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Summertime Fun List – Update 2

Summertime Fun List – Update 2

Two months ago I created a list of things I wanted to do this summer.  One month ago I shared my first update, and now it’s time for me to evaluate how I did during the second month of this project!

  • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.
    • I’ve made a LOT of progress!  I originally planned to empty the whole thing then reload it, but I’ve ended up tackling one area at a time.  It looks a lot better!  I may still unload and reload, but it’ll be a lot easier now.  I think I’ll call this one done!
  • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage.
    • Ummmm, I cleared multiple boxes/piles out of the bonus room, so that counts, right?!?  Boxes in the garage are next!
  • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.
    • I sent notes and fun mail to a few people, but that was all at one time.  I bought some cute note cards, and they’re making we WANT to write to people, so I’ll give myself a gold star for making progress.
  • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.
    • No progress here.  I think part of the problem is that we’re still in the throes of tourist season over here, and downtown Savannah is just nuts.  Maybe I’ll tackle this goal again during autumn when it’s cooler AND less crowded!  Yes.  I think that’s a good idea.  (We, once again, tried some new restaurants in other cities, and I’ll be blogging about them really soon!  Watch for those!)
  • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide.
    • I read two books from the Twisty Novels category.  I listened to The Dry by Jane Harper, a complex mystery set in Australia.  The down side to listening to this one was that it jumps back and forth between the present to the past, and it took me a while to catch on to that.  (In the printed book the flashbacks are in italics, so they’re easier to catch.)  It was doable, but I had to pay attention.  The plus to listening to it:  an amazing narrator with a great Australian accent!
    • The other Twisty Novel I read was I See You by Clare Mackintosh.  OH.  MY.  WORD.  This book gave me the shivers in the very best of ways!  The author kept me guessing the whole time, and I truly had the shivers after I finished the story!  Days later I’m still shaking my head at how it ended!  (No spoilers!)  I was so impressed with this author that I immediately got my hands on I Let You Go.  I’m halfway through and it’s already made me gasp out loud several times!
    • I also read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, a book from the Beachy Reads category.  This was, as promised, a light, fun read.  There was a section toward the end that I could have done without, but overall it was a good YA read.
    • So, reading these three books plus the two I read last month means that I’ve completely met this goal!  Hooray!  I still plan to read several more books from this list, and I’ll let you know how they are.
  • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)
    • YEP!  I did well on this again this month!  I’ve had two or three coffee dates, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know some new friends better.  I’m really liking this one A LOT!
  • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.
    • I still haven’t Skyped anyone, but I DID call a special friend!
  • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.
    • Still need to do better on this one.  We drove down to see both of our families this weekend, so that was a lot of fun!  My mom made a coconut cake for me!  (And we all know that anything a loved one makes for us has zero calories, so we are free to indulge!)

All in all I feel pretty good about what I’ve gotten accomplished.  I still want to work on my weak areas. Around mid-September I’ll post a final update and let you know if I ever got to those pesky boxes in the garage, and then on September 21 I’ll share my Autumn Fun List with you!

So how are YOUR summer plans going?!?  Click on the box below to see what some of my blogger friends are doing this summer. 

 

Summertime Fun List – Update 1

Summertime Fun List – Update 1

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A month ago (WHAT?!?  A MONTH AGO ALREADY?!?) I compiled a list of things I wanted to do this summer.  I have been on the road and/or sick nearly the whole month (I’m not exaggerating), but I HAVE accomplished a few things!

Here’s my list and how I’ve done so far:  (Yes, some of these are more work than fun, but summertime is a great time to do inside work when you live in the Deep South!)

  • Pantry:  Reorganize my pantry.
    • I’ve started cleaning it out little by little.  I’ve tackled several of the dark, hidden corners and have thrown out stuff that went out of date years ago.  (Please tell me I’m not the only one to have ancient stuff lurking back there!)
  • Boxes:  Clear boxes out of garage. 
    • Much to my husband’s dismay, I’ve not made it to this one yet.  SOON!  SOON!
  • Letters:  Write one real letter each week.
    • I’ve written a couple of notes to my son, but I still want to fully embrace this discipline.  Wow.  Discipline sounds harsh, but I believe this is something I really must do and WANT to do.
  • New Places:  Eat at two new restaurants in Savannah.
    • I’ve eaten at amazing places in Pigeon Forge, Phoenix, and St. Louis this month, but not in Savannah!
  • Books:  Read at least five books from Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide.
    • AHA!  I *have* made headway on this one!  I read The Lost Book of the Grail and A Bridge Across the Ocean.  I started He Said She Said and then returned it to the library.  I may try to finish it up though after watching a friend having a hard time putting it down last weekend!
  • Intentional Friendship IRL:  Meet up with a friend at least once a month.  (IRL means “in real life.”)
    • YES!  I had a nice visit with a local friend last week, a fun girls’ night last night with three friends, and I’m headed to beach today with two other friends!  HOORAY!  This is a discipline I can get excited about!  (Isn’t it a shame how easy it is to NOT do this?!?)
  • Intentional Friendship Virtually:  Skype with a long-distance friend at least once a month.
    • I’ve not done this one yet, but I’m looking forward to it!
  • Time for Parents:  Call my parents and my in-laws once a week.
    • I’ve done a little better on this one, but there is still much room for improvement.  I WANT to talk to them!  I do text and message them!  Now that I’m not on the road every week, I’m looking forward to sitting down, chatting, and catching up with them more frequently.  I love them!

