At the moment…

  • Married LifeIMG_0012I am blown away at all of the blessings of married life.  Staying up late reading together in bed to oldies on Pandora, making a huge mess in the kitchen as we prepare adventurous meals, impromptu waltzing in the living room when our favorite songs come on the radio, curling up on the couch with a bowl of cherries to watch Psych, having strong arms to hold me when hard days come and all I can do is cry, laughing till our stomachs ache over ridiculously cheesy jokes, waking up each day next to my best friend…I’m truly blown away.
  • Audrey Hepburnroman-holiday-bfi-00m-ewbI finished my first Audrey Hepburn movie, Roman Holiday, and absolutely loved it.  Hepburn deserves every bit of the adoration she’s received for decades on end.
  • SummerIMG_0065
    IMG_0084I’m thoroughly enjoying the summer.  I’m such an introvert, home-body, indoors-y person that I’ve never really enjoyed all the classic summer activities like going to the park, visiting the beach, drinking lemonade and Izze at the pool, lying out in the sun with a good book or shopping at the farmer’s market.  Marrying an outdoors-y guy changed all that for me and I’m loving summer!  I’m even getting a bit of a tan.  Well, it’s mostly just a ton of freckles, but hey – it still counts as something!  At least I’m not blinding people when I wear shorts anymore.
  • Bastille
  • All-This-Bad-Blood-Deluxe-Edition-CD2-coverI’m head-over-heels for the song artist Bastille.  The haunting melodies, unique style and powerful lyrics have me completely mesmerized.  Not to mention the main singer’s strong British accent and the way he imbues each word with such emotion.  I love every song I’ve heard so far on the album “All This Bad Blood” but my favorites are definitely “Poet”, “Laughter Lines”, “Bad Blood” and (of course) “Pompeii”.

 

  • Jane Brocket1913848
    I’ve rediscovered Jane Brocket.  I have her book, The Gentle Art of Domesticity, on my coffee table at all times, but only just recently have I picked it up again for the first time in years and reminded myself why I adored the book in the first place.  Her celebration of the colors, textures, smells, luxuries and challenges of homemaking inspire me with such excitement and restores my passion for the “gentle arts”.  The first time I read her book I didn’t knit at all, so now I’m especially intrigued by all the passages and pictures of Jane’s brilliant yarn creations.  I’ve also discovered her blog, Yarn Storm, for the first time and love it almost as much as her book.

 

  • The Dark Knight8589130461941-batman-the-dark-knight-joker-wallpaper-hdI watched Batman: The Dark Knight for the first time.  I know it was all the rage several years ago, but I was always turned off by the violence and dark undertone I knew the story contained.  We watched it the other day, though, and boy was it well done!  Definitely dark and definitely violent, but Heath Ledger as the Joker – holy cow!  That man could act.  Now I know why everyone made such a huge deal about his performance in that movie.  I’ve never seen a scarier, more brilliant, more insane villain than Ledger’s Joker.  The Dark Knight is not a movie I’d want to watch over and over, but I was surprised at how well done it was and how much I enjoyed it.

 

  • Yarn and KnittingknitpickspaletteI’m reveling in the joys of knitting!  Christmas is half a year away but I’m getting started now on gifts.  I’m almost done with a dark aqua scarf, and will probably do a hat next just to mix things up a bit.  Browsing through Kristen’s posts on Wool and Wheel keeps me motivated to keep knitting even when I get tired of a project.  She finishes an advanced, challenging project every week (or so it seems) so I’ve got nothing to complain about!

 

  • T-Tapp.  I’m getting so much good out of T-tapp, a fantastic exercise program.  I used it for years without many results, and hated doing it.  Recently though (because my mother-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law are all experts at T-tapp, have consistently won T-tapp contests and are as good as personal trainers) I’ve really gotten into it.  Little did I know I’d been doing it wrong all this time; after a few tweaks to the way I was doing things, I started to love T-tapp.  It’s only 15-20 minutes a day, every other day, but the payoff is huge.  My clothes fit like I’ve always wanted them to, my posture is way better and my back doesn’t hurt like it used to.

