What have I been into? Oh, you know, a little vacation, some more adjusting to working from home, and a little thing like the first trimester of pregnancy. Believe me, adding nausea and exhaustion to those first two things? Not something I’d recommend.

Thankfully, those pesky symptoms seem to be tapering off as I near my twelfth week, although I still seem to get tired much easier than usual. Ah well, the energy (and nesting? is that now? I can’t remember.) of the second trimester are scheduled to kick in any day, which coincides well with our final push to finish a crazy amount of home repairs in order to list our house for sale.

I’ve been into a few other things this month, too. Here they are.

What I’m Reading:

  • The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg: When I saw that Janet Evanovich was starting a new series based on a new character, I was excited. Her last several Stephanie Plum books have been a little same-old, same-old, while on the other hand I enjoyed her stand-alone novels with co-author Dorien Kelly. And this one promised to have a White Collar sort of flavor. I took this one on vacation, and it was a perfect “beach read.” Fluffy and fairly funny with a decent plot and characters, I enjoyed it and wished it would’ve lasted a bit longer. So, you know, basically the book equivalent of a regular-size bag of M&Ms. [Short review: It was good and I’m looking forward to more in this series.]
  • Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck: I’ve really liked all of Rachel Hauck’s books that I’ve read, so when I saw this new one mentioned on Twitter, I reserved it at the library right away. I loved the first three-quarters of it, and then last part was just okay. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. It was somehow too simplistic after what had been realistic-for-a-fairytale. There was also some weirdness with the Christian part of the book that didn’t quite sit right with me. It didn’t seem genuine…or something. Still, I’m a sucker for girl meets boy, boy turns out to be famous person stories – and this definitely fit that bill.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I just…I don’t know, you guys. I’d heard SUCH great things about this “magical” book, and I simply did not love it. It was vague and confusing and, after a while, kind of boring. I like books about magic, so that wasn’t the problem. And certainly the word pictures were gorgeous and original. But vagueness to the point of unnecessary confusion just gets on my nerves.
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness: So. Another book that people whose opinions I trust and often agree with just adored. And then there was me. I liked it okay, although it was longer and more detailed in the history and science department than I liked. Oh, and there was the thing about the vampires doing vampire things. But when I got to the end – the VERY ABRUPT END – that demands I read the next book in the trilogy for any sense of resolution? Ooooohhhhh, I was irritated. I’ve had Just About Enough of trilogies that don’t wrap anything up until the last five pages of book three. Just. About. Enough.
  • A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet by Sophie Hudson: I’m going to write more about this one soon. But for now, just know that it is truly delightful. I laughed and cried through the entire book – which I read in one day, because I really could not put it down. Hudson, aka BooMama, is lovely and her family is lovely and their relationships and stories are lovely. I loved this book.

I’ve started reading The Unwired Mom by Sarah Mae. As in, it’s hitting me in the gut, so I’m taking it slow. Sarah Mae is incredibly honest about her journey with the pull of the internet and that elusive “balance” we all imagine we can attain someday – and this book is speaking to me.

And I’m also in the middle of Victim of Grace: When God’s Goodness Prevails by Robin Jones Gunn. This book tells the stories of Gunn’s glimpses of God’s mercy and goodness and amazing plans for her life, and it’s just beautiful. Every chapter has made me cry (the good kind of God-is-so-good tears, not sad ones), and I’m savoring this book.

Finally, don’t miss the posts from the Compassion bloggers who have just traveled to Nicaragua.

What I’m Watching:

Last summer got away with me in so many ways, and I missed a lot. Obviously time with my daughter and connecting with my husband are my biggest regrets for that season, but I’m going to be honest. Not watching So You Think You Can Dance for the first time in eight seasons left a pretty big gap, too.

So I’ve been so excited to renew my dedication to the only reality show I watch – and the very best one on television, of course. Nigel and Cat and the rest are just as brilliant and funny and awkward and delightful as always, and the dancers? Well, they are incredible. As always. And, hey, good news for you! The top 20 just performed for the first time last week, so there’s plenty of time to catch up and dive in!

I also went and saw Man of Steel. And, I just don’t know. Maybe I’m weird, but I honestly didn’t love it. It was Very Serious and SO VERY LONG. And over the top with the destruction in the last [long] act. Like I told Mark, I probably could have fallen asleep at any point and NOT BEEN SAD TO HAVE MISSED THE REST OF THE DANG MOVIE.

Blergh. I normally love superhero movies, and action movies in general. But this one was not my favorite.

What I’m Eating:

For the past several weeks, the only thing that has sounded consistently good has been a plain bagel with plain cream cheese. And so, I’ve been eating a lot of plain bagels with plain cream cheese. Recently, I’ve also added Little Debbie Cakes to that short list of foods that sound appealing.

This is not a good thing. And I promise, just tonight, I told Mark that we cannot buy any more boxes of said processed bites of heaven. We just can’t. (*sad tear*)

Thankfully, apples have also made the short list. They’ve felt lonely, there on the list with the puffy carbs and processed goodness. Because there sure haven’t been any other fruits…or vegetables…on that list. But they’ve hung in there, those apples. They’re strong. Brave. Fruity.

Okay, fine, so I don’t have a whole lot to discuss in the way of food. It was bound to happen at least once in my life, right? But what I can give you are a couple of easy [and tasty!] [and one of them is even healthy!] ideas for your 4th of July parties later this week.

Idea #1 (the healthy one): Flag Fruit Kebabs – or Kabobs. Or skewers. I should’ve just named them skewers. But no matter what you call them, this is an easy, festive, healthy dish to take anywhere.

Idea #2 (the other one): Loaded Baked Potato Salad. I’m not sure what we’re doing for the 4th this year, but whatever we do, I hope it involves potato salad. Preferably of the loaded type. You should make it, too.

Best of This Blog:

Last but not least, this doesn’t really fit under any of my normal What I’m Into categories, but you’re going to want to read it. Because Oh My Word, it is funny. This lady is hilarious and, I suspect, more than a little nuts. But a brilliant and funny writer, so just go read her story: Proving for all time, that you NEVER KNOW what is on the other end of a Craigslist ad by Victoria Elizabeth Barnes.

What were YOU into in June? Tell us about it in the comments!

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