Friday, May 31, 2013

Simple Pleasures of May

Family

I'm really enjoying Baby O's little developing quirks, like how he randomly scratches everything with his left hand. He's suddenly take an interest in crawling, standing, walking, and climbing all at once, so it's like a whole new world over here. And of course May is an exciting time of year to be married to a teacher, with so much summer togetherness to look forward to.


Community 

We have so many dear friends getting married this year and I am just delighted for all of them and looking forward to the weddings to come this summer. I've also loved seeing O beginning to take so much joy in our close-knit church family here. I think Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights are his new favorite times of the week. So much entertainment. 

Watching

The Office. After the series finale, we started back at the beginning because Andy had never seen the first (and best) few seasons. I'm looking forward to reliving the Jim and Pam excitement all over again.

Arrested Development. Sooooo excited about this. It was a slow start and Lindsay's new face :( is kind of distracting, but I'm enjoying it more as it goes along. I think it might even improve upon a second viewing when you have a better idea of what's going on.

Call the Midwife. This show gives me the feeling of having read a good memoir after I watch it. It's not flashy or suspenseful or hilarious, but I always go away having subtly learned something good about how to live and care for others.

Somewhere Between. This documentary follows four teenage adoptees from China as they process their similar experiences and struggles with identity. I loved how much respect this film had for the opinions and experiences of each person involved in the adoptions, especially the girls themselves.

P.S. We don't have a TV in our home, so our shows and movies can (nearly) always be found easily online (and thanks to some local unprotected Wifi, my parents' Netflix account, and the internet age, cost us a total of 0 cents!).

Reading

Simple Blogging. Great quick read if you are interested in blogging without it completely taking over your life. My biggest take away was to write first and read second when I sit down to the computer, which has helped me immensely.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. As an introvert married to an introvert and (so far it seems) producing more introverts, I found this book fascinating the whole way through. There's even an interesting bit on why bloggers tend to be introverts.

The Cloister Walk. I've yet to get really into it, but I'm taking my sweet time. I really want to like it, but I think I may not be in the right season for a slow read. If I'm not more interested by the time it's due back at the library, I may save it for later.

Common Prayer. I've been picking this up on and off using a mixture of the pocket edition and the online version. The liturgy is beautiful, but I'm just not very motivated or patient these days.

And in case you're wondering, Baby O's favorites from the library this month were Snuggle Puppy and Peekaboo Morning, both of which I now have memorized, obviously.

Doing

Getting out in the warm weather to the library and parks and lunch with friends, with weekends traveling for weddings and family visits. Most of our time outside of that has been spent at home just settling into a rhythm as a family of three, which feels really nice.


Loving

Picking up our beautiful bucket full of surprise produce at the market every other week, Baby O's (mostly) improving sleep habits, and even though I'm not sure how I feel about Mother's Day, I'm loving all the honest conversations that it has started online this year. This stands out.

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10 comments :

  1. My husband and kids gave me Quiet for my birthday in March. I'm looking forward to reading it. Hopefully I'll get to it in June.

    I'm an introvert married to an extrovert raising both introverts and extroverts. We like to mix it up :)

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    1. Haha that's awesome. You'll love it then. Lots of insight for sure

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  2. I loved Quiet. My husband and I are both huge (huge huge) introverts, and we both found the book very affirming. Yes, it's okay to be this way. Yes, we have plenty to offer the world as we are. I knew that, but it was good to hear someone else say it anyway.

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  3. Is it worth watching The Office all the way through? I stopped following the series right around the time Steve Carell left.

    I keep hearing good things about Quiet, too. I'm very much an introvert who struggles with the level of socializing expected of me.

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    1. Yes! It's not as good as the start of course, but the final few episodes make up for it. And you should definitely read Quiet then. Like Hippie Housewife said, it's very affirming.

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  4. I NEED to read Quiet, and I've heard a lot of good things about Call The Midwife, so I'll have to add that to the list. We haven't had a chance to sit down and watch the new season of Arrested Development, but we're pretty excited about it!

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  5. Just started watching Call the Midwife - love it so far! :-)

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  6. I was a big Office fan but stopped watching once Steve Carrell left. I watched the last few episodes of this final season, though, and thought the finale was perfection. It makes sense that Call the Midwife comes across as a memoir since it was adapted from one. I hope to read the books soon! I loved, loved, loved Quiet. I hope Cain will continue to write about introverts!

    Thanks for linking up with What I'm Into!

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  7. My husband and I love The Office - I may have cried during that last episode...

    Quiet is on my to-read soon list. I'm also an introvert married to an introvert and probably going to produce an introvert :)

    Love your list!

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  8. My husband and I love The Office - I may have cried during that last episode...

    Quiet is on my to-read soon list. I'm also an introvert married to an introvert and probably going to produce an introvert :)

    Love your list!

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