What I’m Into {Late June 2013 Edition}

July 6, 2013 — 4 Comments

It’s time for another What I’m Into Post, hosted by Leigh Kramer at Hopefull Leigh. Actually, it’s way past time. We are heading towards the second week of July. (oops!) I blame this:

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. -Sam Keen

Books:

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer:

A great sequel to Cinder. This series is fun, interesting and action-packed. It’s a twist on old fairy tales but adds in a dystopian world full of questions, like the ethics involving genetic mutation, cloning, and cyborgs.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty:

This novel is a quick read with an interesting premise. As a mom nearing the 35 mark very quickly, I found this book to have a profound effect on me, even though it’s rather light-hearted and plot-driven.

I mentioned this book last month, but my husband read it this month, and it totally inspired and motivated him.

Reading with Kids:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

My husband and I read this book to the boys this past month, and they loved it. We rented the movie in celebration last week, and my oldest said he liked the book better. This did my heart proud.

Lentil: by Robert McCloskey

A classic story in the “only white people live in Ohio” kind of way, but it was still fun. My kids wanted to learn “She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain” because of it, and then proceeded to drive me bananas by singing it on repeat.

Books I’m Reading Now:

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury:

Why have I never read this book? It’s so beautiful, and the perfect summertime read about 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding and his adventures in Green Town, Illinois.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster:

Our new chapter book to read to the kids. It’s also Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me host Peter Sagal’s favorite book from childhood. You need to listen to the Wait, Wait podcast of Sagal interviewing Juster and hear him completely fan-girl on air. It’s great.

Summer Reading Bucket List

I loved this printable from No Time for Flashcards. These are great motivators to get those Summer Reading Club logs from the library filled out.

Movies

Red Dawn: My husband and I watched this via Redbox as an homage to his childhood. We decided the casting was wrong.

Argo: Great movie! One of the only Oscar winners we’ve watched this year. (I wrote a post about watching Les Miserables.)

Monster’s University: We caught a matinée screening of this summer feature, and we all loved it. My husband especially appreciated the marching band sections in the soundtrack.

On Netflix

The Avengers: You can watch the Avengers and all of the movies leading up to The Avengers, except for the Iron Man movies, on Netflix Instant.

Alias: I never watched Alias back when it first released, but I knew most of my friends loved it. It’s available via Netflix Instant now, and I’m totally taking advantage. The first season is one of the best seasons of television I’ve ever watched, right up there with Lost, Veronica Mars, and The West Wing.

Food

The kitchen is host to all of our summer vegetables. I’ve made pickles and salsa. Lots of salads, pesto parmesan scones, baked okra, baked butternut squash, zucchini bread, and rosemary/garlic mashed red potatoes.

Swimming

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We have friends who have an awesome pool. We played all day at Burger’s Lake recently, and we like spending time at our own Granbury Beach Park. For this long weekend, we are also taking full advantage of my brother’s awesome neighborhood pools.

The Stay-Cation

We’ve traveled to a wedding in Amarillo, and we are spending a long weekend visiting my mom, my brother and his family in the Houston area. Other than that, we are hanging out at home, checking out all of the local spots. My friend Connie at Smockity Frocks has a great list for free or cheap activities in and around Fort Worth, Texas (our stomping grounds).

The Internet

This video about how to fold a shirt. Trust me. It’s a good one:

This particular article in the New York Times: “The Decline and Fall of the English Major” resonated with me.

Read this article about 14 books coming to the big screen. I’m especially looking forward to Divergent and Ender’s Game.

The Blog

My first guest post for The Marathon Mom as a new monthly contributor.

My most “pinnable” post: 5 Easy & Homemade Pantry Essentials

The post most likely to resonate: Encourage Creativity at Home: Loud & Quiet

Check out the other posts from bloggers to see What They’re Into lately. I’ll try to get my July one actually posted in July.

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4 responses to What I’m Into {Late June 2013 Edition}

  1. Kelly! Tell me you’ve seen Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing! TELL ME! It’s SOOOOO good. Nathan Fillion should have his own series where he plays Dogberry all the time.

    Also, you should stop by and see Geoffrey when you’re in Houston.

    • I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s on my list! Babysitters are expensive, yo. I think you guys were out of town when we were in Houston, just judging from Facebook status updates.

  2. What Alice Forgot just came in from the library. I can’t wait to read it! My friends and I have already had some great discussions based on the premise. I LOVED Alias. It had totally jumped the shark by the last season but those first few seasons were amazing.

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