I seem to be getting into an every-other-month “What I’m Into” update, which is fine by me, given LIFE and LOVE and all that glorious stuff. We’ve settled, for the most part, into life on the other side of the bay, and we’re getting to know our neighbors and the neighborhood. We seek to lean into each other as we continue to swim in a sea of change, but in all actuality, it’s pretty dreamy fit of a place for our little family. xo.
First in pictures, here’s some of what we’ve found ourselves doing the past couple of months:
Going to the zoo with our friends (while the littles pose for what is sure to be their future cover album):
Getting hugs, inside and out, from family for Easter:
Living the actual, day-of Easter dream in our own living room:
Doing a bit of speaking, here and there:
Cheering on soccer studs (who’d rather mass-tackle the net):
And wearing Superman and Strawberry Shortcake capes for a date night gala supporting this organization:
Otherwise, including April’s picks, I read a few books…
To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee, 5/5) – This is quite possibly one of the best books of all time. If you haven’t read it since 9th grade English, do yourself a favor and dust it off the shelf (and read yesterday’s post about four essential books on race here).
The Girl on the Train (Hawkins, 3/5) – This obviously got a lot of hype (including a brilliant publicity campaign, to boot). And I liked it, but it didn’t quite enthrall me like Gone Girl.
God’s Forever Family (Eskridge, 4/5) – Given my family’s connection to the Jesus People movement (and my own history in the Evangelical church), this book was a terribly fascinating must-read.
Dinner: The Playbook (Rosenstrach, 4/5) – I mean, it made me do this, so that’s something!
Some Girls (Lauren, 3/5) – Jillian Lauren is a talented memoirist, and her story of life in a harem is crazy-unbelievable-wow.
Between You & Me (Norris, 3/5) – I typically like nerdy English grammar and punctuation books, but this one was just a bit off.
We Were Liars (Lockhart, 4/5) – You know me, I’m a fan of YA, and this book, although the subject matter is heavy at best, was fabulous.
Lila (Robinson, 5/5) – Marilynne Robinson is a master weaver of All Things Story. Can I be just like her when I grow up?
Brideshead Revisited (Waugh, 5/5) – Another five-star read, wit + historical fiction + intriguingly edible characters make this one a sure winner.
The Paying Guests (Waters, 3/5) – Les lit meets murder mystery. Who knew?
And the following books are currently on my nightstand…
Go Tell It on the Mountain; Babyproofing Your Marriage; 11/22/63
I’m staring at this on the boob-tube…
Thanks to a rec from Micha, we consumed The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt last night; otherwise, I’m slowly making my way through 30 Rock. Because, it’s national All Things Tina Fey in my house and in my world.
And I’m writing…
Posts. Articles (some of which you’ll see in the next month or two). A new book proposal, set for full attention come July. So, if you want to read more, click here for eight ways blogging made me a better writer. Or, if you want to laugh, read about how Frodo has FOMO. Cry: check out my post on rewriting a picture of motherhood. Think differently: yesterday’s discussion on whether or not kids see color.
Finally, we’ve been leaning into life on the home front, with each other and with our neighbors:
In the front yard:
In the back yard:
And on our block:
As usual, I’m linking up with the lovely Leigh Kramer, who’s moving to my neck of the woods in less than a month …Yippee! Hooray! Huzzah! Bam! Pow! Yes!
What about you? What have you read in the last month or two? Where have you gone, and what have you done? And mmm …what have you eaten? Do share!
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