July Highlights!

This year is flying by. I can’t believe it’s already August. Before I know it we’ll be in October and I’ll be a mom! I was a little bit busier this month so I didn’t get to read as much as I would have liked, but it does feel amazing to be a bookworm again.

I read 3 books:

The Martian Anne of Avonlea Wives and Daughters

Anne of Avonlea is a well-known favorite of mine, but The Martian and Wives and Daughters are new favorites that I LOVED reading! I am now on a Classics-craze which is perfect because I need to get a move on with my Classics Club list.

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What I Watched

Wives and Daughters BBC Little Dorrit

I watched and loved both the Wives and Daughters and Little Dorrit BBC miniseries last month. Matthew Macfadyen is always lovely in a period drama and Andy Serkis will freak you out with his acting talents. And Wives and Daughters is a beautiful adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s unfinished last work. I watched the ending several times :)

July Highlights

  • Hanging out with friends! – We had several movie and game nights this past month. It’s been an important goal for Matt and I to hang out with friends as much as possible before the baby arrives, because then we probably won’t be able to for a while.
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    Playing Ticket to Ride for the first time :)

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    Spending a summer evening downtown with friends watching an 80s cover band (The Breakfast Club)

  • Reading! – Last month I finally felt like a bookworm again. I started a new book as soon as I finished an old one, I carried my Kindle around with me everywhere, and I had a “book hangover” for the first time in months :) I’ve really been into Classics lately and I wish I could be reading them all at once. I also finally organized the bookshelves in our living room:
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  • Surprise trip to Atlanta! – Last month I drove to Atlanta with my best friend Jae to surprise our other best friend McKenzie after she got engaged :) Her fiancé coordinated everything and he did a fantastic job. It was so thoughtful of him to ask McKenzie’s close friends to be there and I know it meant a lot to all of us.
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    After dinner selfies with my friends Caroline and Jae.

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    With my newly engaged BFF McKenzie!

July Challenges

  • Being uncomfortable – I was at the end of my second trimester in July, so things are starting to become more and more uncomfortable for me. I have such a short torso already so that doesn’t help. Bending over to put on shoes or pet the dog cuts off my circulation a bit and most nights I can’t find a good sleeping position. But as of today I have 12 weeks to go! Little Baby French Fry will be here before we know it :)

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    27 weeks & 1 day

  • Longing for autumn – I’m so tired of summer and I can’t wait for my favorite season to arrive! I’ve already seen so many autumn decorations out in the stores and last week I even bought a fall-themed monogrammed banner for our front door on sale at Joann’s :) I can’t wait for cooler weather, changing leaves, college football, Thanksgiving, and a sweet baby boy to arrive!

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    It’s hard to enjoy the lingering summer months when autumnal candles bombard me with their lovely scents.

Looking Forward To in August

  • Read-alongs – I’m participating in a read-along of Villette with my Goodreads group this month. I’m also joining a 4-month read-along of the Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter) hosted by The Book Addict’s Guide. Both of these read-alongs just started so feel free to join in :)
  • Austen in August – This year I’m participating in two different Austen in August events! One is month-long and the other is a week-long. I plan on reading Sense and Sensibility as well as some modern Austen-inspired adaptations. I’ll be posting several Austen-themed blog posts, and I’m even hosting a giveaway at the end of the month :)
  • Preparing for my baby shower – It’s in just over a month from now and I can’t wait! My mom and my dear friend Robin are helping plan it and already I’m overwhelmed by all the love and support I’ve felt from them and from all my other friends during my pregnancy.
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9 thoughts on “July Highlights!

  1. What an exciting time for you! You look great. I imagine it must be tough to handle the heat while pregnant (the later months of my pregnancies were during cooler months). So, if you don’t mind my asking, are you hoping for a little redhead? As the mom of two redheads (and a third who is one in the summer), I am partial to that hair color. :)

    Have a wonderful time at your baby shower!

      • I’ve always wanted my daughters to have red hair and my sons to have brown hair, is that weird? My husband has curly brown hair so we’re pretty convinced our son will have curly hair, too, but I can’t wait to see what color. I think both of our parents are hoping for red hair :)

        • I’m pretty sure my mother-in-law’s opinion of me improved tremendously when her granddaughters turned out to be redheads. She loves it.

          I can understand wanting daughters to have red hair and sons to have brown hair. My brother-in-law has red hair, but he dyed it dark brown until a new girlfriend convinced him to stop. My Dad never liked his red hair either, saying, “No one wants to look like Ronald McDonald.” Girls with red hair have much better looking role models. I’m reading a book right now–a gift from my mother-in-law–called, “Red: A History of the Redhead.” Have you read it? There is a little bit of information about the perception of redheads in the US, but the focus is Europe, where redheads have had a tougher time than they have here.

          • I love how sneaky red hair is :) My mom and her siblings have red hair, but no one before them had it. And then my parents had three red-headed babies. My husband has some red tint to his facial hair, so I’m hoping he has the gene somewhere.

            I haven’t heard of that book but it sounds very interesting! I’ve seen a lot more redheads over here in the States than I ever did while living in France.

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