what i’m into :: august & september 2015.

Just today I looked at the calendar and realized my son is – to the date – 13 months old. Here I was, telling everyone he’s a year old, that he’ll soon be 13 months …and lo and behold, IT’S ALREADY HERE. Do you ever feel that way about life in general? Linking up with the lovely LOCAL Leigh for this month (and last’s) What I’m Into. 

We had some fun, this time at the Bay Area Discovery Museum:

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The highlight of the past couple of months was hopping on a plane to the middle of the Pacific. This pretty much captured our everyday world:

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The HBH (Hot Black Husband) and I celebrated our fifth anniversary, and cheered on Papa John and Aunt Tina’s ten year vow renewal:

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I wrote every day – and completed four chapters! – and we swam, lots. We grilled fish most every day, used Yelp like it was nobody’s business, read and rested. And we celebrated this little dude’s FIRST birthday:

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I also read a few books, including these four and five star favorites: 

Jacob Have I Loved (Paterson), 5/5 – This was my favorite book when I was twelve, and it’s still just as good.

Go Set a Watchman (Lee), 4/5 – Y’all: just read it. But don’t read it with TKAM in mind.

Loser (Spinelli), 4/5 – Jerry Spinelli is a magical weaver of children’s literature. I can’t wait to introduce my boys to his writing someday.

The Whole-Brain Child (Siegel), 5/5 – This might be the best parenting book I’ve read TO DATE.

Tiny Beautiful Things (Strayed), 5/5 – Wow. Wowwowwowwow. I couldn’t stand Wild, but this book rekindled my faith in all things Cheryl Strayed.

A Man Called Ove (Backman), 5/5 – Grumpy Old Man. Hilarious. Heartwarming. And true. So, so true, for there is a story behind every hurting, angry human.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (Durrow), 4/5 – The book I feel like I need to read a second time in order to truly understand.

Wild in the Hollow (Haines), 5/5 – Quite possibly the best spiritual memoir I’ve read this year. And y’all, I read a lot of them.

Orphan Train (Kline), 5/5 – Absolutely fascinating and fun and captivating from start to finish – and unbelievable that this is based on a part of American history.

How to Be a Woman (Moran), 4/5 – Snarky. Witty. Funny. Crass. Caitlin Moran is one brilliant lady.

The Girl With All the Gifts (Carey), 4/5 – Let’s call this one “The Most Unexpected Book I Found Myself Reading.” I would not have chosen this in a million years, but y’all: fascinating.

Out of Sorts (Bessey), 4/5 – Sarah’s second book is sure to strike a chord with a whole new flock of readers. I felt like we were sitting down to a cup of tea together, it’s that personable.

Maisie Dobbs (Winspear), 4/5 – While it’s well-written, I really don’t think it should be hailed as a mystery novel.

Astonish Me (Shipstead), 4/5 – A terribly fascinating look into the last place on earth most of us have probably ever encountered: the world of ballet. (Well, but for my performance in “E.T. on the Moon” when I was four).

Also read: The Cultivated Life; Amsterdam; The Seven Good Years; The Book of Forgiving; The Last Anniversary; Lunch in Paris; Three Daughters; A Tale of Two Cities ; Sailing Alone Around the Room.

Currently reading: Rules of Civility; The Magician’s Assistant; The Boys in the Boat; Simply Tuesday; The Beginning of Desire.

If you’d like to unite as book nerd friends, forever and ever, amen, then let’s be friends on Goodreads!

Otherwise, here’s a bit more of what we’ve been up to: 

Cancan officially started preschool, and y’all, he is AMPED.

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Then, two weeks ago, in a moment of brilliancy, I spilled half a glass of wine on my laptop. It sat in rice for forty-eight hours, and then hung out at hotel de la M.A.C. store for a week …where it was found to not have an OUNCE of damage! We were all doing a happy clappy, praise Jesus dance over here.

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This man and I went on another (!) date (even if it did end in parent happy hour):

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And the cookie cups that were supposed to look like this…

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But ended up looking like this…

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Landed these pictures an upcoming highlight on Tyra Banks’ new show! (No, I’m not joking. Yes, I’m totally serious. Keep on failing, friends, keep on Pinterest Failing).

So, that’s it, in a nutshell. We’ve entertained and we’ve watched football. We’ve had moments with some of our dearest and never snapped a picture because the moment was that good. We’ve tried our hardest to lean into love and into life, and that, if you ask me, is what it’s all about.

xo, c.

