Man, looking back I didn't read a whole lot last month. I read our book club pick, Bad Romance, which I absolutely loved and wished it was a resource during my teen years. I may have been too cool for school for a lot of things as a teen but I never was too cool for reading and I think it would have made a pretty big impact. I also ready One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Read on Heather's recommendation. I really loved it even with my anticipation going into it
I watched Atypical on Netflix which I recommend to all. I really enjoyed the quirky family dynamic. I also finished watching The Mindy Project. I hadn't watched it religiously, but since the finale dropped a few weeks ago I really wanted to get caught up. I really loved the happy ending!
I've got nothing new to offer you listening wise. I've restarted the Harry Potter books again and I'm already on book 4. I did download the first episode of "Stay Sexy, Don't Get Murdered" upon Heather's recommendation and I'm excited to dive into that in December.
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Something about the holidays brings out the Martha Stewart in me, but like the Joe Dirt version. I get these huge ideas, that I don't realize are so challenging for a novice, and then usually a catastrophe strikes and my husband feels bad and helps bail me out. This year was no exception. I became obsessed with tiny little pies, in various flavors, mostly of which turned out great. But it was way more work than I bargained for. Plus, they were a huge hit at Friendsgiving, so I'd do it all over again.
November was kind of a hibernation month for me. The weather started getting way cooler and coming off all the planning for my sister's reception had me soaking up the relaxation time. I got a lot of stitching, tv watching and kitty cuddling in which was so good for my heart.
It seems like every season or year or some fun interval, I become obsessed with some accessory or piece of fashion. My husband makes fun of me because it seems like I always have a new favorite item. Lately, I can not get enough out of cute, patterned socks in varying lengths. They keep me warm and cozy, yet I feel even more put together because my socks are cute and I just want to show them off. It's the constant on the various wish lists I've circulated amongst family and friends.
I feel like November flew by and I didn't get to read as much as I wanted to. One thing I did get to was The Parable of the Sower and The Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler. So the first one was the choice for the Feminist Literary Society and it blew me away. It was so so good, and also kind of scary. The second one (Talents) was even better, if you can believe that. It's got that dystopian/sci-fi vibe that I love. It reminded me of The Handmaid's Tale in that it felt painfully real, like it could happen to us at any point.
This month I feel like I watched a lot of the same stuff I've been watching (The Sopranos, 30 Rock) but I did decide to watch old seasons of The Bachelor/Bachelorette so I've got that going on. I started with Ben Flajnik's season and now I've moved on to Andi Dorfman's season, mostly because Courtney (winner of Ben's season) and Andi both wrote books that I was interested in reading. I'm still making my way through Andi's season, but it's interesting to see things play out that I've heard about because I'm in a ton of Bachelor Nation Facebook groups/podcasts.
I've been wracking my brain trying to think of something new I listened to this month but there's nothing. I alternated between My Brother, My Brother, and Me and the What Happened? audiobook. I feel like November had a lot of changes and challenges so I fell back on to what's comforting (MBMBAM comedy) and audiobooks to unwind.
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At the beginning of November we got our engagement photos taken with our wedding photographer. I love our photographer and she was so great at posing us and dealing with the girls, who were very interested in helping her get the perfect shot. I need to share the photos on the blog soon, but we got them on one of the last warmish days, with all the leaves looking gorgeous af. It was the next best thing to getting married in the fall, getting to have these amazing fall themed engagement photos.
We had our second annual Friendsgiving and it was such a hit. It's my new favorite holiday tradition. This year it was my family, Jen & Josh, and my sister & nephew. It was small but also all my favorite people. Jen made mini pies, which were SO GOOD and we did a mexican theme since we figured you already eat enough Thanksgiving food, so why not shake it up with something good but different. I am already thinking about next year and hoping we can keep this tradition going.
I started a new job at the beginning of November and it's so amazing. It's different from what I've done before, but it's such a good fit. It's a start up, which I love, and everyone is insanely cool. There's also a lot of flexibility to work remotely, which is nice since I commute an hour each way and have kids, but I love being in the office so it's basically a dream come true.