Even though part of me feels like May was not all that eventful, the logical part of me knows it was eventful. This May marked a turning point in my life, a day I worked four years to reach: I graduated college. I don’t fully believe it, so when I find myself driving by now alma mater, I tell myself over and over, “You don’t go to school there anymore.” Though it is scary because I don’t know what’s next—and I definitely don’t have a five-year plan—when I walked across the stage at graduation, I was beaming with pride. I did it!
Other than that, I moved into a house where I am living this summer and starting working full-time. My current job will take me to Indianapolis in a couple weeks for an event, so it’s be busy around the office. My current job is temporary, though, so my last day will be July 31st. Here’s a picture of my co-workers and myself:
This month I celebrated a break in assigned reading to do some fun reading. I didn’t read all that much, but I did find myself on a little humor reading kick. After finishing Looking for Alaska by John Green, I read Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling and Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres. I know, that’s not deep or theological or anything. And that was great for me.
For a bit of confession, I’ll admit I’ve never really watched The Office, but I still really like Mindy Kaling. I follow her on Twitter, so I feel like we’re friends. I really enjoyed her book. I laughed. I cried. Okay, so I didn’t cry. But this book was fun and no pressure, so this book gets my recommendation:
“This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink. If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right.”
After hearing him on a NPR segment, I decided my next humor reading book would be Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. I’m not yet very far in. I’m also still on the fence about whether or not I’m really enjoying it.
To make sure I wasn’t just reading humorous books, I also read A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker J. Palmer. I love me some Parker Palmer. I once took an online survey that attempted to figure out what belief system I have and it matched me with being a Quaker. I hold no value in online surveys, but perhaps that is partly why I resonate with Parker Palmer so much.
“The divided life is a wounded life, and the soul keeps calling us to heal the wound. Ignore that call, and we find ourselves trying to numb our pain with an anesthetic of choice, be it substance abuse, overwork, consumerism, or mindless media noise. Such anesthetics are easy to come by in a society that wants to keep us divided and unaware of our pain—for the divided life that is pathological for individuals can serve social systems well, especially when it comes to those functions that are morally dubious.”
I also read Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. I really love memoir-style books. I prefer them to fiction hands down. Her story is incredible, and while I couldn’t relate at all, I found myself crying when she describes how they had to kill her mother’s horse. Awful. Just awful. But. This was one of my favorite quotes from the book:
“I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.”
Let’s talk for a minute about the season finale of the Vampire Diaries. I can’t handle it. That wasn’t a minute. Whatever. I still can’t handle it.
The Bachelorette started, but I haven’t seen it yet because I can’t figure out how to work the TV in the house where I’m staying. So, instead, while it was airing, I was snapchatting pictures of my remote to my friend. I can’t comment on it, but probably I’ll still go back and watch the episode.
Since I can’t figure out how to turn on the TV, needless to say I haven’t been watching much. I haven’t even been keeping up with Psych. I have, however, been re-watching all the seasons of Veronica Mars because I really love that show. I started at the first episode of season one and am currently in the middle of season two. This is sad to admit, but this will be the fourth or fifth time I’ve watched all three seasons. I’m not mad about it.
This was one of my favorite posts from Memorial Day from Momastery.
Even though I don’t have a daughter, I work with teens, and so I really enjoyed this post from Emily at Chatting at the Sky. She writes:
“If so, then instead of telling her to be an example, how about encouraging her to be herself?”
This was my favorite TED Talk from this month: ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese … with ease! I know I don’t actually know any Chinese, but since the youth pastor I interned with and his family have a heart for China, I thought it was interesting.
Kid President had a great video this month as well: An Open Letter To Moms from Kid President. I was also surprised to find out that no one in my office had watched Kid President before. I love Kid President.
Random Things I’ve Been Diggin’
I’ve been diggin’ Target. This is nothing new, but I enjoy their clothes, things for the home, and all-around environment. It is my happy place. But here’s my real question: how do people take those top-down “look at my outfit” photos? Because when I take them, they look like this:
Also this month, I went to a movie for the first time by myself. I wrote about it here. What do you think about seeing a movie alone?
I know June will continue to be busy, but hopefully good busy. And at the end of June, I will get to go home for a while little! I am very excited about this, because honestly–it’s been hard to still be in Kansas. I have missed home a lot lately. Also, June is my birthday month, so even though I will be flying to Indianapolis on my birthday (the 16th), I will justify everything I buy next month by saying, “Happy Birthday to me.”