what i’m into :: march 2014.

Another month has passed – which is always a little trippy in of itself, every single time the 31st (or 30th or 28th…) rolls around.  Likewise, I find myself wondering, how’d that time go by again, already?  But alas, it’s here, and beggars of time-standing-still can’t be choosers, so link up with Leigh, and take a look at all you’ve been into in the month of March!

We celebrated my birthday with The World’s Best Guacamole competition – which was kind of the best idea in my life.  Congrats to winners winners Todd and Lori!

I read: 

Into the Tangle of Friendship (Kephart), 5/5: A.  I love memoirs.  B.  I’m not sure if it’s the time/spot/place in my life right now, but I do feel like I’m at a crossroads spot in friendship.  C. Kephart’s book struck a chord in all the right (and hard) ways (although it didn’t do the same for most of the Sassy Ladies Book Club).

Anne of Windy Poplars (#4), Anne’s House of Dreams (#5) and Rainbow Valley (#7), (Montgomery), average 3/5: I’m still sticking with the very first book as my very favorite of the Anne series.  Additionally, it was a wee bit confusing when Kindle somehow left out book #6 on my free download: skipping from a near-barren Anne in dream abode to an undisclosed house full of unruly littles made me go, uh, did I miss something here?  Yes.  Yes, you did.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Kingsolver), 5/5: I cannot say enough about this book.  Click here for more of a review.

The Lowland (Lahiri), 4/5: Another book club pick, I generally haven’t been a fan of – well, how shall I put it? – bollywood lit, but there’s a reason why Lahiri’s book won the Pultizer.  While I could have used a bit more energy and overall sunshine, lollipops and rainbows (…), her writing is contagious.

A Tree Full of Angels (Wiederkehr), 5/5: I am such a fan of Macrina Wiederhehr.  That, perhaps, is the bottom line of our story and/or overall review here.  And, to boot, I’m pretty sure the book was written just for me, because it’s all about finding God’s beauty in the most ordinary of places.

Random MOMents of Grace (Moyer), 3/5: Ginny’s book is easy to read, but in all the right ways.  It’s not brainless.  It makes you think and feel and muse over the everyday loveliness of motherhood – author interview and giveaway coming next week!

Girl at the End of the World (Esther), 5/5: BAM.  Elizabeth Esther nailed it.  I intended to read the book over the course of a week or two – and subsequently finished it in less than 72 hours.  The story is terribly intriguing, and her writing creatively flows, page after page.

I’m reading: Handling the Truth; The Locust Effect; Americanah; Paper Towns; Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership; Rilla of Ingleside.  

I wore: more and more maternity clothes, although I’m stilling holding strong to my old jeans with a room-for-belly shirt on top.  I’ve also rocked these lovely Kate Spades a couple of times, courtesy of the HBH (Hot Black Husband) on my birthday.  Good job, love!

I mean, if these don't inspire superb writing material, I don't know what does!
I mean, if these don’t inspire superb writing material, I don’t know what does!

I wrote: Four sermons, as I’m speaking weekly through May now.  Four retreat talks, as I also spoke at a women’s retreat this past weekend.  And various articles, guest posts, and a few nuggets of chapters for that back burner book I’m writing.  Love the writerly life.  

I ate: well, a whole lot of guacamole.  And we ate at the fabulous Caribbean-style tapas bar in the city last night, Cha Cha Cha’s for the HBH’s birthday.  Bottom line: Come to town and we’ll make a night of it!

And I laughed a hearty belly of laugh after watching this: 


(This will only make sense if you remember “Charlie bit me!” from a couple years ago – click here to watch the two little English bubs in all their Youtube glory).

That’s about it!  So, what about you?  What have you read, watched or eaten in the past month that’s made you gush with glorious joy or cause you to scream with horror at the absurdity of it all?  

10 thoughts on “what i’m into :: march 2014.

    1. Carly, it wasn’t even my plan to read it, and then it landed in my lap …and before I knew it, I was mournfully turning the last page. 😉 Glad to connect!

  1. This is my favorite link- up. I love reading everyone’s What I’m Into posts! I’m going to re-read Anne of Green Gables this month. It’s been far too long since I curled up with that old favorite! I want to read Girl at the End of the World as well. I grew up in a similar fundamentalist cult, so it would be interesting to hear EE’s story!

    Your shoes are to die for – love! And if you can rock them while pregnant, you get extra brownie points! Hope you have a fabulous April!

    1. Ginger – message me your address and I’ll mail you the copy of Girl at the End of the World that I just read! xo.

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  2. SO much goodness here – as ALWAYS! 🙂 (And may I say, the Kate Spade’s are FIERCE.) I’ve owned “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” for a few YEARS, and am embarrassed to say, I haven’t read it yet. Need to remedy that pretty soon. Excited for you and your opportunities to speak and write – congrats! (Also, am going to read your DG post today – thanks so much for sending it to me!) I’ll be emailing you soon. Also, love your nickname for your hubby. 🙂

    1. Oh Miss Sarah, we are DESTINED to be friends, aren’t we? Like the Kingsolver that sits on your shelf, there are so many goodies (i.e.: books) sitting on mine that keep getting bumped back. It’s kind of the best kind of problem to have. PS: are you going to FFW?

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  3. THOSE SHOES!!! HBH is a wise man, shoes always fit when it seems like nothing else does. I love Barbara Kingsolver. I think it’s so interesting to read non-fiction from a fiction author and vice versa, don’t you?

  4. I wanna go to a World’s Best Guacamole competition! That sounds heavenly and what a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday. I added Into the Tangle of Friendship to my To Read list after reading your review on Goodreads. I’m sure you’re shocked. 😉 Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is one of my favorites! It absolutely changed the way I eat and shop and live when I read it several years ago. I can’t wait to hear more about your speaking gigs!

    1. Woohoo! I’d give you my copy of Into the Tangle…. but I’ve already loaned it out. If I get it back before next week, I’ll bring it to FFW and you can add it to your stack of books. And yes, Kingsolver’s eating experienced CHANGED me as well – minus the trip we just took to the Target grocery section. Oops. 😉

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

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