Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Reading: I talked a little bit about what I've been reading on Instagram earlier this week, and asked friends what they've been reading. I've been loving going through and checking out all of the suggested books in the comments so if you're in the market for something new be sure to read through them. I've been on a major reading kick lately, which always indicates one of two things- one, that I'm operating as my best self, because when I'm filling any free time with books rather than television, I feel good. The other time I read nonstop is when I feel insanely stressed out and its the only thing that makes me feel better. Oh, I have a TON of things to get done, need to take the boys here or there and call back a couple of friends? Let's just ignore my entire to-do list and read all night instead. Haha. Sooo I'm somewhere in the middle of the two right now, which isn't so bad. But I did get sucked into a fun little YA series- "If I Stay," and finished the second book last night. It's a TOTAL beach read- very easy and quick! I also finished up Middlesex recently which is definitely not a beach read (although I would definitely read it on the beach, ha) and it's in my top favorite books, ever. It was that amazing. If you haven't yet read it, please do yourself a favor and give it a try. And when you're done, check out the discussion I led over on A Beautiful Mess. I'm also currently reading this book and love it- I'll post a review when I finish it.
Eating: When the seasons change do you ever find yourself gravitating towards certain foods? I really, really don't like pumpkin flavored anything (besides actual pumpkin pie) so that's out for me in the fall, but I do always seem to love apples more than ever. Especially warm apples- baked apples, apple pie, chunky homemade applesauce, you name it. We've been on a major apple kick in our house and I've been scouring Pinterest for fun recipes, so if you have any good ones, send them our way!
Thinking about: I got an email from an old friend last night, about a conversation we'd had about blogging last time we saw each other and all of the things we'd be thinking about since that conversation. For me, my mindset about blogging has been shifting. I just don't feel pressure anymore- and it's not like anyone was ever pressuring me to share things here- I brought that on myself, but I did still feel it at one point. And by the way, it's really kind of silly to use blogging and pressure in the same breath, don't you think? I'd say there are much more pressing issues in life. ;) But really, I really don't feel like this blog ever has to be black or white. I don't feel "bad" about what I do or don't post...although I used to. This blog is what I want it to be, because it's mine. Simple and obvious and almost comical to say that out loud...but it's true. Write as much as you like, write as little as you like. Share things because they make you feel good to share them, not because you're filling your blog post quota for the day. Take on a partnership with a brand if you enjoy what you can do together. Say yes, say no. And I think in the past year or so I've come to a point where I really enjoy sharing here, because I don't feel like I have to share here, if that makes sense. Some weeks I might post 5x, and others I may post once. And as my kids get older I will absolutely post less about them. It's already a lot less than I've ever shared, but as I grow myself and see things even more clearly, I sense that line that was already there forming more and more. And I welcome it.
Listening: I went to see The Gaslight Anthem the other night and had the best time. There's nothing like seeing your favorite band and singing along right up front, to make you feel so, so alive. I was positively giddy that night, and the afterglow is still hanging around- I hope music always has that power over me. The show was amazing. They played almost all of my favorite songs, and I actually got a new appreciation for a lot of the songs on the new record too. I think my two favorites would have to be "Selected Poems" and "Dark Places." To have the first one on that short list is pretty funny though, because until last week I'd never even listed to it past the slow intro. For some reason it rubbed me the wrong way so I always skipped it. Then while we were driving, Henry heard that part come on and wanted to hear it all the way through, so I let it play...and ended up discovering how much I love it.
Watching: (spoiler alert!) I haven't have time to watch many shows this season but I have made time to watch Parenthood. Are you watching? It's the final season and it's already making me cry every episode. It's hard to watch at times because it makes me so emotional, and like a weirdo I feel toooootally invested in the characters and talk about them like I know them. Do you watch? Do you think Joel and Julia will (or should) get back together? I'm so curious...
Loving: There's so much to love right now. Charlie and his walking/running/neverending movement, Henry and his excitement about learning and reading and writing. Camping this weekend. Having Lauren and her family here. Flagstaff in a couple weeks for Homecoming with my girlfriends. Leaves changing. Long walks with Charlie while Henry's at school. Finding new ways to cope with anxiety and working on that whole "best self" thing. Planning a fun trip with Hank. Friends having babies. The list goes on. It's a good season of our life right now, and I feel so thankful.
So, how about you? What are you up to today? Feel free to do your own "currently" post on your blog and link back in the comments for everyone to check out. And thanks again to my dear friend Megan for providing the original inspiration for these posts.