OK, so I only did the last what I’m into hosted by the great Leigh Kramer a few posts ago–December’s been a bit bare around here. But I couldn’t pass up a chance to share the happenings and loves from this month: it’s been pretty full!
- a new song from David Ramirez. He breezes through Waco every once in a while, and I love getting to see him live.
- I pretty much just add on to old playlists as a listening habit. But here are the songs I added to last month’s playlist. Enjoy.
- still working on Acedia & Me. I find that I get my best reading done on planes…and I haven’t done as much traveling as last month. Still loving it, though!
- I love a good YA. My bedtime read has been The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner on my iPad. Apparently it’s part of a series, under a slightly different name. I like Turner’s prose a lot, as well as her charming boy-protagonist.
- OK. This tumblr parodying comment sections on popular Christian blogs is pretty great: When in Comment Sections
- I love love love Annie Barnetts’s guest post over at Micha Boyett’s, on art and imago Dei: This Sacred Everyday contribution.
- as always, my dear friend Preston gave us a lot this month. My favorites: on a desire to edit away bits of our lives, even without knowing it; a moment of facing real-life, real-time racism; a short but jampacked post about the stigmatization of mental illness. Not to mention his new food blog. At last.
- a piece of oh you get it thank goodness from Margaret Felice: For the Loudmouths and the Strivers: It Gets Better.
- from Emily Maynard: ”I will commit to listening, to the best of my ability, not because I can save anyone, but because I want to lean in and watch Jesus save us all.” Yeah. Go read it. Now.
- on darkness and Advent, and so much more ache: I need it to be good, by Nish.
- And, well. If you come here often, you know I’ve compiled a list of posts about the tragedy in Connecticut on December 14, just a few short weeks ago. I encourage you to read them.
- my only addition from last month is Monarchy with David Starkey. Because this is the kind of thing we watch in the post-gift-opening haze.
- [but OMG 30Rock was ON FIRE THIS MONTH.]
- and ok I’ll admit to a Kyle XY ep. Fine.
- and I’ll also admit that I’ve stopped watching New Girl religiously. I’m just kinda over it.
things to wear:
- this month’s lipstick: Revlon ColorStay Overtime in Nonstop Cherry. I mean. This is serious. stuff. They’re not kidding when they say 16 hours. So make sure you want it on for at least that long!
- I’ve got this freaking amazing chunky purple sweater-cardigan-thingy that I wear all the time. It’s turning into something of a security blanket.
- …when I’m not wearing my chambray.
- and I mean, scarves again. My sister gave me one like this for Christmas, and I’m obsessed.
- lovely times with the Epsicopal Student Center in Waco, including the start of Advent party. I’m not technically a student, but they’ve accepted me anyway!
- The Croft Gallery’s show displaying all the artists who rent studio space there, including my lovely and good friend Erica Wickett. She’s a big deal, guys.
- a number of get-together’s at Lula Jane’s. Fellow lady-barista dates, longtime friends, new priests, quick catchups… it has been a month full of good conversations and yummy things to eat.
- one of my favorite humans ever came to visit Waco a few weeks ago: the indescribable Blake Trimble. He is probably the least likely person to read this post, but there’s a good chance you already know him. No? I’m surprised. He makes friends and creates a ridiculous amount of joy wherever he goes–good for a laugh and a great conversation, guaranteed. If I could just find a way to make him stay in Bear Country…
- The Common Grounds staff Christmas party. There was much dancing and fancying to be had. And time for my soon-to-be-vacating-the-country friend Katherine to take this favorite picture of Erica and me:
- got to see Jenni graduate! Wedding, graduation… 2012 has been a big year for this girl, and I’m glad I was there for both!
- I had the chance to catch up with my fearless leaders from my days as a Community Leader (or RA, pick your poison) in the freshman girls’ hall, North Russell. Lisa, Leslie, and Jamie played a huge part in my life as a college student, and I hope to hang onto them as friends for a good while longer.
- scheming scheming scheming super-secret exciting things.
- And hey, did you know Preston’s back on this continent? Like, not an ocean away?
- my post entitled ‘to the girl who wants a boy for Christmas‘ was my most-read post ever. [go figure.] I loved getting to hear from people who read, and talk about it with people in real life, too.
- in case you didn’t know, my mom is serving in her first teaching position since 2009. I was able to come to New Mexico early to join her third-grade Christmas party. I wept for a number of reasons that day. There was the grief of being in an elementary school so soon after Sandy Hook; there was the incredible joy of watching my mother truly in her element, with a ragtag classfull of hilarious kids who clearly adore her. All day pondering gift given, gift lived. It’s a day I will remember for a long time.
- oh, you know, Christmas. My grandmother’s cousin and her family came to visit from California, and there was much laughter and loud and food to be had. This is a part of the family I have only really come to know in recent years, and I’ve treasured every moment with them. And did you know we routinely have four Christmas trees? And, um, 200+ Nativities/Creches from all over the world…displayed year round? yup. That’s us. Perhaps my favorite Christmas tradition is a strong one in New Mexico: Luminarias. The idea is that you light candles in simple brown sacks weighted with sand to light the way of the traveling Holy Family on Christmas eve, to beckon the Christchild into your home, your life.
- Les Miserables. Just go see it. Right now.
- making this cranberry-orange-pecan coffee cake from Joy the Baker. I mean.
- And TODAY my longtime friend Alia turns a whopping 23…AND is zipping over to NM for a visit! Let the wild rumpus start!
what I wish I was into:
- actually finishing this Duke Divinity application. As you can see, December has been quite full, even my work schedule aside.
- actually slowing down enough for Advent.
- actually knowing how to observe the 12 days of Christmas.
- eating like, veggies. Don’t get me wrong, I love all this New Mexican cuisine [pass the tamales!] but my body is tired of it.
- actually finishing any book lately.
- pulling myself away from twitter.
- keeping my crass, snooty mouth shut. when it needs to be.
what were you into this December? No, really. Tell me in the comments. Or link a post of your own!