What I’m into (October 2015 edition).

What I’m into (October 2015 edition).

As always, I’m joining my friend Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately.

I love October, and ours was wonderful, if a bit frantic at times. (I love to travel, but I’m not great at mitigating the havoc it wreaks on our ordinary lives.)

We picked apples and hiked through the leaves and spent a zillion hours at the ballpark. (All 4 kids played for the first time and we’re calling it a big success.)

Will and I took the kids to New York City and it was amazing. We loved how much they loved the city.

And we got to meet new babies. (Swoon.)  We went to NYC with my cousin, her husband, and their adorable (and delightfully chubby) eight-month-old baby, who we met for the first time. Back home, I’m an aunt again. So many babies, I love it.

Youve Got Mail bookstore

What I’m watching

As a family, we’ve watched You’ve Got Mail at least a half dozen times in the last six weeks.

We watched it twice before our trip to New York to get the kids in the mood (especially because we were booked to stay on the Upper West Side). The kids watched it on the way to NYC, and on the way home. (This was extra fun after we visited Books of Wonder in New York.) And then we watched it one more time when we got home.

(This has caused some problems: my 5-year-old is now saying if you don’t get your ASS up here in TWO SHAKES when he’s in a hurry.)

Finding good movies is hard for my kids. (It’s an HSP problem.) But they love a good family movie night. Please tell me: do you have any recommendations for kids who love You’ve Got Mail?

Blacklist

Will and I are still hooked on The Blacklist.

This is the first tv we’ve watched since Parenthood ended in January, and it’s been messing with our schedules. (It’s very hard to get up at 6:00 a.m. if you watch two episodes after the kids go to bed at 9:00 p.m.!) My strategy for not letting it take over our life was to blitz it as fast as possible (despite the fact that I know a better way).

We stayed up way too late Tuesday night to finish off season two. But then on Wednesday we discovered we could catch up on season 3 on nbc.com. (Heads up: the video quality isn’t so great.)

I’m hoping we’ll be all caught up by tonight, and then we’ll have to make a horrible decision: save up a bunch of episodes to watch at once, or watch week-by-week, maybe on actual tv? In the Netflix era, I’m not crazy about either of these options. (Would love to hear your tips/advice/personal preferences in comments.)

kitchen progress 10.30

In the kitchen

I took this photo yesterday. It’s progressing slowly (we had some major, time-consuming appliance drama), but it’s progressing.

It’s a little rough around the edges and poorly lit, but it’s functional, and I’ve definitely been enjoying using it, making all those foods we haven’t seen since March—pot roast, soup, pumpkin bread.

I’m also burning the clove and cardamom candles from ePantry nonstop. They’re my new favorite—even Will thinks they smell amazing. (That is high praise, my friends.) If you adore cloves (as I do) and take advantage of the great deal ePantry is running right now on Mrs. Meyer’s seasonal scents, add one to your cart. (They’re from the Grove Collective.)

We’re also trying something new this year. In years past, I set up my therapy light at my desk and flipped it on every morning. This month I tried setting it up in the kitchen, and giving us all a blast of daylight during breakfast. My hope is that everyone will be cheerier and sleep better in the coming months.

library haul 10.29.15

What I’m reading

All my library holds came in at the same time, so this is what my nightstand looks like now.

My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life by Ruth Reichl. I am loving this. The food looks great, but the essays that accompany each recipe are my favorite part. It’s easy to sit down with this one and read it like a novel.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Several friends with great taste have recommended this lately.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. I’ve been looking forward to this one but wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it, so I was thrilled to find it on my library’s special 7-day checkout shelf yesterday.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this important book.

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined by Scott Kaufman. I requested this after hearing him speak about the messy minds of creative people last month.

On the blog

Most popular: 4 strategies I originally dismissed as too “out there” that have significantly helped me (and my loved ones) manage anxiety.

Best comments: Defining “good.” Loved your examples so much.

For when you’re feeling overwhelmed: Finding white spaced amidst a surfeit of treasures.

Most likely to resonate: 8 paradoxes of creative people.

I’d love to hear what YOU were into in October.  

