I would say this will be summer themed, but… when was the last time I even did one of these??
Reading –I’ve read a fantastic amount this summer–among other things, I rediscovered public libraries and have been checking out all my local branches and, of course, walking out with books every time. I did some fun rereads: a few of the Mary Russell novels, by Laurie R. King; and House of Many Ways, which I adore (along with everything else Diana Wynne Jones has written) every time I reread it. And I enjoyed lots of new books: Meg Cabot‘s Heather Wells series was super fun; I went through a history kick and read a biography of Martha Washington and some Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh history; some Mary Roberts Rinehart Nurse Pinkerton stories.
Writing–I am finally at a point where I feel like I have the mental energy to write more. I’ve been playing with a bunch of stories, and this blog has been more active: I’ve written about sermon writing and crocheting and trying to grow houseplants. I participated in Rosalie Valentine‘s Flash Fiction Dash and wrote a story about, of all things, fairies.
Off the blog, I have a piece published on Dear Damsels. I discovered them recently and they feature beautiful writing. Appropriately enough, my piece is about creating new habits in a new time of life, and the beauty of habits.
And, if you’re curious about my day job, you can find all of my sermons here.
Listening–I went on a bit of a podcast-hunting spree a few weeks ago and found some wonderful new podcasts:
- 2298 is a fascinating science fiction podcast that I’m just starting
- Everything Happens, with Kate Bowler, is heart-wrenching and emotional in the most honest way about the hard parts of life
- Ologies is a funny, curiosity-filled look at different fields (-ologies!)
- Saffron and Peri is a fun fairy tale-themed drama full of hijinks and good characters,
- and speaking of dramas We Fix Space Junk is another one, about two women forced to run a space ship together
- Tides is a fascinating The Martian-style story about a scientist stranded on a strange new planet, but there’s actual life as well
- And Tumanbay is a fantastically acted and edited drama about a sultan’s city and a looming threat
I told you it was a spree!
Thinking about– The time I spend online. This article in many ways crystallized the discomfort I’d been feeling about how much time I’ve been online lately. Despite all the talk about Facebook over the past year, it sparked something that the rest of the conversation hadn’t: a reminder of how much social networks need us to be online, and the parallel realization that I’ve been spending more and more time online as a way to avoid so many other things in my life. It’s easier to scroll through whatever than it is to go do the dishes, let alone to figure out what I’m feeling after a confusing day.
Online–This article about caring really resonated as I try to figure out how to care more instead of ignore, just as this one about the importance of art even in the midst of really hard everything inspired me. And I couldn’t resist clicking on this article about learning from house plants and it was even more beautiful than I expected.
Watching–Lots of Stargate, mostly. I was watching and loving Castle and then my DVD player broke, so that’s on hold again for now. I’ve been dipping my toes into Star Trek Enterprise and not totally hating it?
Doing–Discovering new flavors of iced tea–my tea shelf is currently overflowing, which did not in any way stop me from going to Blue Monkey Tea Shop twice last month. TEA IS WONDERFUL. And, having lots of visitors from out of town, both family and friends. So, lots of board games, lots of chances to check out new places and show off favorites. Yes, please!
Going on lots of walks, because Pokemon Go is my not-so-new favorite thing and also because the weather is actually nice most of the time. Being outside is wonderful, and there’s a mini-park a two minute walk from my apartment. Everything is better done outside (and by everything I mean reading and writing and thinking).