keep you posted if I find it. 🙂

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

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