In August we hit the beach and hosted some of our favorite people here at home, and it’s been wonderful. (Well, minus a few short illnesses and a significant number of sibling squabbles.) But August always feels dichotomous: we celebrate the height of summer, then we dive into crazy last-minute school prep.
We’re in the midst of the latter right now. We ordered school clothes on Tuesday, fall sports started last night, school actually starts next week. (I’m not ready.)
The house continues to come together. We ordered one major piece of furniture for the new place and it was delivered last week. It makes a big difference already. I promise, I will show you pictures. Eventually.
In the kitchen
Thanks so much for your recommendations on the blender. I traded in the Kitchenaid (from this post) for a Ninja (the cheaper one that’s on sale at Costco this month). I still don’t understand why the reviews are so fabulous on that Kitchenaid. I like it much better so far, and so do the kids. An added benefit of the Ninja is my kids love making their own individual smoothies for breakfast.
We’re also Whole 30-ing around here. We desperately need a reset after an indulgent vacation.
What I’m watching
We haven’t watched much of anything the past few months, but I’ve managed to stay current on Emma Approved. I was surprised it ended this month—I thought it was going to be 100 episodes like Lizzie Bennet—but I enjoyed the series. Now I want to re-watch BBC’s Emma (the one with Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller, my favorite), and then North and South, and then Wives and Daughters. It’s a slippery slope.
This month we finally watched a movie. No, two! On the recommendation of a friend, we saw Enough Said, with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, was a believable relationship drama with a low-budget feel (and it was only 93 minutes, which sadly was a major plus). We also finally saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which I enjoyed. Now I’m curious about the original.
After seeing Mary Poppins at the theater last month, we’re eager to see Saving Mr. Banks, but haven’t gotten there yet.
What I’m reading
We went to the beach this month, and I packed plenty of beach reading: I read Team of Rivals, Astonish Me, The Taste of Many Mountains, and Cinder. (I promptly requested Scarlet and Cress from my library while we were still at the beach, they were waiting for me when got home. Then I read them in three days.)
I also re-read Crossing to Safety, just because I love it. If you’ve read anything terrific by Wallace Stegner, would you let me know? He wrote almost thirty novels, and I’m not sure which to read next. The only other Stegner novel I’ve read is Angle of Repose.
A funny story about that last one: I used my drive time on Wednesday to catch up on podcasts. The first episode my phone queued up was author P. S. Duffy talking about her first novel, The Cartographer of No Man’s Land, on the Books on the Nightstand podcast. (It’s one of my favorites.) I was so intrigued that when I arrived at my destination, I popped onto the library website and requested it.
I finished my appointment, drove home, and found an unexpected and unordered package of books on my doorstep. And the package contained … The Cartographer of No Man’s Land. Because why not, right?
On the blog
A new page to bookmark: current kindle deals.
Best of the web
Pounding the pavement to feed my soul at Elizabeth Foss’s newly redesigned blog. I related to this so much.
Why I am leaving the best job I ever had. “As a male CEO, I have been asked what kind of car I drive and what type of music I like, but never how I balance the demands of being both a dad and a CEO.”
Women listening to men in Western art history. This might be a wee bit inappropriate, but oh, it made me laugh.
IKEA 2015 trend report. I can’t resist.
This old man. A wistful and moving reflection on life in the nineties. (Not the 1990s.)
What were you into in August?
Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.