I’m excited to join Leigh Kramer for her monthly What I’m Into synchroblog. It’s an excuse to talk about my obsessions, right? (and to life-creep on my favorite bloggers.) In the future, I will add as I go, but for now, I scramble to remember what even happened in the month of November.
- Lomelda. All day, errday. Ok, well mostly in my car, which is my primary listening studio. But seriously. Listen to this band; I’ll definitely be writing about them soon.
- And I made you a playlist of my newest listens on repeat. You’re welcome.
- Acedia & Me by Kathleen Norris. Apparently I am behind in reading this book, but I am loving it. It’s been eye-opening, giving me a vocabulary to pray with.
- Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. Haven’t had my hands on good fiction in a while. I love the way Russell weaves words. It’s magical. But I haven’t finished yet!
- Paradiso by Dante. If you follow me on instagram, you know I love this poem. It’s my second time reading through it, but it feels sacred every time.
- ok this is where categories don’t work so well. I am loving everything Be Small Studios is producing, and I can’t wait to get my print for the Advent season.
- On quiet stacks of dishes, by [the ever-encouraging] Annie Barnett. This piece stopped me in my tracks to teach me something about myself in the midst of a goinggoinggoing month.
- A short must-read on grace and gratitude: Like Thunder Follows Lightning.
- On the often well-meant throwaway advice, “Pray About It,” from Addie Zierman.
- “I stopped guarding my heart ten years ago,” by the hilarious-and-also-insightful Emily Maynard, reexamining well-known relationship rules.
- when He doesn’t look the same anymore. by the ever-amazing Preston; I love the way he writes how his faith moves and stays the same, all at once.
- Grey’s Anatomy. [it’s EMBARRASSING how much I rewatch old episodes. But mostly because everyone keeps dying this season.]
- Happy Endings.
- THE MINDY PROJECT. OMG. Watch immediately.
- as always, 30Rock. [Grey’s reference alert. I could get married on a post-it to 30Rock: “I will love you even when I hate you.” This show can seriously do no wrong.]
- Lipstick. I love wearing color, but keep it pretty basic cosmetic-wise. Then I realized my lips were like the final frontier for adding color to my daily ensemble. Rosewine by Revlon is a good go-to, Terre de Feu is vampy and wonderful. And also on my wishlist. $25 lipstick? sigh.
- Scarves. All the time.
- Brick-red-to-purple Essie nailpolish, by the unfortunate name of recessionista. This stuff is amazing; stays on for ages.
- my gender-neutral hipster shoes. Even though I keep tripping over them.
- Lula Jane’s opening on Elm Street in Waco. So. Obsessed. I have long complained that Waco lacks just a good ol’ bakery. Lula Jane’s is that and more. It’s my favorite place to bring my friends on dates these days.
- Thanksgiving Break, and two jobs that allow me long holidays. I got to spend it with my dear longtime friend Alia, and her family. I don’t even have enough words to describe how much I love our friendship; Thanksgiving was a pretty typical, goofy snapshot of us. I’m glad that we have graduated from pre-instagram well-shaped mac-and-cheese to something more pinteresting.
- Spontaneous cookie-cupcake emergency trips with mah girl Erica Wickett. We are so good for each other.
Erica: Want a cupcake?
Antonia: DONE. [starts packing to leave.]
Andrew: Wait. Wait. You guys just decide you want to go get cupcakes, in the middle of a Tuesday?
Antonia: Welcome to gap year life.
- Spontaneous everything with Erica.
- Breakfast appointments with the ever-wonderful Jerry Hodge. Even though we will be ditching the certain-unnamed downtown breakfast joint because their service makes Jerry check his real-person watch every 5 minutes.
- Wonderful nutso conversations facilitated by the 10 different kinds of technology used to make that freakin’ ocean between Preston Yancey and me feel a little smaller.
- Christmas decor happening around Common Grounds.
- Rides to/from the airport. I’m convinced this is one of the best gifts you can give someone, and I have been graced with an unusual number of them this month.
- My visit to Duke Divinity School. I’m applying; for now, that’s all I’ll say. Plus Durham is beautiful.
- Visiting my wonderful family for a whirlwind trip to Santa Fe for my sister’s 15th (!!!) birthday. We had a blast in one of my favorite cities.
What I wish I was into:
- eating at home. Which would be more possible if I had
- a regular schedule.
- finishing books.
- getting caught up on blogposts.
- finishing anything.
It was a pretty jam-packed month. What are you into? Seriously. Please share in the comments.
Or link up a post of your own!