I've decided to try something new here. I was talking the other day to a friend about our summers, and I realized two things:
- I loved hearing about what she'd been doing, what she'd read and seen, where she visited, what she'd been mulling over.
- Although I had read/seen/visited/thought over actual adultish things myself, I could hardly remember any of them.
So, to start us off, here's my first installment of what I've been into:
- The Round House by Louise Erdrich -- my hands-down favorite read of the season
- The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides -- +++
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg -- thinking about how to use these insights in my classroom
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green -- sweet and sad; will recommend this to my students
- I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb -- couldn't really get into this one?
- Stacks of picture books, most notably Frederick by Leo Lionni and The Deer Watch by Pat Lowery Collins
- "Snow Fall" by John Branch -- I'm a bit behind, but I thought this was a well-told story presented in a fascinating fashion
- "The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In" -- fascinating as I think about mothering/working/etc.
- "The Tragedy of the Sunset Photo" -- forgive me, world
- "Dear Prudence" -- guilty pleasure #1
- "Kissing" by Diana Whitney
- "In the Community Garden" by Mark Doty
TV and Movies (mostly via Netflix and Hulu):
- Breaking Bad -- the only TV show in years that has made me wish we owned an actual television
- Dexter -- we have a thing for complicated characters
- World War Z -- husband's idea; kind of liked it?
- Jim Gaffigan stand-up
- So You Think You Can Dance -- guilty pleasure #2
- The Lucky Day collection at our local library -- books normally buried a mile deep under a wait list sometimes just show up on this shelf, and if you check it at the right time... ba-bam!
- Norwex products -- who would have thought a wash cloth could win my heart?
- Nordicware popcorn popper -- okay, I actually found this a few years ago, but it's amazingness needs to be shared with other lovers of the perfect evening salty snack
- Grocery stores at 8pm on week day nights -- so peaceful you can hear the freezers hum
- Pureed sweet potatoes -- delicious? Yes.
- The Fourth River Magazine -- another place-based publication
- You Are My Wild -- beautiful photography of children
- Feedly -- I was a bit distraught when I learned that Google Reader would disappear in the beginning of July, but now after having used it for two months, I'm a happy convert. I really love swiping articles left and right on the iPad.
So that's that. Of course I feel like I forgot about one hundred things I intended to share with you here, but now that I've cleared a space for this kind of record keeping, perhaps I'll do a better job of making notes as various things inspire/move/humor/startle me. That's the goal, anyway. I start back at work in one week: eeeeeep! Here's hoping my baby brain doesn't fill with such a sweep of new need-to-knows that I suddenly forget how to type. :)
How about you? What's kept you thinking this summer? What did I miss?
Be well, friends!