Can we take just one moment and acknowledge the fact that it's May 30th, which means June starts on Saturday? It's like we blinked and the entire month vanished before our eyes, a fact to which I respond with a hearty WTF.
May has been a really hard month here. Solo parenting is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for anyone with any sort of right mind. But alas, here I am, on the home stretch. Erik comes back to Utah at the beginning of next week to help me pack up dogs, kids and stuff so we can head to Oregon for the summer as a family. I hate (rather, despise with the fire of a thousands suns) leaving Utah every summer. It's so hard to leave our community behind and drive off into the sunset... but I have to say, I'm SO ready for all of us to be together again. Six weeks felt like eternity.
I'm emotionally ready for the trip, but not practically. I have laundry coming out of my ears and I haven't packed a single box. I've done a lot of sitting around, though!
Well, since May is coming to an end, I thought I'd put together my little list of what I'm into. My sweet friend Leigh hosts a linkup at the end of every month, so I thought I'd jump in and share some goodies.
Books I've Read:
Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman // I loved this book. It's actually my second read-through, I read it last spring after it first released, but since I'm in the throes of raising a wee baby, it was good to revisit. After reading it again, it became clear that I'm actually a closet Frenchwoman when it comes to parenting. A lot of what's described in Bringing Up Bébé are parenting philosophies that I've sort of subscribed to, by accident, since Rowan was born. So, naturally, I'm ready to pack my bags and move to Paris tomorrow.
Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg // Every woman I know was reading this book last month and I think for good reason. It's fantastic. I love what she had to say about the dynamic difference between men and women when it comes to drive and persistence in the workplace. I think it's an important read for any woman, working or not, and it's certainly important for men to read as well.
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers // In my humble-not-so-humble opinion, Dave Eggers can do no wrong when it comes to novel writing. His latest work is no exception. Fantastically written as a novel, it's actually a brilliant critical take on the injustices of the western and global economies. Loved this book.
What I'm Currently Reading:
Decoded by Jay-Z // So far, incredibly interesting and creative.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Complete Guide by Chantal Sicile-Kira and Temple Grandin // If you're a Spectrum parent, get this book.
Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian // This book is helping me so much. It's hilarious, full of real talk and it's helpful to this new Special Needs mama.
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris // Another novelist that can do no wrong, I'm excited to jump into this one next.
Arrested Development (on Netflix) // The Bluths are back. And I'm just so happy to have Buster in my life again.
The Office (the final season on NBC) // I cried my ever-loving eyeballs out during the finale. I cannot believe it's over. Jim & Pam forever.
Heroes (on Netflix) // I loved this show back in the day! The whole series is on Netflix, so I'm revisiting the story. Save the Cheerleader, Save the World.
Through the Speakers:
I just bought a set of Dr. Dre's "Beats" headphones with some of the cash I got from my book advance. Definitely one of the smarter things I've done in my life. They produce fantastic sound.
(Something you might not know about me: I was raised by an audiophile. My dad has an ear for the intricacies of sound quality like nobody I've ever known. We always had crazy sound systems in our house growing up, worth thousands upon thousands of dollars, for no other reason than to simply enjoy well-made music. It's turned me into quite a music snob, actually. A quality I'm quite proud of, thankyouverymuch.)
So, I've been enjoying my new headphones and here's what's been on repeat this month:
The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake // He's come a long way from his boy band days. This album is masterfully produced, creatively executed, and just damn good. It's got a Marvin Gaye "What's Goin' On" throwback feel to it and it's hard not to dance when you listen. Also... *jumps and squeals like a school girl* I'm going to see him & Jay-Z on their tour! My BFF here in SLC is moving to NYC (I'm an acronym champion) next week, so we bought tickets to see the show at Yankee Stadium. Pictures & blogging forthcoming. (Track to listen to: All of them.)
The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis // This album surprised the hell out of me. It's well-produced (Ryan Lewis is a real master), the lyrics are fantastic, and it's catchy. Worth a listen. (Tracks to listen to: Thrift Shop, Can't Stop Us, Thin Line)
The Lone Bellow by The Lone Bellow // Absolutely love this self-titled debut from the acoustic folk-rock group. They sort of remind me of old Fleetwood Mac. (Tracks to listen to: All of them.)
What's New With Me:
First thing: We bought a minivan. A swagger wagon. Don't hate. Appreciate! I absolutely love it and now I can't believe we've waited this long to make the jump.
"Where my kids at?"
The most recent new thing around here is my tattoo. I got a line drawing of a singing mockingbird for my girl. We named her Scout after the character in To Kill a Mockingbird, so it seemed appropriate.
Well, that's it around here, what's new with you?