Friday, May 31, 2013

Southern Summer Reading List

Looking for a few good books to read this summer?

Just wanted to share a new board I’ve posted on Pinterest while the baby was sleeping. Called Doggone Good Southern Books, it’s a list of many of the books–novels, biographies, memoirs, nature books, etc–that have affected me over the years. All by Southern authors, set in the South, or Southern in nature.

Check my board out here.

This is most definitely a work in progress, and I’ve left several off (including, by not limited to, works by Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, Kaye Gibbons, Mary Alice Monroe, Lee Smith, and more). But these are books that have touched my flawed Southern soul, and I wanted to share. Please feel free to write me here, and let me know if you agree–and for heaven’s sake, suggest some good books for me, too!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Back Momentarily & Just Because

Hello, friends! I've emerged from the cave of newbornland just to say "hi," and to introduce my new baby girl.

Willoday Tiger Dodson
Born May 1, 2013

The names: "Willoday" is a family name on my husband's (the Dodson's) side, and Tiger is a family name on my side (the Crawford side--my great-grandmother's maiden name, to be exact). We're calling her "Willa." Mostly this is for one of my favorite American novelists, Willa Cather. Also because we think it's retro and cool. 

Today marks Day 29 of Willa's life, and we've been ensconced like all new parents are in sleepless nights, busy days, and what we're calling the-distracting-of-the-3-year-old-sister. Said sister, Wylie, is quite proud. Now if we can only keep her from waking Willa up....

There won't be much coming from me here for a little while longer, but just for fun, check out these AWESOME headphones my super-cool husband brought me from his most recent business trip.

Yes, that's Wonder Woman. I'm hiding behind her because I haven't showered or slept in 29 days.

Just kidding. I've showered.

Well, a couple of times.

See y'all soon!