Wow, the last 4 weeks have FLOWN by! I can hardly believe it’s already time for another “What I’m Into” update. As usual, I’m linking up with the lovely Leigh Kramer.
Things I Love:
Ashland, Oregon. I spent 3/4 of June in this lovely little town, and I love it more than ever. I grew up visiting Ashland every summer to spend time with our beloved Oma & Opa, and over the years, Ashland has taken on a magical quality for me that is part real charm and part childhood nostalgia. I will never be able to get enough of it. This visit included lots of stops at Zoey’s for ice cream and many hours at two favorite coffee shops, Mix (including homemade ice cream and the most delicious pastries ever) and Noble Coffee Roasting (their lattes are some of the best I’ve ever tasted).
Oregon coast. We took a day trip from Ashland to celebrate my hubby’s birthday and explore the Oregon coast, something I’ve always wanted to do. I knew it would be beautiful, but it was even more stunning than I had imagined. I would love to spend more time along the coast in the future!
Duolingo. After we returned from our trip to Europe, I made a pact with myself: I won’t go back to Paris until I can speak decent conversational French. We certainly survived on minimal (okay, almost non-existent) French for this trip, but it would make things more pleasant if we didn’t have to stumble through communication. I first heard about Duolingo from Tsh, and I do think it’s an excellent method of study. I have the app on my iPhone, and I love it. It even gets pretty addictive after awhile!
My new Instagram account. As I slowly focus more on my writing, I set up a new Instagram account! You can find me at ‘jennarhermle‘. I hope to write more soon on the subject of why I love Instagram so much lately.
I finished The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter and loved it, although I have to give a slight content caution before wholeheartedly recommending it. Mostly, it just reinforced all the things I loved about Paris and made for some wistful reflections and dreams of returning.
I borrowed If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland off my Opa’s shelves, a title that has been on my to-read list forever, and I read it in two sittings. It’s the sort of book that I can’t even completely formulate my thoughts on after one reading – it will require another slow reading, with lots of highlighting and note-taking, if I know myself. Loved it.
My sis and I breezed through the used bookstore downtown this week, and… I’ll admit that I added yet a few more titles to my reading list. How can I resist shelves upon shelves of bargain-priced books?!
After hearing rave reviews from several friends, and especially now that it became available on Netflix, I finally jumped into Parenthood. I’m just into season 2, and I love it so far. It’s honest, heartwarming, and genuinely hilarious.
Austin also got me started watching Chuck with him, which I am thoroughly enjoying. The characters are quirky, endearing, and make me laugh so hard sometimes. We just finished season 2, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
My sister has always been my go-to person when I want to listen to new music. I’m bored, I tell her. What are you listening to? She knows me so well that she can tell me exactly what I should listen to, and I love having a built-in music adviser. Most recently, she has me listening (finally) to the new Mumford & Sons album, “Wilder Mind.” I love Mumford & Sons, but I was not a huge fan of the announcement that they were going electronic on their new album, and I hadn’t yet gotten myself over the “hump” of how different they sound. Now that I’ve overcome the “shock” of the new sound, though, I will freely admit that it’s a fabulous album.
What are you into this month?! Let me know in the comments!