Wander, Wonder: Or, Where I’ve Been Lately

Given that the second most recent post on this blog is from last fall, I figured it might be a good idea to give some sort of life update here–not that I feel the need to broadcast my whole life to the internet (I’m growing more and more paranoid about those tendencies in social media culture and my own heart), but when one commits to blogging and then drops off the face of the earth, some explanation might be in order. So here is (some of) what I’ve been doing, reading, listening to, thinking about, and learning in the past few months.

Things That Happened

I went to college | I mean, that’s kind of the obvious one. So many things happened, and there’s just way too much to write in one paragraph. Here are a few highlights, though:

  • I took two upper-level literature classes: C.S. Lewis Seminar and Shakespeare, which were both worth it on so many levels.
  • I learned to swing dance, attended four dances, got my feet stepped on, and survived.
  • Survived (and enjoyed) several snowfalls.
  • Actual seasons… I’ve decided I always want to live in a place where there is fall, winter, and spring.
  • Made some of the best friends of my life.
  • Attended the March for Life in Washington D.C.
  • Learned the meaning of “business casual” and “business professional.”
  • Photographed a school event and had the pleasure of being referred to as “the photographer.”

I Went to England | Like I mentioned in this post, I went on a short trip to England (!!) with several people from my school. It was led by my literature professor, who was an amazingly chill tour guide and stopped at intervals to read poetry at us. We stopped in London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Oxford (with a day trip to Canterbury–possibly my favorite part), saw some beautiful old churches, drank so much tea and ate so many scones, and immersed ourselves in so much beauty. I met some new friends and got to know some old ones much better. It was all lovely. I’m slowly posting pictures on my Instagram, but enjoy this one of London from the top of St. Paul’s:

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Things I Learned

(in no particular order)

  • Trust God.
  • Seriously. Worrying your head off about every little thing doesn’t help. (ask me how I know).
  • Communication is. so. important. in relationships. (thanks go to my lovely roommate for teaching me that by example many times!)
  • It’s little moments you remember–doing laundry in a formal gown, laughing until your stomach hurts, late-night excursions with friends to McDonald’s.
  • Friends are found in unlikely places, your friend group doesn’t have to look like everybody else’s, and intentionality counts (also: it’s not at all weird to say, “we should hang out more, I think we could be friends.”).
  • Dorm room walls are thin. And very much not soundproof.

Books

Definitely not everything I’ve read over the past year or so, but a few of the good ones.

  • Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, and Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers | Some of the very best detective fiction I’ve ever read. Lord Peter Wimsey is by far my favorite fictional detective, and Sayers’ prose is rich and brilliant (does contain some British swearing, mostly pretty mild).
  • All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque | This one was assigned for a history class this past semester. It’s a difficult read–emotionally intense and kind of gory (also–there is a pretty decent amount of language). But it’s the intensity and difficulty that make it so good. The whole point is to show the horror of war and the humanity of those fighting. The writing is breathtakingly beautiful, which just adds to the weight of the book.
  • The Knowledge of the Holy, by A.W. Tozer | I read this for Theology class. It rewards a slow, intentional reading. It might seem elementary–just the attributes of God–but I think we need to be reminded of exactly that: God’s holiness and all His attributes. Favorite quote:

True religion confronts earth with heaven and brings eternity to bear upon time.

  • Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis | Probably my favorite Lewis work. There’s just so much there–so much depth, richness, and power. It got me thinking, and kept me thinking for the rest of the semester and all of the next one.

Music

For some reason, these past couple of semesters were when a whole bunch of excellent new music decided to come out. Twenty One pilots and the Gray Havens both released albums the same week and it was amazing.

  • She Waits | Not much to say about this except it’s another album by the Gray Havens and yep they’re still my favorite band.
  • Trench | This one became my listen-to-music-while-doing-geometry album last fall.
  • Finch in the Pantry | Beautiful is when you get into a new band, listen to all their music, and just when you’ve listened to it enough to have it all memorized they release a new album. This is soooo good. Their music has so much depth to it, and I just wish I could play violin like that. (although as a Literature major, victim of the starving-artist stereotype, Food Truck Blues makes me feel personally attacked lol)
  • No Story Is Over | I think I actually discovered Son of Laughter last summer, but this album is a work of art.

Coming Up

My book releases on August 6–less than two months away!! You can even pre-order it here (and if you don’t want to pre-order it, still go over there and look at the beautiful cover the Crossway people came up with!).

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6 Comments

  1. *freaks out about Dorothy Sayers* She’s my queen. Also much yes to Tozer and Lewis (I love that Tozer quote). And I’m adding All Quiet to my TBR. And congratulations about your book! Also I’ve been thinking about social media-y stuff too and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one processing & pondering how to use it well/the ways where it creeps in negatively. I admire your sensitivity in that area. <3

  2. What a lovely post.<3 It's so cool to get a glimpse into what you've been learning/doing currently. Btw, I really want to read Till We Have Faces–it sounds amazing, and I read (on Wikipedia xP) that Lewis considered it his best work. Maybe I can read that one or one of his others this summer.

  3. Dorothy Sayers is objectively the best. =D Let me know what you think of All Quiet! There were definitely a lot of different opinions on it in my class. Yeah, I’ve been thinking about the social media stuff a lot (actually planning to post something about it later today, because I want to hear other people’s perspectives on it–I’d love to hear yours!).

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