August always represents the end of summer, so it usually feels like I’m trying to squeeze all I can into the month before school starts again. Only, here’s the thing: I graduated college in May. So gone are the days of August school supply shopping trips. Okay, so you’re right, I am still in college, but seminary is different than college. Since I’m a distance student, my pre-coursework began in July (and it means I probably won’t really get a break until I graduate–I’ll have coursework for some class or another almost constantly). I had some on-site classes in August, so that meant driving back down to Kansas City.
Honestly, after two weeks, I was happy not to have to drive back and forth nearly forty minutes (sometimes longer) in traffic both ways. On the other hand, I am really sad I am now once again several states away from some of my friends.
Actually, I am getting ahead of myself with this August recap. At the beginning of August, I was in one of my best friend’s weddings. It was such a great weekend! She looked absolutely beautiful. All around, it was a lot of fun. It was great to be together with people I love dearly.
All around, August was a great month. It was a busy month, but let’s be real: I say that about every month. Since September is filled with job interviews (yes, that’s right, so all prayers are appreciated) and preaching one Sunday morning and lots of homework (and especially since I’ve unofficially declared it “Get Things Done” month), I’ll say the same about September.
One reason I love to do these recaps is that it helps me realize how much I have to be thankful for. I have a great family who loves and supports me. I have a wonderful group of friends (even though none of us seem to ever all be in the same place). I have two great cats that make me sneeze, but I still created an Instagram account for them (follow @alleandolive on Instagram). Okay, so maybe that last one sounds a little ridiculous, but whatever. All this to say–I stress and worry, but life is good and I am so blessed.
I didn’t read a ton of books, but I did some random reading for classes, which included: Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days by Jerry B. Jenkins and The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey. Both of which I knew we were reading even though no one would agree with them, but it helped gain perspective on different interpretations of the book of Revelation (which was the class’ focus). I also read Missional by Alan J. Roxburgh for my Evangelism class.
I read Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen, which since it is a memoir, a lot of it I couldn’t really relate to, but in some ways, it was like receiving advice from a motherly figure. Also it is proof I need no other reason to buy a book than for it to have pink balloons on the cover and the word “cake” in the title.
Maybe I should be embarrassed about being such a fan of Young Adult fiction, but I prefer to think that instead that makes me a really great youth pastor. So I read Divergent by Veronica Roth and Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Perhaps I’m late jumping on the bandwagon, but it is still a while before the movies come out. I am excited to read the final book and for the movies. Fine, okay, so you got me: I spent too much time googling articles about the movie and watching interviews on YouTube. I’m not mad about it.
I read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, which was really good but also kind of intense. It falls into the YA fiction category as well. It is intense in a this-is-depressing-why-am-I-reading-this kind of way. It’s very much of the theme of how everything matters. What you do and say matters. It has a good lesson, one I think we need to be reminded of, but it’s definitely not a super light-hearted read. Still, when I finished it, I had to tell my mom the whole story because I couldn’t get it out of my head.
And on the list of books I read this month but am not entirely sure why is: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Actually, I read this book because my brother likes this book. Still I think this book is weird. Then I found out Blade Runner is pretty different from the book, so I was mad, but I will probably still watch the movie sometime–even though there aren’t animals in the movie? What gives? And, yes, I know this is no longer a big thing so maybe I’m always behind on the times. Still, do you think this book is kinda weird? And I didn’t like its ending.
TV and Movies:
Did I even watch anything in August? Surely I did. I went to Elysium in theaters. For some reason, I rarely go to the movies, but I went to that with my family. I also watched Epic on the last day I was in Kansas.
As for television, I attempted rewatching the first season of American Dreams. That was an underrated show, but I feel like it was a good show. People should appreciate it a little more. I remember watching it when it was on prime time, but didn’t get started until season two. I would watch it downstairs in what my family calls the Gray Room. It was a nice little refuge (from what, I’m not sure–I was in junior high or high school), but maybe this really shows my introvertedness. Also on a television-related note, after someone told me shows on HGTV were staged, I’m mad when I watch them because I feel like it’s all a lie. That’s not okay with me.
“What if all of us women had the courage to shed the external things we’ve used to define ourselves and accept ourselves and each other for who we are instead of what we look like?” – Sarah Thebarge
“We threw on our shortest dresses and highest heels and had a bachelorette party in honor of her entering into matrimony with a career, complete with ring pops and tiaras and happy hour. Because life is for living, and we have grown tired of waiting for an invitation to dance.”
Can we all just celebrate that North Dakota State University defeated Kansas State in one of their preseason games? NDSU is D2 and K-State is D1, so it just shows how awesome we are. Of course, don’t be deceived–I am not really a big college football fan, or a football fan at all, but I do have a lot of state pride.
Additional Note: If you are visiting from the What I’m Into link-up, hi! I’m glad you are here. If you read my What I’m Into from last month, I briefly mentioned visiting the dermatologist, so for an update: Read my post here: “I Have Skin Cancer.”
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