what i'm into :: april 2014

Oh friends, it’s happened again.  We’ve not wasted a perfectly good month, but embraced the loveliest of months in all its fullness – so April, here’s to you.  Here’s to your minor showers in these here parts before the flowers of May and the June Gloom fog of summer set in. Otherwise, here’s a little recap of what’s been a part of this fourth month of the year.

FFW - such a fabulous experience.  (Here with Jeff Chu & Rachel Held Evans).
FFW – such a fabulous experience. (Here with Jeff Chu & Rachel Held Evans).

I read…

The Locust Effec (Haugen), 3/5: You may recall that I wrote about reading this book back in, uh, February.  And really, I had read a third of the book by that point – but its hopeless dreariness kept me from finishing it for another two months.  Ugh.  While I don’t deny the validity of the topic – violence amongst the poor – I yearn for a just a wee bit more rosiness.

Paper Towns (Green), 3/5: I’m a big fan of John Green (still), but am getting tired of his predictable, static characters.

Rilla of Ingleside (Montgomery), 3/5: The Anne of Green Gables series is finally finished …and I, for one, am glad to be done.  The first one still takes the cake.

Does Jesus Really Love Me? (Chu), 5/5: Okay y’all, I can’t emphasize this enough, especially if you’re a part of the Church and/or passionate about equality for our GLBT friends: READ THIS BOOK.  It is brilliant.  It will make you think and feel because Jeff Chu so brilliantly weaves together his story with investigative journalism.

Instant Mom (Vardalos), 4/5: I must say, this was the surprise of the month, and the book that I’ve not stopped talking about to seemingly everyone I meet.  Nia Vardalos (writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding) tells her story of infertility and mama hood found through the Fost-Adopt system.  It’s hilarious and endearing, all at the same time.

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership (Barton), 4/5: Yes, this one’s a keeper.  Written particularly for those in full-time ministry (which, uh, I’m not anymore…), there are valuable take-aways for anyone.  

Friends for the Journey (Shaw & L’Engle), 4/5: Luci and Madeleine, may I join your best friendship as the 30-something representative?  While I thought the first half was rather slow, it definitely picked up speed in the latter portion of the book and I could not put it down.  True to form, it’s (eventually) a keeper.

I’m reading… Handling the Truth; Americanah; An Altar in the World; A Homemade Year; Quiet; Comic Poems.  Also, all of my reviews are on Goodreads – hit me up!

I wore…  so many maternity clothes.  While I’d like to say that I’m still rocking my old clothes, there are only a few pair of jeans that actually fit – and those are the ones purchased in my “Man, why am I so bloated and gaining weight?” weeks before realizing I was actually knocked up.  Oops.  Rock it, don’t stop it!

I wrote…  The introduction section of my book proposal!  Chapter one my book!  The beginnings of chapters two and six!  Exclamation point, exclamation point!

We're kind of professional bike riders in these here parts.
We’re kind of professional bike riders in these here parts.

I ate…  the most amazing radicchio + fennel + salami + homemade croutons + green olives (…and then some) salad FIVE times this week.  Yes, I’ll be posting the recipe soon.  Yes, I believe I’ve found my pregnancy go-to.

And le bebe?  It’s true, it’s true.  I’m 23 weeks along, and Baby Boy #2 is set to arrive at the end of August.  I’m getting larger by the minute, so here’s to hoping I keep eating the above salad instead of those handy, yummy, delicious (…) chocolate milkshakes from In-N-Out.

And I laughed a hearty belly-laugh watching this…

I want to be a professional lip-syncer like Emma Stone when I grow up!

So, what about you?  What have you read and watched and eaten this past month?  Linking up with the Lovely Leigh as usual – join in if you haven’t already!

18 thoughts on “what i'm into :: april 2014

  1. Wow! I’m putting Does Jesus Really Love Me? on my GoodReads list. Sounds incredible! How exciting about your book proposal and chapters! *happy Snoopy dancing with you*

    Hoping that you have a most wonderful month of May!

  2. Hey, stopping by from the Linkup. The picture of RHE and Jeff Chu lured me in. I met RHE this month too, but not at FFW. (I so wanted to be there.) Congrats on baby #2. My #1 is 16 months old and I am starting to get that itch for another one – kind of. Seeing cute pregnant ladies like you help spur that itch. 😉

    1. Carly, itch that itch, girl – do it! Our boys will be 25 months apart – which, depending on who you talk to, is either pure craziness or just right. I look forward to checking out your link later. 🙂

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  3. I always love hearing about what you’re reading! So many good recommendations. Definitely going to read Does Jesus Really Love Me? I already have a pretty strong opinion about that (yes, yes He does. He loves all of us messed up, crazy souls.) but I would love to read a good book on the subject. And I love hearing about how your pregnancy is going, and share that recipe, please!

    1. Aw shucks, thanks Sarah! It’s so funny: I wrote extensively about pregnancy #1, and now with #2, I’m kind of like eh, old news. I think you’ll love Chu’s book, especially given your relationship with the church. He dives extensively into different denominations, but all through the lens of story, which I think is just fascinating ….and the sad root of so much division. Anyways, let me know your thoughts after you read it! xo.

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  4. Wonderful goodness here! (As per usual 🙂 ). I loved Madeleine & Luci’s book on friendship–I read it many years ago, and it has a spot amongst all of my Madeleine books on the bookshelf. Love that you want to be the 30-something representative–as I’ve just turned (GULP) 40 (CAN’T BELIEVE I’m putting that info online! :), I concur. I’d like to be her new 40-something rep. 😉 I need to email you back – I finally finished the ‘Daring Greatly’ post for SheLoves, but that one almost killed me. 😉 Looking forward to the Red Couch book selections the rest of this year as well. Happy Spring!

    1. Sarah, I can’t WAIT to be the 30 and 40 something representatives at the Madeleine and Lucy party. Surely this will trump everything else in life. 🙂 xo.

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  5. Can you imagine being friends with Shaw AND L’Engle? That would be amazing and then some. Congrats on all your hard work on the book. So glad we got to hang out a little at FFW! I vote more one-on-one time next time around.

    1. I’m having a pretty fun time imagining my friendship with them at the moment, so until the stars align, I’ll let my imagination suffice for actual kindred times. Cheers to future time together, friend!

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  6. I’ve been so so busy that I’m behind on your blog. I just read a bunch of posts and wanted to say, “HI!” Thanks for sharing what you’re into this month. 🙂

    1. Oh, thanks Lesley! It sounds like you’re continuing to settle into life in SB – hugs and prayers in the midst of moving transitions. xo.

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  7. Hi Cara! Stopping by from the link-up. Congrats on the new baby! My second is now 10 months. Definitely made our house more wild and crazy and good! 🙂 And also congrats on the start of the book proposal… a different kind of baby. Yay!

    1. Thanks Sarah – and yes, it is like I’m growing two – wildly different – babies. And man, sometimes growing a baby is hard work. Thanks for stopping by.

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

    1. Leelee, I thought the same thing! I yearned for more Young-Anne stories, and think the series definitely could have (and should have) climaxed at the wedding. Thanks for stopping by!

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

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