What I’m Into – September 2014

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I thought I’d ease my way back into blogging with a “What I’m Into” link up post with Leigh Kramer again. These are always easy and fun to write. To capture it in a few words: Teachers! Ira Glass! Books! Bathing Suits!  Back to blogging has been a long time coming, mainly because of the teacher strike here in BC. Yes, for you non-local readers, our teachers were on an unpaid strike for the last two weeks of school in June and the first three weeks of this school year.

What I’m into: teachers (and not just the one I’m married to).  During the strike, many of us visited our local school teachers on the picket lines and protested the governments actions against them. I joined many parents and citizens by asking the government to give our teachers’ a fair deal. We rallied for them because we are so grateful for their work.  If anything good came out of the strike (for me), it was this photo of Ben that my mom captured when she took him to the driving range (first time golfing!).IMG_2295

What I watched:  You may recall when I obsessively burned through the first two seasons of The Good Wife and then had to take a break (and regain my evenings!). Now if I have some laundry to fold etc. I am re-watching/making sure I didn’t miss any of The Mindy Project as the new season is starting.

Remarkably I did see a movie (or two) this month. I watched the La grande séduction  and then the remake starring, none-other than, TIM RIGGINS (i.e. Taylor Kitsch from Friday Night Lights). Not only did I enjoy them both, I thought the remake was fairly accurate. A small, struggling harbour town in Eastern Canada tries to seduce a doctor into moving to their town in order to meet the requirements of a new factory and thus “save the town.” It was brilliant, quirky, funny and uplifting.

What I listened to:  What’s up all you This American Life Fans! I went to “An Evening with Ira Glass” this weekend. For someone who doesn’t thrive on live music, this was my kind of affair.  It was better than I could have imagined. He talked about the show, public vs. commercial radio and my favourite: the importance of joy and humour in the midst of tragedy.  It rang so true to me, especially in light of this experience. It was radio nerdery at its finest.

What else I wrote:  Here is a guest post I did for DoJustice. The project I’m introducing is fantastic. I encourage you to sign up to hear voices of the marginalized in November.

What Museum I went to: Haha! Can you imagine if I was cool enough to have this section every month? I’m not. But I did see an ad for an exhibit that caught my eye: Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit. As a life long swimmer/beach goer I was so intrigued by this. So naturally I gathered a few of my swimming friends and we headed out to see it. It was so fascinating to see things like the evolution of the swim suit and what the Vancouver lifeguards wore in the 60’s. These were a few of my favourite suites (from the 40’s and 50’s). It’s on display through November 2.

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What I read: Due to the aforementioned Good Wife obsession, I haven’t read much. I’m currently “enjoying” Little Bee by Chris Cleave. It is a great read but not exactly a light topic. I also read The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (one of my favorite authors). I just realized she has the same last name as Mindy (what??).  Lahiri always seems to produce gripping characters that you care for immensely. Although this wasn’t my favourite by her, I would recommend it. I’ve also got Barbara Brown Taylor’s latest, Learning to Walk in the Dark, on the nightstand.

Speaking of books I would recommend. I saw quite a few “Name 10 books that have stuck with you over the years-but don’t think too hard about it” lists on Facebook.  I thought I’d share mine here. Seriously people, I these books are good.

 

 

I Couldn’t Keep it to Myself Edited by Wally Lamb

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Lullaby for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neil

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Rebecca by Daphe Du Maurier

Bel Canto  by Ann Patchett

What I ate: Nothing too exciting – however, my meal planning group is back in action.  I’m in a group with four others and every Friday one person plans 3 or 4 dinners and puts a link to the recipe (or the actual recipe) plus the grocery list and recommended sides in a google doc. Bam! All my problems are solved. Ok, not really but I totally appreciate this and love getting new recipes from friends.

What’s Next: Well October always starts off with my birthday, quickly followed by Thanksgiving (it is early here in Canada).  Smushed between those too lovely ‘holidays’ is a quick road trip with a friend and then a visit by two lovely out-of-town friends. I’m looking forward to the month. And now that school is in session and Sam is settled in his new day care, I shall be working again!

  • I have “Me Talk Pretty One Day” as one of my next books to read. It sounds so great.

    • Jane Halton

      It is by far the funniest book I’ve ever read (:

  • Jane Halton

    Be careful. The Good Wife is so addictive. Thanks for the comment Leigh.