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.
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?
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.)
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.
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.
On the blog
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.