June 27, 2014

What I'm Into: The Summery Edition


TV Watching

Noel and I recently renewed our Netflix subscription after a year's hiatus, and they added profiles to accounts, which is awesome! That way it's not recommending me a weird blend created by House of Cards + Call the Midwife + Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue.

The spiffy new entertainment stand my brother built us has been providing hours of fun. Noel and I have been watching quite a bit of tv: Longmire Season 2 (so good!), Parks and Rec (but we're all caught up now, sigh), and Luther (warning: it's super intense). Meanwhile, Juliet has fun pulling all the DVDs off the shelves and piling them up on the floor.


I've been on a big Agatha Christie kick - she's a perfect summer read! And, I found one that I think I'd never read before. Or if I did, it was so long ago that I genuinely did not remember who the killer was. So I extra-enjoyed the 4:50 From Paddington. I caught up on Flavia de Luce, too. Now it's going to be such a long wait for book 7!

And, Eleanor is suddenly a great reader. I feel like last week we took a leap from painstakingly sounding out words to easily reading along. She read me all of Little Bear (63 pages!) in about 25 minutes, with no help from me. I'm so excited to have a reader, and we've been going to the library a LOT. Between me reading to her, and her reading to me, we've been reading for 60-90 minutes a day. Stay tuned for a post full of easy reader recommendations soon!

Cooking (or not)

Because it's so hot, I've mastered cooking sans oven. I'll do breakfast-for-dinner in our electric skillet, or grill hotdogs or pizza outside, or I've become quite adept at using the toaster oven to heat small portions of things. This time of year we do a lot more taco salad and lettuce wraps than say enchiladas or stir fry anyway. I love meals where I can just heat some meat in a pan, and tear some lettuce, and voila! (I'm also patting myself on the back for all the batch cooking I did in April and May - so nice to be able to reach into the freezer and grab a bag of meatballs or something.)

Vacation Planning

When I was in middle school I picked "travel agent" as a potential career. Too bad the internet ruined that one. But I still love, love, love planning vacations. Honestly, I like planning them almost as much as taking them. So I've been researching a lot of places (San Francisco, Vancouver, all of them coincidentally cooler, ha!). I'm torn between the idea of cheaper flights if we take Juliet as a lap-sitter before age 2, and the thought that we'll probably hate ourselves for doing it. Anyone have experience with a large baby on your lap for a few hours?

Link Sharing

  • I shared on Facebook that I rather disliked Mary Poppins the book character, which was unexpected to me, since I've always loved the movie. But a lot of you agreed with me.
  • Maggie Stiefvater (author of The Scorpio Races and The Raven Boys ) is hilarious. I follow her on Twitter, and was super entertained by her live-tweeting of The Fast and the Furious the other day.
  • This NPR story about a map of Native American tribes was fascinating.
  • And these maps (where Google maps change borders) are crazy.
  • Pre-Frozen, this list ranks the 52 animated Disney movies from worst to best. I've seen 42 of them. And I agree with a lot of his rough rankings... except Jungle Book should be higher. And Wreck-It Ralph is WAY too high.
  • Juliet started crawling. And she adapted to crawling in a dress rather entertainingly.
  • Since I actually posted quite a bit the last two weeks; you might've missed my Top 10 Books From My Summer Reading List. There are a bunch of great books in there, if you're looking for something to read!

What are YOU into?

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