Linking up again with Leigh Kramer to share the stuff I’ve been listening to/reading/wearing/doing/all that jazz in the month of April. I love these fun posts, and I hope you do, too. Enjoy!
This month’s music goes to the hipster live shows I was able to attend during April. Somehow, Waco manages to bring in a bunch of great music on a pretty regular basis. Surprising, I know. (mostly it’s because we’re smack dab between Austin and Dallas, but.)
- David Ramirez. If you’ve been paying attention to these posts, you know I love this guy. I’m so excited his new EP comes out next week, and I have loved listening to singles as he releases them on youtube. One of the new ones is The Forgiven, which is worth a listen if you’re inclined to think about singing redemption songs, so to speak. Friends and Family gets me thinking of the messiness of Church, and the people closest to us. Findthe Light is the blessing I desperately want to sing over everyone I love.
- Lomelda. Again, you should know by now I love these insanely talented peeps. They sing a lot of dying songs, but there’s an underlying hope in Resurrection threaded in, if you pay attention. I prayed a lot with the song “Darkness” on this album in the fall, and think it should be part of the Kathleen Norris-Aquinas bundle I hand to people when I want to talk about acedia.
- Marmalakes. These guys arebased out of Austin, and are a trip to watch perform. Their recorded stuff is pretty rad, too. Folksy-pop fun.
- Ancient Cat Society. I’ve been a fan of Haley Barnes’s voice for a long time now, and really like of this funny-named music project she’s a part of. Here’s a fun song from them:
- Heavenly Participation: the Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry, by Hans Boersma. I am about halfway done with this one, and I’ve been wrestling with it a bit. At first there was some all caps marginalia happening all over the place, but it’s growing on me. Like, a lot.
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir), by Jenny Lawson. This won my crowdsource question on what to download as plane reading and OH MY GOSH I’m obsessed. I ACTUALLY laugh out loud and call people up to read them parts of this book. For real.
- More Aquinas. Duh. This week is the end of that class, and I am SO sad about it. It has been crazy how well the topics in class (schism, unity, and scandal) have coincided with much of the things happening on the interwebs lately. Thomas would have shut a bunch of this mess down, yo.
- ok, these two aren’t blogposts, but must-listens. I’ve shared homilies from St. Paul’s before, but these you absolutely must listen to (they’re short, because Episcopal, haha.): this first one is from Fr. Chuck, the Sunday after the week everything seemed to fall apart. As Chuck points out, the lectionary readings were mysteriously just right for such a week, and he beautifully and graciously ties the loose ends together. This second one was from Amma Erin Jean, on college Sunday. With humor and love, she speaks peace and hope for those in transition. I’ll be holding on to both of these.
- The Lie of the Model Woman, by Christina Gibson, if the Proverbs 31 woman seems cray to you.
- The Case for Not Marrying Young, by Leigh Kramer, if you are tired of that pressure.
- My C-Word: An Introduction, by Tina Francis if you carry baggage with the word “Christian” (yeah, spoiler). Particularly if you find yourself between traditions.
- Ten Things I’ve Noticed About Blogging (for the Creative Soul), by Esther Emery, if you’re new to the game or well-seasoned.
- Why Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” Video Makes Me Uncomfortable, by Jazz, if you’ve ever watched a Dove commercial. like, yeah.
- Jesus, This Week, by the Onion (lots of swears warning), if you needed a cry-laugh over that Terrible Week.
- Smokin’ Hot Wives & Water to the Soul, by Zach Hoang, if you always shudder when pastors call their wives “foxy,” etc., especially from the pulpit.
- Why We Can’t Escape the Noise, by Shawn Smucker, if you want to search for peace by way of silence.
- Waging Peace: Conflict, Christian Unity, & Power, by Suzannah Paul, if you’ve ever thought that disagreements are fundamentally at odds with unity.
- Three great posts on friendship I think should all be read in tandem: Sarah Bessey writes about circles of friendship while Alise Wright talks about “best friends,” and then again about the concept of seeking “diverse friendships”…or not.
- I’m Single, But I’m Still a Whole Person, by Emily Maynard, if you have ever felt like you’re not complete without an “other half.”
- Life before Adulthood, to remember or to forget, by Margaret Felice, if you or someone you know faces chronic illness, or if you just want to open your heart to such struggles even a little.
- Christians and Humor: Thoughts on Making it Work, by Rachel Held Evans, if you need a little training on irony and satire. FOR REAL, WORLD.
- Militant Humility, by Zack Hunt, for some counter-cultural thoughts.
- Christian Concert – The Christ Tomlin Edition, by Addie Zierman, if you carry around old Christian concert scars [like I certainly do].
- The Place that Shapes Me, by Sarah Bessey, if you feel called to stay put [or even if you don’t. just read this now please.]
I count all of the above proof that the internet is still a good place to be. and this is the edited version, ya’ll.
- I love Aparment Therapy, and I love flower bouquets. So, I loved this article about how to make cut flowers last longer.