What about you? What have you been into this past month? What have you read and watched and listened to? What’s struck your fancy, and what’s just sent a shriek of terror through you? Join in the conversation!

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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What I’m Into :: October 2013

It’s been a busy month here in be, mama. be land:

Sister was in town, road trips were taken and family – Oh, Lovely, Crazy Family – was seen…

Events and concerts were attended, writing was had and speaking was booked, parks and play dates and plain ol’ Cancan fun was had…

And then, lest we forget, our family decided to take the plunge and move to the ‘burbs, coming up in just two days now.

It’s been full to say the least, but for the first time in a moving long-time, I also don’t feel the burden of surrounding stress and foreboding loss of neighborly relationships – baby steps, people, baby steps.  So meanwhile, and without further adieu, here’s what we’ve been into this past month.  (Linking up with the lovely Leigh).

Where in we get our Halloweenie on.
Where in we get our Halloweenie on.

Books read: 

Superfreakonomics – 3/5.  I definitely enjoyed Levitt’s first book better, perhaps because all the scientific Global Warming talk got to be a bit too much. 

The Exodus Road – 2/5.  Eh.  While I’m sure there are lengthy stories to be told of rescuing women out of the holds of sex slavery, I felt like this book barely did the subject justice.  Maybe I wanted more, length-wise.  Maybe I wanted stories first-hand from the field – my tongue was wet in want, but not nearly satisfied.  

Love Does – 3/5.  Bob Goff is a storyteller, that’s for sure, and his book did make me want to step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary – but I grew old of the style and found myself wanting to sit with him in person instead of before him in print.  

Pastrix – 5/5.  Bada bing, bada bang, BAM.  Read it.  

A Homemade Life – 5/5.  Again, winner winner, chicken dinner.  Loved it.  

When We Were on Fire – 4/5.  From the little I’ve gathered thus far, Addie Zierman is the bee’s knees – and if you’ve ever experienced the evangelical subculture, her story and journey are for you.   

On Stories – 3/5.  I’m a huge C.S. Lewis fan, and perhaps had I been around at the time of his critical essays of his peers, I’d have gotten more out of it.  

Going Bovine – 3/5.  As I said on Goodreads, this novel is Life of Pi meets a Ken Kesey drug-induced trip, YA-style.  But imaginative and witty?  Yes indeed.

The Cross in the Closet – 2.5/5.  I debate to what extent my assessment of Kurek’s book is based purely on feelings; that being said, while I admire his honesty, I didn’t agree with his experiment, and I desired another 10 years on him before writing a novel.  He’s just …young, and it shows.    

Currently reading: Les Miserables; Missional Church; Falling Together; Grace-Based Parenting; Atonement; The Signature of All Things; What the Dog Saw.

Boob tube: Weeds (um, love it); Criminal Minds; The Mentalist; Super Fun Night – I think that’s about it!

Movies: RED; This is the End; The Way Way Back – of these three, I so highly recommend the third.  Although Steve Carrell’s character is quite the ass, the centrality surrounding the relationships of the middle school boy are EPIC.

In the blogosphere: I’m a big fan of just sayin’ no to the shoulds, and Shauna Niequist nailed it yesterday.

On my blog: 1.  Apparently I need to take up Being a Supermodel.  2.  Perhaps I should join in with synchro-blogs more often – When We Were on Fire.  3.  But really, I’m going to be honest: I am way too much in love with vlogging, even if it doesn’t yield the highest stat results.  So, question: what would you like to see vlogged about, and say the Amazing Micha were to join in, what would you like us to ponder in life?  

Pondering: Should I do nanowrimo?  Should I join in a friends-only weight-loss competition?  ...See above “should” reminder article by Niequist, and there is your answer, Self.  

Cooking: We’ve had take-out the past two nights, and I’m betting we’ll make it five in a row since the kitchen is nearly packed – but I did make some pretty amaze balls taco soup in the Crock Pot last week, thankyouverymuch.  (Recipe coming soon).

Okay, fine, here’s one last picture of the Little Bubs – twist my arm, people!

be still my heart.
be still my heart.

xoxo, c.

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What about you?  What’s marked your October, and more importantly, do you want to become supermodels together?  Let me know. 

what I’m into :: September 2013.

Linking up with Miss Leigh for the monthly What I’m Into  – join in!  What are you reading, watching, musing over and thinking about?  xo.

