Joining my friend Leigh Kramer to share what I’m into these days.
Every year it catches me by surprise. There’s so much buildup to Halloween, and then when it’s over I’m somehow surprised to find it’s already November and I’m on a straight downhill run to Thanksgiving and the holiday season. I keep thinking that one of these years I’ll adjust, and it won’t feel so unexpected.
November has been crazy, with projects and deadlines and family commitments. All while we’re getting used to having a new puppy! Daisy is doing great (although she definitely has days when it seems like she’s forgotten everything she’s ever been taught). And my step count has definitely gone up since I’ve had a walking companion again.
What I’m reading
Am I allowed to admit I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump? I’ve been trying to make my way through 2017 ARCs (that would be “advanced review copies”) and the ones that ring my bell have been few and far between.
In other bookish news, I rearranged the books in my office (above). After much stewing, they are now alphabetized. Hardcovers and paperbacks are separated, purely for aesthetic reasons. I think I like them that way, for now. (The living room books are still ROYGBIV-style.)
What I’m watching
Will and I are halfway through The West Wing. It’s our first time through and we’re really enjoying it. But I feel like I’m missing so much good tv while we’re busy watching 150+ episodes!
Currently on hold: This Is Us (we’ve watched one episode and want to see more). The Blacklist (is it any good this season??) Gilmore Girls A Year in the Life. (Although I don’t know if I can keep being patient through three more seasons of West Wing.
I’ve also seen That Thing You Do! five times in the past two weeks, because my kids (all my kids, which is pretty darn impressive) have declared it their new favorite. We were going for something that had the same vibe as You’ve Got Mail, and we nailed it.
In the kitchen
We have been in minimalist mode in the kitchen lately, but I’m hoping to do better in December.
During the holidays I make these addictive spiced nuts nonstop because they are delicious and make the house smell amazing, plus they’re a great little gift. I made the first batch over the weekend and they’re already gone. We’re trying to keep sugar to a minimum this season (since I already know the kids will get buckets of it when they’re not at home) and I’m on the hunt for more savory treats.
I also succumbed to the Black Friday craziness and bought an Instant Pot for half price. I have no idea how to use it. (I unwrapped it to make dinner last night, and while it was fast, and good, it wasn’t amazing.) Got any recipes you love? Please share them in comments!
I hope your November has been lovely. What were YOU into this month?