I swear October just started. Has this month been in warp speed mode?
Read and Reading:
I can't get enough of the Thursday Next series. I'm waiting for books 4 and 5 to come in at the library. There will be a post soon because THIS SERIES. Jasper Fforde is a genius.
I started reading Walking on Water (L'Engle) last year. It's been a backburner book, one I wanted to savor and so savor I did. Well worth the read for any creative person.
It's always an honor to read a book written by a friend and Sarah Bessey's Jesus Feminist (available November 5) is no exception. Regular readers of her blog may be surprised the initial chapters have less of her lyrical prose but rest assured her prophetic voice grows stronger with each page. I wanted to clap and cheer after reading the last chapter- after wiping away tears, that is. Jesus Feminist bridges the gap between all of us, men and women, married and single, young and old, conservative and liberal, and so on. No matter what you believe about feminism, Bessey offers a fresh look at the Bible's view of women and invites us to have a better discussion. Jesus Feminist is a game-changer in ways big and small. I'm so proud of my friend and the ways God is using her voice. (Disclosure: I received an ARC from NetGalley but thoughts and opinions are my own. Other disclosure: I adore Sarah but her friendship did not sway my thoughts and opinions either.)
I'm just going to say it: I loved Allegiant. I can't say the same about any other final installment of a trilogy. Roth definitely took risks with the direction of her plot and beloved characters but I was impressed by the twists and turns, especially at the end. She did not take the safe route and I believe that makes Allegiant that much stronger of a book. Emotional, yes. But also layered with hope and redemption in the midst of tragedy and disappointment. Not easy to do with dystopian literature.
Currently reading: Silver Linings Playbook (Quick), Little Black Sheep (Cleveland), Becoming Myself (Eldredge), Coming to my Senses (Harrad), Thirst (Oliver), Eat With Joy (Stone), Feast (Lawson), A Million Little Ways (Freeman)
(I read 12 books this month.)
Must-see TV: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Once Upon A Time
The CW has a show about Mary Queen of Scots called Reign. Of course I'm watching it.
Let the people rejoice: Sherlock Season 3 is coming. (I watched season 1 and 2 this month for the first time. LOVE. Be still my heart, Benedict Cumberbatch.)
Speaking of binge-watching shows, I also started watching Friday Night Lights. Although, I'm not good at binge-watching shows. More like a couple episodes here, a couple there, a couple of paused screens so I can bask in the glory known as Riggins...
New discoveries: Aloe Blacc (I am madly in love with his song Wake Me Up)
Listen to the What I'm Into 2013 Spotify playlist.
The documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. wasn't new information to me- it's hard to work in healthcare and not be aware of the shenanigans that can occur with charities. It's still chilling to see it all laid out, especially corporations peddling food and wares with cancer-linked agents. Best to donate directly to research, instead of buying pink things. And if buying pink is a comfort to you or a way of honoring yourself or a loved one, then be aware of who's selling and how much will be donated and where.
Video Worth Watching
I do love a good poetry slam and I was especially impressed by this entry from student Ethan Metzger. Are we brainwashed or are we taught?
Whole 30 Update
This summer, I reached the end of the rope when it came to my lifelong eczema. I decided to figure out whether my skin trouble was related to my diet. The Whole 30 is a nutritional reset/elimination diet: no sugar, dairy, gluten, grains, legumes, or alcohol. (So what do I eat? The Well Fed cookbook is great and I started a Pinterest board with other ideas.) I wouldn't do this if I wasn't desperate- it is prime candy corn season, after all. I'm now halfway through and cautiously optimistic. I'm creating new, healthier habits, like actually eating breakfast. In two weeks, I'll start reintroducing foodgroups, one at a time, and my fingers are crossed some answers will be revealed. (Special thanks to my friend Jen for answering all my questions!)
Things I Love:
- The cowl Ashleigh Baker made (I'm wearing it in my pumpkin picture above)
- Hanging out with blog friends who come to town: Robin Dance, Jamie Golden, Jess Buttram, Bethany Suckrow
- The last handful of candy corn before I started Whole 30
- Enneagram class = AMAZING (Love the group I'm in and the teacher. Only 2 more weeks to go. Sadness.)
- My new Frye boots, bought off of a friend. They are gorgeous.
- My new cardigan from The List, as well as their beautifully packaged October Surprise box. (When I shared pictures on Instagram, quite a few people asked about what The List was. It's a monthly styling subscription service. I've been very impressed.)
- Since my haircut, I've been playing with makeup much more but it's hard to invest in products you're not sure will work or that you'll actually use. So I finally signed up for Birchbox and understand why everyone loves it so much.
- Friday Night Lights- it's worth mentioning again because I'm beginning to believe if everyone watched it, the world would be a better place.
- Scheming about joining the next session of the new Story Sessions ecourse Finding Your Arc.
- Homemade mayonnaise is the best thing on earth. I don't like store-bought mayo but I can't get enough of this stuff!
- I got a free KitchenAid Food Processor thanks to credit card points. I don't know how I survived this long without it.
- My years working at a Christian bookstore groomed me for #AddaWordRuinaChristianBook. I could barely quit coming up with options and my effort was rewarded when Religion News Services and Christianity Today included one of my tweets in their recaps.
- Going to Carvenival at the Williams house. So fun meeting their friends and catching up with a couple I hadn't seen in awhile. Plus, my cat pumpkin turned out to be a contender. Proud moment.
- Drinking tea on rainy days
In the Blogosphere:
On The Blog:
You all went crazy over my Enneagram post, which made me feel special, which made me burst with glee because I'm a 4. Special thanks to Shauna Niequist and Simple Mom for linking to the post. If, Not When was a tender one to write and I'm thankful for the solidarity and understanding response.
I deleted the HopefulLeigh Facebook page last week so now it's all Leigh Kramer, all the time. On FB, I told you about the book I didn't want to put down and which celebrity I saw at the church I visited. We had a rousing discussion of an upcoming reality show. Also, I tried not to bore you with too much Whole 30 talk.
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What have you been into this month?
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