I’m very excited for my first “what I’m into” post. I first saw these types of posts on the blog Becoming Peculiar by Kathleen, a really wonderful writer and mother who lives in Canada. I don’t think she’ll be posting this month, but it was from her that I began to read Leigh Kramer’s blog. Leigh hosts the What I’m Into linkup. Basically it’s a monthly post to share what sorts of stuff has been taking up your time over the previous month — books, music, movies, and the like.
When Harry Met Sally : My husband, David, has managed to miss out on a lot of classic movies in his life, and had never seen WHMS before. He LOVED it, and I loved re-watching it (of course!).
You’ve Got Mail : After When Harry Met Sally, I had a craving to re-watch You’ve Got Mail. As that was another one on the list of movies to introduce to David, it was a perfect choice for a movie night. I’m always a little disappointed that it doesn’t end with Kathleen (Meg Ryan) reopening her bookstore and Joe (Tom Hanks) working for her as a business consultant, but it’s still a classic.
Going Clear (documentary) : This is a documentary about the “church” of Scientology. I have heard things about Scientology before, but we really had no idea how very scary that cult/organization is. The documentary was really well made, and impressed upon us how frightening and bizarre Scientology is as well as the terrible harm it has inflicted on many people.
As always, the Harry Potter Study Playlist : I discovered this playlist during my master’s program and I still enjoy it for background music when reading, studying, or doing housework.
What You Don’t Do by Lianne La Havas : My mother introduced me to this song and I just can’t stop listening to it. It’s catchy and clever, and the singer has a really phenomenal voice.
Fight Song by Rachel Platten : A bit corny? Yes. Motivating and kickass? Also yes.
Joni Mitchell : An old favorite. I introduced David to some of my favorite Joni songs, and as a result can’t stop singing them.
Rural Free: A Farmwife’s Almanac of Country Living by Rachel Peden : I cannot say how much I have loved reading this book. Rachel Peden lived (and farmed) in the same county where I currently live, and I have seen her book in the “local” section of the bookstore many times. I finally took it out of the library, and fell in love with her writing style, observant eye, and graceful reflections on everything from the meaning of life to tiny frogs on her window to the moods of the seasons and the days.
I Remember Nothing & Other Reflections by Nora Ephron : After watching two Nora Ephron films, I realized I had never read any of her writing. I took this book of essays out of the library and was honestly not very impressed. The essays just seemed to lack something, and felt plain and quiet. Some of the stories she shares are interesting, but the writing leaves something to be desired. It was still an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
Re-reading The Time Quintet : A Wrinkle In Time, A Wind In The Door, & A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle : My dear friend Madeleine gifted us with this beautiful hardcover volume of the Time Quintet. These were some of her and my favorite books when we were growing up — my particular favorite is A Swiftly Tilting Planet (my copy is literally falling apart), but they are all phenomenal. We brought the hardcover back with us after visiting my mother in New York this summer, and it has inspired me to re-read the series. So far I am three books in. They are as beautiful and marvelous as I remembered.
Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert : I have never read any of Elizabeth Gilbert’s books, but Sarah Bessey recommended her podcast in a post, so I decided to check it out. I LOVED IT. The podcast is now over, but it was so amazing — Elizabeth Gilbert speaks with people who feel in a rut in regards to their creativity and helps them strategize ways to move forward. She also interviews other famous creatives for their advice. I really recommend it for anyone with a creative streak, whether you are a baker, writer, artist, dancer, or even someone who wishes you could be creative but hasn’t figured out how to start yet. The podcast was a part of the release of her book Big Magic, which I am looking forward to reading once it gets to me on the library waitlist.
What else has been going on? Well, we recently got the image files from our wedding photos, so I have been working on making Christmas gifts for our family (yes, I know it’s only September, but I love to get gifts done early!). I’ve also been spending some time making our apartment more “grown-up” — in other words, framing things and hanging them on walls, as well as buying this awesome end-table (secondhand, for $10!). We have named her Tessa, because she is in the shape of a hexagon, the most efficiently tesselating shape.
I have started to increase mileage more in my training runs for the half-marathon I will be running in November. A couple of weeks ago I had my first experience (this time around) with “hitting the wall.” I had not brought food or water on my run and I quite suddenly went from my normal great/high feeling to feeling like I had the flu and had just been hit by a truck. It was really awful. So I consulted with some of my runner friends and went out and bought a water bottle for running with as well as some energy chews. The following run went MUCH better. Hooray! I tried Honey Stinger chews in the lemon-lime flavor, because they have no artificial sweeteners, which tend to upset my stomach. They worked well and were tasty to boot.
Finally, David and I had a lovely trip last weekend visiting an apple orchard. I hadn’t gone apple-picking since I was a child and I was very excited. We had a really nice time goofing around in the orchard, sipping on an apple cider slushie, and, well, picking apples. Duh.
I’ve also been enjoying some time getting to know some of my friends here in Indiana better. September has been a great month.
I’m very excited for October : my mother-in-law is coming for a visit this weekend, and the weekend after that, my bestie Lindsey is coming to visit. It’s going to be great! and busy.
What have you all been up to lately? Any recommendations for books? I am always looking for things to add to my ever-growing library list!