October has been a wonderful month, although I’m aware that a part of me is working to keep the frantic feeling that sneaks up on me this time of year at bay. October has a down-to-business feel about it: the kids’ school is in full swing, so is work, and our household is as crazy as ever.
It’s just occurred to me that it’s been almost six months now since we moved in to the new house, which blows my mind. We’re making progress, even if we aren’t anywhere near done. But I successfully located all my cold-weather clothes, have knocked a couple more projects off the list, and finally got that kitchen table I wanted to find within weeks of moving in. Hey, it’s even been six weeks or so since I accidentally made the turn to go home to the old place a mile away.
Because my life isn’t crazy enough: NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow, and I’m still thinking about doing it. I just picked up a copy of No Plot? No Problem! and I’m not sure if that book is going to talk me into it or out of it. (If you’ve ever participated, I’d love to hear your tips.)
Speaking of crazy: I finally heeded my stylist’s advice and ordered the high-speed blow dryer she’s been telling me to get for a year or two. (I have fine, thick hair that takes forever to blow dry.) It might be changing my life. Or at least my morning routine.
What I’m watching
For once, I have something to report here.
I watched all of Outlander in two nights while Will was away.
And I finally watched the BBC’s 2007 adaptation of Northanger Abbey, done by Andrew Davies of P&P 1995 fame. (I can’t believe I didn’t realize till afterwards that Carey Mulligan plays Isabella Thorpe.)
We finally started Parenthood.
We stayed up way too late watching the World Series, and letting our baseball-loving kids stay up, too. I’m still tired.
I want to watch Death Comes to Pemberley, but haven’t quite gotten there yet.
In the kitchen
I haven’t been up to anything too exciting in the kitchen—I’m holding out until we get to bona fide pot roast weather. (I can’t wait.) I’ve been trying out recipes from my new Cooks Illustrated Slow Cooker cookbook, and have been drooling over Martha Stewart’s new One Pot cookbook.
What I’m reading
I just started Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (the last book in the Outlander series). I’ve really enjoyed the series, but I’m looking forward to being done with it. Reading all those pages is really time consuming! As much as I don’t want it to end, I’m looking forward to having more hours to devote on non-Outlander reads.
On the blog
A smokin’ deal on Mrs. Meyers, Method, and Yes to Carrots products from ePantry. (Just for MMD readers.) Because streamlining household maintenance means more time for the important things. Like Outlander.
How to keep a great series from ruining your life. A counterintuitive but effective trick that will help you just say no to one more chapter (or episode).
And I had a post up at Simple Homeschool, though it’s not just for homeschoolers, or parents: Self-care for the highly sensitive parent.
Best of the web
How to be efficient. This Big Life Advice from Dan Ariely is the most practical thing I’ve read all month. Worth a read (and a re-read).
What’s behind the great podcast rennaisance? “When you have Ira Glass going on The Tonight Show to talk about podcasting, something is a little different.”
The conversation bloggers are having about you. (Yes they are.)
We are all quants now. A thoughtful look at the existential implications of big data analysis.
What book should you read next? Putting librarians and algorithms to the test. Not all humans trump all algorithms, but when it comes to book recommendations, there’s a place for the human touch. (YES.)
What were you into in October?
Linking up with Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.