I promised myself I wouldn’t sum up every month by saying how fast that month went. You know, broken records and all that. Still, June was crazy and went quickly. I blinked and it’s July. Then I blinked again and now it’s July 5th. I need to stop blinking.
I went to Indianapolis for my denomination’s General Assembly. It was an awesome experience, and I’m sad it is over. However, it was work and my feet are happy it is over. But it was encouraging and also challenging to see and hear from people all over the world. In a way, it was like a giant family reunion.
I turned twenty-two the Sunday I flew to Indianapolis, but I celebrated my birthday went I came home:
And now, my pre-course work for my Masters of Divinity begins soon, so I am in search of a new laptop for seminary. If you have any suggestions, let me know. I’m really just looking for an easy to transport and good for writing lots of papers laptop.
I tried to soak up my last month before reading for my pre-course work begins (which reminds me… I should be reading something for class), so I read a pretty random selection of books. I read some random humor, neither of which I particularly enjoyed, actually: Actually, Clams Are Miserable by Bryan Allain and Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris.
I did some reading about introverts, and so I learned a lot about myself and the way I relate to others. I read and reviewed (here) Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Culture by Adam McHugh. Most recently I finished Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.
I read Night by Elie Wiesel again. I read it once for a class, and I bought it during a sale at Half Price Books. I also read Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women by Miriam Adeney; it taught me a lot about Muslim women. I am a believer of the importance of knowing and learning about other cultures.
I finished some more books by John Green, so I think I’ve read pretty much all he’s published so far. I read An Abundance of Katherines and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.
Finally, I read A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson. I laughed and highly recommend this book. It was just right for a summer read. Also, bacon. Yes.
Confession: I don’t actually listen to a lot of music. I know that probably makes me a freak, because what twenty-two year old listens to more NPR than music, right? Isn’t music like how I fit in with my generation? Anyway, I’ve been listening to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ new album. I really enjoy it. I know it doesn’t exactly fit the expectations of what a pastor in a conversation denomination listens to, but I’ve embraced the not-fitting-the-mold aspect.
I started re-watching all the seasons of Veronica Mars last month, but only made it halfway through the second season. So I finished off the rest of season two and all of season three. They started filming on the Veronica Mars movie, so I am prepared for it to just come out already.
Blogs & Articles
“When Too Many Things are Happening” by Jason Boyett. It is a reminder that we should slow down. We should stop. We should put down our cell phones and be present in the moment and with each other.
“Don’t Carpe Diem” by Glennon Melton at Momastery.
Making this list has taught me that I need to keep track of what blog articles I’ve enjoyed reading.