words make me happy

Time with a good book is one of my favorite things. Here’s what I’ve read the past few months:

Churched: One Kid’s Journey Toward God Despite a Holy Mess by Matthew Paul Turner
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp
Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self & Society by Jay Bakker and Martin Edlund
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Sacred Romance: Drawing Closer to the Heart of God by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
Find Your Way Home: Words from the Street, Wisdom from the Heart by Becca Stevens and The Women of Magdalene
The Enneagram Made Easy: Discover the 9 Types of People by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele
House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home by Mark Richard
Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community by Enuma Okoro
The Beauty of Different by Karen Walrond
Making Sense of Scripture: Big Questions About the Book of Faith by David J. Lose
Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts by Ian Morgan Cron
It’s Really All About God: How Islam, Atheism, and Judaism Made Me a Better Christian by Samir Selmanovic
Discover What You’re Best At by Linda Gale
Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters’ Guide to Shooting from the Heart by Shutter Sisters
I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields
Juxtapoz Photography by Diana Weber
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I’m also knee-deep in these right now:
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Long Goodbye: A memoir by Meghan O’Rourke
The Church Is Flat: The Relational Ecclesiology of the Emerging Church Movement by Tony Jones
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman
The Promise of Despair: The Way of the Cross as the Way of the Church (Living Theology) by Andrew Root
The Artist’s Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom by Christine Valters Paintner

***photo is of my moleskine journal. the sticker on it is from Sarah Utter‘s work at buyolympia.com. Check it out.


favorite new tunes

Since we’re a little over halfway thru the year, I thought I would share my favorite albums of 2011 thus far. Meaning, new music I enjoy that was released this year. The top three are my very favorites. Otherwise, they’re in no particular order.

Here goes:

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Over the Rhine – The Long Surrender

Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest

The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

Lucinda Williams – Blessed

Drive-By Truckers – Go Go Boots

The Decemberists – The King is Dead

Death Cab for Cutie – Codes & Keys

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

leisurely New Year’s Eve

southern culture trivia quiz

Check out the southern culture trivia quiz over at Maud Newton’s blog. I got more right than wrong, but am still disappointed that I didn’t score higher. Let me know how you fare.

action-packed weekend here

I’ve been running non-stop the last couple of days.
– water-skiing at Standley Lake
– a jillion errands, including the lovely DMV
– house concert last night with The Blackthorn Project
The water-skiing made my heart happy and my muscles sore. The Blackthorns were great.
– bridal shower for a friend
– church
– trip to Meininger to get supplies for my upcoming Glen Workshop
– make grits casserole
– host brunch at my house
– bake birthday cake
– attend birthday dinner for a friend
– plan my strategy to get through this next week with the least amount of stress possible.
I have more to do at work than seems humanly possible to get done in the next six days. Also need to work on my photography portfolio. You know, the one that I was going to have together several weeks ago. Granted, the busy weekend stuff has been fun, but my batteries are running low. Hopefully I can find some little pockets of time to re-charge in the next few days.

books I’ve read in 2008

The Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs
The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
God’s Silence, Franz Wright

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, Warren St. John
Creole Thrift: Premium Southern Living Without Spending a Mint, Angela Parlange
Simplicity, Kim Thomas

books I’ve read in 2008

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, Warren St. John
Creole Thrift: Premium Southern Living Without Spending a Mint, Angela Parlange
Simplicity, Kim Thomas