Sunday Books and Stuff

Happy Sunday, folks! It’s a lazy one here. My husband is out running errands, but Greyson and I had coffee with my mom (coffee for us, cartoons for him). There’s some crochet in my near, near future, and we may go out for some archery this afternoon. That’s about it! Now, on to the books and stuff!

Reading | Don’t tell, but I still have a few pages of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to finish up. I’m also in the middle of Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards for #nonficnov.

Listening | All podcasts all the time. Since Spooked! ended for the season, I’ve been listening to Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine thanks to Heather’s recommendation! If you’re not sure what toilet plumes are, go listen to the latest episode.

Blogging| This week was the first week of this new incarnation of the blog. I kicked it off with a post on loving well in these troubled times. I followed that up with the first week of Nonfiction November, an overview of my nonfic reading thus far, and finally, an #RIPXIII wrap-up. So many good books. Coming this week, more Nonfiction November, naturally!

Doing | I joined Kingdom Strong’s Inner Circle. Kingdom Strong is founded by my dear friend Amber and her sister Jessica. The Inner Circle is a group of women who support each other through holistic transformation. Along with the membership comes weekly workout plans, nutrition advice, spiritual teachings, lifestyle faves, live Q&A sessions, and a lot of amazing community.  Get to know the them and their story by following them on Instagram or Facebook or check out their website.

Smelling | FALL CANDLES! I have an Avon candle burning in the in my bedroom office right now, and it’s a heavenly blend of pumpkin and apple cider.

Loving | My sweet Greyson. He has a classmate who’s been in the hospital for a few weeks now. Greyson asked me this morning if his friend got to trick-or-treat for Halloween, and I told him I didn’t think so. He proceeded to pluck some prime pieces of candy from his Halloween bag, wrote a note to his friend, and washi-taped the candy to the note with seasonally appropriate tape. He’s just so sweet and thoughtful, and that kid loves candy, so it was a BIG DEAL to give some away.



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  • Dana @ Little Lovely Books

    I quite enjoyed For the Love. It made me think. I finished one book yesterday for #nonficnov. Today I am enjoying an ARC because I have very few books at this temporary place of ours. I am so glad that you’re back and writing again. I don’t always post a reply, but I always have enjoyed reading your blog.

    • Andi

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment, Dana! I appreciate you so much, and I hope everything is going ok during this season. Sending lots of love your way!

  • Les in OR

    I really love your new site, Andi! And that boy of yours is an angel. What a kind gesture to share some of his candy with his friend. He is obviously learning by example!

    I’m eager to get back to my reading this week. I’m in the middle of a collection of essays and it’s bringing me comfort with all that’s going on in the world and in my own life.

    Enjoy your extra hour today!


    • Andi

      Thanks so much, Les! Hopefully this WordPress situation will make it easier for folks to find the blog as well as comment. Blogger was always so hinky with the commenting function. G really is quite the sweet boy. I hope he stays that way. I expect he has a lot of my empathy and drive to DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE ISSUES! He has both a lot of satisfaction and frustration in his future.

      What collection of essays are you reading? It’s been far too long since I read one.

      • Les in OR

        I’m reading a book called Birdbaths and Paper Cranes by Sharon Randall. It’s not new (published in 2001), but I read it several years ago and enjoy the comforting essays about family, marriage, and death. Some of the essays are rather timely, as her husband battled cancer for several years and we are currently facing that with my father.

        • Andi

          Thank you! I need to look into it because I am always up for essays. This sounds like an amazing collection. I’m sending you and your dad lots of love. <3

  • bermudaonion (Kathy)

    Your Inner Circle sounds wonderful – I love women who support (rather than tear down) each other.

    Yay for Greyson – we really do get so much more from giving than we do from receiving. He sounds like a great kid.

    • Andi

      It’s AMAAAAAZING. Faith circles can feel especially gate-keepery to me, but this group is legitimately wonderful. He really is. I’m so proud of him for so many things.

  • Rachel

    I’m up for a good blog revamp periodically, too. In Feb, I switched to WordPress and have since then been slowly weeding through older posts from abandoned blogs – so I’m hoping this will be my last incarnation. I just felt as I develiped as a blogger, my blog look and content should develop too!

    • Andi

      Exactly this! I’ve held onto Blogger for soooo longggg because I felt like no one would visit me anywhere else, it’d be hard to drive traffic. Now I just don’t care. I want to be happy blogging so I’ll ACTUALLY BLOG. lol

  • Juli

    What a lovely list!!!! I am going to check out this podcast you mentioned and that women’s circle sounds amazing. Also yay for crocheting, fall candles, and washi tape!!!!

  • Lindsey

    Did you know that Jen Hatmaker does a podcast? She just did a whole series about books and reading.

    I’m loving reading all these new posts from you, Andi. I’ve had such a tough time lately finding the time or enthusiasm to blog, but I hope I’m getting back into the swing of things. 🙂

    • Andi

      Sadly, I am subscribed to Hatmaker’s podcast, but it’s one that I never get around to listening to! Sounds like I should change that, for sure. I really admired the episode she did with Beto O’Rourke recently. I did go out of my way to listen to that one.

      I hope you’re getting back into the swing, too! I know I’m trying my best.

  • Ti

    This week has been a total blur and now all of California seems to be burning. So forgive the late response to this post. As for podcasts, I just started to listed to Jamie Ivey’s The Happy Hour and it truly is a happy hour while I listen. The perfect distraction.

    BTW, Greyson is a rockstar.

    • Andi

      LOL, I’m not personally doing archery, but Greyson is dabbling. He, at the tender age of 8, could also be a detriment to Republican politicians.

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