what i'm into :: january 2015

I’m not really sure how another month has gone by, how writing “2015” on checks to the babysitter has become an afterthought.  But, such is life.  So, as per the usual, I’m linking up with Lovely Leigh for her monthly “What I’m Into” series – to provide a recap and a look into books and the other microscopic normalcies that make up our days.  Join in the conversation, will you?

This is my favorite memory of the month:

I flew to the western side of Virginia to marry dear friends "Jeffnie."
I flew to the western Virginia, honored to marry my dear friends “Jeffnie.”

What flight would be complete without a traveling companion?  Baby Brother came along for the ride (and the food).

My hot date (who showed off his lungs SO well on the airplane as well).
My hot date (who showed off his lungs SO well on the tin can of an airplane).

Otherwise, I’ve read some books (including December’s books as well)…

The Secret Place (French, 5/5) – One of my 2015 reading goals is to read more mysteries, and this selection for the Sassy Ladies Book Club was just perfect!

The Grand Paradox (Wytsma, 4/5) – I read Ken’s book as part of his launch campaign, and his writing – and the overall question of paradox within one’s faith – is solid.

Disunity in Christ (Cleveland, 5/5) – Seriously, if you profess Christianity, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Shaffer, 5/5) – One of the first letter-themed novels I’ve ever enjoyed.  Absolutely delightful, with strong characters.

My Ántonia (Cather, 5/5) – Perhaps one of my favorite representations of setting  captured in a novel …and a classic, at that!

All the Light We Cannot See (Doerr, 4/5) – World War II + a creative mix of 50,000 Leagues Under the Sea = a more than intriguing story.

Yes Please (Poehler, 4/5) – Amy, can you, me and Tina be besties, please?  I’ll buy the three-way necklaces.

The Fringe Hours (Turner, 3/5) – Also read as part of a launch campaign, Jessica’s book includes practical, life-giving advice for every woman out there.

Truth & Beauty (Patchett, 4/5) – I feel a new favorite memoir writer coming into my life.

Fierce Convictions (Swallow Prior, 3/5) – A beautifully written biography about a very powerful woman, although a little too dry for my taste.

The Snow Queen (Andersen, 5/5) – Does the fact that Frozen was partially based off this tale hold any weight for you?

Frances and Bernard (Bauer, 3/5) – Meh.  This is one of those letter-novellas that didn’t really work for me.

Outlander (Gabaldon, 5/5) – Yes, yes, yes.  The romance novel I didn’t know was a romance novel.  Surprise!

Committed (Gilbert, 4/5) – I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s easy-going style, and but for the politics that overwhelmed the greater story at times.

I’m currently reading…

Food: A Love Story; Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe; Brideshead Revisited; Babyproofing Your Marriage; Light Upon Light.  

Also, SUPER exciting, people, but we potty-trained our oldest.  See also: the sweater tucked into his big boy underwear.
Also, SUPER exciting, people: we potty-trained our oldest this past month. See also: he began dressing himself and loves to tuck his sweater into his big boy underwear.

I’m staring at the boob tube…

And watching season three of Call the Midwife on Netflix, because – announcement, announcement! – I finally finished all seven seasons of The Gilmore Girls.  Let us now pause for a moment to remember that witty pair of Loreleis …and to hope that Baby Brother’s caloric intake of solid foods helps him sleep through the night so I can calm down on the episode intake.

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I know, edible.


And I’m writing…

I’m querying agents.  I’m diving into the work, even if I don’t feel like it, even if it doesn’t feel like I’m very good at it sometimes.  And I’m letting this little one-minute clip featuring the words of Ira Glass speak to my insides, over and over again:

If you’re a creative type, pretty please take a minute and watch the above clip.  You can thank me later.  But in the meantime, just keep doing the work.  It matters.  You matter.  Your words matter.  Keep up the hard.

That’s about it!  What about you?  What have you been reading and watching and doing the past month?  Let’s dialogue – join the conversation and leave a note below.  

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14 thoughts on “what i'm into :: january 2015

  1. So honored to earn a top place pic on the blog! And am still relishing in the perfect words shared at our wedding. Thank you!

  2. I just stumbled upon your blog yesterday. I’m loving it. Thank you for sharing that inspiring video! It really encourages me as a newbie blogger. Finally sharing my stories and my life is scary, but so good, and probably not as good as I want it be, but I keep doing the work. Thank you for sharing!

  3. So glad you enjoyed Tana French! You need to read her first two if you haven’t yet. They’re the best! I have very complicated feelings about Truth & Beauty, especially after reading what Lucy’s family has said about it and then reading Lucy’s own memoir. Now that you know what Outlander is all about, I expect to see you work your way through the rest of the series and start watching the show too!

    1. Man, the expectations are ON! I know about Lucy’s family’s objections until getting to that place in the book, and have only looked it up minimally online (nor have I read Lucy’s own memoir …or anything else by Patchett, for that matter). Which just goes to show that there is SO MUCH READING to do! Off to the gym to knock some of it out. xo.

      Cara Meredith

      writer, speaker, musician. carameredith.com

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