It’s the last day of July and time for the What I’m Into link-up with Leigh Kramer.
July has been weird for me. Since I had brain surgery at the end of June, I’ve spent most of this month trying to recuperate. This has involved lots of pain medicine and resting, a difficult proposition given my personality and the fact that I have four kids home for the summer. Thankfully, we’ve had tons of help from family and church friends, and have managed to keep the kids mostly busy and out of the house so that I can recover.
Here’s what my scar looked like right after surgery:
Very Frankenstein-y, right?!? My seven year old wouldn’t even look at it until I got the staples out!
And here’s what it looks like now. Yes, the picture’s blurry. That’s because I had my arm perched behind my head holding my phone and couldn’t see what I was doing. Still. . .much improved, don’t you think? Except what’s up with all that gray? I haven’t actually seen my natural hair color (other than those pesky roots) in at least 10 years, so I was pretty shocked at how. . . ahem. . . distinguished I’ve become.
Let’s just say I’ll keep doing my part to help put my hairdresser’s kids through college.
So while I was laid up in bed for way more hours than I’d care to count in July, here’s what I’ve been into and up to:
Books I Read:
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I liked Eleanor & Park. I loved Attachments. But Landline was just “meh” for me. A little disappointing to be honest, because I was really looking forward to this one, but it just never clicked for me.
Above by Isla Morley
I went into this one blind. As in, I’d never heard of the book or the author and I just picked it up off the “New Fiction” shelf at the library and took a chance. I’m so glad I did. This was an excellent read, with a kidnapping-thriller/dystopian plot that made me think of Emma Donoghue’s Room, with some Margaret Atwood thrown in. Morley’s writing is SUPERB.
The Lost Husband by Katherine Center
Can I just gush about Katherine Center for a little while? My goodness, where has she been all my life? After reading Get Lucky last month, I was hooked. The Lost Husband was even better. I couldn’t put this one down. A beautiful, romantic story and an easy read, this one gets my highest ranking and was my favorite pick of the month. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Good writing, interesting characters, but just an okay story. This one kept me occupied during my hospital stay so I can’t complain too much.
600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster
Very enjoyable read about a man with Asperger’s Syndrome and OCD. Reminded me a lot of The Rosie Project minus the romance. Since my son has Asperger’s, I love reading books about adults with the same condition. I can always relate. Edward is funny and endearing and the story is uplifting. I listened to this one on audiobook and the narration was excellent.
Other books read this month:
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
The Expats by Chris Pavone
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power by Jimmy Carter
All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior
Pursue the Intentional Life by Jean Fleming
This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
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We Need Feminism by Rachel Held Evans
6 Secrets Special Needs Moms Know but Won’t Tell You by Suzanne Perryman
The Day Somebody Paid my Daughter a Compliment by Barb Dittrich
Don’t Be Pretty – Be Beautiful by Glennon Melton
My own most read post:
The Disabled — One of the Least Evangelized People Groups in the World via The Church Guide
This video is 18 minutes long–much longer than most people will take to view while surfing through social media. Especially when there’s no clue given about who the speaker is or what his affiliation is with disability ministry. Nonetheless, it just might be the best message I’ve heard to date about the purpose and necessity for disability ministry in the church. It really is a GOSPEL issue. . . which is what I’ve been saying all along. Try to make time to watch it.
What I Watched:
I haven’t been out much, so no movies at the theater this month. We watched Masterpiece: Elizabeth I – The Virgin Queen Season 1 [HD] on Amazon Prime and enjoyed it thoroughly. British TV is really spoiling me.
Then I picked up The Young Victoria at the library. Not nearly as intriguing as Elizabeth, but still a lovely romantic way to spend an afternoon.
I also finished Fringe: The Complete Second Season [HD], and while it was good, now that Olivia and Peter have finally kissed I’m kinda bored with it. Isn’t that always how it is?
Other stuff I’ve been into and up to:
I’m not really a “makeup-y” kind of girl. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I do wear makeup, but I don’t spend a lot of time or money on it. I could easily go the rest of my life without ever setting foot in Sephora. My sister, on the other hand, LOVES makeup and tries out all the new stuff. So about every 10 years or so, she convinces me to try new things.
Which is why she would be so proud of me for what I’ve been up to.
During all my July “lying around” time, I discovered this website called Maskcara.com and it has the best video tutorials ever. Because I was bored and my activity has been limited, I tried out some of the tutorials, and even bought a few new makeup products to try.
This video “4-minute Everyday Makeup” is one of my favorites.
I tried it out, along with one of Cara’s hair tutorials, and here was my result.
Of course, I’m not as skilled as she is so it took me a little longer than four minutes. Still, it was fun to play around a little and try some new products and techniques.
Enough about me, already! What about you? Anything you’ve been into and up to this month that you’d like to share? Book recommendations, movies I should rent? Let me know in the comments below!
Here’s to a happy August!
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