This picture represents vacation and rest to me, which is what Summer is and should! be about, although we never actually did the beach this month.
And with that, holy crap, August. You kicked my butt. If you saw my planner, you would give me a sympathy pat on the back. ;) At any rate, this post will be long so consider yourself warned. ;)
We started it off right by escaping to a cabin in the North Woods of Wisconsin, at a wonderfully fun Family Reunion. I got the kids ready for school- running all of the errands and buying all of the shoes/socks, and getting all of the haircuts (4 kids so far, one is baby so no need for a haircut yet), suffering through 2- hour long doctors' appointments to make sure all 5 of my kids are healthy and immunized, and cleaning out my car. Amidst tears of stress and hugs of consolation, I took purposeful and intentional break from reading so much this month, as well.
I bought Bossypants by Tina Fey, and read it on the plane to Minnesota/Wisconsin.
Similar to Mindy Kaling's book, the humor was spot on, but the lifestyle left some things to be desired. Anyone who has seen either of her most popular shows (30 Rock or The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) probably will not be in the least surprised by this declaration.
I stopped reading after that. That was the big surprise (#sorrynotsorry) and I'm assuming the fact that I've not read a book these remaining three weeks makes me no longer literate. It was not only good to be a little more present, it was advantageous that I chose to buy the Kindle version of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah because I a) hate reading extremely large and long books via Kindle because 5% of 488 is the number notfun. And b) because I found it to be incredibly boring and slogging through said book just wasn't on my agenda.;) Her other books are UNDERRATED (ask me about this sometime). So these things further helped my reading break plot come to fruition. Now, that said, I admit I might be in the market for my third Moriarty book at long last. I'm looking for something I cannot put down, along the lines of What Alice Forgot. If anyone can school me, I need the second best book by L.M., because The Husband's Secret was too gritty for my taste. W.A.F. was by all accounts awesome from this front.
My goals for this month were pretty simple:
~Get the kids ready for school
~Enjoy our trip up North
~Get myself ready for Fall
~Keep the house in reasonably clean condition
~Get some (sewing) projects done or at least planned
~And of course, Get fresh air
(and maybe do that instead of reading and TV, since we all know cooler weather is coming, on its way, and for some parts of our country, has already arrived;)
I feel like reading is a great hobby, but sometimes it feels like it is taking over my life and I am unable to set boundaries, because something like 40% of finances are going to my reading habit. I have so many reasons for reading, but when it becomes an idol, it is time for me to take a break. I don't get free books and I read for pleasure mostly, and I also have a (somewhat bad) habit of buying new books that I want to have on my shelf. I could save money by purchasing the Kindle version, but I'm so taken by the beautiful books with pretty covers at the bookstores.
#tbt to living in D.C,when Molly and Frances looked a little like Madeleine and Annabel!
I really, really wanted to get some sewing projects under my belt. However, my sewing machine bit the dust about 6 months- 1 year ago, and I just haven't had the time, money, or space to buy a new one and start stitching again. I used to get a lot done, although it never seemed like enough, and once I had done one project, it seemed I needed to move onto something new, and I never found my groove. I need to do one thing several times over until it is my thing, rather than starting on a new and different project every time. For me, that is the danger of Pinterest. #neverdone #neverenough
So... will Tacy buy a sewing machine in September, or will all of her funds go toward Fall clothes, food, kids, and the occasional book?! Stick around these parts to find out. ;) ;) ;)
Hiding Behind Excuses: The Lesson of the Cursed Fig Tree @ A Knotted Life
I loved the layout, concept, and execution of this post! ;)
An Open Letter to Mindy Kaling @ We, A Great Parade
So much good food for thought. Def. worth reading.
The ABC's of a Pregnancy @ The Ugly Volvo
I have loved this blog for some time now. I am almost always laughing out loud when I click over and read her posts!
Why We Love Notebooking @ Royal Little Lambs
I think this post would be good for homeschoolers/homeschooling Moms
How to Plan a Successful Homeschool Year @ Artful Homemaking
Again, I am not a homeschooler, but I think this post would be helpful for my friends on the internet and in real life (IRL) who do!
Watch as these men get a pizza delivered via drone~A landmark day for drone flights arrives @ CNN
~Funny Things They Say~
Anders: (I overhear him talking in the back seat) Is that a motorcycle? Yeah-ya! Is it real? Yeah-ya! Does it goes real fast? Yeah-ya!
