You know what happens when you go out of town over Labor Day weekend and then take the Holiday of Rest literally when you get home? Well, for one, your What I’m Into post is a few days late!
August seemed to go by quickly, probably because – thank God – school started halfway through. Even though we’re adjusting to new things left and right these days (reading homework! in kindergarten!), I’m beyond grateful for these few month of quiet and productivity. I know life will be turned upside down come January, so I’m taking full advantage of my kid-free days for now!
Speaking of January and life change, I’m now officially halfway through my pregnancy. I had a sonogram last week but the sonographer wasn’t completely sure about the gender. Lucky for us, Baby Mystery Gender also hid parts of his or her heart as well as those, ahem, gender-revealing parts. So I go back in a month for another look-see. Everything they did see was normal and healthy, though!
I’m still irritable and craving stupid junk food like Little Debbie cakes and cinnamon powdered donuts. And if I don’t get eight hours of sleep or more every night, I feel like total crap. But honestly, these are such small discomforts (for me…possibly not for the people around me…) that I can’t complain. My blood pressure is good, and as long as I don’t take any long road trips my feet are remaining their normal size. So – all in all? – things are good here.
Let’s talk about what we’re into. (Well, you know. I’ll tell you what I’ve been into and then you tell me what YOU’ve been into in the comments!)
What I’m Reading:
Well, I feel like I should have something better to put here after reading a few others’ What I’m Into posts. But…well…I don’t.
After seeing a commercial for the new Percy Jackson movie, I was inspired to re-read THE ENTIRE SERIES. And you know what? I still love it. So, why I think [every dang month] that I’m going to have some fancy-schmancy, hoity-toity GROWN UP books to talk about? I haven’t the slightest.
I also read the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie. The premise was interesting enough, but I could barely finish the third book. Even if dystopian YA novels are your thing, I’d skip this one. (But just look at those covers. Aren’t they lovely? *sigh*)
And, of course, I’m reading Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter by Annie Downs. It’s written for younger women (yeah, yeah, I see the pattern here) – but making my words matter applies to me, too. (And you. Read this one.)
What I’m Watching:
Summer TV is winding down, and we now begin the long torturous wait for new shows. Should I watch something on Netflix or Hulu? Hit me with your best recommendations. I’m looking for something short that I can consume in the next three weeks before “real” TV comes back.
Two of my favorite shows from the summer are still on, so it’s not like I’m completely without entertainment. Suits is so serious and Very Dramatic (and holy cow, they sure take full advantage of their license to broadcast profanity on this show), BUT I LOVE IT. I mean – that flashback show? With young, happy Harvey AND DONNA? Is anyone else watching this one??
And of course my beloved So You Think You Can Dance is fantastic. So. Very. Good. I never vote for any of the dancers because I can hardly choose. They’re ALL AMAZING, and I LOVE THEM.
Thankfully, Burn Notice is almost over. Now, don’t get me wrong. This has been one of our favorite cable shows for several years. But lately (the last couple of seasons, maybe), it just seems . . . tedious. Overdue for cancellation, honestly. And THAT bums me out. I do hope they make more movies like The Fall of Sam Axe about the other characters. Mainly I mean Jesse. Because he’s my favorite.
Somehow the whole month flew by without a date night, so I didn’t see any movies in the theater. But Smitty and I made time to rent Beautiful Creatures. Which is about a teenage witch and her one and only true love boyfriend. And is based on a series of books.
Now, I’ve read that the books are horrid. But the movie? It wasn’t bad! I actually kind of liked it, even though it veered into camp more than I expected. For once, I’m happy to have watched the movie and leave the books to others.
What I’m Eating/Cooking:
Well, my appetite is definitely back, thank you, second trimester. I’m trying to move past my Little Debbie cake stage, though, and the result is no bake cookies. I’ve been making A LOT of no bake cookies. I try to send most of them with Mark to work. But…yeah…I might just eat a lot of them, too…
Oh, hey! Speaking of food, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a $50 VISA card, sponsored by the Kansas Beef Council!
What I’m Listening to:
Ever since Tsh wrote about hymns, I’ve been listening to a lot of them. But before you go thinking I’m too holy, you should know that I’ve also been listening to a lot of Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars.