This is what's been happening lately: sunshine in San Francisco.  It's a September rarity.  (Land's End).
This is what’s been happening lately: the rarity of sunshine in San Francisco (Land’s End).

Books read: 

Graceling (Cashore) – I’m getting back into reading YA lit (and loving it, mind you), and this is my first YA fantasy novel in, oh, like 20 years. But this I love: an adventurous, rough-around-the-edges, anti-stereotypical female protagonist in a rogue coming of age/discovering of self novel. It was hard for me to get into, but once in, I couldn’t put it down.

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis (Winner) – wowzas. While some say that Lauren Winner’s memoir is too dark, if you’ve ever felt in that “middle” place in faith, her words are for you. Absolutely phenomenal.

She Matters: A Life in Friendships (Sonnenberg) – Eh.  You win some, you lose some.  Vlog review here.

Wild (Strayed) – meh, it wasn’t my favorite. I think I expected to be more Krakauer, Into the Wild-esque, and instead it was more, “I”m stepping into the woods and reflecting on my life. Again. And again.” [Now that’s irony! says she the memoir writer).

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Chbosky) – Loved, loved, loved, loved, loved – and again, vlog review here.

Currently reading: Falling Together; Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World; SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance; Les Miserables; On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature; Going Bovine; Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America.  

Boob tube: Criminal Minds, Weeds, Breakout Kings, Hollywood Game Night, Tamra’s Wedding.  And of course, The Emmy’s, the 49er’s, the Giants and college football have grazed the screen from time to time.

Movies: Hunger Games …did we watch more?  I’m just not sure.

In the blogosphere: I died laughing at “Surviving Whole Foods”.  Seth Godin’s “What if Surfing was Your Job?” reminded me of perspective.  And then, in an Alanis Morissette ironic sort of way, I found myself thinking a ton about Momastery’s “Six Reasons Why Social Media is Dangerous for Me,” while taking mental notes on Jon Acuff’s “61 Things Four Million People Taught me about Social Media,” reposted by Katie-friend over at Cardigan Way.

On my blog: regardless of stats, I most enjoyed writing a poem of sorts with “I am From,” musing over hair beauties and frights, and being reminded of the battle waged inside each one of us.

Pondering: What is the balance in putting yourself out there, marketing and networking and workin’ it, while patiently waiting for response and reaction and Spirit?  Also – and certainly much more importantly – how can I keep my toddler out of the trash can, the diaper pail and the toilet?

Meet the HBH (Hot Black Husband) - date night!
Meet the HBH (Hot Black Husband) – date night!

Cooking: Ya’ll: who cares what I’ve cooked in the last month when the HBH spent an hour and a half in the kitchen last night cooking me perfectly divine halibut with roasted veggies and green salad?  Winner winner chicken dinner.

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That’s it!  What about you?  What’s been a part of your Septemberings, friends?

What I’m Into :: June 2013

It’s that time again: time to link up with Miss Leigh for What I’m Into – read on, enjoy, dialogue, and join in the fun!

Finished reading:

Hello, Mr. Bellow.  (Photo cred: Open Culture.
Hello, Mr. Bellow. (Photo cred: Open Culture).

Humboldt’s Gift (Bellow) – BFF Mindy recommended this to me, and while I liked it, I think I would have loved it had I read it with book in hand and pen to the side, instead of via Audible.  Instead, too many amazing nuggets were lost as the words streamed overhead.

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith & Art (L’Engle) – I’ve officially declared 2013 as The Summer of Madeleine; for more, read this review of sorts.

The Silver Linings Playbook (Quick) – generally speaking, I usually read books before I see the movie, but this was not the case.  A quick read, I couldn’t help but picture Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence jogging down the streets, each fighting their own inner demons.  As such, while the movie followed the general theme and plot line of the book, it was so, so interesting to see what the screenwriters chose to emphasize next to the author’s original intent.  If I were Matthew Quick, how would I reconcile these creative differences?

And then I read through four cookbooks, much to my own “I do what I want” reading pleasure: The Pioneer Woman Cooks (Drummond), Weelicious (McCord), Gas Grill Cookbook (Better Homes & Gardens), and SOUP (Williams & Sonoma).  As previously stated on the blog, they can be collectively summed up as the following: If one were to summarize the three, the following subtitle might be  produced: “Butter-dripping, bacon-induced, HMO-free, organically-produced, family-friendly bites, any cowboy can cook on the backyard grill, pureed to your heart’s content.”

