It’s been a busy month here in be, mama. be land:
Sister was in town, road trips were taken and family – Oh, Lovely, Crazy Family – was seen…
Events and concerts were attended, writing was had and speaking was booked, parks and play dates and plain ol’ Cancan fun was had…
And then, lest we forget, our family decided to take the plunge and move to the ‘burbs, coming up in just two days now.
It’s been full to say the least, but for the first time in a moving long-time, I also don’t feel the burden of surrounding stress and foreboding loss of neighborly relationships – baby steps, people, baby steps. So meanwhile, and without further adieu, here’s what we’ve been into this past month. (Linking up with the lovely Leigh).
Superfreakonomics – 3/5. I definitely enjoyed Levitt’s first book better, perhaps because all the scientific Global Warming talk got to be a bit too much.
The Exodus Road – 2/5. Eh. While I’m sure there are lengthy stories to be told of rescuing women out of the holds of sex slavery, I felt like this book barely did the subject justice. Maybe I wanted more, length-wise. Maybe I wanted stories first-hand from the field – my tongue was wet in want, but not nearly satisfied.
Love Does – 3/5. Bob Goff is a storyteller, that’s for sure, and his book did make me want to step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary – but I grew old of the style and found myself wanting to sit with him in person instead of before him in print.
On Stories – 3/5. I’m a huge C.S. Lewis fan, and perhaps had I been around at the time of his critical essays of his peers, I’d have gotten more out of it.
Going Bovine – 3/5. As I said on Goodreads, this novel is Life of Pi meets a Ken Kesey drug-induced trip, YA-style. But imaginative and witty? Yes indeed.
The Cross in the Closet – 2.5/5. I debate to what extent my assessment of Kurek’s book is based purely on feelings; that being said, while I admire his honesty, I didn’t agree with his experiment, and I desired another 10 years on him before writing a novel. He’s just …young, and it shows.
Currently reading: Les Miserables; Missional Church; Falling Together; Grace-Based Parenting; Atonement; The Signature of All Things; What the Dog Saw.
Boob tube: Weeds (um, love it); Criminal Minds; The Mentalist; Super Fun Night – I think that’s about it!
Movies: RED; This is the End; The Way Way Back – of these three, I so highly recommend the third. Although Steve Carrell’s character is quite the ass, the centrality surrounding the relationships of the middle school boy are EPIC.
In the blogosphere: I’m a big fan of just sayin’ no to the shoulds, and Shauna Niequist nailed it yesterday.
On my blog: 1. Apparently I need to take up Being a Supermodel. 2. Perhaps I should join in with synchro-blogs more often – When We Were on Fire. 3. But really, I’m going to be honest: I am way too much in love with vlogging, even if it doesn’t yield the highest stat results. So, question: what would you like to see vlogged about, and say the Amazing Micha were to join in, what would you like us to ponder in life?
Pondering: Should I do nanowrimo? Should I join in a friends-only weight-loss competition? ...See above “should” reminder article by Niequist, and there is your answer, Self.
Cooking: We’ve had take-out the past two nights, and I’m betting we’ll make it five in a row since the kitchen is nearly packed – but I did make some pretty amaze balls taco soup in the Crock Pot last week, thankyouverymuch. (Recipe coming soon).
Okay, fine, here’s one last picture of the Little Bubs – twist my arm, people!
What about you? What’s marked your October, and more importantly, do you want to become supermodels together? Let me know.