We continue to settle into life with two littles …and oh, the full, crazy, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed life it is. We’ve been to the zoo about a million times, and we’ve relished quality time with friends, and we’ve eaten more than our share of yummy meals. But mostly, we just stare into the wonder that is our newly-smiling Baby Brother:
So as I link up with the lovely Leigh for this month’s “What I’m Into,” be sure to tell me what YOU’VE been into in the comments below!
I’ve read some books this month…
Crossing to Safety (Stegner, 5/5) – This book, about a four-way relationship between two couples over the course of time, was absolutely lovely to me. Maybe because I yearn for this for the HBH and me, or maybe because I’m drawn to Stegner’s vivid descriptions of the little details. Either way, I think it’s a bit like Annie Dillard: you either love or hate the woman’s writing.
A Christian Survival Guide (Cyzewski, 4/5) – Ed knows his stuff, and he’s got some of the best sarcasm-filled one liners ever. I’d recommend this to those exploring the Christian faith, interested in a basic seminary understanding.
Not That Kind of Girl (Dunham, 3/5) – I admire and respect Lena Dunham, even if her book wasn’t my favorite thing ever. Her voice is unapologetically hers, though, and that I’ll strive after myself.
On What Grounds (Coyle, 3/5) – Because sometimes you just need a slightly cheesy, java-filled mystery read.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home (Brunt, 5/5) – YES! Lovely, haunting and beautifully written, this was hands-down my favorite read of October. I highly recommend if you’re into YA lit.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Capote, 4/5) – I’d seen the movie, but I hadn’t read the book – and since it was the 99-cent Daily Deal on Audible, I went for it.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Smith, 4/5) – I read this book a number of years ago, but didn’t remember it enough to actually discuss it in the Sassy Ladies Book Club. So, I read it again, and while Smith’s style isn’t my favorite, her content is right up my boat. Because life is all about finding Beauty in the most unlikely of places.
And I’m currently reading:
Lila; Outlander; Jane Eyre; Light Upon Light; How Language Works; The Enneagram. Also, are we friends on Goodreads yet? Hit me up!
I’m staring at the boob tube…
and quickly becoming besties with Lorelei and Rory (on Gilmore Girls), given our three am hang out times when Baby Brother gets hungry. How did I happen to miss this show fifteen years ago? Be still my late 90’s heart. Otherwise, besides getting the daily dose of Curious George and Thomas the Train, the HBH (Hot Black Husband) and I found time to watch The World Series, Blackish, How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal.
And I’m giggling heartily at…
(Our beloved Neighbor Mark has consistently thrown his name ideas into the hat for our kids: Eva Destructshun. Anita Zaminashun. Sharon Needles. Although he’s never actually won a bid, when he sent me this video, I DIED).
I’m consuming calories…
and friends, stop the presses because I actually started meal planning. Like, once a week, I sit down and look through our refrigerator and cupboards, and actually plan out what we’re going to eat for dinner the coming week. And it means we’re eating things like this:
And I’m starting to write again…
I’ve taken a self-imposed maternity leave and therefore a writing moratorium the past two months, but I’m starting to get itchy for WORDS! On the blog, “how i read,” “to not produce,” “the 2 am boob tube,” and my post for BBT’s An Altar in the World got a bit of traction on She Loves. Otherwise, I have three speaking engagements in November, so I’m in the midst of sermon prep now – go go go!
Finally, lest you think I’ve forgotten the cuteness of my first-born, let it be known: he’s a darling, still. Mostly. Especially during nap time. Did I just say that out loud?
Livin’ la vida loca, I tell you. But in the meantime, what have YOU been into? What have you read and eaten and watched this past month? What’s made you laugh and giggle and snort with glee? Do tell!