I got a bit verbose in my last Sunday Currently a few weeks ago and then KC set the bar pretty high when she visited with her own, so I think I need some structure here or I'm just going to share the whole internet plus the entire contents of my mind with you today. Shall we limit this to a good SBQL? Yes, let's.
listening... to Jimmy Fallon's latest Lip Synch-Off with Stephen Merchant and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Well, I've been doing more than listening to it, actually; I've been participating in it from the safety of my own couch. I dare you not to lip synch along when you watch it! You might even catch yourself throwing a few shapes. (Is that what the kids say these days? I have no idea.)
reading... The Winter of the World, the second book in Ken Follett's The Century Trilogy. The first dealt (primarily) with World War I, a topic I don't know much about, and we're now heading into World War II. Delving into the different political movements of the era, the books tie together multiple families across Europe and America, and so a fabulous job of rooting exciting drama in very real issues that impacted millions of people across the globe. (This series is a lot like Edward Rutherford's novels in that way.) His writing is totally engrossing - I actually researched non-fiction works about the time period after I finished Fall of Giants because I was hooked! These might be a little overwhelming to start with if you've never read any Ken Follett before, but I'd definitely check out Pillars of the Earth, one of my favorites by him, which is about the building of a cathedral in 12th century England.
thinking... about this passage from the Book of Ruth. I'm Jewish, as you know, though I identify with a lot of liberal Anglicanism, and I absolutely consider myself spiritual in a larger sense; however, I have never found my faith (however it may be categorized) to be deeply rooted in scripture. So it's a little unexpected that, as Jon and I prepare his visa so that he can expatriate to the US and discuss longer-term plans, including eventually moving back to England, I keep coming back to this verse. Wither thou goest, I will go. It's so simple and yet so powerful - there is so much love in that one sentiment.
loving... my friend Bethie's updates these days! I knew Bethie vaguely in Washington, and she and her husband and their daughter Charlotte moved to London soon after I did. I babysat Charlie a few times when she was a baby, and it's been so sweet to watch her grow up on Instagram since I've come back to the States. (Speaking of our plans and decisions about when to move back to England, it might have to be early enough for our children to have a English accents. I almost never say that because - well, because of several reasons that are part of a totally different and much more indignant post, but how cute is this?) After months of struggles and heartache, Bethie announced over the summer that she and Jason are expecting again - and it makes me so happy! They are such a lovely family and it's such a joyous time for them. I asked if I could share this bump photo (and her new blog) with you, dear readers, to bring a smile to your faces, and Bethie said yes!
With that, we'll keep today's post short and sweet! I just want to remind you about the link-up I'm co-hosting with my September sponsors tomorrow - the prompt is to tell us about a time when you felt most beautiful. That can go in any direction, so I hope you have fun writing it! Then come back and share it with us tomorrow morning and see what everyone else has said. I think it'll be a really illuminating and inspiring link-up, don't you? Can't wait to read your answers! Happy Sunday, everyone.