what i'm into :: july 2014.

Watch out now – IT’S gettin’ real in these-here Bay Area parts.  For us, the month of July has morphed and woven and at times dragged its lovely, uh, frame through central Oregon and the Willamette Valley and back down south to California again …where we await the pregnancy homestretch, not leaving town until long after Baby Boy is born!  (Come visit, come visit, come visit!) In the meantime, I’m linking up with Lovely Leigh for this month’s “What I’m Into” – consider doing the same!  

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We celebrated someone’s two-year birthday, complete with homemade dunce cap he wore for five days straight.  PS: when you come over, I’ll let you scrub the kitchen grout for free!

 I read…

Landline (Rowell, 2/5) – I was sadly disappointed with this book, as author Rainbow Rowell has been one of my favorite discoveries of the past year.  But alas, not my fave.

The Writing Life (Dillard, 4/5) – Annie Dillard is the bomb.com in my book, and this short little nugget on writing did not disappoint (even if she did, as per her usual, lose me every once in awhile).

Prayers of a Young Poet (Rilke, 4/5) – I’ve had poet Rainer Maria Rilke on my list for awhile now, as I’d heard he dabbles in “Dark Night of the Soul” poetry.  I especially love that this book came with a strong introduction, conclusion and minor notes about each poem.

Delancey (Wizenberg, 3/5) – Again, another slight disappointment, as the “Orangette” blogger’s A Homemade Life was one of my favorites of last year.  It really picked up at the end, but otherwise I had a hard time with the first two-thirds of the book.

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (Faber, 3/5) – This is Counseling 101, made for the miniature population …but as it’s the parenting bible, make me review it again in a year or two and see if my review stats have gone up.

Atonement (McEwan, 3/5) – I’ve had this book on my shelf for awhile, and having never seen the movie, I liked it but didn’t love it.  His writing is like walking through a flower festival all day long – it’s just a little too much for me.

Glitter and Glue (Corrigan, 5/5) – OH SNAPS …I’ve found another memoirist to call my own and take home in my pocket.  If you have a mother or have had a mother or have someone you’ve taken to calling Mother, read this book!

Sold (McCormick, 5/5) – This was a random find, but when Audible ran a 99-cent special on it, I had to say yes.  Although it’s technically YA fiction, it’s based on the true stories of young girls trafficked in and around India …and it’s POWERFUL.

Night Music (Moyes, 4/5) – I am happy to say that this was not nearly as tear-jerkingly DEPRESSING as You Before Me, thankyouverymuch.

Handling the Truth (Kephart, 5/5) – Are you harboring a secret desire to write memoir?  Read this now (and fall in love with Kephart’s cheeky style).

To the Lighthouse (Woolf, 2/5) – Maybe I had other things on my mind.  Maybe Virginia Woolf is overrated, but I was not a fan of this classic. Sorry, Sassy Ladies Book Club.

Leaving Church (Taylor, 5/5) – As someone who’s left full-time ministry, this book was sadly, gladly appropriate to my own experience.  Team BBT, all the way.

Everything Belongs (Rohr, 5/5) – YES.  Yes, yes, yes.

The Titan’s Curse  (Riordan, 3/5) – I read these for the love of a relationship with my niece …but I’m glad this book-lationship is over.

I’m reading… Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? We Need New Names; Devil in the Details; Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child; A Prayer for Owen Meany.  

I wore… Dresses, lots and lots of dresses, over and over and over again.  And my Birks.  Yup, that about covers the clothing for overheated me in the month of July.

I wrote…  Three more chapters, because the process never ends.  This month’s edits are only just the beginning because sometimes writing is just a BEAST.  But I also wrote for Ginger over at Just One of the Boys, and interviewed with Callie at This Glorious Maze – thanks for the opportunity, ladies!  We’ve also had some awesome Tuesday Guest Posts this past month, so be sure to check out the writing of Kaitlin, Kate, Marlene, Melissa and Jen!

I ate…  Lobster Crab Louie – that we invented ourselves!  Friends, get yo’ bums to your local lobster-faring locale [here’s our favorite], then add lettuce, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, avocados and whatever else your green-savvy heart desires.  And EAT.

Le bebe? I am a hearty 36 weeks pregnant, which means that both Baby and I are growing by the day, and have an extreme desire to not get off the couch.  Like, ever.  But according to some, Little Caramel is about the size of a head of lettuce, weighing in around six pounds.  He likes to wake up and start his jolly inner-womb dance party around 10, 11 o’clock at night making for one insomniac of a mother.  (And in other news, I really, really think Pregnancy Insomnia should be banned by Baby-Growing Makers around the world – shouldn’t we be hibernating in preparation for real late nights?)

