As always, linking up with my friend Leigh Kramer to share what I’m into.
Summer is in full swing around here. That looks like baseball, the pool, and summer reading.
Baseball is almost over, glory hallelujah. It’s been plenty hot to swim, for better or worse. And my kids are weirdly obsessed with the local summer reading programs, especially my 6-year-old Silas.
He’s been sounding out words pretty well for months now, but just about a month ago everything clicked for him and now he’s a reader. (Always such a fun transition to watch!) He’s super motivated by the summer reading lists: he already finished our library’s program, he’s working on a cover-all for our local bookstore’s book bingo, and he’s begging me to take him to Barnes & Noble or Half Price Books to see what their summer reading programs are like.
I’m not quite sure what to think of this fascination, but I will say this: he’s reading a ton, and I’m pretty happy about that.
Will and I are on a Whole30-ish kick right now. (I wrote about our past Whole30 experiences here.) We started a little over a month ago, and just like every other time we’ve done this, the anticipation was the worst part.
This month I took a few group fitness classes for the first time in years. I left something important off my June what I learned list: I took my first spin class, and suddenly the premise of a favorite novel—woman passes out in spin class, falls off her bike, thunks her head and forgets ten years of her life—seems a LOT more plausible. It was tough!
(That novel is What Alice Forgot, it’s by Liane Moriarty, and I’m hoping you’ll come see the two of us in September at Read Savannah! This month I’ve been working on the finer points of the plan for our weekend together.)
I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve also been really into yoga. It’s only just dawning on me how incredibly strong you have to be to pull off some of these moves! I feel like I’ve been missing the point for years, but I’m newly inspired to get into it more and am having fun with it. Painful fun, sometimes, but fun all the same. (If you have any favorite resources, I’d love to hear them!)
I’m not sure if you noticed, but after 28 (!!) episodes I feel like I have my sea legs. The past few episodes have been longer, more in-depth, more freewheeling. I’m enjoying the extra conversation time; I hope you’re enjoying the finished product.
I especially loved this week’s episode: I chatted with a reader who came to me with a request I really resonated with: she’s an indie bookstore owner who misses reading at whim, is craving depth, and wants help finding great books that aren’t relentlessly new, new, new. Listen to it right here.
What I’m watching
My relationship with tv right now looks like this: I really want to start a show, but I think it would be a really bad idea to start a show. (I love a good series, but it’s bad for productivity.)
My feelings about shows for the whole family aren’t nearly so complicated. With four kids ages 6-13, we struggle finding programs that everyone likes, but you all turned me on to a good one. It’s called A Chef’s Life, and season one follows a chef who moves back home from NYC to open a restaurant in eastern North Carolina. It’s mellow without being boring, and the episodes are only about 25 minutes long, which makes it perfect for sleepy summer afternoons with kids exhausted from the heat, or sneaking in an episode between dinner and bedtime.
I hope you had a lovely June. What have YOU been into lately?