Well, well, well. October is over. A lot of very not-fun things happened in October, but it was still a pretty great month.
What I’m Reading
Not much. I’m still stuck in the second Outlander book and I’m not moving very fast. I read the first 2/3 of book 1 very quickly, and told you how much I enjoyed it. And then — it just stopped. Maybe I spoke too soon, maybe my brain just couldn’t handle the ridiculousness, maybe it was too much romance and not enough history and war to entertain me, but I’m just not making progress and I can’t decide whether to stop or to keep going and hope it gets better. I really enjoy the parts that are about time travel and history and clans and Scotland. I don’t really enjoy the love parts so much.
What I’m Watching
EVERYTHING. I am such a television junkie and the new fall line-up is eating up a lot of my down time. I love On Demand. It is so great. My favorite new show is Madam Secretary. Tim Daly and Tea Leoni are such a well matched and believable modern couple. Plus Tim Daly is good-looking in a totally normal and not ridiculous way. I haven’t written off HOW to Get a-WAY with MUR-der yet, but I can hardly follow the story lines so I’m usually watching it while working on something else. It’s a little over my head (that’s the nice way to say it doesn’t make any sense, right? right!). Also, Parenthood is in its last season and it is just so wonderful. I’ve loved every episode and I really want Joel and Julia to get back together but I also don’t want them to because her new boyfriend is adorable — I’m glad she’s not my friend in real life because I would be the worst at giving advice in this situation.
I’m also watching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football Team. They are not playing as well over the last month as I was hoping they would be — too many interceptions and rookie mistakes — but I love them. The Pope loves them, President Bartlet loves them, God loves them, America loves them. There’s still room on the bandwagon. Go IRISH!
What I’m Eating
This month has been all about cooking, and I’ve loved writing my October series #31 Days in the Pink-Briefcase Kitchen. My favorite recipes are probably this pasta recipe, this granola recipe, and this pie recipe that inspired a hashtag! #piemergency #emergencypie. I’ve never inspired a hashtag before and that was wicked exciting.
I also spent a week eating brown rice, baked chicken, and steamed broccoli for all meals and to be honest — I didn’t hate it as much as I wanted to. Deciding what to eat is such a huge time-waster. Knowing in advance exactly what I would eat and saying no to everything else was an interesting life experiment, and reminded me how much I love meal planning.
What I’m Wearing
It’s not my usual thing, but I’m loving Tommy Hilfiger this season and have been wearing his long-sleeved tees, an awesome cardigan, and a classic striped sweater all the time. I still need to order tights for the winter and would love your recommendations for the best name brands to avoid that terrible rolly-down thing that makes you feel like you’re being sliced in half.
I’m also wearing a coat and scarf almost every day now, so I’m trying to learn different ways to style my hair easily so it is off my shoulders for my commute. I’m spending a lot of time watching hair tutorial videos from the small things blog.
What We’ve Been Up To
We lost our cat Leo to kidney failure a month or so back, and after a bit of grieving we decided that we needed to rescue a shelter cat from the local animal shelter. Our new little guy is named Winston after Churchill and he kneads dough ALL THE TIME. He also eats like a horse and has a fake front tooth. So, just enough issues and quirks to be absolutely hilarious. He’s already three years old so we don’t have to go through the kitten stages again, and he has warmed up to us quickly, gotten all of his shots, and settled into our home like he’s always been here.
My husband and his brothers ran the Chicago Marathon over Columbus Day Weekend. My inlaws were in town for the week before Columbus Day and we spent a lot of time enjoying the City. We ate at Opart Thai (yum!) , Little Goat Diner (greatest nachos in the world!), Frontera Grill, and XOCO (for my favorite soup!). What a delicious and exhausting week! We also played trivia at a bar near our home, and one of the best trivia questions was: Name three universities that were home to both a U.S. President and a Super Bowl MVP.
And, I’m still traveling a bit for work. Hopefully that will be over soon, but as much as I loathe traveling too often, I absolutely love my job and so it works out okay. I’m learning a ton and it’s been a fantastic opportunity, so I’m enjoying it while it lasts and taking it one day at a time.
So, what all have you been up to this month? I’m so excited for November and for the holiday season because I finally have a lot of leave built up and can take a bit more time off and really enjoy my holiday season. Let’s hope my workload cooperates so I’m not working non-stop in late November and December!
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