Books,  Just Life

five things (for June).

…inspired by my One Little Word. Play Grace*. have fun. be light-hearted. channel Grace Kelly.

welcoming sunshine and the colors of summer | june 4, 2013 in my front yard.

1. Get my camera out again. For the past 3+ months, I’ve been taking all my pictures with my phone. It’s easy and “in the moment”, but I’m ready for better. I used my camera to take the photo above (also used in the new Summer 2013 banner) and it took me a few tries to remember where the buttons were. Yikes!

2. Train for the Peachtree Road Race. It’s a 4th of July tradition in Atlanta and I’m excited to take part for the first time ever, especially since Katie & I are running together. And while I’m not worried about the 10K distance, the heat and humidity (and the crowds) are going to be a challenge. So I’m lowering my expectations and running at least once a week in the mid-morning sunshine (which means temperatures in the mid-seventies). …remembering the goal here is to have fun, not to set a record!

3. See The Great Gatsby. I re-read (listened actually, Tim Robbins did a wonderful job!) the book back in April to prepare. I know it hasn’t gotten great reviews, but I don’t care. I want to see it for myself on a big screen!

4. Read along with Books on the Nightstand the June short story.  I’m going to start by listening to it (I downloaded the New Yorker Fiction podcast from January, 2009 where it’s read by Thomas McGuane). And I hope I love it because everything I’m seeing and hearing about James Salter’s new book (All That Is) makes me want to dive right into everything he’s written.

5. Watch Madmen Season 6. The first 10 episodes are queued up on the DVR just waiting for Marc’s next trip to Asia…which starts on Monday. I can’t wait to actually see firsthand everything I’ve been reading about, especially the costumes. and Bob Benson. and get myself caught up to join the millions of viewers who will be watching the season finale on June 23.

What are you hoping to enjoy this month?

*June’s original intention was “See Grace”with actions related to photography, but the iPhonography class I found starts July 1. And just so happens that July’s intention was all about Play, so I’ve swapped the two months.

8 Comments

  • margene

    The beautiful pictures I see from iPhones gives me iEnvy. I must see GG, too. It may not be completely true to the book, but it will be nice eye candy.
    I love BOTNS and have enjoyed the short story challenge, although I read few of the offerings. New Yorker is a great way to keep up with short fiction as is Selected Shorts on NPR.
    Mad Men is crazy! You'll love it.
    My June plans are just to enjoy the beauty of this all too short season in anyway that comes along.

  • Patty

    Oh Mary! Since you introduced me to FMS photo a day I've been hooked. I think I'm going to sign up too! And I've got GG on my list and Mad Men…just wonderful. So much better than last season!

  • Carole Julius

    Awesome photo! I am never satisfied with my iPhone photos, I always prefer the big camera. I listened to the Literary Disco podcast this morning while on the elliptical and I really don't want to see The Great Gatsby anymore!

  • Debbie

    The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books. I saw the Robert Redford/Mia Farrow movie back when I was in college and remember liking it…or maybe it was that I liked Robert Redford! I don't know if I want to see this movie, but I do plan on re-reading the book again this summer. Love your photo of the Black Eyed Susans!

  • Kym

    I lug my big old camera everywhere — but love to snap quick shots with the iPhone, too! I am a huge Gatsby fan (one of my favorite books of all time) — and I look forward to seeing the moving despite the reviews. (And I can't believe your rudbeckia are already blooming!)

  • Lydia

    i have really loved getting re-acquainted with my digital camera-i'm looking forward to grilled goodies and the start of the summer veggie season.