Linking up with the lovely Leigh Kramer to share What I’m Into.
November’s been a lovely month, at home and on the blog. On the home front, my house has been filled with games and artwork and cozy evenings and crazy kids.
I felt like the blog was full of books, books, books this month. My absolute favorite nerdy thing we did in November was the What’s on Your Bookshelf link-up. I so enjoyed browsing everyone’s shelves.
(Pssst–in November, thanks to a serendipitous Thanksgiving IKEA trip, I got a new bookshelf, and am currently working on filling it up. Pictures soon. Maybe.)
What I’m reading
I was really looking forward to both these books: Jo Baker’s Longbourn, and Ann Patchett’s latest, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. One was excellent; one was underwhelming. Details coming soon.
This book deserves special mention: back in September, I told you how I read (or rather, listened to half the audiobook of) The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, author of the worthwhile What Alice Forgot. When my road trip ended I was only halfway through the book, and I told you in the newsletter that I abandoned it there because I just didn’t care what happened next.
Well. I never canceled my library request, and last week The Husband’s Secret was waiting for me. I decided to find my place and sneak a peek … and discovered I had abandoned the book two pages before the major plot twist. Two pages! My greatest fear of abandoning a book came true.
And you know what? It was worth finishing. I’m not sure yet what impact this may have on my future finish vs. abandon equation.
Um, nothing. We canceled Netflix so we could actually get some work (or some reading) done after the kids go to bed. I’m share that will change when the holidays kick into high gear and I end up stress-watching a new series.
In my kitchen
When I told you I don’t do moderation well, I wasn’t kidding. Last week felt like a non-stop binge (Pizza! Wine! Tacos!) and this week will look a lot different.
But I did do lots of paleo cooking for my Whole 30, and made lots of homemade soup. We made the first of many batches of spiced nuts, which are delicious and make the house smell divine. (This is my favorite recipe, but I also add cloves and coriander because I’m obsessed.)
These bookshelves are seriously gorgeous.
These small kitchen hacks make me (almost) glad mine is tiny.
Love these library card notebooks.
We might try this candy cane epsom salt sensory tray.
If you’re going to read the series, you might as well take the ring to Mordor.
My kids would be so impressed if I could actually make these origami Christmas trees.
We need to try this smart and seasonal refashioning project.
I’m thinking about this one. My husband is skeptical.
Sweater over a dress? I’m trying this.
Best of the web
What do you feel like reading? An awesome infographic via Retreat by Random House.
I write a women’s blog. I have male readers. I appreciated this open letter to those men.
This post from FIMBY on imagination, creativity, and (still) playing dress-up felt like a pat on the back.
17 productive ways to spend 5 minutes instead of checking your email (again).
American Girl: a lament.
A textual analysis of The Hunger Games. (Or, why it’s so much better than Twilight.)
Going by the traditional Hollywood roles, Peeta is a Movie Girlfriend.
11 indispensable lessons every woman can learn from Anne of Green Gables
What about you? What are you into this month?
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Let me know if you find anything great! I love browsing for kids’ clothes, but I haven’t been brave enough to try anything for me yet.
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