Monday, October 16, 2017

Things I've Been Enjoying Lately

It seems spending less time on the internet works wonders. At the same time, the internet is a magical place and while it's the last few hours of the day I permit myself to be here, I thought I'd throw together a post about some of the happy things going on in my life.

listening to...

~La La Land

I didn't know exactly what to make of the movie, but Another Day of Sun and The Fools Who Dream are extraordinarily uplifting in distinct ways.




~Lecrae

Rebel from 2008 is one of my favorite albums right now.

studying...

~philosophy

And a lot of other things. 11th grade is actually kind of great.

reading...

~The Secret Thoughts of An Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Buttterfield

I wrote this on Goodreads....

This is incredible. Rosaria Butterfield tells her conversion story from practicing lesbian and feminist to Christian homeschool mom in a warm but convicting manner that always pointed me back to the One who grants salvation. 

Reading this was definitely a highlight of my fall. So good.

~Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

Whew. This is intense, but it's helped me understand my faith thoroughly and joyfully.

~Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare



It's always a good arrangement when school assignments are fun. Life hack, though: watch a good movie version of the Shakespeare play before reading said Shakespeare play.  For Much Ado About Nothing, I'd recommed the Kenneth Branagh/Emma Thompson adaption(well, minus a couple scenes).

watching...

~The Flash and Downton Abbey(for a second time, yes) with my sister

~old-ish classics like Jaws and The Truman Show and The Matrix, which is old right?

and...

~eating chocolate chip cookies

Semisweet chocolate chips taste so grown up.

~waiting *cough* patiently for snow

~trying out Twitter

You can find me at, https://twitter.com/meredithmayj .


What have you been up to this fall? Are there any songs or albums you're particularly fond of at the moment? 

12 comments:

  1. I loved Rosaria Butterfield's books. Definitely read her second one when you're done with the first... it's just as good. I read an abridged version of Calvin's Institutes last year.... I started the unabridged version but gave up part way through. It is intense but I felt like I learned so much and at least with the abridged version I'd read it again.
    I love La La Land's soundtrack so much! I need to rewatch the movie... I loved it the first time but my dad didn't like it so I want to go back and watch it with a more critical eye and see if he has some points. It is an interesting film.
    Much Ado about Nothing is my favorite of Shakespeare's plays and that adaptation is so much fun (as you said minus a couple scenes). I need to rewatch it!

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    1. I am looking forward to her second book! I just added it to my TBR list on Goodreads. Understandable! I'm sure there's still much to glean from an abridged version.

      La La Land confused me so much. ^.^ I've read a lot of interpretations of the message(or lack thereof?) but I know the music is fantastic. I'm sure a second watch would be helpful for both of us!

      It is! It's fun as a rewatch too-- I picked up on so much more the second time.

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  2. THE LA LA LAND SOUNTRACK. Oh my heart. <3 I haven't seen the movie (I want to, if I can watch it filtered) but I practically have the soundtrack memorized at this point...so, so good.

    Much Ado about Nothing sounds like a fun play! I've sadly only read one Shakespeare piece - Julius Caesar - but I'd like to read more. Maybe sometime after I finish this Dickens book I started. ;)

    Newest music obsessions? Um, I have a lot. xD I would like to do a post about some favorite music artists of mine eventually. One group I've really fallen in love with is The Gray Havens. THEIR MUSIC IS SO GOOD. It's folk music with lots of layered allegories...sounds weird from my description but trust me - they are incredible. (I'd recommend Train Station...that's one of my favorites of their songs.)

    I loved reading this little update! It's so nice to comment here again. :D

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    1. RIGHT? It is so beautiful. :D I'm sure you already know this, but I will say that the only reason it's rated PG-13 is for a brief(almost inaudible) use of strong language. Also Mia and Sebastian choose to cohabitate but it's pretty underplayed and less prevalent than in most chick flicks. I understand why you'd want to filter it though! :) The music is so good on its own.

      It is(minus those couple scenes that, is xD)! Oh, I'm reading Julius Caesar right now! Did you like it? Wait, which Dickens book did you start? *goes and checks Goodreads* Ohhh, that one! Prepare to have your heart crushed. That's all I'll say. ;)

      That would be a fun post! Oh, I've heard the Gray Havens are good! I'll have to check them out. Thanks!

      Aww, thank you! I love reading your comments! :D

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  3. I enjoyed this post! "The Secret Thoughts..." sounds really good! I'll have to add it on Goodreads. :)
    I loved Jaws! For some reason I really enjoy shark movies, but they are the only 'horror' or 'scary' movies I like.
    Have a nice day!
    -Amaris

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    1. Thank you, Amaris! Do! It was really good.

      *high-five* YAY FOR ANOTHER PERSON WHO LIKES JAWS. I usually wouldn't be a big fan of the genre myself, but Jaws is so brilliant. ^.^

      You too!

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  4. Meridith! What a privilege to see your thoughts. You are an inspiration. I appreciate your intentionality in how you spend your time and what you are choosing to input into your mind and heart. So glad you are enjoying 11th grade. God’s work in your life is so evident just after reading a small portion of your writing. Looking forward to continuing to follow your blogs. Adria

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  5. Yikes, Meredith, sorry about the misspelling!

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  6. I also like what you said about semi sweet chocolate chips tasting so grown up :) :)

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    1. Aww thank you so much. :) I'm encouraged to see you enjoy it.

      Haha, no problem!

      Thanks! It was an odd revelation, but the best way I could think of to describe them.

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  7. Aww, I love these kinds of posts!

    I really want to read Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. I have a feeling it will be very good. *nods*

    Haha, a friend of mine really wants me to see Jaws . . . not sure that I ever will, but I'm willing to CONSIDER it. ;)

    Music I'm really into at the moment? Hmm, well, just certain random songs, I guess, and also Lauren Daigle. I'm really loving her music right now. :)

    Hope you're doing well, friend! <3

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    1. Thanks! I do too. :D

      It will, indeed. *nods with you* Of course you may not agree with everything she says theologically(I didn't quite) but there's still so much to glean.

      You should! Well, if you think you'll enjoy it, that is. I found it to be...tasteful, but not without some ickiness inherent in the nature of the film. It's also just fun as a classic, even if not something you'd want to re-watch again.

      My sister loves Lauren Diagle! I'm not her biggest fan, but what is your favorite of her songs? Perhaps I could be converted. ;)

      Thank you, Olivia! I hope the same for you! <3

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