May was filled with so many lovely things. I got to meet Hayden, the newborn son of one of my very best friends. Graham and I traveled to Chicago for BEA, and then to Michigan for a week. My first day back in the office after this trip was Etsy’s first day in our brand new BK HQ digs, and I was absolutely floored by the beautiful and thoughtful working space we now get to enjoy. Graham and I have also been busy finishing up all planning for our wedding celebration, which is less than a month away!
I pondered taking a break from my Read My Own Damn Books challenge for the month of June. I’m having a severe case of READ ALL THE (NEW) BOOKS RIGHT NOW. But with the wedding this month, I’m not sure how much reading I’ll get done anyway, so I think I’ll save my #RMODB pause until July. In that spirit, I am reading Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh, a book that’s been on my shelf since 2013.
– The Month: May 2016
– Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett
– Polysyllabic Spree: May 2016
– On Loving New York City
– BEA Chicago 2016: 10 Galleys I Can’t Wait to Read
– BEA 2016: Take a Chance on Me Galleys
– Backyard Wildlife of Michigan
– My Holiday in North Korea by Wendy E. Simmons
The start of summer means the start of an entire season I wish I could spend within our National Parks. Today I’m longing for Zion.
Etsy spots of the month:
- I’ve been wanting to get a custom return address rubber stamp, and this one is so cool. (I might be mountains obsessed right now.)
- New office means new desk to decorate, and I want to cover mine in plants. These wool air plant holders are too cute.
- I just finished the audiobook of Daring Greatly, and now I’m in the market for a print of the amazing Teddy R quote, like this one.
We threw our responsible adulting out the window while we were in Chicago. Before this trip I wasn’t in love with Chicago style pizza, but that was before Julianne took us all to Lou Malnati’s. Holy. Crap.
Also, donuts happened.
In Michigan, I managed to get my favorite beer on tap, Bell’s Oberon, right before the trip ended. (Dad pictured in background!)
We watched a lot of TV with my brother in Michigan: Kung Fu Panda 3 (plus re-watches of 1 & 2), The Princess Bride (Graham had never seen it before!), and lots of Bob’s Burgers. And Graham and I are still watching season 2 of Madam Secretary, because we’re the slowest binge watchers of all time.
I’ve started the audiobook of The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City by Laura Tillman, the June selection for the Social Justice Book Club (and my first month being able to participate!).
- In the last few months, Graham has helped me become more aware of how often I say “Sorry.” (I.E. way too much.) It has become a hot topic: here’s Lena Dunham’s take on over-apologizing, and Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft had a chat about it on their podcast. In short, you should apologize when you need to apologize, but you shouldn’t say sorry when you want to say thank you.
- I love this simple li.st by Halley Gross on ways she manages her anxiety. It’s a simple but beautiful reminder to take care of ourselves.
- One more Gretchen Rubin link this month: her thoughts on Marie Kondo’s tidying up methods. I love this – I got a lot out of reading TLCMOTU as well, but agree with Gretchen that Kondo’s “one size fits all” approach isn’t going to work for everyone. Reading Kondo’s book helped me discover my own methods for minimizing my possessions, but I had to adapt it to fit my own personality and lifestyle.
And that’s May! We’re hosting our wedding celebration in June, and Graham’s family is arriving for their first trip to NYC in less than 3 weeks! I’m so excited for the month ahead.