What I’m Into / June 2014

Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June. — Al Bernstein


Welcome back to puffy cloud season, everyone!


First things first.  Let’s take a look back at June 1983 – the month that Chad turned 1 and I turned 2.  Yep, I’m the older woman; we’re the same age for 24 days each year.  But seriously, if that’s not the cutest thing on the internet right now, well, maybe just don’t tell me about it.  Happy birthday, Team Wastell!

We spent the majority of the month on the road, but still managed to squeeze in plenty of fun.


Namely, with these little nutters.  We spent a few days at my sister’s tacked on to the beginning of a business trip to the east coast, and I LOVED getting lots of snuggles and silly moments with my nieces.  They’re 4.5 and 2.5 and full of energy and giggles and wanting all the snacks and treats.  Sisters are the best.


We hosted some super fun Airbnb guests, including one couple who bought steaks at a local butcher, but were tired at the end of their day, so Chad the Rockstar Griller Man offered to grill their ribeyes for them.  We’re pretty much great hosts.  Come visit!



Speaking of beef, we were in Chicago over the weekend, so we popped up to Evanston for Al’s famous roast beef with blue cheese.  So good.  And Al’s accepts Euros, so hey.




We took a stroll along the lake and took a picture in which I actually look slightly tan, but do not be fooled.  Just good lighting and a little Instagram.

What I’m reading
I linked up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share books I’m reading in Twitter-inspired fashion.  This month’s reads included A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Someday Someday Maybe, The Slap, Admission, and Burial Rites.

What I’m watching
Grey’s & Nashville finales, CHECK.  Game of Thrones finale, CHECK.  Bad summer movies and all the funny YouTube videos, CHECK.

Around the web

Check out #DinnerPlaybook on Twitter and Instagram – I was chosen to participate in a fun challenge for one of my favorite food blogs to celebrate a new cookbook.

Little things I’m loving


A dear friend sent me some homemade jam, plus some art from her littles that basically rules.



Even Solomon in all his splendor was not clothed like one of these.


But, new shoes!



Some good friends baptized their baby and I got to do a reading.  The afternoon was full of moments of glory.

Adventures in Piggery
Most of the month was spent preparing for or recovering from World Pork Expo, where people take pigs for a walk, among other things.  Read my full recaps here.



I’m linking up with Leigh Kramer for her What I’m Into series. Hop on over to her blog for more.


3 thoughts on “What I’m Into / June 2014

  1. Carly Gelsinger (@carlygelsinger)

    I really want to be “Air BnB people”. But currently there are sharp puzzle pieces all over the kitchen floor, the hot water in the guest bathroom doesn’t turn on, and my boisterous toddler wakes up at 6 a.m. everyday. I admire you!

    1. awastell Post author

      Yeah, we really enjoy it, but realize it’s probably not something we can do once we have kids. Enjoying it while it lasts.

  2. Leigh Kramer

    I always enjoy looking through your pictures, Anna! Happy birthday to you and your husband. You know, my family hails from farmers but I’ve never heard of anyone taking a pig for a walk before. Will wonders never cease?! 😉


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