September 2014. proper noun. The beginning of real school and cooler weather. It hath 30 days.


I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer and other bloggers to share What I’m Into for September.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. The speed with which I finished this book is possibly miraculous, considering its length and the amount of stuff I should have been doing instead of reading fun books. I have now officially read through the entire Harry Potter series twice, which I count as a significant life accomplishment.

Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. I got this book as a free trial for Audible, the online audiobook store, so I “read” it on my commute from my placement. Listening to Mindy read is like having a sassy friend sitting in the passenger seat who actually wants you to laugh at her. I happily obliged. If you’re ever in a bookstore and looking for a pick-me-up, skim through the chapter on what the ideal man should be. Or the one on romantic movie heroines who don’t exist in real life.

Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl by N.D. Wilson. Though I’m less than 50 pages in, I’m loving this book. It’s a surprising, irreverent look into philosophy and the meaning of this world. Surprising, irreverent, and philosophy don’t normally go together, but it’s absolutely working for me.

A multitude of textbooks. (Though honestly, skimming would be a more accurate description of what I do with these.) The list includes such stimulating titles as The Grammar Book, which is 854 pages on everything you ever wanted to know about the English language. (Or didn’t want to know, which is more likely the case.)


Listening to:

An embarrassing amount of Meghan Trainor. I’m obviously into “All About that Bass,” but I also enjoy the rest of the catchy tracks she has on Spotify. They’re all poppy and feel-good. Play them for instant good mood.

Modern remakes of hymns. (In other words, the opposite of Meghan Trainor.) Sarah Bessey recommended Lullaby Hymns by Katy Kinard on her blog a while back, and even though I’m about 18 years older than the intended audience for lullabies, I’ve listened to it a lot this month. I’ve also been revisiting Roots Run Deep by Jadon Lavik.

In October, I am determined to find some new music. I beg for recommendations. Tell me what you’re listening to this month – I’m all ears. (Ha. Ha ha.)



Not that much. This thing called school is cramping my media viewing.

The only new-to-me thing this month: The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Somehow I missed watching this movie during my childhood. This is possibly okay, since it was surprisingly dark and complex for Disney. I’m curious how similar it is to the book, but not curious enough to actually read it. Also, this poster. Sad but true.

via Google Images

via Google Images

Other notables: Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightley version) for the 436th time with dear friends, a few reruns of Parks and Rec while awaiting the Netflix release of new episodes (THEY’RE HERE!), and half of Sabrina (the Audrey Hepburn one, obviously) because I fell asleep in the middle. I never fall asleep while watching movies. I am turning into a grandma.


Randomly Loving:

City skylines. My favorite part about city life. The Twin Cities area offers two of them, and I got up close and personal with both this month. I’m becoming such a city slicker.

Tea. I have to be awake before 7:00 every weekday this semester. Tea is the only reason this not-so-early-bird is surviving. My current favorite is vanilla caramel chai with a dash of milk and a little sugar. It’s heaven in a travel mug.

Changing leaves. I’m trying real hard to have a good attitude about fall. It’s actually going okay, since we had some gorgeously warm days and since the leaves on campus right now are flamboyant and fabulous.

Photo credit to my sister, who was roped into taking pictures of me for a video I created for teaching prepositions. (This is me IN the leaves, if you were curious.)

Photo credit to my sister, who was roped into taking ridiculous pictures of me for a video I created to teach kids prepositions. (This is me IN the leaves, if you were curious.)

This list gives you suggestions for what you should read now based on what you loved as a kid. What fun.

The James J. Hill mansion. It’s like Downton Abbey, but in real life and fifteen minutes from my school.


Keeping Me Busy:

Homework. Imagine that.

My middle school ESL placement. I spend two days a week working with 6th and 7th graders. Despite the early mornings (who on earth decided that middle schools should start before 8?) and a long-ish commute, I’m really enjoying it. I get to work with my favorite age group and an excellent cooperating teacher is excellent, and I’m gaining lots of experience. Working with ESL students is also giving me all kinds of thoughts about language and school culture and societal structures that are still baking, and probably will be for a while.

Officially ending the summer season and packing up the cabin. Sniff, sniff.

Connecting with RAs, both past and current. The RA staff I was on last year got coffee together last weekend, which was beautiful. So many wonderful women in one place. I miss them so. I’m also getting to know my staff this year, and I’m so glad I have the rest of the year to invest in these sweet ladies.

Trying to figure out how to have friends and spend time with them in addition to everything else that’s going on in my life. I’m more balanced than I was last year around this time, but I’m still feeling out how to do this well.


What are you into right now?