I haven't posted in four days which is of course not at all unusual for me. But betwixt nurturing Dacey through the flu and hosting the Sparkliest Unicorn Birthday Party ever and working on the continual process that is Oasis, I'm just feeling all pent-up.
I need to off-gas some of this pressure.
(Now that sounds stinky, doesn't it? We have been eating lots of cabbage!)
I'll try to ensure this is stink-free:
What I Am Into This Month - January 2011
On My Nightstand: I have to confess and publicly apologize to my beautiful friend Marla (again!) that I'm afraid I missed the Your Secret Name read along she hosted.
All of my reading time has been consumed with When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Yourself by Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett. This is not light reading (obviously), and it's really interactive. It's set up so you could easily read it as a small group or book club - there are introduction questions for each chapter and lots of heavy-hitting thought and application questions at the end of each chapter.
With the growing burden I feel for the underfed and hungry and homeless right here in this small town, I've really been camping out in the material these authors present. It's some Big Time Paradigm-Shifting stuff.
Anyway. That's what I've been reading.
Want to Read: Would you even believe I still haven't read Radical Homemakers? GAH. So want to read that. Also, I am probably one of the few remaining who hasn't ordered her copy of Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts. Can't wait for that one. And, new to this wanna-read list is Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self & Society by Jay Bakker (yep, son of Jim and Tammy Faye). Thanks to Rachel for the heads-up on this one!
T.V. Show Worth Watching: So, we have discovered the brave new world of Netflix streaming. Kyle and I watched the cult-hit series Firefly last week. LOVED. IT. Not how I would normally respond to a TV series that is, essentially, a Western set in space. I don't watch Westerns. I don't watch Sci-Fi. But this little pretty, it worked.
Annnnnnnnnnnnd then it got canceled after one season. Because that's how Fox rolls.
Anyway, good stuff if you're looking for fun.
Movie I've Seen (in or out of the theater): So, yeah. We both loved The Social Network. Who didn't? Exit Through The Gift Shop was fascinating. By far my favorite of the entire previous year is Fantastic Mr. Fox. The girls love it, but they don't even get it. Not really. Outrageously charming and witty and clever as all get out. Big thumbs up.
In My Ears: I wish I had something new to offer to you, but I am still profoundly happy with Forest Sun on Pandora. I've tried to branch out, even revisit some old favorites, but I . . . I keep coming back. (PS - I have updated my About page which now includes a link to my Pandora. I'm not sure why you would want that, but this seemed like the right time to mention it.)
Items of Note: The biggest thing - BIGGEST - is the official launch of the Give:LOVE project! There are some absolutely darling Valentine designs that I know you are going to just LOVE. Crossing fingers I will have that up and running for you tomorrow (Feb. 1st!).
Also, you do know how I enjoy the Etsy. I could never have pulled off The Unicorn Birthday Party without Crowsmack (darling unicorn t-shirts, pictured above), Miss Middie (vintage 80s unicorn stickers for the party favors), and LilDoodlers (unicorn crayons, also for party favors). Each of these incredible businesswomen worked with me in my last-minute ordering rush and everything turned out gorgeously. Viva la small business!
What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month: Well, Give:LOVE. More purging of stuff that will involve parting ways with some things very dear to me (hint: books). Growing and moving forward with the church plant team that we have been part of since December. (Oh yeah, I didn't tell y'all that, did I? We're on a church plant team!) First signs of spring. Love, love, love.
So, what are you into as this first month of 2011 dwindles away, mis amigas? Roll it out in the comments or link up with your own post. (And feel free to play fast and loose with the categories. I change them everytime. See here and here for previous examples.)
Can't wait to hear!
As always, I must give credit to Steph at Adventures in Babywearing for creating this little monthly share list way on back in October 2007.