What I’m Into (September 2013 Edition)

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It’s the end of the month again – can this be? Bella and I are linking up with the lovely Leigh Kramer and share a few What I’m Into goodies from the month of September ~

Activity – None! I have spent a good part of this month flat on my back, recovering from hip surgery. The surgeon repaired my labral tear and reattached it to the hip socket – so I have been staying off of it as much as possible. That means that once I was sober enough, (i.e. off pain meds), I started back up doing school with our younger boys while lounging on our bed or the couch. The show must go on! Crutches borrowed from a generous friend are my main mode of transportation for the next several weeks. I can’t even drive! In the meantime, my Beloved took time off of work and has been doing a phenomenal job with all of the Mr. Mom duties this month! Bella, one of our Border Collies, has enjoyed lounging in bed with me. The girl likes her beauty sleep!

BeautySuave Dry Shampoo. After my surgery I couldn’t take a shower for a week, so I was left with 7 days of sponge-bathing and unwashed hair. Ew. Since I couldn’t shampoo my tresses in the shower, or lean over a sink to wash it, I relied on my bottle of this great-smelling spray! I can’t recommend this enough. It’s perfect for getting an extra day out of your hair before washing, or making post-surgery recovery a little more bearable.

Fashion – Boots, boots, and more boots! I sported my cowgirl boots quite a bit during the summer, but now I can pull out the other *cough* 7 *cough* pairs of boots that I live in during the cooler months. My Lucky boots (scored on clearance at the end of last winter) are kind of a reddish tone.

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Other than that, I’ve pretty much been rocking the loose nightgown look for the last few weeks – anything that isn’t tight or painful to the hip-ish vicinity. No pictures of those, I’m afraid.

Books I read –

It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Feel Good and Look Great, by Gwyneth Paltrow. This was a beautiful book to look through, and I’m sure that the recipes were tasty, but I didn’t get to try any of the recipes before my surgery. Maybe I’ll check this book out from the library again someday to experiment with her ideas.

Someday, Someday, Maybe, by Lauren Graham is the story of a young woman making her way in New York, and pursuing her dream of acting. I was pretty impressed with Lauren Graham’s first novel. I had to wonder how much of it came from her own life, as her main character goes to auditions, holds down a waitressing job, attends acting classes, and experiences the highs and lows of trying to make it in the entertainment world. I hope Graham continues writing, and I’m looking forward to seeing what she writes next!

The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes. Oh, Jojo Moyes. How you rip my heart to shreds with each book you write! Her book Me Before You absolutely did me in, and this book came pretty close. The story of a young French woman, left behind to run her family’s inn while her husband is fighting in WWI, and about the mystery surrounding her painting that spans decades and heartaches. I had been looking forward to Jojo Moyes coming to town for a book signing this month, but as it was the day after my hip surgery, I wasn’t able to go meet this incredible author. Maybe someday…

Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin – The comedian shares his journey from childhood Disney worker, to stand-up comedy legend. I felt like Steve was sitting across from me, sharing a pot of coffee and hearing his life story. He has an incredible way with words, allowing the reader into his past – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I loved reading about his days as a struggling magician and entertainer. I have more respect for him as an actor after reading his memoir. I’m feeling the urge to watch Father of the Bride again soon! Now I am adding his works of fiction to my must-read list as well! So many books, so little time…

On Writing Well, by William Zinsser – a classic book on nonfiction writing. Another writing gem borrowed from the library, and now I need to add it to my collection. This is a book that I wanted to devour, but found it best to read in small bites. Too much goodness, that I didn’t want to breeze over any not-to-be-missed tidbits!

I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron – A collection of essays by this incredible writer on women and aging. I have only visited NYC once, but her stories of living in the Big Apple made me anxious to visit again. She shares about her start working in the White House for JFK, working in journalism, and her marriages. Rent-controlled apartments, purses, and hair dye are masterfully weaved into this touching, can’t-put-down memoir. I have another of Ms. Ephron’s books on my shelf, and I just might add it to next month’s list. Speaking of next month…

Currently on my nightstand –

Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers – I have shied away from Christian fiction in general for the last several years, but a friend lent me her copy of this book for me to read. I keep hearing from friends that love this book, so I’m anxious to get to it!

The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, by A.J. Jacobs

Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan – I have heard so much buzz about this book, particularly the ending. I am one of those weird people that will often read the last page of a book FIRST, and then, if I like what I see, I’ll actually read the whole book. Well, I’ve heard enough about this book to know that it has something crazy at the end, so I just might break my habit for this book and read it straight through – Yikes. What am I getting myself into?

Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way, by Shaua Niequist

Rosie, by Anne Lamott – I’ve read a couple of her non-fictional books, (Bird by Bird is crazy-good), but this is her first fictional book that I am reading.

