D.L. Mayfield

living in the upside-down kingdom

what i am into: january 2012

Hey, January. you went as slow as molassases, yet I can't quite believe you are over. All the normal stuff started up again, yet nothing is feeling normal in life right now. February better be all figured out, that's all I am saying. Anyways . . .

What I'm Reading: This is the most exciting category, because I have been reading a TON! Taking a break from Facebook has left oodles of time for real bread-and-butter reading. I mentioned a few books a couple of weeks ago (my fav: Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness), and I started a deep love affair with Madeline L'Engles prose (she writes about motherhood+being a wife+being a writer and calls it The Irrational Season. Swoon). I also started a book about God and pregnancy (Creating with God, so far so good) and I am currently devouring 7: an Experimental Mutiny Against Excess (expect to hear much more on this in a week or so). And I read some other stuff that is maybe not as good as what has already been listed. I told you, I have been a reading fool.

What I'm Watching: Downton Abbey. You should be too. Also, the baby and I are pretty into Sesame Street (around 20 minutes a day, thanks to early early early AMs). That stuff holds up well, my friends.

What I'm Listening to: OK, I have been in a huge "worship music" kick which I know is not everyone's cup of tea. But I am in that phase of my life where if I hear a song about Jesus and his kingdom and less of us and more of him and crying out for forgiveness and grace and justice for the broken--well, I just have to sit on my bed and cry. And that is a good and precious place to be. I practically wore out the album Homemade Worship by Handmade People  by the Rend Collective Experiment. I could just sob thinking about it. Such. Good. Lyrics. Plus, it doesn't hurt that they sound a little like Mumford. Please, please check them out on Spotify and then be a good Christian and purchase the album as well.

What I'm looking forward to next month: Hmmmm. Honestly? January felt super restless and transitiony without any closure. So February, you better step it up and deliver. In other news, due to childcare/financial dilemmas, I may or may not be going to the Justice Conference. I would dearly love to stalk Shane Claiborne and John Perkins and Miroslav Volf, but that might not be happening.

I am looking forward to training for the 15k in the freezing rain, of finding pleasant indoor activities for the baby, of not buying a single item of clothing for a month, of getting some stuff published (in print!?!), of picking up the uke-banjo again, of continuing on in my reading frenzy, and of listening more and talking less.

What about you? How was the first month of 2012?

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