this week in the elementary library…

September 16, 2014 § Leave a comment

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I always read this one to first grade in September. I’m a devout Chris Van Allsburg fan. I love anything and everything he does and this one, The Stranger, is particularly weird and wonderful. It’s about the coming of fall without being corny and literal. It’s bizarre and amazing.

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I suggest reading it to 25+ six year olds and then ask hem what they think happened…the answers can be priceless.

 

 

 

fall 2014 soundtrack

September 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

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I don’t mean to join the chorus and go on and on about how much I love fall, but sorry, it just kind of happens. It’s happening! And along with boot & scarf weather, football, PSLs, and candles, there is also always a ton of great new music released in the fall. I’ve bee obsessed with the following five songs.

You can find my current seasonal playlist here on Spotify. 

Let’s be honest though, I’ll just be listening to Alt-J’s new album on repeat when it comes out in a week.

Four Walls // Broods

Georgia // Vance Joy

Promises // Ryn Weaver

Every Other Freckle // Alt-J

 Carolina // Kimbra

Illustration above is from Morgan Davidson in Florida. So great! Her instagram is amazing as well.

a few days at the beach

September 12, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Thought I’d share some photos from our trip to Edisto Island, SC earlier this week. My family has been renting beach houses there since I was a kid. We all agree that we must have a house right on the beach and it must have wifi. Ha.

My parents, Kaylex and baby Graham, Andrew, and Lis all body surfing by day, doing jigsaw puzzles and iPad-ing by night. It was great fun and we even managed to fit in a trip to Tupelo Honey on our way back. Perfect.

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I love that time at low tide when the sand is black and muddy like

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Beach house bookshelves…love to see what’s available…until I caught a glimpse of Diary of Wimpy Kid…NOOOOO. I see enough of it at work.IMGP1547IMGP15162014-09-08 11.52.44

 

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Poses 36/52: Janu Sirsasana

September 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Head to Knee Pose. Janu Sirasana. Simple, but not…



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This pose shows up a lot in yoga. Like most poses, I was originally introduced to it in the Primary Series of Ashtanga yoga. It looks so simple, like a simple runners stretch. However, the longer you do yoga you realize how complex it is. The deeper you get into the stretch, the more complicated the sensations. It’s a super strong hamstring stretch, big hip opener, stretches your back a ton, strengthens your core, and it is also a nice twist for the spine.

Yep, it’s an everything pose….like every. other. single. one.

5 books for Amy in Austin

September 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

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This is my favorite bookshelf in the new house. Can you believe it, but we don’t have near enough books to fill all the shelves…dang, what a problem to have! HA! I’ll take any excuse to buy more books.

A former coworker and friend at Castle Hill in Austin recently reached out on instagram for book recommendations. LOVE.

Here are five (actually six if you feel like reading not one, but two books about creepy obsessive friends) books that I’ve read within the past few years and loved. These are all fairly short, fast, entertaining reads, but still well-written and somewhat literary. That’s what I’m always looking for in a book, btw.

 

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1. Can’t we talk about something more Pleasant? by Roz Chast

This immediately comes to mind because I finished it yesterday! New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast’s graphic memoir about her aging parents is insanely funny and deeply sad. So great and can be read in one or two sittings.

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2. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

A collection of different points of view with every character making a small appearance in the chapter preceding their own. Really cool book, super fast read, and it won the Pulitzer! Bonus!

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3. The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Dark story of female “friendship” (?!) Super well written and great to discuss. If you like it, read Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller for a double dose of creepy. It’s even better.

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4. We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Don’t read anything on Amazon or elsewhere about this book! Just pick it up and start reading. There are major spoilers in reviews, etc. It’s amazing. First book to make me truly cry in a long, long time.

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5. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

I’ve read this book once on my own, again for undergrad, again for grad school, and then again on my own. It’s perfect. Everyone should read it.

 

I’m out!

September 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

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After work this afternoon, we’re off to Asheville and then tomorrow off to the beach for a few days. My parents, Kaylex & Baby Graham, Lis, and us. House right on the beach, lots of homemade food thanks to Mom, kites, the Vespa, yoga gear, sangria ingredients. I’M THERE.

Surely I’ll be sharing photos on instagram, @graylin_porter

Have a great weekend!

Poses 35/52: Svarga Dvidasana

September 4, 2014 § 3 Comments

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Bird of paradise! I saw the above photo for the first time way back when Pinterest first got going. It’s been making the rounds ever since. It’s amazing. So amazing I had to get out my paint and turn it into a little project last year

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Bird of paradise is one of those poses that looks insane, but is actually somewhat accessible…it just may never look like that. HA!

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This photo was taken June 2013…haven’t snapped a recent one of my BOP in awhile, curious to see my progress. I try to practice it almost every day. But then again, I love to balance on one leg and most don’t so, you know. Do what you want!

Again, Ekhart Yoga comes through with a free 10 minute sequence to get you there.

 

I also discovered Stacey Welu and her YouTube series, Asana Diagnostics. AMAZING tricks and tips!

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