I feel like I’ve been all over the map in August: high summer, vacation, then fall prep (while it’s still 95 degrees). I’m looking forward to the regular rhythms of fall, though to be honest, I’m not looking forward to starting up homeschooling again.
television (and a movie) worth watching
You know how I asked you for recommendations on what to watch with my parents, my quirky brother, and Will and me on vacation? We never did settle on a good series that none of us had seen. It turns out, it didn’t matter.
The one night we all watched The Truman Show, my son was so distracted by the noise coming from the living room that he could. not. sleep. I’d rather read a book or play some scrabble than put my kid to bed 15 times in an hour. (That’ll teach us to leave our magical sound machine at home.)
We started watching Orange is the New Black, but we’ve put it on hold. There’s a lot I like about the show, but I don’t know if I can watch it as an HSP. I’m pretty squeamish about sex and violence, and there are about 90 seconds of each episode that I don’t want to see. But it’s not like commercials, where I could just skip it: it’s 8 seconds here, 15 seconds there, and really unpredictable. I’ve heard the character development is superb and the season finale’s a stunner, but I don’t think it’s worth it for me.
After reading Mindy Kaling’s memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), I was inspired to watch The Office again, from the beginning. (I actually dropped out after season 6, but I’d like to make it all the way through this time.) I’d forgotten how awful Michael is in season one. He does mellow a little, right? I thought I remembered him becoming kinder–if no less socially inept–as the seasons progressed.
My Netflix queue is now packed with a dozen movies that are better than their books, and quite a few BBC productions Haley suggested in her post about what to read when you run out of Jane Austen novels.
currently geeking out on
Gorgeous hardbacks, after spying these lovelies at Sundog Books. I need to start a collection.
Urban planning, again, after visiting Seaside. (Got any good book recommendations?)
on my nightstand
The library came through on a bunch of my requests at once, so my stack is pretty impressive at the moment. Or frightening.
I’ve been reading ridiculous amounts of fiction (again). (My current reads are always on display in the sidebar.) I’m going to have a hard time whittling these books down to a respectable number for the next twitterature link-up (Monday, September 16).
I’m in love with these dainty studs.
Could this washi taped bike be any more adorable?
And while we’re at it, these key lime pie popsicles.
These DIY frames may appear on my kids’ walls in the near future.
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Best of the web
Did you hear that Fox Books filed for bankruptcy? F-O-X. The Onion breaks the story.
Do you prefer paper over digital? This short French tv spot takes your side.
The one thing you must know about this fall’s fashions.
I wish more writers followed Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing.
This post is about the soul-sucking logistics of nine kids’ activities, but it’s also about community, margin, and place. Fascinating reading for this mom of (only) four.
I’m definitely guilty of some of these signs of Jane Austen addiction.
I nodded my way through these 10 things I learned from loving Anne of Green Gables.
What about you? What are you into this month?
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