Gadgets – Mac products! We’re officially a Mac household now. I shared here about a wonderful joint surprise from my Beloved and my dad!

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Screen time – 2 Guns, starring Mark Wahlberg and the incredibly talented Denzel Washington was a fun movie night! Very funny dialogue, lots of blow-’em-up action sequences – what more could you ask for?

I’ve been watching more than my share of What Not to Wear while flat on my back. I can’t get enough of it!

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Pay no attention to the dresser in the above photo. It was an über cheap Craigslist find that is long overdue for a makeover. Stay tuned for updates!

And Joss Whedon’s version of Much Ado About Nothing. I had been waiting ALL YEAR to see this movie – and my Beloved and I curled up Saturday morning and watched this yummy Shakespeare goodness. Black and white filming? Shakespeare’s words? Modern setting? Love, passionate bantering, jokes, deception, and a bumbling Constable? Loved it!

Oooh! I almost forgot…My Beloved found a way for me to watch the first episodes of the new season of Downton Abbey! I’m a very happy girl!

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 Here in my little blogging corner of the world –

Next up ~

Stay tuned for more of Our Story, I will be guest posting at a friend’s place, and a couple guest posts here as well! For more What I’m Into goodness, go check out Leigh Kramer’s place – that’s where I’m headed!

I hope that you have a perfectly lovely October!




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  • I’m interested to hear what you think of Rosie – I’m a big fan of Lamott’s non-fiction, but not necessarily her fictional reads.

    • ginger says:

      I’m excited to start it – I’ve heard others say they aren’t fans of her fictional books, so I guess we’ll see! 🙂 I’ll be back with a report soon!

  • Mark Allman says:

    My family saw Two Guns too and enjoyed it as well. We also rented the Jack Reacher movie and enjoyed that alot. I had wanted to see the new Star Trek movie on the big screen but never made it so my son Levi watched it when I got the dvd in the mail. He and I also went to a drive in to see the first NFL football game of the season. Kinda of a unique way to watch football. I finished building a fence around our back yard for the dogs to play without supervision. Works for me too! 🙂 Finished watching on TV taped shows of Revolution, and Continum.

    • ginger says:

      I haven’t seen the Jack Reacher movie yet, but will have to put that on our to-watch list! NFL at the drive-in? That sounds like fun! I’m more of a college basketball girl, myself, but I enjoy a good football game. 🙂 I was curious about Revolution – I’ll have to check it out!

  • Stacey says:

    I must get my hands on that JoJo Moyes book! I adored Me Before You. I hope your recovery continues to go well…I can’t even imagine having to stay off your feet after a hip surgery!!

    • ginger says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and your sweet encouragement! Recovery is going well – just slow. 🙂 Please do read Me Before You – I can’t recommend it highly enough!

  • Leigh Kramer says:

    I’m so sorry you had to have hip surgery! Glad to hear recovery is going well. A few of my loved ones have gone through that so I know peripherally how hard it can be to depend on others while your body is healing. Glad you have a good support system! I just finished The Girl You Left Behind on Thursday! I didn’t like it as much as Me Before You but it was still compelling. I wonder if she’ll follow it up with a sequel? I love AJ Jacobs! I still need to read his last book. Also, you can’t go wrong with anything by Shauna Niequist. So funny that you usually read the end of a book first! Loving Frank’s ending is shocking but I think you’ll enjoy it more if you don’t know what’s coming. I mean, technically you know SOMETHING happens so that’s more than I did but still.

    • ginger says:

      Thank you very much, Leigh! Recovery is going as well as it can be – I’ll sure be ready to walk on my own two feet soon! 🙂 I preferred Me Before You over The Girl You Left Behind as well – but I still enjoyed her new book. Oooh – a sequel would be great! Now that I’m finished with Redeeming Love, I’m moving on to Loving Frank! Must not look at the end of the book. Must not look at the end of the book. 🙂 Thanks so much for hosting What I’m Into – I look forward to it all month!

  • Amy E Patton says:

    I hope you are healing well. I love your boots, and I need to try the dry shampoo. I looked for some in the store before heading to the Influence Conference but couldn’t find it. Where is it hiding? I am not a big Christian fiction reader. The cheese-factor usually gets to me, but I love Francine Rivers, especially Redeeming Love. I wrote about it on my blog a while back (I think the title of the post is From Head to Toe: Raining Love if you want to check it out.) She has another book on my must read list, but the title slips my mind. It is another allegory. Let me know how you like it. Amy

    • ginger says:

      I found the Suave dry shampoo in the styling section of the hair products, I believe. Probably while shopping at Target or the commissary. Yep, cheese-factor is exactly how I would describe why I haven’t read Christian fiction in quite some time. I just finished Redeeming Love today, and it was much better than I’d thought it would be! I’ll have to look up the other book you mentioned – and I’m heading over to your place to check out your Raining Love post. 🙂

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