June has come and gone (and, regrettably, is ending on a hot and humid note), so once again I am linking up with Leigh Kramer to talk about some of what I’ve been into this past month.
I was pushing to meet a dissertation chapter deadline this month, so I didn’t get a ton of reading done (brace yourselves for July, though). I did, however, make time to read two highly anticipated new releases: A Storied Life by Leigh Kramer (yes, of the link-up), which was a great story about life and loss, and Rachel Held Evans’ new book Inspired, a meditation on the Bible that had me nodding vigorously in agreement on basically every page.
I also read Carol Howard Merritt’s Healing Spiritual Wounds for my online book club and read all of Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game in one sitting. As usual, you can track my reading progress for the year here.
I actually saw a movie in theatres this month! Anticipating a deeply disappointing result to the provincial election (and sadly I was correct), I decided to skip out on night-of viewing parties and instead meet a friend to watch the new Melissa McCarthy movie Life of the Party. The confluence of election night and some major sporting event meant that my friend and I had the whole theatre to ourselves, something that has never happened before and likely never will again. It was a lot of fun, especially since we were free to make comments throughout. The other movie I watched was Coco literally the day it went on Netflix, and boy am I glad I finally got to see it.
TV-wise, I picked up where I had left off watching Schitt’s Creek and found the characters had really grown on me. It turns out that, if you start a show with characters who are objectively terrible people, every time they show a modicum of compassion or humanity or growth it’s enough to move you to tears. The season 4 finale had me a sobbing mess. I laughed my way through several seasons of drunk history on Crave as well as the new seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (that mockumentary episode!) and Champions on Netflix. Most recently, Aaron and I have been rewatching 30 Rock on Prime. My favourite new TV of the month, though, was definitely the new season of Queer Eye on Netflix. That first episode with the mother and son and their church had me just weeping the whole way through.
Ricki’s had a dangerous number of sales this month, which meant I ended up acquiring a bunch of dresses I’d been eyeing because I couldn’t pass up the deal. Aren’t these gorgeous? I found out that as a graduate student/adjunct instructor, I’m eligible not just for student discounts, but also for teacher discounts, so that helped.
Also, as you may recall from last month’s post, I got my ears pierced for the first time ever last month. I was going to be good and wait the recommended amount of time before switching out my studs, but I bought too many new earrings and got too excited. I have discovered, however, that earring selfies are a surprisingly difficult genre to master.
I’ve managed to excitedly buy so many earrings (can you blame me? I had the repressed excitement of a tween who’s finally gotten her ears pierced but the budget of a grown woman) that I ended up investing in one of those dresser-top jewellery carousels, and I kind of love it.
In addition to buying earrings, I have discovered that you can very easily make them with charms and baubles from Michaels, so I’ve been doing that a fair bit this month.
I also finished two more planets in my cross stitch series: Mars and Mercury
I’m also getting all sorts of ideas for when I finish this series. I went to the local embroiderers’ guild stash sale and found a bunch of cheap patterns, and I received a really great book of patterns as a thoughtful gift.
While today was too oppressively hot to cook anything, I was lucky enough that the height of strawberry season coincided with a slightly cooler few weeks, so I got to try out some dessert recipes.
I also found a recipe for rhubarb lemonade that turned out to be absolutely to die for (I used the reddest stalks I could find so the colour also turned out gorgeous) and one for prosciutto-wrapped asparagus that was easily the best asparagus I have ever eaten.
My favourite recipes of the month can, as usual, be found on my monthly What I’m Into Pinterest board.
It’s been a pretty somber month online for obvious reasons, but here are a few things that made me laugh.
This was a busy month–as I’ve mentioned, I was trying to meet a deadline, but we still had the chance to share meals with friends old and new, which is always a monthly highlight.
Just today, we met up with a bunch of my family to celebrate some milestones in a few of my cousins’ lives, and it was a pretty good way to spend the day, even in this weather. My uncle’s dog Mowgli looked about how we all felt.
And the best news of all is that, on the last day of the month, I did meet my deadline. I now have a completed draft for every chapter of the body of my dissertation, and boy am I ever excited to move beyond the staring at a blank page stage to the fixing stuff I already wrote stage!
That’s it for me for the month. Be sure to check out Leigh’s blog for more contributions.