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69 comments

  1. Amy says:

    Hi Anne-
    Speaking of Netflix, I wanted to alert you to a series that I discovered 5 days ago, fell in love with 5 days ago, and am almost done with already. So sad.
    The show is “Madam Secretary,” and due to not having regular tv, I had never heard of it before. But it is AMAZING. I encourage you to check it out. It is a perfect show for watching with a spouse– I’m dying to know what you think! 🙂

  2. Alex says:

    We watched a lot of classic movies when I was a kid. Parent Trap, Trouble with Angels, Mary Poppins, the like. We also dig in to the 80s and early 90s for some good ones – Hopscotch, Dave, Ghostbusters. There were a few years that some of the Mary-Kate and Ashley movies were on constant rotation, too – It Takes Too is hilarious!

  3. Lindsey Back says:

    I picked up on one of your past posts concerning highly sensitive people. I wonder whether anyone else has the problem that I do as a sensitive character with regards to reading. I find I completely loose myself in the character and the plot, but the trouble comes with endings that are less than happy it is like my sensitivity is in overload siding with the character in the book etc. It takes me ages to bring myself back from the experience of the ending. I tend to choose books on the basis of what the ending might be like which is less than satisfactory as I miss a heap of otherwise wonderful books. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this, perhaps it is just me and I need to work on disassociating myself from the book more.

    • Anne says:

      That is definitely a real issue for many HSPs. (Some HSPs are perfectly happy finding out spoilers in advance, and if you are one of them, that might make it easier to select books?)

      • Lindsey Back says:

        Thank Anne it is really comforting to know that and I might try sneaking a peek at the ending, it is a good idea….thank you

  4. Heather says:

    Have you seen the movie that You’ve Got Mail was based off of? It’s called The Shop Around the Corner, starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan. I love this movie : )

  5. Paula says:

    Oh! I love You’ve Got Mail! It’s when I fell in love with Tom Hanks! I prefer to save up my shows and binge watch them all in one day, but I don’t have kids so that’s probably easier for me to do than it would be for you. 🙂

  6. Danielle says:

    “Just Mercy” is on my list too!

    Have your kids seen “Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken”?

    We binged on Broadchurch, ohmygoodness! We just were like, “we’ve got to get through this as fast as possible!” It had amazing acting, a fantastic plot, fabulous cinematography, and was oh so gut-wrenching, which I like. I love how it depicted stages of grief and the family featured became stronger through the heart-break. I can’t rave about Broadchurch enough.

    • Anne says:

      I LOVED Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken when I was a kid! I haven’t thought about that movie in a long time. 🙂

      Glad to hear about Broadchurch. I think. That sounds dangerous. (We have stuff to get done!)

  7. Melissa says:

    Well, our family finally sat down and watched “You’ve Got Mail.” I can’t believe I have never seen it. Enjoyed it very much! A few other people have suggested one of our family’s favorites: “Return to Me.” We do fast forward a couple of short scenes, but it is delightful! Wonderful soundtrack too!

  8. Erin in CA says:

    I am fascinated by your love for You’ve Got Mail. I’ve seen the movie a few times over the years, and I just can never get over the closing of Meg Ryan’s bookstore. I feel like my nine-year-old would be devastated as well. (OTOH, high five for finding a movie that ALL your kids like. That is a tough egg to crack!)

  9. Ginger says:

    We enacted a new rule a few years ago that we don’t start a show until it’s over, as in, series finale has aired. This allows us to binge watch, knowing the end point we’re committing to. You miss out a little on the camaraderie of watching when everyone else is (but does anyone really watch “live” now anyways?), but you gain a lot of time back by only going with the shows that are really worth it. I find people are still totally willing to talk about their favorite shows years later anyway.

    We recently “watched” Parenhood with a couple of other couples, just at our own homes at our own times, but stayed vaguely in the same season with each other. It was fun texting each other and talking about the show as we saw an episode.

    Some of my favorite movies that I *think* would be ok for children and HSPs are: Hugo, The Artist, Little Manhattan (a very under celebrated, sweet coming of age love story starring Josh Hutcherson before he was Josh Hutcherson… I tell everyone about this one and no one has ever heard of it, but everyone loves it), Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, and of course, the Sound of Music. I’ve also recently loved Inside Out by Pixar!

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