You know how something can feel like an entire lifetime ago but also just a few seconds past at the same time? That's how I feel when I look back at my list of what I was into in September 2010.
What I Am Into This Month - September 2011
On My Nightstand: As I mentioned last month, I'm cutting way back on reading right now. I did receive Consumer Detox: Less Stuff, More Life by Mark Powley for review, so I've been sneaking that in here and there. I went ahead and got Mariah Bruehl's Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder and it is FANTASTIC. Cannot possibly recommend it highly enough. Just incredible.
Want to Read: I'm not really the theologian fan girl type, but I do adore Roger Olson. He's a leading voice in the post-conservative evangelical camp and in October, his book Against Calvinism releases and I would love to read it. Not that I in any way, shape, or form have time for that in October. But since you asked.
(And of course, nothing at all against my Reformed and/or Calvinist friends - of whom I have many. I'm just a hard-core Arminian, y'all. And Roger Olson is my homeboy.)
T.V. Worth Watching: I am writing this post-publishing because I totally forgot about TV. AND I am actually watching some things that are in current runs instead of living on Netflix!
So - Project Runway. What a bummer of a season this is. I find myself going back and watching clips of the Bravo seasons on their site and remembering with sadness and agony how fantastic this show used to be. Hmph.
But! Redeeming the airwaves for me right now is New Girl on Fox. Zooey Deschanel. LOVE. HER. Swoon-y girl crush love her. This show is funny and unexpected and charming and I am so glad I caught it. Two episdodes in and I cannot wait for more!
We finally finished Prison Break (only four seasons but felt like so much more) and I guess we are kind of taking a break from the "serial" genre. (Is that a thing? Did I totally make that up?) Kyle is watching a more procedural-type show (Flashpoint, I think?) because I am working a lot in the evenings at this point.
I keep hearing great things about Sherlock on BBC. Any other Netflix must watch recommendations?
Movie I've Seen: Well, I did end up going with a friend on Labor Day to see The Help. It was sold out (!) at the first theater we tried, so we hightailed it up to Bricktown and got there about 10 minutes into the film. I promptly started crying 5 minutes later, and my friend whispered, "Really? You're crying already?" That's the price you pay for seeing movies with me, friends. Anyway, I loved it. I thought the screen adaptation was brilliantly done. I want to live in Emma Stone's wardrobe.
In My Kitchen: It's been nearly a year since Kyle and I drastically changed our diets and began eating very low-carb. I have to tell you, my kitchen has been utter snoozeville since then. Kyle grills our meat and I fix up veggies and salads, but that's about it. Any ideas for ways to spice up the low-carb kitchen?
In My Ears:
1) Mumford & Sons Pandora
I was so, so reluctant about this because I have some very dear friends who are LDS and making fun of their faith is not what I am about. Also? Matt Stone and Trey Parker. But you know what? I kind of love it. First of all, it's a hilarious tribute to the Broadway musical genre. Secondly, it's less about lampooning Mormons and more just a really thought-provoking commentary on what it means to have faith, to struggle with doubt, and how we respond when we begin to question our beliefs. My friend Andy made a great point that Stone and Parker could have chosen people on mission from any faith (Southern Baptist missionaries would make for an equally entertaining musical, I think!), and the universality of the message would have translated.
I mean, fair warning. It is from the creators of South Park so there are definitely strong adults-only aspects to it. But my enjoyment of it has been the biggest surprise to me of the past month.
Bloggy Items of Note/New Blog Reads:
I love Kathy Escobar with a capital L-O-V-E, so last month when she wrote on different ways to worship, I sighed a big, happy sigh. You know I totally dig that stuff.
Rachel at Even One Sparrow has been writing through the experience of living in intentional community with another family. Now, she and her family are moving into their own space for the first time ever. I am looking forward to seeing how this all plays out, and I am confident that she will share it with the honesty and transparency that marks all of her writing.
Another Rachel who is going through a major life change is my long time dear friend Rachel at Small Notebook. She and her family are also moving into their own space for the first time ever. I wish I could be there to help her unpack, but since I can't, at least I can enjoy and appreciate things like The Whitewash Incident from afar.
I told you how much I'm enjoying style/lifestyle blogs at the moment. A new fave is Thursday at My Girl Thursday. She is just darling and I LOVE her vlogs. Cute, fun stuff.
What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month: Cooler temperatures. Halloween (I don't dig it, but my girls do, and that makes it fun). Laura and I are digging in deep to the heart of writing the book and it's hard work, friends, but good and powerful and meaningful work. (P.S. Prayers appreciated.)
Laura and I have a deadline tomorrow, but as soon as we submit that work, I am taking a break from the computer and indulging in some serious screen-free time. I am craving and very much looking forward to that!
That's what I am into this month! Your turn! Tell me in the comments or link up a post of your please, my dears!