Wow, April. I can’t believe it’s over and I can’t believe we survived. After nearly seven months of winter isolation, I got out and about A LOT in April. It was incredibly fun.
What I’ve been up to:
We spent a weekend in Washington, DC, with our very best friends. It was so lovely to see them all and to celebrate birthdays and first-zoo-trips and drink coffee at my favorite coffee place ever.
The following weekend I rented a car and drove to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the Festival of Faith and Writing. It was weird and awkward and wonderful. I met some really lovely new friends!
I loved so many of the sessions, but I really started feeling my writerliness in a session with Peter Orner (a non-practicing lawyer who is an MFA professor in San Fran and is from my city!). His novel Love and Shame and Love is set in Chicago and is waiting for me to finish up a few other things I’m reading. I’m so excited to read it.
Sometime that week we also made it to our first Cubs game at Wrigley Field. The next weekend was Easter Sunday, and we spent the holiday with my friend Brenna and her lovely family. One of her three daughters sat in my lap all day (except for the parts where she was throwing up everywhere) and H and I both felt like we belonged. Brenna set a lovely table as well:
Because we spent so much time out of town this month, it’s been hard to do all of the things I really love to do — such as staying at home in my jammies and watching lots of television. I’ve seen the season finale of Scandal but I’m still a little behind on all of my shows (which is probably good since the season finales leave me with nothing left to watch all summer! I should probably try to spread them out a bit, but I’m pretty sure I won’t.)
Instead of a subject-by-subject breakdown of the month, here are a few random things I’ve loved this month:
- Dark Chocolate Chili Almond KIND bars. Holy cow they are delicious and only 200 calories.
Eating healthy(ish). It’s a work in progress.
Kappa Delta. The Illinois-Wisconsin State Day was last weekend and it was so fun to attend! I’d never been to a state day before and I didn’t know how adorable it would be to see my Kappa Delta sisters celebrate 50+ years of sorority membership. They are a d o r a b l e. And also, smart and kind and funny and stylish. And even more – seriously, there’s more – they had Midwestern accents. I nearly died of happiness.
Body shop bath products. On a related note, I won a raffle for coconut-scented Bodyshop products and they. are. awesome. I’ve never been one to spend a lot of money on fancy shower/bath stuff, but my showers have been quite lovely this past week!
Pitch Perfect. I mean, I think that movie is on TV every single day, but the thing is: it is hilarious every single time.
6. FUMC at the Chicago Temple. I have so many notes in my journal and things to write about how lovely it has been, but without getting into all of that, it’s just basically the greatest church I’ve ever gone to. I can really focus on the sermons and enjoy the services because I’m not counting grammatical or historical or factual errors or constantly crossing and uncrossing my legs to distract myself from completely inappropriate comments about poverty, race, or gender.** It’s really what I’ve been needing and I’m so glad we found it.
- Edward Gorey. Do you guys know about Edward Gorey? I totally didn’t, and then I went to this Goreyesque event and I fell totally and completely in love! Apparently Goreyesque is a celebration of funny morbid creative things, like a short story written from the perspective of a recently deceased seventeen year old who makes fun of his sister’s vapid friend while watching his sister wrestle with the details of his suicide. Which was sad and hilarious.
8. Me. Is that weird to say? This month I’m totally into me. I’m into goal setting, I’m into believing in myself, I’m into my writing and my blogging and my spiritual development. I’m also into my brain: I went to a lawyer training event one afternoon and for a few hours remembered how fun it is to think about the law and how much I love doing that. So that’s cool, right? I’m kind of into me right now, and working hard to take care of my whole self (brain/heart/body).
Okay, that’s all I’ve got for you this month! How are things in your world, and what have you been loving this month? Leave me a note here or join the link-up over at Leigh Kramer’s blog.
** I’m not blaming other churches for my inability to fit in, but I am excited to have found a congregation where I can be myself. If you’d like to let me know that feeling these feelings or thinking these thoughts in church is my fault and not the church’s fault I’m happy to receive that feedback below. Thanks in advance. ;)