Tuesday, December 8, 2015

November Rewind

{Clockwise: The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery cross-stitch finish, pouch craft day, Hooch & Frank crafty cuddles, and Turkey Cake} 

Read:  Other than our November pick of Finish School, I was able to read 4 other books for a total of 8 books this month. I don't think that is too shabby considering I didn't get to read very much during Thanksgiving holiday.  I read Anatomy of a Misfit, I Am Princess X, The Night We Said Yes and Dash & Lily's Books of Dares.  I can without a doubt tell you I like The Night We Said Yes the least out of these reads.  I looooved Anatomy of a Misfit but I tend to love books set in small towns. Small town nonsense is so silly and so easily made humerus. I thought Dash & Lily's Books of Dares makes a really great Christmas read and I kind of wished I would have waited but it was quirky and sweet! I also really loved I Am Princess X. It was half comic book, half real book and there was no love story, just female empowerment and kickassery. Plus it has inspired me to venture into the comic book world, and now I don't think I'll ever be the same. Comic books are my jam, who knew?

Watched:  I didn't really watch anything new this month, other than our typical tv rotation. I did finish Friends and then promptly restarted it. (I love Friends so much!)  I did let go of a tv show this month. I said goodbye to The Walking Dead. I've been watching this for so long, but I no longer care about the show. I honestly just think it has run its course and isn't my thing anymore, which is ok! 

Listening:   John Mulaney had a new stand up on Netflix which I listened to while I cross-stitched it up.  John Mulaney is hilarious in a very clean comic way which is endearing.  Plus, he is pretty cute.  I have my fingers crossed that my husband takes me to a stand up event for New Years.  That would just blow my socks off.

Also this month: 

1. Turkey Cake I had the best Thanksgiving of my adult life this year.  Due to some family drama, we have started a new Thanksgiving tradition and man, the day was just so light and chill. I saw a turkey cake on pinterest and thought it was the cutest thing I've ever seen so I decided we had to have it for our First Annual Thanksgiving event. The first cake was a huge fail (bundt pans are the worst, lol) but after a trip back to the store for more supplies and a super helpful husband, the cake was a success. I loved how cutesy it turned out and it really helped set the tone for the holiday. Plus, my husband surprised me and we also did our first official Thanksgiving meal together on the Friday after Thanksgiving. He did all the cooking while I kept him company and cross-stitched. 

2. Cross Stitch Finishes I finished up a couple of Christmas themed cross-stitch pieces (before December even!) which is awesome! If you are a crafter, you know how long certain projects can take and getting something finished and display worth to actual enjoy during the holiday is a major win.  I'm obsessed with this cross stitch company called The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and I usually immediately join any clubs they come out with.  They've seriously just made cross stitch cute again, because I never imagined myself being into counted cross-stitch, but it relaxes the hell out of me.  Plus, you end up with the cutest finishes ever.  The bestie and I also sewed together the pouches above during a craft day using this amazing specialty fabric from Spoonflower. That was my first zipper experience and sewing zippers are way easier than I'd imagined. I'm including this even though it isn't a cross-stitch finish.  All finishes should be celebrated!

3.  Craft Fair  One of my favorite fall traditions is attending craft fairs (shocking to anyone?).  Union has a really huge craft fair every year over the span of a weekend. A friend from work and I attend this even every year and we have a blast. They are always mad busy but I always find the best stuff!  This year I found the cutest mason jar snow globe as well as some wooden ghosts to decorate my front porch with next fall.  Obviously stuff you can't live without, right?

{Clockwise: My grandma came to town, all my unread books, me and Jen in 4th grade, and Christmas decorating} 

Read:  November was a weird reading month for me. I am still working on finishing up the last book in the series we picked for book club. I did finally finish rereading the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. I don't even think I had read all the books in the series before, but Jen let me borrow them over a year ago and I thought it was finally time to read them and return them. It was such a cute series to revisit, though I definitely felt like an adult at times because I just couldn't relate to the hard core silly freak outs anymore, though I definitely remember them. I would say the last 4 books in the series were my favorite. I ended up reading like 10 books in a week so that was fun. 

Watched:  A few weeks ago Jarrett and I watched a documentary on Netflix called Somm about 4 guys preparing to take the Master Sommelier exam. You can only take it once a year and it's incredibly hard to pass. I picked this movie because I love wine but after watching it I realized I don't really know anything about wine. These guys could tell the year, country, region, vineyard and more just from smelling and tasting wine. It was impressive and a really cool watch. I highly recommend it! 

Listening: I have listened to nothing but the soundtrack to the musical Hamilton (on Broadway now). This musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton through R&B and hip hop music. The music is so catchy and addictive. I feel like I've even learned a lot about history since I really knew nothing about Alexander Hamilton before this. Even if you don't like musicals, you should check out the song "Wait for It" which is really inspiring and maybe has made me cry more than once. It's just so so so good. Just beware that this will take over your life, causing you to read Wikipedia articles about everyone mentioned in the musical and to also obsessively check for available tickets to see it live and try to talk your boyfriend into taking you to NYC (It's currently sold out until JUNE but a girl can dream) 

Also this month: 
 1. Tidying Up I read the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and it was definitely something. My boyfriend and I are just 3 months away from moving in together so this inspired us to tidy up and go through things in both of our houses. It's been really cool to go through boxes in my garage and to get rid of books and clothes that don't "spark joy". I think for me this was a good reminder to be mindful of the things I purchase. I love books and shopping for clothes but I was holding on to a lot of things that I didn't love anymore. It was cathartic to get rid of it all. Plus our houses look pretty nice now, though I still have some work to do, especially with my kids things. This is also the reason for the pile of unread books in my collage and the super cute photo of me and Jen I found while tidying! 

2. Christmas Shopping For the first time in my life I have almost all of my Christmas shopping done. It was done before December even began! I have a few small things left to pick up, but it's crazy how adult and on top of things I feel having the majority of my Christmas shopping out of the way early

3. Hello Grandma! My grandma Cynthia came to town at the beginning of the month. I haven't seen her in almost 3 years, since I moved back to Missouri from California, so it was really nice to get to spend some time with her and for her to spend time with my kids.  I really love my grandma and that side of my family so it made me want to plan a trip to Arizona for 2016. 

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