Another month has come and gone and I’m linking up once again with Leigh Kramer to talk about what I’ve been into this past month. This will actually be last month Leigh hosts, but I’ve enjoyed reflecting on my month so much I might just keep going on my own.
Two months in, starting an IRL book club has worked out better than I could have imagined. It’s a great group of women, and everyone brings good food to our meetings. I’m excited about this! This month we read Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s Secret Daughter, which touched on themes of adoption, interracial marriage, and more. For my online book club, I read Kevin Roose’s The Unlikely Disciple, an account of his time undercover at Liberty University. It’s a book I think I would have enjoyed a lot more if I had read it five years ago, but now a lot of the things I would probably have laughed off feel more sinister.
I also did some reading on my own, including a fair bit of YA (Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ was delightful, and I really enjoyed Christopher Paolini’s Eragon, which I had somehow not read before.) As usual, you can follow the books I’ve read so far this year here.
Also, while I haven’t had the chance to start it yet (I want to really savour it), I was excited to get a friend’s book in the mail. Nicole has great things to say about bodies and spirituality and I’m so excited for this.
I saw two whole movies in theatres this month, as well as several on Netflix! The Spy Who Dumped Me was a fun way to spend an afternoon in air conditioning, and Crazy Rich Asians was an absolutely delightful romantic comedy. On Netflix, I particularly enjoyed To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Like Father and Pitch Perfect 2 were also pretty good, and I satisfied my morbid curiosity by watching Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (I still refuse to read the book though).
And of course we also went to the theatre! While in Charlottetown visiting a friend we stopped to see Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, (which we’d never seen before, though we saw Anne and Gilbert on our honeymoon seven years ago). And, to cap off the month, we saw the Stratford production of Julius Caesar, which, as they did in the Tempest this season, cast women in several of the lead roles, which was pretty cool.
This delightful Veggietales rap, which is one of the best things I’ve heard in awhile.
I also had the pleasure of finding 6-year-old me’s absolute favourite album at the thrift store: an album of covers by a local gospel quartet called Unashamed. I don’t know that it 100% holds up on its own merits, but it was great for nostalgia.
We went back to the Maritimes (and visited Nova Scotia and PEI as well as New Brunswick this visit), so that was a great chance to eat all sorts of things we don’t get here: Monkeycakes cupcakes, Cows ice cream (we managed three visits in 24 hours), and more.
I was happy, though, to get back to my own kitchen while peach season was in full swing and whip up some peach tarts, sorbets, pizzas, and more.
As usual, you can find my favourite recipes of the month here.
My work on the planets cross stitch series continues apace. I completed Pluto this month and am now working on Venus.
I’m thinking of checking out some local embroiderers’ guild meetings this year, so I may even get some new techniques under my belt.
I’ve been trying to cut down on buying dresses in general, and black floral dresses in particular (I have a type, apparently, I’ve unwittingly amassed about a dozen). I couldn’t resist this black origami crane dress from Torrid, though, even though it was pretty close to a black floral. How cute is it?
Here are some of the tweets that made me laugh this month:
I’ve also particularly been enjoying following WorshipBot3000, a bot that auto-generates worship song titles. This one was one of my favourites.
Also, while I do far more of my reading in 280 character blocks these days than I probably should, I also came across some longer reads well worth sharing. This story about a chef’s highly dubious autobiography (including years at the White House a supposed PhD in Foodology from Cornell) was a wild ride.
On a more serious note, this NYT piece about the links between increased Facebook usage and hate crimes in Germany was incredibly worrying.
This piece by Star Wars’ Kelly Marie Tran on reclaiming her heritage in the face of online harassment was phenomenal and the Star Wars bros don’t deserve her.
And finally I loved this short piece in the Canadian Mennonite about the way one local church is helping immigrants who lost family back home to find a tangible place to grieve through a memorial wall.
August was a great month for us–we got to go home and spend lots of time with friends and family. Spending time with our nieces and nephews was, as always, a highlight. It turns out they’re not just reading the books we give them for birthdays and Christmas, they’re also putting them to more innovative uses, like this stuffed animal bowling obstacle course.
Since August is our anniversary month, we also stopped in Quebec city for the day and celebrated 7 years of marriage there. It was great to tour the old city and also show Aaron some of the places where I spent my childhood.
That’s it for me for the month, be sure to check out Leigh’s blog for other link-up contributions.