 

  • God Without ReligionPicture-1I read God Without Religion by Andrew Farley, and my life will never be the same.  I don’t have room here to do it justice by a long shot, but I can’t recommend it strongly enough!  Since reading the book, I’ve listened to tons of Farley’s sermons on YouTube, as well as the series “Sin No More” by Michael Pearl which lines up spot-on with Farley’s message.  Even for a girl born and raised in a strong Christian home and Bible-teaching churches, the way Farley and Pearl explain the gospel was earth-shattering for me.  It’s Jesus plus nothing.  No trying harder.  No being good enough.  No striving to keep in good standing with God.  No religion.  Just Christ.  Seriously, go read God Without Religion.
  • Right Now…
  • IMG_0100At this exact moment in time, at 3:28 in the afternoon I’m sitting on a beautiful teal and green quilt in the shade on my deck, with The Gentle Art of Domesticity and my knitting beside me, slowly working on a gluten-free blondie that is out of this world, listening to Piano Guys.  The sun is shining, I can hear the creek running beside my house, and I’ve only got two and a half hours left till my husband gets off of work.  Yep.  It’s a good day to be alive.
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14 thoughts on “At the moment…

  1. Lovely to hear from you again, Victoria!

    I love Roman Holiday as well…although…I have to admit, my enjoyment of it may or may not stem from my long-time admiration of Gregory Peck rather than my newer appreciation for Audrey Hepburn 😉

    The Dark Knight…whew, that IS a violent, creepy, but very well-done film. Heath Ledger is all the Joker I’ll ever need for the rest of my life; I think I’ll pass on the new Joker-centric film that’s supposed to come out next year.

    T-Tapp! We’ve done that ourselves! In fact, I’d just gotten back to it up until a week ago when I decided that I needed to use those extra 15 minutes in the morning to write. But my siblings are about to get back to school which means I’ll get my normal writing time back, so I’ll put exercise back in my schedule on Monday morning 🙂

    • My thoughts exactly on the Joker situation! I’ll pass on Suicide Squad, no matter how well-done their version of the Joker is. 🙂

      Good for you getting back to T-tapp! It’s amazing what a difference it has made for me; “trouble spots” that have always been flabby no matter what are FINALLY firm and fit. Makes me feel like doing a happy dance. 😀

  2. I love it when you do these sorts of posts, my friend! (And this might sound funny…. but oh, am I //ever// missing you this week! ;))

    I haven’t ever done T-Tapp — mostly because I tend to have a lot of eventual knee trouble with any standing exercises (due I think to dance stuff way back when) — but your success is bolstering my resolution to get back on my own exercise routine with Ballet Beautiful. I guess I should just jump back in and go for it! 🙂

    • Thanks, Heidi! I just felt like it was time for a random post. 😀 I’m so sorry I haven’t emailed in so long! I haven’t forgotten, though – life has just been a bit crazy lately!

      I’ve heard of Ballet Beautiful! It sounds really neat. Yes, London has a hard time with T-Tapp because of her knees, but it truly is an excellent program. They have workouts that take place lying down on the floor, which shouldn’t strain the knees, in case you’re ever interested. 🙂

  3. Things you might enjoy:

    How to Steal a Million (Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole – possibly the world’s cutest couple)

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s (A bit less of a romcom, this is about two broken people who are thrown together. Of course, one of those is Audrey Hepburn)

    Tim Keller’s books or sermons. He’s an incredibly entertaining speaker, who also focuses on finding our identity in Christ alone (a focus which I found transformative). He’s a huge C.S. Lewis/Tolkien fan, too – so that’s fun:

    You can find his podcasts on iTunes, too. They’re a great resource.

    • Ooh, How to Steal a Million sounds good! On your recommendation, I’ll be watching it tonight as I knit. 🙂

      Tim Keller sounds great! I’ll definitely have to check him out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Glad to hear everything is going so well! 🙂

    If you liked Roman Holiday, you should check out Sabrina, which stars Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Adorable movie.

    Hmm. I’ve never really cared for action movies in general nor superhero movies in particular, but now I think I might have to see The Dark Knight.

    • I so want to watch Sabrina, I just can’t find it anywhere! Maybe the library might have it…it’s definitely on my to-watch list. 🙂

      Yes, The Dark Knight was very well done, but I’d say it was definitely too dark to be considered my favorite action/comic movie (although as far as acting goes it was incredible). Iron Man 1 and Captain America 1 still take the cake in my opinion for best comic movies of all time. 🙂

  5. Roman Holiday is such a great movie. I’m a big Audrey Hepburn fan…some more of my favorites are Sabrina, How to Steal a Million, and Charade. Oh, and Wait Until Dark (so suspenseful!).

    Ha, I wish I finished an advanced project every week! =) Thanks for your kind words about my blog.

  6. Oh you’re very welcome! It’s such fun to read your blog – especially when I’m bogged down with my current project or tired of knitting; your projects always remind me how much fun knitting is and how do-able it can be with proper instructions. I’m almost done with my scarf and then I hope to branch out in some new direction with a never-before-tried-project, like mittens. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

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