It feels good to have made some headway on my goals for this summer!  Now it’s time to check in with my bloggy friends and see how THEY are doing on THEIR lists!

My Summer Bookshelf – August

My Summer Bookshelf – August

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Welcome to the final edition of My Summer Book Shelf!  Summer is wrapping up.  Temperatures are finally closer to 90 than 100.  (Hallelujah!)  The Summer Olympics have come and gone.  (Am I the only one who had trouble balancing life and reading and the Olympics?  Sleep deprivation, anyone?!?)

But the books go on, do they not!  Here’s how I did with my August “To Be Read” list:

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My Summer Bookshelf – June/July

My Summer Bookshelf – June/July

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Is summertime just meant for reading, or what!  Even though nobody in my family has a summer break from school anymore, summer still screams for a bit of relaxation and lots of reading.

Reading!  Reading is my favorite!  (And french fries.)  I have quite a long “Books to Read” list these days.  Several of my friends ALSO have book lists going, so today we’re doing a summery, fun, book-filled blog hop!

Welcome to My Summer Book Shelf!  If you hopped over from Making the Most of Every Day, WELCOME!  I’m glad you’re here!

Today I’m sharing what I read in June and what I hope to read in July.  Whether you’re a certified bookworm like me or you’re a reluctant reader, I hope you’ll find a few books here that will pique your interest!

Books I Read* in June

*I’m counting books I listened to as “read” even though my brain still isn’t totally okay with that.  If you’re a regular reader of Out and Back you’ll know that this is an ongoing dilemma.  Anyway.

Product DetailsWhat She Knew: The Novel (audiobook) by Gilly Macmillan:  A fascinating story about a young boy’s kidnapping as told by the boy’s mom, the Chief Investigator, and the Chief Investigator’s therapist.  I really enjoy good police procedurals and psychological thrillers, and this is both.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson.  I never fully appreciated how funny mental illness can be!  This book had me laughing so hard I could barely breathe.  Seriously!  My husband took the book away from me one night because I was laughing so hard so long!   Other parts of the book had me in tears as the author brilliantly captured the frustrations of struggling with mental illness and loving someone who struggles.  If you fall into either of those categories, you might want to read this.  I found it very helpful.  Warning:  Lots of unnecessary profanity.  You can read her (very funny!) summary of the book here.

Words in the Dust (audiobook) by Trent Reedy.  The modern-day story of an Afghan girl who is blessed with the opportunities of learning to read and getting needed medical help from the nearby American military base.  Those blessings are tempered by the restrictions she still faces as a female in post-Taliban Afghanistan.  Written by an American soldier who was stationed in Afghanistan.  The narrator of the audiobook does a beautiful job.

The Boy Born Dead: A Story of Friendship, Courage, and Triumph (audiobook) by David Ring.  I had the privilege of hearing David Ring speak several times at youth evangelism conferences when I was growing up.  This book is his biography, and it is just exquisitely told.  I highly recommend listening to this book because the narrator is one of the best I’ve heard, but you’re also going to want it in print so you can highlight passages!  David was literally born dead and has cerebral palsy as a result.  This book is the inspirational story of how God took an orphaned, abused, hopeless boy and changed his life.

Losing Control & Liking It: How To Set Your Teen (and Yourself) Free by Tim Sanford.  I highly recommend that every parent read this book, and I think they should read it before their kids start middle school.  Parents of toddlers should read this!  This book challenged me to discern what I do and do not control, revealed ways I was being manipulative, and helped me work through the whole “letting go” process in a healthy way.  My kids are 20 and 23, and I just re-read this book; parenting adult kids is tricky, and I’m finding this book just as helpful now as it was several years ago.

I also listened to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling and The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny.

Books I Hope to Read in July

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendel

You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

This Day: Sabbath Poems by Wendell Berry

Please comment below and let me know what YOU are reading this month!

And then hop over HERE to see what’s on Leslie’s Summer Book Shelf!

Hooray for blog hops and for good books!  Happy reading!

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