Whew! Summer is flying by!
I just did a blog redesign that I like despite the irritating Typepad limitations on blogs using templates. I really do not want to switch to advanced templates for my personal blog – it makes changes much more of a hassel so this will have to do unless Typepad decides to be awesome and make some needed changes like…oh I don't know…how about the ability to have a full width (outside of container) footer for example! Good grief Typepad!
OK so anyway I think I'll just do a recap of my life & things that caught my attn so far this summer. This is a long post so I'll split it into sections!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ baby <3 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Tristan had a fun playdate with Will, Kate & Devin at Sacha's house. I filmed a bit so Sarah can see how much he loves this playhouse toy that matches his kitchen!
Thanks for having us over, Sacha! P.S. It's a bit shakey – I was on the couch and Will & Devin were sitting with me at various times LOL. It's quite difficult to be steady with a 1 year old & a 3 year old next to you!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ books ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have read several more fantastic books (all updated on my WeRead lists!) including Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska & An Abundance of Katherines by the brilliant John Green. Paper Towns is my fave of the three. John Green has a very truthful & thought provoking writing style and is quite insightful into the way people perceive each other vs. reality. I can honestly say I will read anything John Green writes – a new fave author!
I also read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:
Fascinating story of a strong-willed girl thrown into a very disturbing
"game" requiring teenagers to kill each other or be killed. Interesting
commentary on doing what society and/or the government requires vs.
choosing what is morally right. I've always been drawn to these sorts
of books and I can't wait for book two!
If you like these types of stories as well I also recommend The Giver
by Lois Lowry and the classic series starting with A Wrinkle in Time by
I'm very much looking forward to the sequel coming this fall: Catching Fire. Yay!
Speaking of sequels, Maureen Johnson announced she is writing a sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes (which I wrote about in a previous post). And speaking of Maureen Johnson, read this absolutely hilarious play submitted by a fan to Maureen's Scarlett Fever contest: http://tinyurl.com/kl6ysm
I'm currently reading three more books when I get a few minutes: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama. More about those when I'm done!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ crafts ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I've been crafting up a storm over at TCC's Blog! I'll get some of the those projects posted here soon. Plus I have some other projects to post! Soon I promise!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ harry potter & things made of awesome ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
It has been an amazing summer for Harry Potter goodness! I already posted about the complete AWESOMENESS that was the live show with Pottercast, The Remus Lupins, The Whomping Willows & The Mudbloods. Make sure to check them out if you haven't yet! AND I'm still SO HAPPY that Melissa signed my copy of Harry, A History!
I've also been getting more involved in fighting for awesomeness with the Nerdfighters, the Harry Potter Alliance & MyLeaky. You will not find fandoms anywhere more welcoming & invested in decreasing world suck, spreading the invaluable lessons Dumbledore taught us, and in general making a the world a more tolerant and better place.
And if all of that wasn't enough, I will be watching Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince at the theater IN 52 HOURS! WOOOOOOOOOOT! Kathy & I have our tickets and will be at the midnight showing Tuesday night. Can't wait!
I added a page to the blog called Obsessions (LOL! tab at the top right). Coming soon there will be fun things like Links & art including Harry Potter related stuff.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ random ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I've discovered BlipFM (LOL) and love that I can tweet songs to all of you! You can find my BlipFM channel here and there is a link in the sidebar under Socialize.
And for some literal awesomeness watch this: