I’m starting something new on the blog, and it’s a monthly review of whatever excited me in the past 3o or so days. I’m linking up my posts with Leigh Kramer and her What I’m Into posts, so if you like reading trends, go visit her page after this and check out what other people are into!
OK… December. I’m going to try and pick a format I can use month-to-month, but I’m sure there will be changes. Bear with me, eh?
What I’m Reading
Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I’m huge fan of Amy and, as she describes in the book, her “comedy wife,” Tina Fey. I could go on and on about my love for Bossypants. Yes Please was very different from what I was expecting; it was funny, because I believe Amy can’t not be funny, but it was dark at times as well. It was truly a memoir with some humor sprinkled in. That said, it was an easy read and took me out of my head quite well.
Toddlers are A**holes: It’s Not Your Fault by Bunmi Laditan, the human counterpart of the hilarious twitter feed Honest Toddler. Speaking of easy reads, I finished this in about a day and a half. It is a little over the top and crude at times, but most of the times it just made me think “so I’m not the only one!”
Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need To Knock It Off by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk. I haven’t finished this one, but I did start it in December, so I’m saying it counts. I’m usually quite cynical and eye-rolly about books in the “Christian Living” section of the bookstore. I generally don’t find them helpful or interesting. This book is different. The first chapter on “mosaic moms” — I will say nothing more except: Moms! I think you’re going to want to get this.
What I’m Watching
Besides a variety of Christmas movies and television specials, I’ve made some time for:
Hemlock Grove, an original series on Netflix. It’s a supernatural show (vampires! werewolves! a telepathic baby!) that is dark and violent and the first season is hardly watchable (but because it’s boring, not what you’d expect after the “dark and violent” thing, right?). Season two was much better, and I have yet to start season three, which is the final season.
Mysteries at the Museum, also on Netflix. This is a Travel Channel show with a limited collection of episodes on Netflix. It is mindless and presents historical artifacts and the mysteries that surround them. Like staying up too late reading weird Wikipedia pages, but a television show. Highly recommended to have on in the background while you do almost anything.
Jessica Jones, an original series on Netflix. Jay and I started (and LOVED) it, but then Christmas intervened and we are only about halfway through the season. This will soon be rectified. The title character is a superhero and private investigator who is trying to protect herself from a bad guy from her past (played by David Tennant — or the tenth doctor — and he is perfect!).
What I’m Listening To
Hamilton – a musical by the genius Lin-Manuel Miranda about the life of Alexander Hamilton (the “ten dollar founding father” as the opening number describes him, in case the name doesn’t ring a bell to you). It combines rap and pop and it is absolutely, truly MAGNIFICENT.
The Serial Podcast – how excited are we for season two?! So far I’m more interested in Bowe Bergdahl’s story than I thought I would be. It’s a different feel from Adnan Syed in season one, to be sure. And speaking of..
The Undisclosed Podcast – I just finished the first season. This podcast delves even further into the Syed case from the first season of Serial. At times I felt creepy listening to all of the intricate details of this murder case from 17 years ago. But if you’re on a long run or car trip and you need something to listen to, it’s good.
Most Liked Instagram of December
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Most Liked Post of December
Joy and Cookies And who can blame you?! Joy is great. Cookies are great. End of discussion.
On a personal note (what part of the blog isn’t personal? Anyway) — THANK YOU so much for reading and sharing in this journey with me. I really struggled with the idea of opening myself up through a blog, but YOU have made me feel validated and supported. Thank you thank you thank you!
And that’s my “What I’m Into!” See you next time, as we are back into navigating life with kids.