Thursday, June 19, 2014

Right Now Faves

Because it's June and because I'm feeling like the luckiest lady in the land, it seems like the right time to give some shout-outs to some of my recent favorites.

You may have gathered this, but favorite things aren't about having or getting or striving or pining. They're simply about noticing and appreciating, in big ways and small, in things that cost and things that are free.

I happen to love it when other people post about stuff they dig, but that's because I'm nosy. If we ever have dinner together, there's a high probability that I'll ask you to lower your voice or "act normal" so I can watch you intently, as if in actual conversation, while I actually eaves-drop on whatever's happening behind me. I can't even tell you the joy eavesdropping has brought to my life at moments both critical and mundane.

So, anyway. Here's stuff that I like, with full, nitty-gritty disclosure.
Because that's how I roll.

* Favorite Verse Right Now *

Sometime before we moved, I stumbled on Psalm 27:13 late one night when I was feeling sad and uninspired and hoping David might lighten my load a bit. Finding this verse was one of the clearest moments I've ever that God was speaking straight to me. I'll be honest, I feel like this verse might not even be in all the other Bibles. Just mine. That's how much I own it. (Apparently the internet found out about it at some point, but probably only because I blogged about it a while back.)


Since I'm not as stingy a Jesus Lady as I make myself out to be, I decided to share *my* verse with my Brother- and Sister-in-law who very recently moved into a neighborhood far past the borders of their comfort zone.

I knew right away I wanted Tara to put it on a sign for them, because I have one of her signs and it's one of my prized possessions.  (Robert has one, too!)

There's something about slapping meaningful words right where we'll find them, every-day, every-day. It helps.

(Between You and Me has a sale running now through the end of June - 15% off any purchase with the code ANTHEM15)

* Favorite Songs Right Now *

Luck found me last night when I got to roll back to my roots in our Swaggery, Hubcapless White Dodger Van. I mean, I love the swanky tan van. But the Pale Wonder makes me nostalgic. Also, it has a cd player.

As such, I decided I have two favorite songs right now. And I happen to still be in the sharing mood.
Eavesdrop - from this album.
I can't stop belting this out when I'm alone and no one's listening.  It seems to be written in the exact key of Shannan, so basically it's perfect for a highish lady-tenor.

Also? It's swoony. Sexy, if you will. There. I said it.
I'm allowed, because I'm 38 now. It seems like it'll be alright. Something in the way he croons about his "skeeeeeeinnnn". I dunno.
[Update :: A perfunctory Google search confirms that I've felt well within my right to invoke the S word for at least the past 3 years. I'll be honest, 35 seems a bit precocious for that sort of thing.]
Sugarcane -  from this album.
Again with the singing out loud.
I don't have a dang clue what this song is about. Initial analyses suggest something...unseemly, but maybe in Australia peep shows take on an entirely innocent meaning.

If you're interested in reading the lyrics in my best Aussie accent, you're in luck. It seems I was all over this song almost three years ago to the week and still prone to meaningless blog drivel.

* Favorite Book Right Now *

Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
A week or so ago one of my favorite new people asked if I've read this book. I ordered it the next day, because I'm that impressionable. We have big plans for a trans-American cyber-book-study.

I am luh-hu-huving it so far.
And if that wasn't enough, today when I was sprawled out on my new Summer Blanket 2014 at the splash pad, I got to the section where the authors quote Bossypants.

You have my heart forevs, Slow Church! And Tina Fey!

 * Favorite T-shirt Right Now *

I went to the J Crew outlet last weekend whilst Ohioing.
I arrived 10 minutes before closing.
I bought two t-shirts without even trying them on, one gray (because I only have 11 gray t-shirts and everyone knows you need 12) and light aqua blue.
They are the softest shirts in all the land.
They have no embellishment or integrity or purpose or mission - unless you count extreme breathability and off-the-charts cush-factor.
they were just 15 Poppers a piece.
I already wore the gray one twice.
Two days in a row.
But no need to air my dirty laundry.

* Favorite Meal For Life Right Now *

Brown. Black. Fajitas. Mild. Medium. Corn. Sour Cream. Guac. Lettuce.

Every day.
All the days.

Cory and I keep considering opening a franchise in Goshen, but then we start to wonder if "Jail Chaplain" and "SAHM/Blogger/Furniture Rearranger/Silas Corraler" properly qualify us??

That's all for now.
Peace out.

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  1. The book. Chipotle. JCrew clearance. You have my heart forever. And that improv section: perfect. Your book looks like mine. Love you.

  2. Rue 21. If you have one. 3.00 jeans right now. Guys 7.00. Store rocks.

  3. So great that you liked the Tina Fey passage! Our editor *almost* convinced us to take it out. Glad we resisted! ;)
    Will have to share your post with him...

    Enjoy the rest of the book!
    Chris Smith

  4. My new favorite is the website Twice. It's secondhand high end clothes. All the JCrew and Anthro, etc. you want for a fraction of the prices. It makes my heart smile. :)

  5. I love the joy that you spread. Gary is feeling very worried and discouraged about his Daddy today. I sent him your verse to cheer him up.

    1. Oh, I hope it helps! Saying a prayer right now.

  6. I love me a list of random favorite things and oh my goodness, literally I was just looking at that book on Amazon last night wondering how I hadn't heard of it yet and what actual people think of it... hmm... somehow I suspect it may be on its' way to me by this afternoon? (Because I too am that impressionable!)

  7. I think we may be music twins! I have two new to me artists you may like; Sleeping at Last and Birdy. Google them and listen if you don't already know them. Beautiful music.

  8. I'm a long time fan of the Civil Wars and I'm so happy when someone else loves them, too. It saddens me that they are no longer together. Love all your posts, Shannan.

  9. You are a gem and you have so many people that "get you" and appreciate your zany ways. Including me! We share they same husky voice (I about died when I heard you speak in the Fatherhood Project, I was expecting sweet and flowery), we share a strange love for gray clothing items (I seriously 100% asked myself today if there was something wrong with me because for the past two weeks I have worn gray and white pretty much exclusively), and I eat my bowl just like you, minus the corn. Oh and I love eavesdropping... like love it ( and people watching).
    Anyway, thanks for sharing your faves...I'm nosy too.

  10. i always love when people post their favorite things, too.
    grateful to be in the line-up. :)

  11. You got a new (at least to you) van! Yay!
    You are thinking about opening a restaurant. Why does this last question feel like more than just a simple mention? :) (You've put some serious thought into it I can tell.) You do eat food. Everyday. :) And your unwavering passion for Mexican Cuisine more than qualifies you (in my opinion.) If God's onboard go for it!!!

    1. We've had the tan van for a year. But still, hooray! (Someone GAVE it to us!!!!!) And we're like 90% joking about the restaurant. We don't really have an entrepreneurial spirit. But we WISH someone would start a dang Chipotle over this way!

  12. I always love posts about people's favorite things of the moment. I've always meant to do one on my blog but haven't yet.

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