Currently reading: Les Miserables (47% of the way through); And Baby Makes Three; America: The Vegetarian Table (Madison); A Circle of Quiet (L’Engle); Never Let Me Go (Ishiguro); Dinner: a Love Story (Rosenstrach); Looking for Alaska (Green); Missional Church (Guder).

Not all housewives in California are like this, just FYI.  (Photo cred: Bravo).
Not all housewives in California are like this, just FYI. (Photo cred: Bravo).

TV: We finished watching SMASH and Arrested Development, both for the season.  Of the latter, my inner-Broadway star wants to take her white girl dance moves to Manhattan as well; and the former, it’s drearier & darker, but still a cult classic.  And you can also add to this list my Monday night love, Real Housewives of Orange County.

MoviesThe Debt (intense, but LOVED it); Life After Porn (uh, what friend recommended this documentary to me, and …why?); Parental Guidance (eh, but I suppose these are the movies we’re entering into as parents).

In the blogosphere: Mandy Steward over at Messy Canvas inadvertently encouraged me to click “unfriend” on 1000+ people on Facebook yesterday – more on that next week.  And not that I’m losing my own blogging mojo, but I loved Sarah Bessey’s thoughts on her own mojocomma blogging.

On my blog: I’ve continued to daily ask the question, what legacy am I leaving?  Thank you, Stephen Colbert, for your tribute.

Pondering: Mama’s first weekend away from baby, which starts in about 3 hours and 22 minutes (not that I’m counting or anything…).

Cooking: I just invented crab cake burgers last night for dinner.  You’re welcome.  Crab cake + thin “One” bun + lettuce, heirloom tomato, thin slice of cheddar cheese & tartar sauce.

Baby Cancan: How will you do without your mama this weekend?  How will your mama do without you this weekend?  How will your daddy do alone with you for 44 hours?  Did I pump enough?  …and happy 1st birthday in two weeks, Baby Boy.

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Happy weekend, ya’ll!  xo.

on cookbooks and not shoulding myself.

Photo cred: NYU Wasserman.
Photo cred: NYU Wasserman.

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Summer has seemingly arrived – at least in every sense of what it means to me in this season of life (which includes but is not limited to reruns of Grey’s Anatomy, foggy San Francisco mornings and upcoming “just because” trips and visits, to be precise).

With it comes the freedom of burden, which for me mostly pertains to the books I choose to read after Canon’s been put to sleep, with a glass of cold Chardonnay to my right, and the television off for the evening.  And lately, with the sun warming my bare feet through the front bay windows, I’ve found myself cozying up with – you guessed it – a cookbook. 

Hear me out: I feel like I’m totally cheating, in even calling a cookbook a real to-be-read book.  I mean, shouldn’t I be laboriously flipping through pages of – at least – brainless fiction, and for the love of all that is holy finally finishing Les Mes (which I’m still only 42% of the way through – Bueller?  Bueller?).

But lately I’ve been working on not shoulding myself: I should lose the remaining baby weight.  I should clean my closet and scrub the floors and have you glanced at the dust boards lately, self?  I should market myself and promote the blog and find my audience (exclamation point).  I should, I should, I should …ever striving towards an unattainable list of expectations that, frankly, I’m never going to fully meet or ever achieve.

So for me, even when it comes to the seemingly silly, non-shoulding task of book-reading, I’m in.  I’m saying yes to being in the moment, and to reading what I want to read and to flinging the shoulds out the window.

And then maybe – just maybe – I’ll be exactly where I’m supposed to be.

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In case you’re wondering, I’ve read The Pioneer Woman Cooks and weelicious this past week, and am now thoroughly engrossed in Gas Grill Cookbook from Better Homes and Gardens (grunt grunt).  If one were to summarize the three, the following subtitle might be  produced: “Butter-dripping, bacon-induced, HMO-free, organically-produced, family-friendly bites, any cowboy can cook on the backyard grill!”

You’re welcome.

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And in case you’re now really, really wondering what books I might, no-shoulding-allowed attempt to read this summer, here’s my current stack:

Brainless fiction: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (Semple), Dark Places (Flynn) and maybe, just maybe, I’ll finally start reading the Harry Potter series.

Think-worthy fiction: White Tiger (Adiga).

YA fiction: Looking for Alaska (Green).

