I’m a bit behind with this post and it’s quite small compared to the other posts that I’ve done already, mostly because, as I’ll come to share with you at some point, things have been a bit of a roller coaster and I’m trying to get into some sort of rhythm. But there’s a few things I’ve read and hopefully you’ll find something that interests you! Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments, whether it’s articles, books, magazines, etc.
How is it the end of August already? When this post goes up, I’ll be sorting myself out in New York, having just arrived from Reykjavik and on my way to Montreal. I’ll share thoughts/feelings/etc on all that in another post but for now: Things I’ve Been Reading, the August edition.
I know I did a post like this not too long ago, but I got to thinking it would be a good thing to do at the end of the month and I was too impatient to wait for the end of August to start (plus it’s going to be crazy chaotic!), so here we are. This go ’round, instead of linking to various articles/short stories/poems/etc. that I’ve found online, I’m doing a round up of the books I’ve read during July. There’s a second hand store a three minute walk from here where everyone dumps the books they brought to read during their vacation and I get to buy them for 1€ each, which is the best thing in the world, yes? Next month, the idea is to combine both things I’ve read online and books into one post. Yay combining things! (Pssst. If you want to see what I’m reading, you can also check out my Instagram. I’m that person who takes pictures of her books. I know, I know.) Continue reading
Doudou comes with us everywhere. He’s a little pink, stuffed flat dog that is either clutched in one hand or sitting close by, watching as she plays or eats or has a bath. He comes on walks with us all the time and is precariously dangled from one hand as she runs down the street to keep up with her older brothers.
If it’s been a long day at school, with a nap not quite long enough in the afternoon and Mama and Papa are late coming home, he’s the one who makes the waiting a little easier, sitting on her lap as she listens to The Three Little Pigs for the third time.
Every four or five days, he’s normally tossed in the wash to have a bath as she’s having hers, dry and warm and smelling clean once again by the time bedtime rolls around, her face pressed up against his warm face.
Things I’m Loving:
+ This Is… Books – I have the This Is Paris and This Is Rome books. I always, for some reason, whether it’s true or not, link them to my Grandmére, my mother’s mother. Maybe it’s because I always just associated interesting and fun and learning and French and travel with her, but every time I opened those books, I always thought about Grandmére and my mother in France and how it would be my turn one day. (And look at us now.) But we went to the library yesterday and I found more in the series, in French, obviously, so I brought home This is London. Because maybe it’s a sign.
+ Une Promenade en France – I bought a big map of France for my wall earlier this week. I’ll show you a picture sometime. It’s just over my bed and fills up the big white space that was there. And then because I’m me I wanted to have little notes about each place and where to visit and interesting things. And then I found this book at the library as well yesterday. How’s that for coincidence?
+ Bluebird Toys – Don’t ask me how this even happened, but all of a sudden last night, my good friend and I were catching up and we started talking about how Barbie had changed since we had played with her. Which moved on to Polly Pockets and how those have changed. So, naturally because we could, we went looking and I found the two that I had had when I was little. Dazzle Dressmaker and Little Lulu’s Speedboat. There was also this and this that my sisters and I shared. I remember having so much fun playing with them and couldn’t resist sharing with my sisters on FB later.
+ Doctor Who – I am so late on this train. So so late. But in the last week I’ve watched the last two seasons and a few episodes of the fourth one. And I’m hooked and waiting breathlessly for this new season. I know I should have done it earlier.
Bro #1 is almost like the younger, male version of myself. Now me, though. Young me, not so much. Apparently at that age I was more of a tyrant, but to each their own. Now, however, we’re on the same wavelength. So as I was hiding out in the garage earlier this week, cleaning out all of the things, he can to see if ‘there was anything he could do’. Since there wasn’t and I had just finished going through all my books and comics, he fished through the pile and came up with some solid reading material (which is to be expected since it is mine and all).
That was when I noticed, really noticed that, hey, maybe I could pull out some of my other favourites and leave them with him. So out came The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, out came the Redwall series (almost a full set) and Montmorency and my sets of mystery novels. I’ll leave them for him and Bro #2 to read in the coming months. Books that I remember loving and devouring, reading over and over again, they deserve to have that again. And next time, there’ll be more books to pull out to be discovered once again.
Things I’m Loving:
+ How to Get That Perfect Beach Body – Some ‘advice’ about how to get that elusive summer beach body. Hint: do absolutely nothing.
+ The Mindy Project – This trailer has me oh so excited for the beginning of this series. Mindy Kaling is a comedic queen and the first oh, 30 seconds, had me clapping my hands together in delight.
+ New York City Ballet ‘Pointe Shoes’ – A five minute piece on ballet shoes from the factory to the stage. Everything about is what I’d associate with ballet: beautiful and delicate looking but strong. The music and the shots are so well done.