Thursday, October 25, 2012

What I'm Into {October Edition}

Megan from SortaCrunchy created this great little meme to share what she's "into" and I decided it would be a fun way to share what a little of what's going on in my life.  I used most of her categories and created a few of my own, too.

On the Nightstand:
I've actually been doing more reading this month than I have in awhile. I haven't read every day, but it's been a lot more than usual which is a nice feeling. I have always and will always consider myself a "reader", but so much of my reading time ends up going to blogs, articles, ect. online. I think part of the problem is that I say "this book will always be here, but I need to read this post now". Anyway, I've sought to remedy the problem and here's what's on the old nightstand...

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
Yes, y'all, I'm still reading 7.  The book is taking as long as the project and whoa, we drug the project out. I'll be posting an update soon about where we are/what's going on, but as y'all know, I've enjoyed the book and am a big fan of Jen's.

Called to be Holy by John Oswalt
This book is difficult, and beautiful and transformative.  I'm going to write more about it when I finish it as well and I hope that Peyton will do me the honor of writing some about it too because it's really brought about some powerful change in his life.

Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Heart by Jennie Allen
I actually got sent this book to review for the blog (first time for everything!) and I put it off for a bit, but once I delved in, I've loved it.  It fits right along with the other two and I'll be telling you more about it in a couple of weeks (oh look, I just promised y'all three posts right there...ha).

On the Shelf:
These are a few books that I'm looking forward to picking up in the near future...

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer
I started this book back in the Summer, but put it down to concentrate on Anything and Called to Be Holy. I love the type of education this book describes and am fascinated with it.

Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manuel
I'm the kind of girl who likes (um, loves) a manual. I learned a few things from this already, but I need to pick it back up.

At the Theater (or from the couch):
We don't really see much at the theater and in general, I'm not a movie person. So I'm going to share the last few movies I've seen, which has been over a couple of months...

Tree of Life
This is kind of an artsy film about a boy's childhood. It's the very essence of a "Christian film" that doesn't really fit the typical "Christian film" mold. Like at all. It's a story of growing up, of family, and of grace. All things that clearly captivate me.

Best Quote: "The nuns taught us there were two ways through life- the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you'll follow. Grace doesn't try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries. Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shinning around it. And love is smiling through all things. The nuns taught us that no one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end. I will be true to You. Whatever comes."

The whole movie kind of works around this in a weird, sort of fluid way. This film review over at Patheos (where else) is helpful and the writer comes at it form the point of view I have, still with a lot of questions, but blessed by it nonetheless. This is a deeper analysis which I also enjoyed.

Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close
The story of a boy who lost his father in the Twin Towers; it's a really hard (but good) to watch. The little boy views the world so differently than others and it's neat to watch his character unfold as he travels the streets of New York City searching for a lock that fits a key belonging to his father. I always value characterization over plot (in novels, movies, television) and I loved the writer's the painstaking effort of writing intricacies into his personality.

How to Make an American Quilt
Um, yeah. Peyton thought this looked good. Excuse me.


Okay, yeah, so he found this and really the trailer did look like it would be a fun, easy movie. The trouble was it was just a tiny bit dated and the clothes really threw me off. It was okay, but nothing I'd ever watch again.

This was our most recent watch and boy was it beautiful, too. Again, it was a little artsy (not to the extent of Tree of Life, but still out there in some places).

Best Quote  "Dearest Ceilia, the story can resume. The one I had been planning on that evening walk. I can become again the man who once crossed the surrey park at dusk, in my best suit, swaggering on the promise of life. The man who, with the clarity of passion, made love to you in the library. The store can resume. I will return. Find you, love you, marry you and live without shame".

Honestly, that quote alone was worth the two hours it took to watch the film. I love it. Probably because as y'all know, I love the idea of life as a narrative. It's a sad story, the one this film tells, but it's a beautiful one and you'd do well to watch it.

On the Small Screen:

 I took a long break and now I've picked back up. I have no idea how I can watch a show like this and put it down and pick it up, but I just can. Anyway, I'm like halfway through season three.

Presidential/Vice Presidential Debates
Yeah, these have been interesting. Not half as interesting as the ensuing social media commentary that inevitably follows. 

In My Ears:

My October Playlist
[OF COURSE Annie's favorite song on the collection is the one song with the "F word". I mean, truth be told, it's my favorite, too. Most hysterical part? I was kind of stressing about it to Peyton: "It's just hard to fast forward and skip it when I'm driving. I don't want to look down at my phone for that long"..."Um, Sweetie, just turn the volume down (on the actual car stereo). Duh. I have little to no common sense.

Babel- Mumford and Sons 
I'm seriously obsessed. I haven't heard anything this good since....well, since Wrecking Ball ;)

In the Kitchen: 

I told myself that even if it's not soup weather, it's soup season.  I made chili once and I tried a new soup yesterday. I made some potato and corn chowder than someone had RAVED about on Twitter. It wasn't awful, but it was very "meh".  Disappointing is an understatement, because I spent a good couple of hours frying bacon, running to the store for one extra ingredient, slicing potatoes, and chopping onions to make the thing while Graves (SUPER SHOCK) played independently for most of the morning. I'm obviously not one to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so when things like that happen I get major discouraged. My first thought was "Bagel Bites for life", but my second was to resolve to make one soup a week all Winter. I'm nothing if not dramatic! Anyway, that's my goal- most weeks I want to make some sort of soup. It's delicious and it lasts and I think it will be fun to experiment some.

In My Closet:

This has been my go-to top for the past six weeks. It feels kinda Fall-ish with the darker color, but in a fun way because of the pattern and it's sleeveless so I'm not miserable in the still eighty degree heat. I have about four tops I'm rotating with jeans, because what does one wear when it's a particularly clammy Fall?

In My Mailbox: 
- I ordered Graves two new pairs of Converse off eBay because he's about to outgrow his brown Velcro ones. Sad day...I love those little velcro sneaks.
I cannot get over it. My best friend. My sweet wonderful, so deserving, best friend of fifteen years is getting married to the love of his life. I can't find the words...but I will likely try in the coming weeks. 

In My Cart:
I recently got both the kids some pjs on sale at Old Navy. I *loved* cute pjs growing up and in college (I mean, I still do) and so I like the kids to have cute ones, too. I know some people think that's totally dumb, but I see them in their jams a good bit, so it matters to me. That said, I'm not going to break the bank over it. So, I pretty much always buy ahead when I see some on sale at Gap or Old Navy (yes, the "on sale" Gap pjs equal the regular ones at Old Navy, anyway...). We have a couple of 2Ts for Graves and a new 4T set for Annie.

On My Heart:
I mentioned this, but a bunch of my favorite bloggers went to Haiti recently.  And y'all...those post wrecked me.  I'm not sure what Peyton and I are to do at this point other than prayer, but more and more I'm realizing we need to be more active in fighting for those in poverty.

In My Prayers:
- Our church- Peyton is on a council there and we're praying for big things to happen. 
- The upcoming nuptials- my heart races when I think about November 24tth. What a special kind of Thanksgiving this will be.
- Our friends- We have some dear friends facing big life decisions and I'm praying for clarity for them.

On the Calendar: 
A WHOLE HECK OF A LOT! November is full, friends. I'm a bit fearful when I think of the commitments, obligations and activities that fill next month's calendar. I'm trying to prioritize and realize that it may come down to the essentials getting done in the upcoming weeks and we'll all survive. It's all good, wonderful things that are going on and we have much to rejoice in.  I just have to take deep breaths and realize that my to-do lists likely won't get done and there is grace for that day after day. 

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