Grey (my nephew) in Minnesota: I spy wif my wittle eye somefing... green! (answering his own question) Is it the sign? ...No! ....Is it the grass? (with all the enthusiasm in the world) Y-ES! ....Mommy, step on it!
The kids have a little song at school with a line in it that goes, “Don’t you have a GPS?” So Madeleine asked me one day, “Mommy, what’s a GPS? Can I have one?”
So I told her, “A GPS is something you have in your car, that helps you know where you are, and which way to go.”
“I want to know where we are going!! Can you get me one of those? I don’t want a map, I want a GPS. Can you give me one in the morning?”
Madeleine: (trying a cream sample, looks down at her hand) My hand skin already looks younger! #hysterical
If you don't like Britney Spears, Rihanna makes you want to barf, and McDonald's is something you try to never eat, then we are automatically on the same page! ;) Also, I really wanted to include some Iron & Wine and Lumineers (new album=solid gold), but you have to draw the line somewhere!
I have to say that I loved the movie My Name is Doris. Starring Sally Field, it is a movie about an older woman who falls in love with her younger co-worker, a la , the romance novels she reads. I loved Max Greenfield in this movie + I'm trying to explain why I liked him in the film/ for this role. I think it is because the believability in his acting pushes the premise of this film into a plausible scenario that is worth sticking around for. Also, I think if you start to watch it and it doesn't suck you in (which would surprise me), rewatch. There are so many subtleties and especially, subtle jokes. My favorite favorite favorite Indian actor Kumail Nanjiani from Portlandia is in it, so... nuf said. #sofunny I did watch it about twice myself (I started it and watched half of the movie on a plane, then watched it again from beginning to end when we got back). Roger Ebert said, "This film will have you at 'hello.'"
also re-watching this:0)
Onward: to music and playlists and nostalgia galore.
I'm a music person, and Music has played a huge role in my entire life, especially since I was in high school. I really wanted a place where I could compile all of those songs that have been special to me over the years for one reason or another. Do you ever have a moment where you hear a song, and you think, "This is the best song ever..."? Well, for me, all of these songs fall into that category in one way or another. Here it is, with notation below.
<<This is my Milestone Music playlist... Mostly memories from high school and beyond ...>>
1. The Doors ~Hello I Love You - This was big on my playlist in High School. My sister was dating a guy named Rich, and he bought her their CD. We would listen to it together sometimes, and so I have lots of memories of this CD and how influential my sister was on me in big and small ways during that season of life.
2. Lisa Loeb's Stay was an iconic song for me and for most who lived through the nineties.
3. Matthew Sweet~ Girlfriend I started listening to Matthew Sweet (who for the record can play the electric guitar better than just about anyone) in High School, and this song was a special part of coming-of-age for me.
4. The Cranberries~ Dreams was an anthem- maybe THE anthem- of my Senior year of High School
5. Toad the Wet Sprocket~ Walk On The Ocean I have to include a Toad song, because I overplayed their album all through High School and College. I love this lyric from the song: "We don't even have pictures, just memories to hold.That grow sweeter each season as we slowly grow old."
6.Coldplay~ Yellow is a quintessential get-over-your-high-school-boyfriend song for me.
7. Stars~ Calendar Girl brings back memories of friends, mixed CD's and tapes, and more friends. This song is so good- take a listen for sure.
8. Ben Folds~ The Ascent of Stan -I started heavily crushing on Ben Folds in college and probably made him rich with the amount of concerts I went to. This song, for me, is a memory like solid gold in my mind: listening on headphones, walking on the beach in Santa Barbara, dreaming of times to come.
9. The Cure was a theme song that I still can't quit-- still so good.
10. Sufjan Stevens~ Seven Swans -Have to include a Sufjan song, because I listened so hard to this album on choir tour in college.
11. Rusted Root~ Send me on my way- the best break-up song in the world.
12. The Smiths~ Please, please, please let me get what I want- holds a deep place in my heart and I was so thrilled to learn Stephen liked them when we first started dating.
13. Patti Griffin~ Making Pies-Belting Patti Griffin songs at Westmont College- the end.
14. Dashboard Confessional~ Screaming Infidelities-Also, this song. Memories of my college roommate Mer from Fresh/Soph year.
