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Reading:  Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee.
This book is the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, though if I'm not mistaken I think it was actually written before To Kill a Mockingbird, but not published in until 2015, shortly after Lee died.
If you aren't familiar with either of these books, the story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, around the time of the Civil Rights movement. In the first book, Jean Louise (Scout) is a young girl whose world view is shaped around her father's, that all men, black or white, are created equal. The book deals with the issues of rape, racial segregation, compassion, justices, and class in the Deep South.
In the second book, however, Jean Louise realizes that her world view does not line up with her father's, that he does not truly believe all men are equal. She is heart broken, and has to decide if she will stand up what she believes it right, even when surrounded by those who don't agree with her, or if she will abandon those she loves because she can't agree with their views and ideas.
I highly recommend this book, and also that you listen to it on audio. Reese Witherspoon did an excellent job of reading it in a way that brought it to life.
Both books mentioned are classics that I hope to add to my bookshelf.
Loving:  The fact that my sister-in-law and her seven kiddos are here in New York today and tomorrow. For the past two years we've talked about how fun it would be for them to come up for a few days in July or August to spend time together at the lake and the blueberry patch. It is finally happening and I'm so excited! It'll be a little 'stay-cation' for Carson and I. Carson absolutely adores his cousins and can't wait for them to arrive, and gosh, I feel the same way.
Dreaming: Up a few new ideas for décor in our room. We recently got rid of the headboard I had made out of old doors. I loved that headboard, but it was painted with lead paint, so it had to go. Now that it's gone, I'm kind of ready to change up a few other things as well. I am thinking of this or this for nightstands. Some throw pillows similar to this, and maybe a canopy like this as well. What do you think?
Wishing: For this book.
Thinking About: Goals in life, and how accomplishing those goals happens only when you take the first step. I would love to write a book, it's been something that I wanted to do ever since I was in middle school. But it does seem overwhelming, where do I begin? Would people (other than my husband, he said he would buy a copy) actually want to read it? This article made me realize that it is possible, but I have to start by taking the first step.
Listening: To Have You Seen the Rain, again and again and again.
Watching:  Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanne Gains. I know I'm a bit late to the party, Saturday night was the first I sat down and watched an episode. I've been hearing so much about it I decided I need to see what it's all about. I'm pretty sure I'll be watching a few more episodes in the days and weeks to come.
Trying: To potty train a little boy and a puppy. The little boy is doing well (other than the fact that he likes to aim at bugs on the wall and spots on the floor instead of the toilet bowl...) But the puppy, don't ask me how that's going; it's not. I despair. If you have any tips or suggestions, I'd certainly appreciate them in the comments below. :)
What about you: What have you currently been up to?


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