- Joy the Baker’s popcorn chocolate-chip cookies. Made two batches this month, ate almost all of them. Addictive. (and I used microwave popcorn, for the record. perfection.)
- As part of my love of The Mindy Project and since this perfectly describes my life (also I really like that best friends are like cake):
- The wonderful Esther Emery left this beautiful comment around these parts, and this image has been my background ever since. (and yes I realize the image is of the sun but-that-is-what-I-had-to-work-with-at-the-time so you can just deal):
- The Mindy Project‘s “my cool Christian boyfriend” episode. THE BEST. Maybe I should be offended, but I don’t even care.
- I realized that I was behind on Happy Endings which is a TRAVESTY. Still working on catching up. I do NOT understand why Fox won’t let us watch it on the iPad, because that is the whole problem.
- I finally finished ALL of Frasier–it’s taken about a year. (If Will & Grace or M*A*S*H ever come to Netflix, I’m doomed.) So, naturally, I’m going backwards into Cheers.
- Kerfuffle nail polish by Butter. This stuff is….OK. I know people who swear by Butter polish, but while I LOVED the pinky-coral color, I had a hard time not streaking it. Somehow, I got best results using a matte topcoat. I also realized I’m not much into pastels, though I secretly wish I was. All in all, not worth the price.
- Tart Deco nail polish by Essie. A little orange-er coral, which is fun.
- HEB’s nail polish brand, Orchid. I’m so upset I’m just now discovering this in my last months in Texas.
- Revlon’s matte topcoat polish (drugstore). In LOVE. Lasts longer, doesn’t crackle. Depends on what shade you use it with, ’cause it can look chalky, but I put it on top of a bright red and it looked great.
- Revlon’s Ultimate Suede lipstick, in Finale. Listen. It’s drugstore-cheap, but Revlon does lipstick right. Great pigment, low maintenance. I’m a fan of this red that’ll take me into summer (it’s also what I’m wearing in my blog pic! check it.)
- Somehow I became the person who has all gold accessories. We’ll see how long this lasts.
- I found this great cardigan that I cannot find a picture of in bright chartreuse, and I’ve been wearing it nonstop (good thing I got it out of my system because temperature’s rising, ya’ll.) Here’s a pretty close color match:
- before the week from hell began, Alia and I made a beautiful brunch for her family. Brunch always wins, ya’ll.
- Caroline came to Waco, and wrapped things in inappropriate venues:
- I visited Duke Div for admitted students day! [after Shaney OHSO generously took me to the airport before God was awake. I mean. WHOA.] It was definitely reassuring to hear about the program again, and to meet some of my fellow incoming first-year classmates. It’s crazy how I feel like the program has become an even better fit since I visited in the Fall. I’m all kinds of nervousexcited to see where things go in the years to come.
- On that trip, I was able to meet up with some of you lovely internet folk IRL, including the crazytalented Kiefer and the thoughtful, gracious Anna. The funny and humbling thing about real-life meetings is the clumsiness that entails. Between confused meetup times and drinks accidentally paid for, it all got really real, real fast. But putting faces and hugs to @twitterhandles is one of my favorite things, and makes all of this cray worthwhile. [[and I am SO MAD we did not get instagram evidence, guys. ugh.]]
- UM HELLO, my friends Dianna and Preston ARE WRITING BOOKS AND THEN THEY WILL BE PUBLISHED AND THEN EVERYONE WILL READ THEM AND THEY ARE GETTING PAID TO DO THAT. ok, basically that is my crazy-excited way of freaking out about their wonderful news. Put both of them on your reading list, folks. CHANGING THE WORLD.
- AND WHILE I AM YELLING ONE OF MY BESTIES GOT ENGAGED! Cannot even deal. I am SO thrilled for Jerry and Elliott (you can call her Ellzbellz, but I’m pretty sure I’m the only one in favor of that.) I could just explode with all the squeals I have about it, but I’ll let you WOW over this picture instead:
- Lots of love for my church, St. Paul’s, this month. This week was a series of send-offs and blessings for those of us in the college-ish ministry graduating and/or leaving Waco. I have been so blessed by the community at St. Paul’s and by the open arms of the student center this year. Sunday was a kind of last-hurrah, while the Tuesday night Eucharist service included a closer time of prayer and commissioning. It has all truly been a wonderful gift.
- This was also the month that I made a decision that was in a lot of ways a long time coming, but transpired very quickly: I’m to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church, as part of the worldwide Anglican communion on Cinco de Mayo! #awesomelyappropriate. I’m glad to be able to reaffirm my faith with my friends around me, and to acknowledge the growth I have gone through in the past few years, as well as the community in which I was able to do so. Cheers!
what I wish I was into:
- GETTING MY LIFE TOGETHER.
- being on time. anywhere.
- taking the plunge and chopping off all my hair. yeeeeep.
Your turn! What are you reading/wearing/doing/loving?