For the first time in a Year I am linking up with Leigh Kramer for a “This is What I’m Into” post. Look at met go! Holla! And other good !!! words! #gettingmygrooveback
Well I’m sitting on the bed in our weekend home after a rough night of sleep thanks to my baby Clara. Kel is preaching at a local nursing home and it’s sleeting outside. I’m wearing my running gear but I’m wussing out due to sleet.
My head is exploding right now and I’m in ALL THE THINGS mode.
You know the “All the things” meme?
It’s this guy
I’m the “All the things” guy on a normal day, but with the move and the selling of the house and the wanting to plant a garden and write blog posts I’m the all the things guy in overdrive.
My brain is exhausted and excited, it wants to attack in full force and run away ALL OF THE TIMES!
So that being said I think I will attempt my first “This is what I’m into” in a year. A year. Eesh.
I can’t even remember my categories so, let’s start some new ones. Shall we?
Tweetable Month in Review (140 characters or less)
Mich is all: Cold! warm! j/k-cold! Move 8 may kill me. Painting cabinets forever? Living in 2 houses is weird, bring bagels. Spring is that you?
On my Nightstand
Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan- This book is as hilarious as his stand-up and perhaps more so because it’s all about parenthood, which is totally my jam. Obviously. My favorite part of the book was probably the diagrams about how he and his wife manage to put their family of seven to bed and still have a marriage with a bit of sanity.
Happier at Home By Gretchen Rubin– Listened to this one in the car on my way to and from playdates and preschool pickup.
I loved it and want to buy my own copy to reference and mark up. It’s the sort of book that calls the engaged reader to action. It’s all about living life in an intentional way so as to cultivate happiness. Gretchen takes the reader through her year-long happiness project in which each month was dedicated to a specific happiness focus such as family, parenthood, neighborhood, marriage and time.
I think Christian culture often throws happiness under the bus as a selfish endeavor and even end result but I’m beginning to see how wrong we really were.
Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand– The first non-summer Novel by one of my favorite novelists. The story centers around an inn-keeper and his family at Christmas time. It was a quick and breezy winter read perfect for a session in front of the fire.
100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake– If you’ve know me long you’ll know that I always flip flop on my theology of food. Juicing! Paleo! Nothing but wine, bananas and almonds! (not really, but I could probably make that work)
I really love Leake’s balanced approach to food, which is an elimination of processed foods and a return to a 100% whole food diet including conscientious sourcing and local eating. I think this one may stick. I checked it out from the library but I am planning on buying it for keeps. A great read full of useful information on clean eating with the family in mind.
Currently Reading or Checked Out: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzi, Sabrina by Ron Rash, Montessori Today by Paula Polk Lillard, The Out of Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz, Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barabara Kingsolver
On the small screen
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt– My friend Jennei texted me about this show the evening before I wound up in bed with a head cold. Fortuitous!
This Netflix exclusive is the best thing I have seen in months and months and months. The show follows Kimmy (Ellie Kemper of The Office), an “Indiana Mole Woman” who emerges from a bunker after being locked up by a crazy religious cult-pastor (Jon Hamm of Mad Men) for 15 years. After doing a spot on The Today Show, she decides to make a life in New York City and moves into a sketchy basement apartment with a gay roommate. It’s very girl power and hillarious. The theme song alone is worth the watch.
Chuck- This is something that Kel and I are watching while we attempt to get Clara to sleep. It’s a great watch to laugh and wind down in the evening, spies and nerds… can’t go wrong. Also, I adore Zachary Levi now, he must do more things pronto.
The Office (US) – I never finished so now I am doing so, while doing laundry and such. I am cautiously curious about the post Michael seasons.
Parks and Rec- I wasn’t a huge fan of the first few episodes so I gave up but now I have been starting it again while I paint cabinets. Only time will tell.
As you can see VERY little if any of my TV watching is just TV watching. Multi-taskers gotta multi.
In the (newly remodeled!) kitchen
Baked Oatmeal– This is both breakfast and dessert. THANK YOU KELLY! You simply need to make this recipe. My friend Kelly makes it with cranberries and almonds and I used some dried cherries from aldi. It’s a perfect snack, breakfast and something I want to have in my fridge always and forever amen.
Butternut Cauliflower Soup- I don’t know if the recipe for this is online yet but if it isn’t I will CERTAINLY post it. It’s a creamy, veggie heavy soup that is perfect as a side-car to a salad or with dinner.
Chow Granola- I hosted a big family breakfast this weekend and had SO many requests to share this recipe. It’s a simple toasted oat recipe that can be fancified or not. It’s your call.
Weighted Blanket– Our oldest Noelle has some sensory processing issues, so this month I made her an 8lb weighted blanket using sweet fox and chevron materials. I referenced a variety of online tutorials to get it finished and yes, I think it’s helping. Talk to me if you want my tips on making one and make sure that you weight it accordingly for your child.
Chalk Painted Cabinets– This month I promise that I will post about how we chalk painted our cabinets. Maybe. I didn’t really photo the process. Maybe I will do a tips post? Would you want that? Either way I was hesitant to try chalk paint given the price but it’s now popping up at JoAnn fabrics and Lowes so I went for it and I’m pleased with my results!
Chalkboard Painted Fridge– I did it, you can do it. Yes it feels crazy but if you have an ugly fridge you may as well go for it. I used this tutorial, I did NOT use the magnetic primer, I basically got a quart of chalkboard paint from Lowers, a trim roller and went for it. Buh-Bye Ugly almond fridge!
Coming soon: felted legging patches, baby bonnets, zig zag quilt and a pom pom wall hanging. Maybe…
Best of the Blog
I didn’t blog much this past month, but this post on Home and HGTV Snark struck a chord with you guys and I was beyond grateful to resonate over such an important topic that is hitting so close to home for me right now.
“Your home will change, you will grow into it and maybe out of it, and then you will leave it behind for new life to blossom and grow there. But you and your people are the story and come what (or where) may, you have it in you to live your story well.”
Best of Instagram
Ooh, Ohh, Also!
I’m training for a 5k using the C25K app alongside my runkeeper app. Yes I often start and then quit such things but I think this one is going to stick. May 9. Expect an insta-pic.
Aaaaaaand I think that’s all. Any questions?
What’s your favorite book this month? Favorite Bite? What meme would you be and why?
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