My friend Leigh Kramer (@hopefulleigh to you twitter-ers) does brilliant round-ups once a month where she shares the books, music, web posts, and general good stuff she’s into. Leigh has great taste, so I love reading her “What I’m Into” posts.
Starting this month, she’s making it a link-up, and I couldn’t resist playing along. Here’s a peek at what I’ve been into this past month.
Books I’m Into:
I spent much of October and November reading and re-reading books for Paper Gains. Favorites I re-read included Harriet the Spy, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Five Children and It.
I just finished Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel Flight Behavior, which had many wonderful moments and a truly horrible ending.
I’m on a design kick, as evidenced by my book stack here:
Movies & TV
We finally wrapped up our Friday Night Lights bonanza: we’ve spent the last couple of months breezing through all 5 seasons. That is some good tv, folks. But I got behind on current shows while we were immersed in Dillon, Texas.
Now I’m catching up on Once Upon a Time. I’m afraid I’m hopelessly behind on Downton Abbey Season 3; I may have to wait till January to watch it with the rest of the Americans. I’m also keeping up with my new youtube crush The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
I finally joined Spotify and am really loving it so far. I’ve listened to this playlist too many times to count; it features mellow-ish music from personal favorites First Aid Kit, Bon Iver, the Lumineers, and a slew of others.
I’m also excited to break out the Christmas music. I’ll be listening to Sufjan Stevens, A Spectacular Bluegrass Christmas, Over the Rhine, and my very favorite Andrew Peterson album. It’s aimed at kids, but I love it anyway.
I’m not really sure what’s gotten into me, but I’ve been on a home improvement kick.
First we finally made it to IKEA to replace our old couch that was literally falling apart. Here’s what my car looked like after our trip:
Then I started experimenting with new (cheap) art for the living room:
Then I reupholstered 6 (disgusting, nasty, grody) dining room chairs. Seriously, if I’d known how easy it was I would have done it years ago:
And I’m still poring through my giant stack of design books for more ideas. My next project is to paint something orange.
Smells of the Season
I love scents. Maybe that’s how we design-challenged folk compensate for our lack of seasonal decorating skills. Currently, my house is filled with the scents of mulling spices, Iowa Pine soap, cinnamon pinecones, and spiced nuts.
On the Blog
You all wanted to talk about…clothes. Which kind of surprised me, but maybe it shouldn’t have. Dress for the Day; Dress for the Life and A Shopping Strategy for Women Who Hate to Shop ignited great discussions about our relationships with our wardrobes.
Around the Web
I always need to be reminded of these 14 Writing Tips from Anne Lamott (over at the Happiness Project). I loved hearing the backstory on this one.
As a certified coffee geek, I’ve been following the story on Starbucks’ new $7 cup of coffee with interest. I also appreciated this (sorta) follow-up on coffee as an affordable luxury–not, for most people, an actual luxury.
I loved Leigh’s post on how to read more than one book at a time. She articulated the strategy I’ve (accidentally) followed for years.
I’m a little obsessed with discussions about personality, so I was completely drawn in by Penelope Trunk’s post on how to talk about your weakness.
In the great green-certified room
There was a smartphone
And a silver spoon
And a picture of—
A high-contrast, brain-stimulating black-and-white moon
These beautiful poached pears–when merged with my favorite recipe from The Joy of Cooking (basically, sub wine for water)–were a fabulous Thanksgiving dessert. They’d be great for Christmas, too.
For more “What I’m Into” posts, head over to Leigh’s blog. And there’s plenty of time to write your own post and play along!
What are you into this month?
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