16 June 2010

snapshot: wednesday evening

it has been rainy today. finally the clouds are disappearing, the concrete is drying and nighttime in idaho has its usual calming effect on me. the boy is snoozing and the dishwasher is whirring its lullabies to me. the beauty of the nights seem to make up for the stormy summer days. the sunsets are just so pretty. this afternoon i was cursing those clouds i love so much when benj and i landed in a sudden downpour right as we transferred the groceries from our cart to the car. the rain soaked everything in an instant, including the father's day cards i'd just bought (and spent way too long picking out). as if scolding me for not making them from scratch. lesson learned.

but tonight all is well. we end the day with dan making a new mix on itunes for tonight's workout. buying a band of horses song with the last of the itune money. (on that note, the next itune endeavor is to make a summer country mix. i'm a new country fan and am embracing it with a cd mix devoted to cheesy twangy hits, so please send me your favorite picks.)

i'm on the couch, eating one of hilary's brownies and reading dan's latest issue of outside magazine. his secretary gave him a subscription for christmas, so i get to steal it for a little light adventure reading every now and then. i like the layout, the pictures and the contrast from my usual fashion + home mags. last month had a good article about cameras and another featuring bear grylls. which for some reason took me three sittings to finally finish. this one has a little ditty about jack johnson and the new album. flipping through it gives me plenty of good father's day gift ideas. gift ideas to place on the back burner, until we are rich and famous.

i finished the help yesterday and am pining for a new book to fall into.



Allison said...

Summer country songs are AWESOME. Not sure which of these you've already heard, but here are a bunch of my favorites:

Summertime - Kenny Chesney
Ticks - Brad Paisley
American Saturday Night - Brad Paisley
Mud on the Tires - Brad Paisley (I really love him, if you can't tell)
Chicken Fried - Zac Brown Band
Toes - Zac Brown Band
Free - Zac Brown Band (their latest single; I am currently obsessed with it)
I Wanna Love Somebody Like You - Keith Urban
No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems - Kenny Chesney
Ain't Nothing 'Bout You - Big & Rich
Life is a Highway - Rascal Flatts
Dust on the Bottle - David Lee Murphy
Next 30 Years - Time McGraw
Ladies Love Country Boys - Trace Adkins
Our Song - Taylor Swift
Callin' Baton Rouge - Garth Brooks
Something Like That - Time McGraw


Audra said...

Loved The Help too. I would recommend The Book Thief next. It was a lovely book that really stuck with me after I was done.

colleen said...

We're big country fans and the 2 songs playing loudest around here lately are The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert & Lover, Lover by Jerrod Niemann. Give em a listen!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Idaho in the summer, ahhhhh. Sounds heavenly. I like country, love a little older stuff, anything by Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna.

~Kristina said...

I'm a Garth Brooks kind of girl. If you haven't heard it yet, The Thunder Rolls is a must. I am a fan of much of what the others have recommended too.
The Help is on my summer reading list :)

Anna Kristina said...

Funny - I read The Help for my book club, and the book we picked out for this next month is The Book Thief - sounds like it should be great!

Diane said...

The Help is great, The Book Thief also, and I loved Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

Lisa said...

I recommend "The Book of Negroes", it's excellent.

Hil said...

I have a summer country mix just waiting to be published as we speak, feel free to take any from the list!

I love that you were reading Dan's Outside magazine. It's always nice for a little change up here and there. Jack Johnson's new album is great, I'm already in love with it! He makes me want to live in Hawaii.

Jessica said...

bear grylls rocks!

Rosita Designs said...

if you haven't read water for elephants yet, that's the book that followed the help for me. SOOOO good.

Amber Lee D. said...

I grew up on country. Now that I am all grown up and live far away from my parents I only listen to country when I am about to go home.
My favorites are anything by Dwight Yokum and Alan Jackson.
I loved "the help" too.

Unknown said...

Have you read The Wednesday Sisters? I read it last year, and still remember it fondly. :)

summer said...

i loved this, marta.
one of my favorite reads from a couple summers ago was "thorn in my heart" by liz curtis higgs. super slow in the first chapter, but totally worth it.

Janssen said...

I LOVED The Help. My other favorite book recently has been "These is My Words." SO good.

Rachel Elizabeth said...

I've been on a recent country kick myself. Right now "The World" by Brad Paisley is on repeat.

Briel said...

I have really gotten into country the past year or two. Artists that I'm loving are Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, & Lady Antebellum. Give them a listen! :)

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