Thursday, June 2, 2011

May Somethings

May turned out to be hectic but that didn't keep me from reading, listening, cooking, and so on. A few of my highlights...

I Read: First, I'd like to thank everyone for all the feedback on my Book Nerds Unite series.  I seriously loved talking books with you all and adding some titles to my To Read list.

I finally finished 1000 Gifts (Voskamp), which earned a spot on my bookshelf amongst my favorite books.  I love her approach and perspective to grace and gifts. You may remember that I started counting the gifts when I picked up her book back in March.  I've just written down my 446th gift. This blows me away!

(I read 7 books this month.)

Currently Reading: The Right to Write (Cameron) has been lovely.  Freshly picked up from the library:  Blood, Bones, and Butter (Gabrielle Hamilton). I've read fantastic reviews and I'm a sucker for books by chefs. And then 3 from the YA category: Across the Universe (Beth Revis), As You Wish (Jackson Pearce), and Shiver (Maggie Stiefvater). Interestingly, most of the YA books have been mentioned by blog friends in the past year. I thought it was time to give them a whirl!

TV: Season finales were more miss than hit for me. The ones I loved were for Chuck (it will take them in interesting directions next season), The Vampire Diaries (seriously blew me away! Oh, that Damon.), and Parenthood (why does every episode invariably make me cry?)

I'm excited that So You Think You Can Dance is back on the air!  If you follow me on Twitter, you may find me discussing the show as it happens with some of my other similarly obsessed friends.

Even though I found Ashley to be crazy annoying on The Bachelor, I have been watching The Bachelorette, if only to make fun of her glaring lack of discernment.  For those who are watching, is Bentley not one of the slimiest guys that's ever been on the show? As in, next week he's going to tell her he doesn't like her and never has- he went on to promote his business and has repeatedly said he wishes that Emily had been the Bachelorette instead. I hope he's the exception, not the rule when it comes to single men. Because me? I need a good guy and he is so not it.

Movies: I rented How Do You Know with Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon, and Owen Wilson. I did not have high hopes but I like all 3 actors. It was funny but the characters were SO awkward! And the ending was completely implausible, which was irritating.  Then I rented The Switch, which I actually did have high hopes for.  I mean, Jason Bateman is in it! Anyone who likes Arrested Development can understand where I'm coming from.  But if we want to talk about "this would never happen in real life," this movie would be at the top of the list. From the first few minutes until the very end. So disappointing!  Finally I watched Sex and the City 2. Though I never watched the show when it was on, I've watched reruns here and there and really enjoyed the first movie. Let's just say it wasn't as good as the first.  

I did get to see one of my favorite movies (500) Days of Summer at Movie in the Park last night.  It's always good watching a movie outside with a crowd, especially when The Grilled Cheeserie and The Cupcake Collection are nearby. 

Any good movie recommendations? 

In the Kitchen: For Easter I made Lemon Thyme Chicken with Sauteed Zucchini Ribbons. The zucchini ribbons are pure heaven.

I've taken my Ben and Jerry's ice cream obsession to a whole new level.  I bought 4 flavors the other day.  I can't get enough of Red Velvet Cake and Peanut Butter World. In fact, PBW may be my all-time favorite ice cream.  I have always loved chocolate peanut butter ice cream and they nailed it.

I went to Music City Roots the other week, as The Civil Wars were playing.  It was my 4th time seeing them this past year! Call me a groupie- I'm OK with that.  But the real surprise of the night was The Vespers.  They are incredible!  Loved the music, the harmonies, the look, all of it.  And how nice for you that they've put their album up on NoiseTrade!

What were your May highlights? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

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  1. May was total insanity! I don't even know where to begin. Dance recital, 4 concerts, 2 birthdays, our anniversary, 3 field trips, 2 play days, too many soccer games to count (at least 3 per Saturday, sometimes 4), etc. I was also trying to read three books at once and blog but I wasn't too successful at the reading part. The only "fun" book I read was Heaven is for Real. Short and sweet. I enjoyed it. The other books were NF - Kristen Lambs WANA, and Evanovich's How I Write. Both very helpful! Especially WANA.

    The best part of summer is how much more reading I get done! I love that.

  2. I'm envious that you have so much time to read! I know I make choices (blogging, responding to comments & leaving comments take up some of the time I used to spend reading), but I still miss the days when I could fly through a book or two a week.

    Anyway, this post is a testament to your enjoyment of the simple pleasures in your life. They're so important!

  3. Well, I'm a slacker compared to you! I read two more chapters in Tim Gunn's "Life Lessons" book. I saw two movies with Natalie Portman - No Strings Attached (liked it) and Black Swan (not so much). Didn't see any live music, but I totally agree with you on the Civil Wars. I saw them with Garrison Keillor back in March and they blew me away. Would love to see them again!

  4. I heard a few authors speak (and spoke with two of them*!): Miriam Toews*, Elizabeth Hay, and Terry Fallis*. It was fabulous!

  5. Ohhh, I'm bummed you didn't like The Switch! It is TOTALLY unrealistic, but I liked it anyway. I'm weird like that. :)

  6. @Annie, that is crazy busy! I'm finding that books are my addiction. I'll spend time reading when I should be writing. The only reason I get any writing done is because I'm a fast reader. Still, I know I'd get way more writing done if I could just Put The Book Down.

    @Kristin, it's not so much about having the time to read as it is a stress reliever, coupled with the fact that I'm a speed reader. There's a lot that doesn't get done as a result of my reading habits. It's something that needs to change but I'm not quite there yet.

    @Liz, how is Tim Gunn's book? He was in town a month or so ago but I was on-call and couldn't see him speak. I'm a huge fan though!

    @IronicMom, I haven't heard of any of those authors! Are they Canadian? I'm going to have to look them up.

    @Mary, I still love Jason Bateman at least. It was just too much implausibility all at once. Glad you liked it!

  7. Clicked over from a comment you left at (in)courage!

    I'm a former midwest girl now living in the South (NC) too. . .

    I love posts that talk about favorite things. It points me in the directions of new treasures.

  8. Tim Gunn's book is fabulous, and so is he! I met him at the Vanderbilt book signing and he was so kind and gracious. Check out my blog for my Tim-inspired post:


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