What I’m Into :: October 2013

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).

Where in we get our Halloweenie on.
Where in we get our Halloweenie on.

Books read: 

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.  

Pastrix – 5/5.  Bada bing, bada bang, BAM.  Read it.  

A Homemade Life – 5/5.  Again, winner winner, chicken dinner.  Loved it.  

When We Were on Fire – 4/5.  From the little I’ve gathered thus far, Addie Zierman is the bee’s knees – and if you’ve ever experienced the evangelical subculture, her story and journey are for you.   

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!

be still my heart.
be still my heart.

xoxo, c.

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What about you?  What’s marked your October, and more importantly, do you want to become supermodels together?  Let me know. 

22 thoughts on “What I’m Into :: October 2013

  1. I got inspired by Shauna Niequist yesterday, too, and now I’ve met you. We’re on different places in our life journey, but I’m glad I got a chance to stop by. I’ve got mixed feelings about Super Fun Night, by the way. I wish I saw Rebel Wilson being more of a lawyer and less of a woman making fun of herself.

    1. Hi Jennie! Indeed, I’m not in love with Super Fun Night, but she does have great random one-liners. I’m still more of a Tina Fey girl myself! Thanks for stopping by, new friend!

    1. New friend, Pastrix got my heart THUMPING in and with giddy joy, even if I didn’t 100% agree with her. As per Kurek’s book, I’d recommend TORN over it (don’t know if you’ve read that one yet).

  2. Hiya! Pastrix – yes, I must add it to my list for this month! I keep hearing awesome things about it. 🙂 Love Does is also on my GoodReads list. Wasn’t When We Were On Fire so good?! 🙂 Loved reading through your What I’m Into post – and your photos are precious!

    1. That’s what you’re into? ha! You’re killing. Perhaps someday I’ll join the ranks of baseball-lover in general, but right now I hold allegiance to the Giants, at best (and not enough to probably ACTUALLY call myself a fan).

  3. Oh man…you’re one of those people who goes through books at a crushworthy pace! Maybe my issue is that I keep picking Scandal over the 18 options on my Kindle. Whoops. I’m adding A Homemade Life to the queue. Good luck with your move!

  4. I love that you gave number reviews because so many of your books are on my to read list. Now I know to move Pastrix to the top!

  5. I heard Laura Parker and attended a session about The Exodus Road last weekend…they didn’t say anything about a book! Sounds like we should have collided your reading with my conversations. I’ve been given Love Does as a gift, just haven’t yet read it. Thank you for your review! And also. Yes to flogging. Yes to Micha.

    1. I liked Exodus Road, but felt like it was more of a marketing ploy than a memoir/novel to be read. And Love Does was good, but Bob Goff is just that much better in person. ….anyways, I’m probably repeating myself. 🙂 Micha and I have a Vlogging date next week. Yee!!! 🙂

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

    1. I’m sure I’d do the same if I hailed rights as a supermodel, too, but since I’m just kind of faking it (and being sassy), it’s not high on my worry list. 🙂 Thanks for the moving well wishes!

  6. I had the pleasure of hosting an event at my law school for Bob Goff a couple of years before Love Does came out and I can say he’s 100% the way you’d expect him to be after the book. So inspiring! If I were a supermodel, I would fall off of the runway for sure ha.

    1. Maybe that’s why I didn’t like the book as much either – because I’ve heard him in person, and truly, his storytelling skills (live) are the real deal. So eh. The book just got old to me, but I agree, he’s legit.

  7. Are you so excited about moving? I’m going to vote no on the “shoulds” for November… I think you’ll have your hands full with unpacking and getting to know your new place. I love Weeds, too, even though I feel pretty conflicted admitting that. Have you seen Orange is the New Black? It’s from the same creator (director? producer? whatever.) and has that same dark, absurd humor.

    1. As more and more little annoyances creep up in this house, I am excited to move, even though there will be the inevitable mourning part of it. 🙂 Thanks for the input on the “shoulds” – I do tend to think I’m superwoman and then fly straight into the wall rather quickly. And yes, we LOVED Orange is the New Black …and I think it’s totally fine to admit to both. It’ll be our little secret. 🙂

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  8. It’s been awhile since I read the Freakonomics books but I’m pretty sure I liked the first one better, though they both fascinated me. I need to read Pastrix so badly but there are so many other books ahead of it! That’s why I haven’t even bought it yet.

    And I’ll sign up for anything you and Micha do together. FFW is going to be a blast!

    1. Yes to all of the above – my biggest (first world) problem lately has been when the Kindle library books come in, bumping all the other to-be-reads spots down the list. I know, what an utterly horrible problem to havE. 😉

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

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