What I’m Into September 2013


So, September’s coming to an end, and that means it’s time for another What I’m Into Link-Up contributions. Crazy busy month notwithstanding, I seem to have managed to make a lot of time for reading and TV-watching. Priorities, right?


It’s been a really busy month for me. I started coursework for my PhD, which is requiring a lot of reading and whatnot. I’ve got 100+ books to read before Christmas (don’t worry, they won’t make this link-up). It’s busy, but I do like being paid to study what I love.

I also made my life a little busier yet by getting myself a Pinterest account, after holding out for years. It’s just an easier way to keep track of the recipes I find online. You can follow me here.

And finally, I had the privilege of preaching at our church on the 29th, as part of our sermon series on Luke. It was my first time preaching, and I was just blown away by how supportive everyone in church was. I’ve got a good church family in Lamplight church, that’s for sure. You can find the sermon online here. Also, apparently my laugh sounds like a wheezy cough. Who knew?


  • Mulan—because seriously, the soundtrack is sooo good.
  • Baby Mama—found this on Netflix, and it was pretty good. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are always good for a laugh.
  • Elysium—I saw this in theatres and, while I respected what they were trying to say, the execution was only so-so.
  • The Princess and the Frog—it’s been a bit of a Disney binge month
  • Miss Representation—so good!


  • Amazing Race Canada—How much did Tim Sr. rock that final challenge?  Good for him!
  • Clone High—I went through this with Aaron, and I now get 25% more pop culture references. The humour did veer into uncomfortable territory, though.
  • Commander in Chief—starring Geena Davis as President Mac Allen. This was so good! I’m really bummed that it got cancelled after one season.
  • Privileged—another show that got cancelled after a season, but this wasn’t nearly as much of a loss as Commander in Chief. Although I have to say I’m not a fan of ending seasons on a cliffhanger.
  • I’ve also caught the first episodes of a few current shows (Parks and Rec, Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, and How I Met Your Mother).  What is this business of airing two episodes for the season premiere?


  • Matched/Crossed/Reached by Ally Condie—Matched was the best of the three, and the others didn’t quite measure up. The Society was interesting, though. Reminiscent of the world in The Giver.
  • The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher—I feel bad for saying this was only okay when it’s his tribute to his sister who died of cancer, but I didn’t love it. I felt it idolized rural areas a bit much.
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters—Again, okay, not phenomenal
  • I Am Number Four/The Power of Six/The Rise of Nine—I could not put these down. Although the conceit that it’s a true story and the author is involved bugs me.
  • Carry On Warrior by Glennon Melton—Gosh, Glennon writes beautifully. And I completely empathize with her dislike of the dentist.
  • Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen—You can’t love medieval history and women’s history and not be fascinated by Hildegard von Bingen. The description of her time as an anchorite (so completely walled in) with Jutta of Sponheim was something else.
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin—I guess this is the first part of a trilogy, but I don’t think I’ll read the rest.  They’re really long, and the payoff isn’t great.
  • Birthmarked/Prized/Promised by Caragh O’Brien—Again, I could not put these down. They were recommended to me by one of the commenters on last month’s What I’m Into Post, and I’m glad I took them up on their suggestion.
  • Storm by Evan Angler—Another one of those “false conceit of a true story” books.  Only ok.
  • The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson—This was the last book in a trilogy I began last month. I can’t resist fantasy or dystopian YA with a strong female heroine.


Due to my adventures on Pinterest, I’ve been making way more new recipes than usual, so I’ve created a What I’m Into September 2013 Pinterest board to showcase some of my favourites

My very favourite new recipe of the month was the chai-spiced sugar cookies. I’m noticing a definite preponderance of all things chai-spiced, coarse sea salt, and nutella in my repins.

I’ve also been experimenting with some fair trade chocolate bars, and I am huge fan of Cocoa Camino’s milk chocolate with coarse sea salt.

Also, I love love love St. Croix Olive’s vanilla balsamic. Thicken it and drizzle it over fruit, and yumm.

Online must-reads:

  • This brave post by Grace Biskie about her sex demons
  • This cartoon about why we need feminism
  • This post by Diana Trautwein on lament
  • This handy list of nine questions you should ask before you destroy a city in your movie
  • This excerpt of a First Nations paraphrase of the Bible
  • This interview with Greg Boyd about Faith, Doubt, and the Idol of Certainty

That’s been most of my life for the last month. Be sure to head on over to the link-up and check out some of the other posts as well!


15 responses to “What I’m Into September 2013

  1. fiona lynne

    Yey for preaching for the first time! This was the year I started preaching too and I’m so glad our church gave me the opportunity. Did you enjoy it?
    And I’m drooling over your eats pinterest board. Those chai cookies look delicious!

    • I did enjoy it! Everyone in the church was just so supportive, I’ve been so lucky. I’m the first woman to preach there, so in another church there could easily have been a bunch of people just waiting for me to fail, but everyone just kept praying for me and reminding me that I was among friends :). I never realized how much went into preaching, though. My next thing to work on is definitely breathing better so I don’t sound all wheezy while I’m speaking 😛

      And the chai sugar cookies are divine! Definitely in my top 5 cookie recipes of all time. Even my pastor’s 7-year-old daughter who isn’t a fan of new things liked them.

      • fiona lynne

        That’s wonderful! It is a lot of work, isn’t it? But it feels very worth it when the message comes out as you hoped. And I think the delivery thing gets easier with practise – my husband gives me feedback each time which is super helpful, about not being afraid of pauses, things like that 🙂 I’m going to bookmark your sermon to listen to when I have a moment.

  2. I LOVED Carry On, Warrior. She challenges me to be a braver, kinder writer and soul of a person in general.

  3. Congratulations on preaching for the first time! Glad you have such a supportive church family 🙂

    I agree with you on the Matched books. I enjoyed the first one, but the second was just blah. Didn’t even attempt the third book.

  4. Love Carry On, Warrior! Parks and Rec fan here as well 🙂 I enjoyed reading your What I’m Into list 🙂

  5. Amanda Louise

    I am such an Amazing Race addict. I think it might be the only “reality” show I’ve seen every single (American) season of.

  6. I’m excited to go listen to your sermon now! 🙂

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  8. Congrats on preaching for the first time! Hoping I can come back and listen to it later. Also curious to hear more about what you’re studying for your PhD. I cannot imagine reading 100 academic books by Christmas. Bless you. I totally watched and enjoyed Privileged while it was on! Did you know it was based on a book? I read it and shortly thereafter Privileged began to air- total coincidence. If you have need of a fluffy read and want to see how they compare, the book is called How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls.

    Matched was definitely the best of the 3! The end of that trilogy seemed like a cop out, though I liked the trilogy overall way better than the Delirium books. Love that you created a What I’m Into Pinterest board! That’s so cool.

    • Thanks 🙂 I did not know it was based on a book. I may need to put in on my “To Read When I’m Sick to Death of Late Medieval and Early Modern History” list. I’ll be writing my dissertation on some (still undetermined) aspect of women and religion in Reformation-era Europe. I’m thinking maybe a comparison of Anabaptist and Catholic female visionaries, but that could change. This year is all about making sure I’ve got all the background knowledge I need to write about that time period.

  9. Banana snickerdoodles? Were they delicious? I will have to try them. Amy

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