Christian/Inspirational: Circle of Quiet (as I am most decidedly now obsessed with Madeleine L’Engle) and Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes (Bailey).

Food-related non-cookbooks: French Women Don’t Get Fat (Guiliano) and Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table (Fisher, Child & Waters).

Parenting: Momma Zen (Miller)

Writing: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (King)

…and then, of course, whatever cookbooks I fancy I should take a peek at.

What’s on your summer reading list?  How do you need to stop shoulding yourself?

What I’m Into :: May 2013

I’m back.  We just returned from the craziest, most glorious of Big City Lights vacations, in which I turned off from e-mail and blogging for the week.  Glory, glory.  But in the meantime, my mind is brimming with stories to tell, and I’m excited to jump back into the routine of writing everyday – and isn’t that how it’s supposed to be?  (Some Big Real Life Writers tell me that I should write every single day, as to not lose the craft – do not lose momentum!  But I say that it’s of the greatest health to take some time away and breathe and be and not worry if your stats fall a little in the process).  So, although I’m a few days late in the game, and this isn’t exactly one of the stories I’ve been dying to tell, I do love Leigh’s practice of What I’m Into every month.  Enjoy!

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Finished reading:
Carry On, Warrior (Melton) – I am captivated by the way Glennon shares all the facets of her life – the good, the bad and the ugly – with humor and authenticity, both on her website and in her book.  And you know it’s that good when you can’t even take the time to get out of your chair to grab a pen, thus marking up a favorite part.  Puh-lease read it.
No Future Without Forgiveness (Tutu) – Yes.  Yes, yes, yes.  There’s a reason why Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; although some parts of it were hard to sift through, I was glad I learned more about him and South African Apartheid in general.
House of Acts (MacDonald) – I’m totally bias to this author as he’s my grandpa – so even though I may not completely resonate with his theological views, I loved learning more about the first Christian hippie movement (and subsequent commune) he was involved in here in the Bay Area in the 60’s and 70’s.
In Sickness & In Health (Perry) – this again was one of those “totally bias toward the author” books, as I’m in a writing group with Shireen.  Even though it wasn’t the most well-written book, the subject [marrying a man who left the gay lifestyle but contracted AIDS – and their journey in just three years of marriage before his death] was captivating.
Wind Sifting (Weydemuller) – “Totally bias toward the author” book #3 – Marcy too is in my writing group, and I consider her one of my writing mentors.  Unfortunately I’m not the biggest poetry fan.  Boo!
True Grit (Meroff) – Uh, this was not the acclaimed Western from a couple years ago, but a book of female missionaries and their subsequent stories.  Not the biggest fan – I’d rather read the Coen brothers’ inspiration.

Currently reading:

Les Mis (41%), And Baby Makes Three, Humboldt’s Gift, The Sleep Lady’s Good Night, Sleep Tight (which of course we’re starting all over with following a completely off-kilter week), Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art.  Um, I know I’m a little late to jump on the Madeleine L’Engle train, but wow.  
TV: (in order of awesome-ness) :: Call the Midwife and Arrested Development – tied for first; Smash, The Mentalist, Grey’s Anatomy, Real Housewives of Orange County, and Criminal Minds.  
Movies: I may have only seen three movies this past month, but they’re each fantastic in their own right:
First, this via date night…
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Then this in the comfort of our own home…
Lincoln - brilliant.
Lincoln – brilliant.
And finally this on the plane ride to Boston…
Silver Linings Playbook - I'm having a love affair with psychological disorders.
Silver Linings Playbook – I’m having a love affair with psychological disorders.
And did I mention the greatest surprise of the east coast trip?  A baby-free adventure to see this Broadway show!!!
Book of Mormon - are.  you.  kidding.  me.  Absolutely fabulous.  Loved it.
Book of Mormon – are. you. kidding. me. Absolutely fabulous. Loved it.
On my blog: I really don’t try and make these things happen, but sometimes they do: Scary Target Lady.
Pondering: mercy.  (more on that later this week).
Cooking: considering I’m just getting back to the kitchen after a week of eating out, let me just say that ya’ll should eat this someday when you visit Boston, and go here when you’re wandering about Greenwich Village.  The latter comes with a complementary French accent.  Bonjour!
Baby Cancan: our little flexible baby-man took many a naps in his stroller while meandering through the streets of our visiting towns.  But for the most part, his smile remains.  Love that kid.
What about you?  What have you been up to this month?

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