It’s no secret: the impact that graduate school had on my ability to read for pleasure has been massive. In my high school and undergraduate years it was not uncommon to see me buried into some book, any book. Ranging from various works of C.S. Lewis, to Night by Eli Wiesel, to The Monster at the End of This Book, I was a reader. But then I became a master social worker and and abandoned my for-fun reading for the journals of higher education. That however, came to a close (after a long three year hiatus) when my friend Lindsey let me borrow Mindy Kaling’s book, “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” during our trip to California. I was hooked! Kaling is just as entertaining in the written form as she is in the moving motion picture form.
And because I had just finished reading the book a few short weeks prior, I was able to spot and appreciate this poster for the play “Matt & Ben,” which is co-written by Kaling and is mentioned in her book. This two person one act play was being put on at a local university and, because the opportunity practically “fell from the ceiling,” I had to go. It was full of wit and humor, and I loved every minute of it. Take advantage of any opportunity you get to see it! I wrote a little bit more about it, here, on Exceedingly Good in a recent post.
Veronica Mars has been my guilty pleasure as of late. When Lori learned of the upcoming movie reunion of this teen show that developed a cult-like following, she immediately began looking for a friend to join in on the fun. I have made it through all three seasons in record time and have even spent time reading up on the show/movie’s leading lady, Kristen Bell, in the mags (as well as keeping this sneak peek for the movie on replay to keep my excitement up the long wait). The photo below is a pretty accurate depiction of what my evenings and weekends have looked like for a few weeks… except I cleaned up the Panda Express to-go boxes.
As I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago, my spirit has been hungry for simple and tangible ways to focus my heart and mind on Christ. One of the ways I have been occupying my creative side and my extra moments is by creating these little signs and cards, decorating them with Bible verses, excerpts from The Book of Common Prayer, and lyrics from some of my favorite songs and hymns. As you can see below, they cover my freezer, but are also featured on my front door, as bookmarks, and on my ribbon board at work.
Something else, or really someone else, whom I have been loving is a local duo called Elenowen. They are a husband/wife pair that sings indie tunes with rock solid harmonies. I learned about them a few months ago when they participated in a show put on for employees/clients of the place I work by The Anchor Fellowship, and I have been hooked ever since! I downloaded some of their music from Noisetrade and starting jamming, only to find out a few weeks later that my new favorite ride-in-to-work soundtrack was going to be played live very soon at Exit/In! I hopped on the opportunity to purchase tickets and found a fellow Elenowen fan, Kelsey, to go along with me. If you are looking for some fresh and seriously legit music, check our their website, YouTube, twitter, Facebook, or instagram. They are on tour right now, they may be coming to a city near you!