What I’m Into (April 2013 Edition)

What I’m Into (April 2013 Edition)

I’m joining my friend Leigh Kramer today to share what I’ve been into this month.


books to read

I’ve been reading, reading, reading in preparation for this year’s summer reading guide. It’s coming in May, and it’s gonna be great. I don’t like to recommend books I haven’t read, so I’m working through a big pile to find you some winners for summer 2013.

I talk about books pretty often around here, so I won’t give you the play-by-play, but I’ll share my favorite and least favorite:

My recent favorite is Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. This business book made laugh (which I expected, the Heath brothers are funny guys) and cry (which I didn’t at all expect, but the book was the better for it).

My recent least favorite is Steven Pressfield’s Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work. This is the last in the trilogy that includes The War of Art and Do the Work, both of which are absolutely fantastic. Turning Pro felt disappointing (and honestly, unnecessary) in comparison.

The twitterature linkup has also been a fun way to share what I’ve been reading and to get all kinds of reading ideas from you. The next linkup will be on May 15. Mark your calendars!

Around the house

Spring is finally here, and my daughters and I have been bringing the outdoors in:


dogwoods in the living room


azaleas in the bathroom

(Also? I’m proud of those pictures. Not because they’re super-amazing, but because I took them myself, in bad light, in manual mode, and I kinda sorta felt like I knew what I was doing. That’s progress.)

Movies & TV

I haven’t seen a movie in ages, but we’re planning on Silver Linings Playbook this weekend. (Because, Jennifer Lawrence.)

I’m continuing my march through Gilmore Girls. I  watched 4 episodes from Season 3 on the airplane last weekend. My rationalization: I was too tired to work, and since I don’t really like to fly, Gilmore Girls does a much better job of distracting me from a bumpy flight than reading or writing. (Are you buying it?)

I caught a few episodes of early Veronica Mars this month (while I was waiting for Netflix to deliver more Gilmore Girls). I was so happy (and relieved) to find it was every bit as good as I remembered.

In my ears

Happy discovery: If you start Spotify radio based on a random Ben Folds Five song, they will kindly play you a delightful mix of The Decemberists, Guster, the Avett Brothers, and Cake.

Catching my eye online

Eighth Grader Designs Standardized Test that Slams Standardized Tests. Just what it sounds like.

The daily routines of famous writers. Joan Didion’s was my favorite.

On embracing habits of being. Elora Nicole distills what she’s all about down to 5 words.

How to raise an outstanding student by studying only 4 subjects. This post is from 2008, but it found me at just the right time.

I share a lot of these on the MMD facebook page. To follow along, you can like the page here.

On the Blog

Best conversation starter: Unused Creativity Isn’t Benign. It Metastasizes.

Most likely to resonate: Sometimes You Need to Go to Counseling. Sometimes You Just Need Permission to Relax.

Most popular: The Really Short Version of Why We Traded Private School for Home Education.

Most “aha” moments in comments: I Blame the Telephone (or What a Week off Routine Taught Me About My Normal Life).

Hardest post for me to hit “publish” on: The Likable Damsel in Distress.

For more “What I’m Into” posts, head over to Leigh’s blog.

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      • Amy says:

        Only 101 so far. I feel like it completely revolutionized how I take pictures but I still haven’t mastered it yet–not even close. I really need something to help me edit so I was thinking of taking the Elements course since that’s the software I use. Just not sure if I’m too advanced for it or not. Then again, 101 was still entertaining even when they were teaching basic things I already knew.

  1. Great stuff here as always 🙂 Glad to hear I shouldn’t waste time on Pressfield’s Turning Pro – just finished The War of Art this month. Most of the book was great, but was unsure if I wanted to read the sequels. REALLY looking forward to your summer reading guide! And beautiful pics! 🙂 Happy Spring!

  2. HopefulLeigh says:

    Great pictures, Anne! I’m looking forward to your summer reading guide. Realizing now I should have offered to help you out with the reading side of things. Maybe next time.

    I really need to watch Veronica Mars. Soon.

  3. Tim says:

    Looking forward to yoru summer reading list, Anne. Right now I’m almost half way through Chesterton’s “The Everlasting Man”, on recommendation from Nick McDonald (scribblepreach.com). He kept telling me I needed to read it, so I finally put in for a copy through interlibrary loan. Great stuff, challenging and enlightening. The only problem is I also have two Carl Trueman books that Aimee Byrd (housewifetheologian.com) recommended and just got notice they are ready for library pick up too. The problem with interlibrary loans is that renewals aren’t as easily given.

    Between you and Nick and Aimee with all your book recommendations, when I am I supposed to sleep?


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