Many of my favorite blogs post regular roundups of what they’re loving that week or month. I always get excited about lists, so we thought we’d throw up a few of the things we’re loving around here from time to time. What’s caught two Southern girls’ eyes lately? Check it out…
Portable record player (plus a bonus: Saturdays scouring music stores for some Elvis on vinyl)
Deep Roots album by Steven Curtis Chapman — Bluegrass meets favorite hymns. Mr. SIT and I discovered this gem from one of my favorite artists at Cracker Barrel one morning, and it’s been our going-to-church music on Sundays ever since. (And I found this Wall Street Journal article amusing: Cracker Barrel is “the Starbucks of Country Music.”)
Civil Wars new album
Carry the Fire song by Andrew Peterson
The Road by Cormac McCarthy — And speaking of “carrying the fire,” this book is one of the best I’ve read this year. It has haunted my thoughts in a wonderful way ever since.
All of Ann Patchett’s books — Ann Patchett is not exactly a well-kept secret. I had read Bel Canto a few years ago, but I picked up another of her novels, and then voraciously read everything she’s written within a few months. I think I loved State of Wonder best of all, but it’s a hard decision. She has a way with language and stories. And, she’s a Nashvillian (Nashvilitte?).
Modern Mrs. Darcy blog — Actually, one of the aforementioned bloggers that regularly gives readers a peek into what she’s into is this Louisville gal — The Modern Mrs. Darcy. This is one of those blogs that I’m always thrilled to see pop up with a new entry on my Feedly. I always find some gracious inspiration, a great read, or something new to me!
These cotton stems I found at Target — A bit of rustic glamour added to my decor as an homage to my favorite Southern crop.
WoodWick brand candle — I love my gas fireplace. It’s so convenient to turn on in the mornings once Mr. SIT is off to work, but I miss that crackling wood sound. And the WoodWick brand is made in Virginia … some of the other brands don’t make that crackle.
Sweet Potatoes with Butter and Brown Sugar — I cannot get enough of these lately. For breakfast, for dessert — pure deliciousness.
Rosetta Stone — Remember my New Year’s Resolution to “values timeblock“? Well, one of the items I came up with to be the kind of person I wanted to be, was to speak another language. Spanish is so practical. Over seven percent of the world speaks it, not to mention a certain mister with whom I reside. I’ve been dabbling in it for a while now, but I’m redoubling my efforts as the young people go back to school. Something about September always makes me want to learn.
U.S. Constitution — I’ve taken a new interest in the very founding document of our great nation. I’ve had the privilege of hearing a Constitutional expert, Bob Menges, in a 12-week study at our church and it has been hugely enlightening. There is so much about the framing of this rule of law that I did not know, and it effects each one of us each day of our lives. If you’d like to experience his course on our nation’s charter, he has all the sessions available (for free) on his website.
Virginia Beach, Virginia — I got to tag along with Mr. SIT on a work trip last month to the Virginia Beach-Norfolk area. Norfolk gets a bad rep as a drab military town, but I found it is rich with history and art and great food. I ran around town dashing to the renowned Chrysler Museum satellite sites, St. Paul’s Church to see a Revolutionary-war era cannonball stuck in its brick wall, and feasting on southern sea fare such as potato chip-encrusted crab cakes.
Tennessee — This fall, we are heading back “home” to Tennessee for a proper vacation. Bookended by a wedding in Memphis one weekend, and a birthday celebration from my mom in the Smoky Mountains the next, we decided to spend a little time in Nashville and Cumberland relaxing and seeing the sites in between. I’m so excited to experience the Ryman and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage and to catch Tennessee’s counterpart to my Charleston’s Husk.
And last, but not least…
Football is back! — Truth be told, while I’m a basketball girl myself, I love that Saturday afternoons are reserved for curling up on the couch with Mr. SIT, good snacks, and maybe a magazine or two for me (if it’s a Tennessee game).