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What I'm Into (December Edition)

Dave Barnes Christmas showTPAC stage for the Dave Barnes Christmas show

How is it time for 2013 already? December flew by amidst Christmas parties and get togethers and family celebrations and shows. Love. It.


Read and Reading: 

I have so many thoughts about Overdressed (Cline). I bring it up in most conversations these days. Post to follow.

How to Use a Runaway Truck Ramp (Smucker) features gorgeous prose and a call to adventure and a guide on navigating the unexpected. I loved the way Shawn and Maile shared their family's 4 month RV trip across the US. I highly, highly recommend you read it.

Readers may be split when it comes to Gone Girl but I loved it. Even the ending. The story centers on a marriage gone wrong, as the wife disappears the day of their 5th anniversary. A psychological thriller, I diagnosed characters as I read. The author forces you to view True Crime from a whole other angle. She did a great job depicting personality disorders and I LOVE how she didn't take the expected route. Fascinating read.

I read Girl Meets God (Winner) a year or so after it came out. I don't remember it, other than being less than impressed. This second time around? WOW. Beautifully written memoir of Winner's conversion from Judaism to Christianity.  Great insights about faith from both perspectives.

Currently reading: The Omnivore's Dilemma (Pollan), Happier At Home (Rubin), Everything (DeMuth), The Crowd, The Critic, and The Muse  (Gungor), Walking on Water (L'Engle),  When Helping Hurts (Corbett and Fikkert).

(I read 10 books this month.) (Oh, and 101 books this year and counting.)

TV: Must-see TV: Once Upon a Time,  Revenge, Parenthood, Vampire Diaries, The New Girl, The Mindy Project, Parks & Rec

I had to put Parenthood on a time out. I haven't been able to watch the last few episodes because the Kristina storyline hits too close to home but also because the Bravermans have so many boundary and codependency issues.

Did the midseason finale of Once Upon a Time not kill you? I was so surprised they wrapped up one of the main storylines as quickly as they did but I am thrilled to see where they're going with good ol' sexy Captain Hook.

Great news about Arrested Development!


I'm going to see Les Mis tonight and will probably leave the theater singing. And brushing away tears, let's be honest.

Update: words fail me for how amazing this movie is. So worth seeing.



New discovery: The Wombats

For the second year in a row, I saw the Dave Barnes Christmas show and Andrew Peterson presents Behold the Lamb of God. Great annual traditions.



As a woman who appreciates a man with good facial hair, Decembeard cracks me up.




I baked Grandma's Coffee Cake to give to a few kind souls for Christmas. I love how good my kitchen smells while they're in the oven. 

The fried pickles at 417 Union are quite lovely- lightly breaded and seasoned, which highlights the pickle itself. Definitely worth trying.


New Shop:

The Swap Shop in Glen Ellyn, IL has been my favorite Christmas discovery. It's a high-end consignment shop. Not necessarily cheap but still a great deal compared to how much designer clothing normally costs. Hello, Tory Burch tunic, DVF wrap cardigan, and Juicy Couture sweater!


New Business:

I am so proud of my friend Abby. She recently launched Abby Leigh Creative, which focuses on branding, consulting, and general wordsmithery. Abby wrote my About and New Here pages, which absolutely blew me away. I wanted to be friends with myself by the time she was through. Please go check her out!



In the Blogosphere:

Some of the best pieces I read on the Newtown tragedy:



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