It’s already June! Ahhh! I’m going to interrupt #HotSummerEats to update you on what I did in May.
What’s Been Happening
Well, we moved into our house in mid-May. So there’s that. Hard to think of other updates, honestly!
We love our neighborhood and have met some of the nice neighbors [and not a mean one in sight!]. That’s been fun. My parents also brought down some furniture and fun items [like an extra freezer!] which was super nice of them. Now, in addition to unpacking our normal belongings and hitting up Home Depot for everything on the planet, I’m also going through boxes of my memories. Time consuming to say the least! Fortunately, I have room to do this now so I’ve been able to do it a little at a time. Anyone want to come play American Girl dolls with me?! I have my Kirsten doll now.
We also celebrated six years of marriage on Saturday, May 23. My parents were here and their anniversary is two days before ours, so we celebrated with a great cake and a delicious dinner. Here’s to many more!
What I’m Reading
This month was PITIFUL for reading. I only read 6 books… and half of them were audiobooks. #fail
I know six books is a lot to some of you so I won’t lament too much but moving + packing truly got the best of me. Thank goodness for audiobooks! Drive time between our old apartment and new house is about 40 minutes so they were truly my savior during those drives. Haha. I listened to the first two books of the Callahan Garrity Mysteries by Kathy Hogan Trocheck and they were entertaining [albeit they have a bunch of bad language so beware!]. They’re set in the 90s so they are dated but that adds to the amusement, I thought. I also listened to Paris is the Place, set in 1980s Paris and dealing with the expat life, immigration, HIV/AIDS, family, and other tough topics. Kind of confusing to listen to but maybe it’d be better as a sit-down read.
Out of the other three books I read, Recipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis was probably my favorite. Absolutely hilarious!! And timely as it was about, partially, remodeling a house. I’ve been meaning to read Liane Moriarty’s What Alice Forgot for years and finally did. I felt pretty so-so about it. Definitely good parts–like the ending–but also parts that dragged onnnn and onnn and on. A new book–The Residence–by Kate Andersen Brower was the last book I read in May. It’s about the private life of the White House and talks about the families who live there [mainly since Eisenhower] and the residence staff who make the world go round. I’m a bit of a nosy person [ask my former roomies/my husband! ha!] so this book was perfect for me… though I have read criticisms that it hinders the privacy of the First Families, so there’s that. I thought it was still respectful of them though–nothing absolutely earth-shattering and all in all, it’s very apolitical and leaves the families still looking good at the end. Read it if you like politics, or am nosy like me! I need to step up my reading in June so I meet my reading goal on Goodreads [follow me?]. It is 120 books this year and I’m behind! Sob!
I’ve also made a point to save some of the great articles I read online to share here… so in no real order you should check out these articles:
- Come Thou Fount – one of my favorite hymns seen through the lens of outrage… interesting stuff!
- Rituals: Reading to Sleep – yes! And it’s even written by the wife [that I’ve never met but randomly encountered on the internet] of some I know from my hometown… random!
- On scaling up – “Take your time. Don’t fill it up.” … thoughts on moving to a bigger space. Trying to take this to heart!
- 11 fresh menu substitutes – great tips from Ellie Krieger!
- On a simplified wardrobe – good thoughts. I wouldn’t do this but I have tried to pare down my wardrobe in recent years.
- Stats on how much stuff we actually own – ugh! These aren’t all true for me, but with our recent move I did see how much stuff I own and am trying to pare it down to things I actually use.
- The Last ‘Mad Men’ – I read quite a few Mad Men analysis pieces after the show ended [tear!] but this was one of my faves.
- We need our jobs to survive, but we need our hobbies to make a life – loved this! While I enjoy my job immensely, it isn’t the end all-be all that it could be, and while I can’t relate to all of the author’s experiences, her sentiment makes sense to me.
- Discover the kitchen style for your Myers-Briggs personality type – do you agree? I’m an ISFJ and I looove Farmhouse kitchens. But I also love about half the other kitchens on this list soooo yeah. Do I love kitchens? Or am I mix of personality styles? Or is this list just wacked out? Who knows but it’s fun!
What I’ve Been Cooking
The first half of May… lots of weird dishes to use up ingredients in our old pantry. The last half of May… eating out wayyy more than usual as we unpacked. However, after about a week I started to settle in and cook. So I made some yummy whole wheat peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes for a breakfast treat. My mom and I made Giada’s linguine with shrimp and lemon oil for our anniversary feast!
I also had my Bible study over for an end of the year dinner. We had hoped to grill kebabs but a) we don’t have a grill yet and b) it was pouring [as it has been in Nashville for the past week+.] So I made enchiladas–my sister’s chicken enchiladas [try them! They are SOOO good.] and an adapted version of these sweet potato and black bean enchiladas.
I also have wanted chocolate chip muffins for like a MONTH but haven’t baked so I made these on Saturday morning instead of going running. It was glorious.
What’s On The Blog
My most popular new recipe of the month was Green Goddess Dressing. Definitely try it this summer!
What were you into in May?
Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.