15. Pedro the Lion~ Foregone Conclusions was one of those catch-22 "How cool can you be and still act original" songs from college. #laughcry (saw him in concert as well)
16. Over the Rhine~ The World Can Wait represents for me the year I took off from college. I went to study at L'abri among other places. Also saw them perform live multiple times (I think 3) and yeah the best band ever in the world #superlativewarranted
17. The Isaacs~ Daniel Prayed holds a special place in my heart from times of singing bluegrass with my family (and my Dad who is a great guitar and mandolin player)
18. Brandi Carlile~ Have You Ever is my Covenant song and makes me think of all of my friends on my Hall, Fifth North. Introduced to me by my roommate Keri.
19. Nickel Creek~ When You Come Back Down- One of my all-time favorite songs from Nickel Creek, and such a good memory of seeing them live in college.
20. Renee & Jeremy~ Powder Blue I have sung this as a lullaby to all of my kiddos, and it holds special memories for me of becoming a mother, and Memories of Molly as a baby.
21. Renee & Jeremy~ Night Manta- the perfect lullaby/ Same as 20. Their album "It's A Big World" is excellent when it comes to kids' music- very soothing.
22. Nick Cave~ Into My Arms is my "becoming Catholic" song, because it is mentioned in the book Love & Salt, (such a good book!) and it holds deep significance and deep truth. This haunting melody totally feels "becoming Catholic," and what it was like to live through that, in my brain.
23. Death Cab for Cutie~ Information Travels Faster - Had to include a Death Cab for Cutie song because they have been loved deeply, as long as they have ben around and I have seen them live.
24. Stevie Wonder~ Isn't She Lovely makes me think of the kids' school, my sweet Molly Jane growing up, Because of Molly's lip-synching to this for a performance at school. #allthefeels
25. Bread~ Look What You've Done makes me think of Stephen and it is sexy (hate to use that word but it is) and also makes me laugh at the double meaning #sorrynotsorry
26. The Cure~ Friday I'm in Love is one of my lifelong anthems and I think one of my all-time favorite songs.
27. Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie-- just soooooooo good. I overplayed this song post-college, and will never forget hearing it over my speakers and feeling more alive than ever before. #nevertiredofit #bestthingaboutmusic
Me & Stephen Music:
Once again, I wanted to put all of those special songs in one place.
1. Explosions in the Sky~ Your Hand in Mine ~Stephen put this on a mixed CD for me when we were dating.
2. Snow Patrol~ Chasing Cars- Stephen also introduced me to this band and this song, and it always and forever makes me think of him and our early years of young love.
3. Mew~ Special We both fell HARD for Mew and this is probably "our song" more than any other. If you haven't heard of or listened to Mew, welcome to your new favorite song/band.
4. Band of Horse~ No One's Gonna Love You This song makes me think of Stephen, although at the time of me liking this song, we were going through some really hard times. Now, it just makes me cry with thankfulness at all we've been through. And we've come out sane/clean/something/what?
5. Mipso~ Love Again -Stephen may not know it, but this song is important to me, because I listened to it during a time when we were going through hard times, and it reminded me of how deeply I love him
6. Pinback~ Loro- We went to see a Pinback concert and MAN was it redemption for some of my lost-loves from High School and college. I will *never* forget sitting in the balcony of that theatre in Atlanta, sipping Yuengling, and falling in love with Stephen.
7. James Vincent McMorrow~ Rising Water makes me think of all the baths we've given our kids in these early years of parenting young ones. I think this song will forever make me think of these days.
8. Carry On, because, life is hard and marriage is hard, and you've just got to Carry On some days.
9. Just Like Heaven by The Cure - because this band is just so good, and all marriages need this song. I think sometimes we think that we live, we die, and that's about it. But it's not true. Life is full of pleasures, heartache, and trials that feel insurmountable. But sometimes the crap of life is utterly buried by our love. Our love is just like heaven, which contrasts to the suffering and pain of life, and that's a (major) understatement. I don't know how to articulate it.
We've had a lot of bumps in the road. I would be lying if I said that having 5 kids in 8 years has been easy. We have struggled immensely, though we always come back to each other in deep ways and in simple ways. I know we have shared much more than just these nine songs, but some of them are private, and some of them I just can't think of right now!!! Music is a place where we will always connect deeply and I know it is one of the reasons we fell in love.
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