So there’s that.
And there’s also The One That Got Away by The Civil Wars. Have you guys heard this song? I know, I know. It was released a couple months ago. But I just heard it now and it’s…just…wow. I watched the video again tonight, and it gives me chills and makes me feel like crying and takes my breath away. It hurts my heart and…I don’t know. I don’t really have the words.
Best of this Blog:
When I say “best,” I mean a variety of things. Sometimes it means the posts I liked the best, and sometimes it means the posts you liked the best. (Occasionally it means both. But not always. Follow?)
- Resistance is Futile.
- Opportunity or Distraction?
- The Truth About the End of the Summer
- When Dreams Change
S’mores Rice Krispy Treats (So. Good.)
Children’s Books about Being Yourself
How to Make a Teacher Survival Kit (It’s not too late!)
My Favorite Posts from Around the Blogosphere:
- For Every Mother’s Daughter :: We Are THAT Family (The post that made me a better mother. Right away.)
- 9 Questions about Syria You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask :: Washington Post (The post that explained the questions I didn’t even know to ask.)
- Hope for Spicy Families :: Jen Hatmaker (The post that introduced me to my new favorite phrase, WWJHD.)
- How Do We Help Miley :: Annie Downs (The post that said what needed to be said. In love. No, really.)
- Writers Guide: How to Not Write a Book in 5 Easy Steps :: Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary (The post that kicked my butt back to work.)
- The Circle Maker for Kids – A Crafty Craft :: OhAmanda (The post that made me want to buy a book and do a craft, stat.)
Last but not least, some videos:
Brian Williams Rapping Young MC
Kristin Chenoweth pulled an audience member on stage for a duet. Go ahead. Try to watch it without crying.
That’s what I’ve been up to and into. WHAT ABOUT YOU? Tell me how your August went and what you’ve been into!
I’m linking up with the lovely Leigh. And this post includes affiliate links.
No bake photo by alibree. Because, let’s get real. I eat mine way too fast to get an actual photo.
I haven’t yet read Percy Jackson, the Condie books, or Beautiful Creatures — and I should read both because I love YA books (total guilty pleasure!) and I really want to see the movie!!
The CivilWars are one of my favorite!! And the One that Got Away?? LOVE!!! (And now I’m wanting to listen to hymns too!!)
-Jac @ For Life, Love and Books
Well, out of those three series, I recommend the Percy Jackson books WAY before the others!! You’ll have to let me know if you read them – and what you think!
I loved Matched but by the time the series concluded, I was aghast by the directions the author went. It had such promise and then she ruined it! I actually saw Beautiful Creatures on the plane and agree that it wasn’t all that bad. Total guilty pleasure. I haven’t read the books though I thought about reading them when the movie came out. Glad baby is healthy!
Thanks, Leigh! Yes, I don’t know if I’ve read a series that took such a dramatic turn from its initial premise, plot and character development. So weird.
I just finished the Ally Condie trilogy and didn’t mind it, although most of the dystopian stuff I’ve read has been better. The first book was the best of the three.
Yep, by far. The first book was definitely the “good” one in my mind!
I actually thought the third one was the best for me. I don’t know. I also don’t really know why I read all of them except that JessieLeigh really liked them and I trust her! (And yes, the covers are gorgeous!)
Haha! Well, I read them because you suggested them! :) And I didn’t hate them, especially the first one. I liked the first one a lot. It just changed from the first to the third, and I was bummed out by that.
If you’re into hymns lately, you might check out The Brilliance — it’s Gungor’s brother’s band, and it’s all liturgically based modern worship music. Very cool. They were the ‘house band’ at the Q Conference I went to this spring and they were really good.
Oooh, thanks for the recommendation. I’ll check them out!
I don’t always feel like I read “grown up” books either…90% of what I read is YA! I haven’t read the Percy Jackson books…although I did buy my son the entire set! I really liked Matched, but I had to force myself to read Crossed, so I didn’t even attempt book 3.
I’m the opposite on Beautiful Creatures. I actually liked the book, but I watched the movie last week and I turned it off halfway through!
That Brian Williams video totally just made my day!
Interesting about Beautiful Creatures! I don’t often love movies based on books if I’ve already read the book, though, so I understand!