Hey, hey, it’s Friday! Cue the Judy Andrews, as I share some of my favorite things…
I’m a little surprised that I’m saying this, but I’ve been enjoying the heat and humidity we’ve been having lately. Don’t get me wrong, my preferred summer weather is sunny, low humidity, and temps around 80. But we had such a cold and rainy spring and early summer, that it’s nice to be experiencing true summer weather, warts and all.
Simple and Free Fun
My daughter is currently in her second, two-week session of theater camp at a local school. (Not the free part.) Camp finishes at 3:00, and even though she’s had a full day of rehearsals, games, and friends, she’s always looking for something to do after I pick her up. Since it’s ridiculously easy to spend money during the summer, I’m grateful that some of her favorite things to do after camp are free. We spend 30 minutes to an hour on the school’s playground every day, then hit the library, sprinklers, or farmers’ market. As long as I get all of the books and DVDs she borrows back to the library on-time, all of these activities don’t cost me a dime. (Psst… I share more photos of these and other things on Facebook and Instagram.)
We’ve only harvested two Sun Gold tomatoes from our own garden, so far, but the farmers’ market is bursting with fresh, summer veggies. My daughter and I picked up a pint of cherry tomatoes at last week’s market, and ate them like candy on the way to the car. Halfway there, we turned around and went back for a second pint! There is NOTHING like summer tomatoes, peppers, corn!!
I’ve typically read more nonfiction than fiction, but over the last few weeks I’ve read two fiction books that I enjoyed: Saints For All Occasions, and Every Little Lie. Have you ever loved a book so much that you were sad to finish it? That’s how I felt about Saints For All Occasions. And Every Little Lie was a real page-turner for me, but I was very disappointed with the ending. (You can see all of the books I’ve read in 2017 here.)
Podcasts About Religion
I’m completely non-religious. (Sometimes I refer to myself as a recovering Catholic.) Religion simply doesn’t play any part in my life. I loosely associate myself with general Christian values, but that’s as far as it goes. But in spite of my complete lack of religious beliefs or affiliation, I find it interesting to hear about other people’s faith and beliefs. So I was very excited to listen to the Religion series of the podcast, The Smartest Person in the Room. I enjoyed all of the episodes, but my favorites were Mormons vs. Evangelicals: Can Woman Bridge the Divide? (I know very little about Mormonism and had no idea there was a divide with evangelicals), Judaism as a Cultural Identity (I was particularly intrigued by the concept of religion without believing in God), and When God Goes Silent (Interesting to me, since I don’t really think I believe in a God). There are also episodes about Hinduism, Islam, and religious journalism.
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