This month, I have been into spring. I adore this time of year. Last May we moved one mile west: we’re still in the same part of town, almost in the same neighborhood. But our surroundings have nonetheless changed, and I’ve so enjoyed watching the blooms in our new setting—and even in our own yard. It’s been one delightful surprise after another.
What I’m watching
Um, nothing. Unless MasterChef Junior with the kids counts. We have been busy.
What I’m reading
All summer reading, all the time. Every year I choose the books for the guide fairly early, but I can’t make myself stop reading until just before publication time, because I’m perfectly willing to make a last minute swap if I find a book that I think you’ll love even more.
I’ve found some terrific titles for this year’s guide, and I can’t wait to share them with you. I also have a reject pile that’s as tall as I am.
In my kitchen
I feel like the last person on the planet—or at least the last person on Pinterest who actually eats vegetables daily—to try mason jar salads.
I’ve been eating salads for lunch (every single day) and finally decided to try this method, just to save time and help keep all the salad in my fridge fresh. It’s worked great, and I can’t believe I didn’t try it sooner.
In my ears
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, finally. This has been recommended to me repeatedly as a truly fantastic audiobook. I concur.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, as narrated by Jim Dale. It took me a while to get into this one: I wasn’t that enthusiastic about it until 3 or 4 hours in. But now I’m 70% of the way through and am doing those telltale things that show I’m in the midst of a great audiobook: pulling weeds, washing dishes, and actually folding the laundry. That is high praise.
I’ve been writing lots this month, which always means lots of Gregory Alan Isakov. And, to my surprise, Bob Dylan. I thought I wasn’t much of a fan, but a coffee shop I was in this month was playing Blood on the Tracks on repeat, and I loved it. I’ve been listening to it ever since.
On the blog
• Most likely to make you feel better about your giant screw-ups: You will stumble.
• Best comments section: 7 things I’m choosing to splurge on right now.
• Most nostalgic (and most popular): Favorite childhood books you should totally read again.
• Most likely to leave you standing in front of your closet with a garbage bag: My accidental capsule wardrobe.
• Most likely to grow your grocery list: My favorite things to buy at Trader Joe’s.
Best of the web
• Ann Patchett: Owning a bookstore means you always get to tell people what to read. “Recommending books is the birthright of every zealous reader.” (Reminds me of this bit of crazy talk.)
• I’ll be me. And you can be you. “The important thing is to live within your means and manage your money responsibly, and there are a zillion ways to do that well.”
• Why we loved Gilbert Blythe. “…the moment Anne breaks a slate over Gilbert’s head is the moment he starts growing up.” (The one-minute video this post references is great.)
Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.