As always, linking up with my friend Leigh Kramer to share what I’m into.
August has felt like a straight downhill run from the height of summer straight into back-to-school everything.
My whole family packed up for a week+ at the beach on August 4. We got home on August 14. My 1st grader and I went to new-student orientation on the 15th. And everybody started back to school on the 16th.
It’s been fun but it’s also making my head spin!
We just happened to be driving back from vacation a few hours before the live event for Knox and Jamie’s show The Popcast. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a live podcast event but it was an amazing evening, and it was so fun to get to finally meet some of my favorite people on the internet who were in attendance.
My family had so much fun spending not quite 24 hours in Birmingham. We hit ate amazing barbecue, strolled around the beautiful (and free!) botanical garden, and visited a local bookstore—my favorite thing to do in any city I visit. (I’m thinking about doing a blog post about destination independent bookstores. Got any must-visit bookstores I should know about? Hit me.)
Low maintenance everything
Now we’re home and school is in session. I’ve never had all the kids in school all day before and it is … different. Very very different.
I have a lot of projects going on right now and I’m trying to pour my energy into the things that matter, and streamline the things that don’t as much as possible. That looks like lots of ponytails and a dead-simple uniform for me. It looks like the exact same thing for breakfast every day and PrepDish for dinner. There have been days recently where I’ve spent the whole day in workout clothes which isn’t like me but for a season? It’s totally fine.
What I’m reading
The new Louise Penny, finally!
I’m finishing up my second read of Before We Visit the Goddess today: it’s our final Summer Reading Club selection and we’re all chatting with author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni tonight and I need to be prepared!
And I’m about to dive into the new Book of the Month selections. I’m so excited that Amor Towles’s new and much-anticipated A Gentleman in Moscow is a September pick. (I got to read it already—and talked about it in this week’s episode of What Should I Read Next—and I’m thrilled that so many readers are going to get their hands on it, for less, through BOTM.)
Several of you have been trying to talk me into—or out of—Amy Schumer. (Thoughts?) I keep reading amazing things about Behold the Dreamers. And I love the Towles and would happily read it again.
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What I’m trying to remember
To plant zinnias next year! I finally caught the rhythm of planting tulip bulbs in the fall; now I need to remember to plant my annual seeds in the spring—you would think that would be easier! We used to have a giant zinnia bed at our old house but fell out of the habit, and it’s never crossed my mind to plant them at the new. But the current farmers’ market abundance has me regretting that. (Any tips for remembering in the spring?)
What I’m watching
Um, nothing. But I’m excited about The Blacklist starting back up again. (Season 3 was questionable but the finale was intriguing, I’ll give it that.)
And I want to get fall under way and our schedules settled down so Will and I can start a new show. I’m thinking The West Wing. (I’ve never seen it, can you believe it?)
I hope you had a lovely August. What have YOU been into lately?