And otherwise…

Where in Cancan and his cousin learn to hold hands (with Uncle Monkey).
Where in Cancan and his cousin learn to hold hands (with Uncle Monkey).
We hosted Nana for a night!
We hosted Nana for a night!  She’s a strong & beautiful woman, I say!
And we laughed, lots.  (Here's Cancan with his favorite person in the world, Dada).
And we laughed, lots. (Here’s Cancan with his favorite person in the world, Dada).

Finally, I laughed a hearty belly-laugh at this…

Nothin’ but the truth, I say!

xo, c.

PS: What did you read this past month?  What put a smile on your face, and where have you traveled?  Do share!

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18 thoughts on “what i'm into :: july 2014.

  1. It sounds like you had a great line-up of books! I have both Landline and Delancey on hold at the library, they’ll probably be keeping me company during late-night feedings. I had reservations about both of them to begin with, so now I’m extra hesitant. I’m interested to hear what you think of Owen Meany when you’re finished. I have a history of reading “heavy” books when I was probably too young for them and doing just fine (Wuthering Heights, Gone with the Wind, The Poisonwood Bible), but I read Owen Meany when I was 12 and have never quite gotten over the idea that I should revisit it now that I’m older.

    Ah pregnancy insomnia has struck me, too! Baby’s kicks don’t bother me, but the general discomfort and constant need to use the bathroom sure do. I spent last night mentally composing a letter to Barnes and Noble about why their free member “express” shipping has taken more than a week to get my latest purchase to me. Fabulous use of time, I’m sure. 🙂

    1. Oh Ashley, in this with you, new friend. It seems like both Landline and Delancey have gotten pretty mixed reviews …so who knows? You could be on the side of love, pure love, for both books. As per those late night feedings, I’m giving you unwarranted advice: start pumping early, and then your husband can take one of the feedings and you can potentially get six hours of sleep in a row, right off the bat!

      Here’s to those insomniac moments of pure brilliancy …or so we think. 🙂 xo.

  2. Nice to get this little peek into your life, friend.
    I think my favorite thing was your review of Rohr’s book. YES. Yes, yes, yes.
    Also, I got to meet Molly Wizenberg last month when she was in town for a reading. I enjoyed her writing before, but this gave me a new, deepened perspective (which I intend to take with me into Delancey).
    xo.

        1. My sister lives in Bremerton, so between her and HS and college friends, WA is a regular stop. 🙂 It might just not be for a good few months – gots to get my bearings straight with baby #2.

          Cara Meredith

          writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

  3. I always love reading your ‘what i’m into’ posts! (You is hilarious, girl! 🙂 Love your thoughts on all the books. I’ve heard from multiple people they didn’t like Landline, boo…(I’m in the midst of reading Attachments & Eleanor & Park – so good.) I’m also SO glad to hear someone else besides me both love Annie Dillard, but admit she sometimes ‘loses them’ – that’s how I feel about her writing. (Truth be told, I really need to read Writing Life cover to cover, instead of just spot-reading it.) I have Handling The Truth & Leaving Church in my library pile right this minute – loved hearing what you thought of them. (I’m reading An Altar In The World right now, and loving it.) Looking forward to hearing more about your book. Blessings to you!

    1. Oh, thanks Sarah! I think we have similar taste in books, for sure …and if you liked Altar, you’ll likely love Leaving Church. (Numerous people have told me that it was too hard for them to read – like, emotionally hard – so I’m wondering if I resonated with it so much because of my experience or just because I’m Team BBT all the way now). Keep me posted! xo.

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

  4. What a beautiful family you have! I have a 2 year old and a 1 year old and yes, that video is hilarious and spot on. 😀 Best wishes for the rest of your pregnancy!

    1. Oh, thanks Amanda! I think they’re pretty spectacular myself. 🙂 I LOVE that video, maybe, simply because it makes parenting a toddler finally seem normal. 🙂

  5. Sad you were disappointed by Delancey! I loved it, though Homemade Life is still my favorite of hers. Perhaps it helped that I’ve eaten at Delancey and could picture everything as I read along. Isn’t Kelly Corrigan the best?! I will read anything she writes. I can’t believe your due date is just around the corner! So crazy.

    1. Since we tend to agree on the majority of books read, I suppose we’re allowed to have one we don’t completely see eye to eye on. I can’t WAIT to read The Middle Place – definitely a fan of Corrigan now. And, of course, loving Owen Meany, and loving feeling like I’m getting to know YOU a bit better in the process!

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

  6. Cara! I just bought Annie Dillard’s book…I am certain I just need to come shop upon your shelves! Ah, such reading inspiration! I’d be happy to bring you dinner when baby comes…or meet you at target (so we can cry at the checkout together)
    Xoxo

    1. Oh, you are so cute. 🙂 1. Feel better. 2. Read Dillard’s book on writing, Lamott’s Bird by Bird and Kephart’s on memoir (as I think that’ll ultimately be your genre). 3. YES to dinner/to crying together in Target! xo.

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

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