At the end of each month, a number of blogs I regularly read have end-of-month summary posts about what each blogger has been into that month. As a way to meet one of my blogging goals for the year, I’ve decided to try out linking up to that monthly post. This will work toward my goals of building an online network and participating in more blogging challenges. I’m also including a button from the link-up, which contributes toward my goal of embracing more blogging gadgets and gizmos.
Books I read
Well, that’s nothing. I finished Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones (I loved it!) and then, well. . . I read about 100 pages of the first Game of Thrones book. I’ve been working non-stop (or so it seems) so in my free time I’m much more likely not to read something deep and moving.
Oh, and I tried Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. I just couldn’t get into it. I love beautiful writing for about two pages but nature writing? I need more action.
Two shows this past month: Hart of Dixie and Homeland. Hart of Dixie is completely cliché and lame, but I still loved it. I watched the first and second seasons in June and really liked how the season ended. (P.S. Jason Street from Friday Night Lights is in Hart of Dixie, and he can walk. It’s a miracle.)
We just finished the first season of Homeland tonight and honestly need to get the second season ASAP. I love how messy and insane the plot lines are, but the hero/villain Brody? He is so unattractive and I just cannot understand why Claire Danes would waste her career on his weird looking face.
On the Internet
I’ve been getting settled into my new Story group and following the regular blogs online. I’ve been pretty busy at work and haven’t been writing as much here as I’d like, so I have a whole pile of things I saved for Five Things Fridays that I haven’t shared. Here’s a few of my favorites:
- Someone Will Hate You. Congratulations — Now Deal With It. I need to read this every single day of my life.
- You’re Not Arguing With Us But With God. This is real and important.
- It’s (Not) Flag Day. This is funny and has bad words. But that shouldn’t stop you from clicking through.
- Reading is Better When It’s Done Wine-Tasting Style. This is about reading, not drinking, so no need to worry about me. I do need to try this wine flight thing, though. It sounds fun.
- In which [love looks like] spinning our own yarn. This is a beautiful love story that will make you cry so read it right now.
Life is flying by, with the past month filled with long days at work and busy evenings and weekends filled with hanging out with friends, planning for our big move, and trying to handle so many tiny details when all I want to do is take a nap and go to happy hour. There is so much to do, but I can’t stop thinking about how in just a few short weeks we will no longer be a text message away from some of the best friends we’ve ever had. It’s an exciting time, but also sad.
July is going to be completely insane: I’ve taken on a little extra work to make up for lost furlough income [what was I thinking?!], my Story class kicks into gear beginning tomorrow, and by the end of this month we will have (a) found a new home, (b) cleaned, organized, and packed or sold all of our stuff, (c) taken care of all logistics including vehicles, insurance, banking and finances and bills, and ready to move to Chicago. On August 2nd.