Well, now that we got that out of the way, let's talk about what everyone is into right now.
For starters, I am always and forever still into making my bed. Same bed as before, but now with new linens in a new room. A made bed is my happy start to the day.
Since I didn't get to do a What Are You Into at the end of May, I thought we could toss around some ideas for early summer. Sound good?
What Are You Into - Early Summer 2012
On My Nightstand - well, no books at the moment. They are, unfortunately, all in the many boxes in my office waiting to be unpacked.
I have to tell you, though, that right before we moved, I read Elna Baker's The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance: A Memoir and I LOVED IT. It is a fantastic summer read, kind of like Rachel Held Evan's Evolving in Monkey Town only with Mormons and The Eff Word. I love the way she shares honestly about confronting troubling doubts about her faith, particularly as it pertains to the pressure to find a husband and start a family. I laughed out loud (hard) at several points and found Elna's voice to be incredibly likable. Highly recommend for a light but fascinating read.
Seeing the Gatsby trailer makes me want to spend some time comforting myself in its familiar pages. Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway is looking perfect to me. What do y'all think of the trailer?!
T.V. Worth Watching - I know I should be ashamed of myself, but I discovered Gossip Girl on Netflix and I have basically been mainlining it ever since. It is ridiculous and unrealistic and TEENAGERS and soap opera and basically the best thing everrrrrrrrrrrr. (Well, not better than LOST, but totally different genres, okay?) I just started Season Two last night and THEN I discovered that the person who writes the TWOP recaps for Gossip Girl is my very favorite writer there - Jacob Clifton. And my head exploded in bliss.
Jacob Clifton also happens to write TWOP's True Blood recaps and they are epic. (And also: for adults. As is True Blood.) (Clearly.) I was so bummed by season 4 of True Blood and Jacob's recaps were the only thing that kept me watching. Which reminds me, season 5 kicks off on Sunday, and I am hoping for oodles of redemption from last summer's mess.
Movie I've Seen - We happened to catch Larry Crowne on HBO and we both really liked it. It's not so much a romantic comedy, although it plays out that way a bit, I guess. It's just a sweet film, nothing too deep, everything works out, but a nice summer-viewing flick. But Tom Hanks' make-up is distractingly awful, so be prepared for that. Julia Roberts is quite subdued and it suits her well in that role.
In My Ears - my new office is upstairs and away from the main part of the house, so I haven't been using Spotify as much. I've mostly been lingering over some favorite channels on Pandora (Mumford and Sons and, just for fun, George Strait).
I would LOVE to know what you are listening to this summer! No seriously. I neeeeeed for you to tell me what you working on your summer playlist!
In My Kitchen - I'm trying really, really hard to go off the Diet Coke this summer. GAH. I hate that I love it so much. So I'm trying to guzzle lots of lemon water. I'm also taking full advantage of the bounty of Farmers' Market goodness. I'm particularly in love with cucumbers this season. So crisp and cool and perfect fresh from the fridge with a sprinkling of sea salt.
Bloggy reads of note:
I was offline when all the Time breastfeeding cover photo hoopla happened, and so this feels a day (or many) late to mention, but I loved Kate Wicker's This is what extended breastfeeding really looks like.
You have to HAVE TO go read these thoughts from the Hollywood Housewife on nutter butters (and what we're really doing here).
DL Mayfield's Quenching the Spirit at Deeper Story. Spirit, be near.
SUPERTY enjoying the weekly Thrift Haul link-up at Simple Design!
Looking forward to - my birthday (35!) this month. Visiting new churches. (no, actually. Not looking forward to that. I hate visiting new churches, so maybe pray we find a new one quickly?) Swim swim swimming. Finishing putting the house together. Warm nights on the front porch with my family and neighbors. Summer. YES.
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