Another month has come and gone and I am once again linking up with Leigh Kramer to share some of what I’ve been into this past May.
I read Ink and Bone, the first book of Rachel Caine’s The Great Library series, a few years ago, and the next two books, Paper and Fire and Ash and Quill were my favourite reads of the month. I remain a bit skeptical of the world Caine has built (mainly I don’t think Protestantism would exist in a world without a printing press), but the pacing and characters are just fantastic. I also enjoyed The Fates Divide, the sequel to Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark (and let me just express my appreciation for standalone books and duologies. I like not having to wait forever for closure.) Jessica Day George’s Silver in the Blood was also a fun read. As usual, you can see the books I’ve read so far this year here.
This month, when I’m between other shows to catch up on, I’ve taken to watching through Schitt’s Creek on Netflix. It took a little while to grow on me but I love it now. I also loved the Brooklyn 99 finale and am so happy to know they’ll get another season after all. More Holt! I also watched the royal wedding (not live, though, I didn’t get up at 6 AM for my own wedding, why would I do that for someone else’s?) and Bishop Curry’s sermon was just lovely. It’s great to have a progressive Christian voice that is so excited about Jesus.
We also saw a possibly unprecedented four plays this month between Stratford and Mirvish. In Toronto, we saw Fun Home and Annie (starring Lesley Nicol, best known as Mrs. Patmore from Downton Abbey, as Ms. Hannigan, a role I also played when I was 11, albeit with considerably less skill). In Stratford, we watched Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (hilarious, and I have a theory that Lord Goring and Lorelei Gilmore are basically the same person) and The Tempest, featuring Stratford veteran Martha Henry as Prospero. The festival made the decision to cast a lot of women in traditionally male Shakespeare roles this year and I’m loving it so far.
This month was very exciting as I found a CD I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for ever since I started getting most of my music from the thrift store a few months ago: Steven Curtis Chapman’s Speechless. I also found the Prince of Egypt soundtrack on the same trip, so the two have been on pretty heavy rotation all month. Just try not to sing along to Dive or Through Heaven’s Eyes. It’s impossible! I’ve also started reviewing CCM thrift store finds every Monday evening on Twitter, so if that’s something you might enjoy you can find me at @christinaemoss
This month we were able to make it home to New Brunswick for a quick but lovely trip, as my mom had planned a surprise 60th birthday party for my dad. I volunteered to take care of food and I planned a selection of desserts inspired by my dad’s favourite flavours: lemon elderflower cake, mango coconut cupcakes, and chocolate ginger cookies. I was so pleased with how everything turned out.
This month was also the first month we started to have local produce again, so I’ve had a lot of fun cooking with rhubarb and asparagus. As usual, you can see some of my favourite recipes of the month over on Pinterest.
Since we spent so much time in the car to and from New Brunswick, I got quite a lot of cross stitching done this month. This puzzle heart was one I had worked on off and on since about Christmas, but I finished it and got it framed at the beginning of the month.
Also, thankfully for my pocketbook, I have moved on to a series I can actually frame myself: a series of cross stitches of the planets framed in wooden hoops. I’m hoping my blanket stitch will have improved a whole bunch by the time I’m done. This month I finished Earth and Jupiter.
Here are some of the funniest things I saw on the Internet this month:
The highlight of the month for me was unquestionably getting to spend time with family in New Brunswick. Even though we were only there for the weekend we got to spend quality time with family on both sides, and even spend Mothers’ Day with both our moms. One of the highlights, as always, was spending time with our nieces and nephew. I may or may not have made this portrait of me by my oldest niece my new Facebook profile picture.
I also made a spontaneous decision and got my ears pierced on a whim this month. Yes, for the first time ever–I planned to do it when I was 10 but chickened out, so here I am 17 years later finally getting around to it. I am very excited to be able to wear dangly earrings from Ten Thousand Villages in a month.
That’s it for me for the month. Be sure to check out Leigh’s blog for more link-up contributions.