What I Read: Nov’ 15

Spider Woman’s Web: Traditional Native American Tales About Women’s Power by Susan Hazen-Hammond: I purchased this at the National Museum of the American Indian and I’m so glad I did. I was very glad to read this collection of myths about strong women from a variety of tribes around North America. It also included exercises to go with each story, which I skipped but I think others would get some real enjoyment out of it.

What I Watched: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Elf, A Muppet Christmas Carol, Pixels, Home, The Second Best Marigold Hotel, Mr. Turner, Master of None, Jessica Jones, Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection

What I Read: Oct ’15

The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon: From, Goodreads “at once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.” While it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I really enjoyed reading it and was glad to have read something outside my comfort zone.

Executive Presence: What Nobody Ever Tells You About Getting Ahead by Sylvia Ann Hewlett: I’ve been eating away at this for ages and am so glad to be finished! It focuses on building executive presence to help you advance your career. However, it is all predicated on working from an office, so while I valued her perspective, it’ll be a little hard to put into action.

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit: I purchased this from Haymarket at a work event. I know so many smart women who have read and loved this book. I found it to be an incredibly depressing rehash of how terrible things are for women and how badly we need feminism. A chauvinist isn’t going to pick this up and learn and change his ways – and us feminists already know how bad it is.

What I Watched: Crimson Peak (so good!), The Others, Pentatonix: On My Way Home (also so very good), Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ida, Batman Begins,

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Oct 19 – 25

A very different weekend from last weekend! Friday night, M closed so I spent the evening sewing and getting some project done. Saturday was full of errands and when M got home, we carved a pumpkin for halloween. Sunday, we got up early and went to join several of his coworkers volunteering for COMBO. They cut in 1300 feet of new trail and built a bridge! I made him drive us all the way out to Grandville to go to Loops – a Chicago style diner for Italian beefs. They really hit the spot! I then came home and baked two pie pumpkins in a the crock pot for pumpkin blondies.

Monday 10/19 – leftovers
Tuesday 10/20 – spaghetti and meatballs
Wednesday 10/21 – leftovers
Thursday 10/22 – kung pao cauliflower
Friday 10/23 – leftovers
Saturday 10/24 – baked fish with wild rice and collard greens
Sunday 10/25 – chicken with roasted lemon potatoes

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Oct 12 – 18

I sort of don’t even know where to begin with this weekend. It’ll be hard to top, thats for sure. Thursday night I met up with my little sister and her best friend for the Kip Moore concert at the LC Pavilion. It was such a blast! In a hilarious turn of events, my parents were also at a concert (Arlo Guthrie) on Thursday. I’m so happy I’ve been able to catch more live music lately.

Friday night was very chill – M was working late. Saturday, M had a class to teach so I got up with him and did a bunch of meal planning and grocery shopping before heading over to my folks house. I did some work and then my mom and I walked over to Sew to Speak. I almost got out of there with no purchases but a pattern ended up calling my name. We then headed out to Lynd’s Fruit Farm. We each got the big bags of Fuji apples – it was busy but I swear, we were only other for 15 minutes before our bags were full. We then headed to their main market for apple cider and a hot apple cinnamon donut.

There was a new restaurant opening right next to one of the stores M works at so he got a coupon for a free dinner for two! We gussied up and headed over to Chuy’s – omg the Tex-Mex food was amazing! We treated ourselves to cocktails since dinner was gratis. We had time to kill before our movie so we wondered over to a new beauty store, Beauty Brands, as I had a coupon for $10 off a purchase. As we were checking out, the cashier and I were chatting, just being friendly! She surprised me by throwing in a HUGE back of samples for free! I was delighted! We then headed over to use our free movie passes (do you see where this is going…haha) and saw Crimson Peak. I really enjoyed it! While they are all sort of normal things, it was like the universe conspired to give us a great night out! We are such lucky ducks!

Sunday, I got up early and made a cake [I fully blame the Great British Baking Show for this] and then headed over to pick up my sister. We spent the day at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. We used to go every year when we were kids and it was fun to go again. We did a little shopping – but I remember there being more (or I was smaller?). ALTHOUGH she did buy the CUTEST lobster outfit for Levi for Halloween. Everyone then headed to our new apartment for dinner. I made pork ramen and it was a hit!

Seriously, this is the kind of weekend of legend.

Monday 10/12 – spaghetti and meatballs
Tuesday 10/13 – fish and chips
Wednesday 10/14 – tempeh nachos
Thursday 10/15 – S-late night slice M-leftovers
Friday 10/16 – lentil soup
Saturday 10/17 – Chuys!
Sunday 10/18 – pork ramen

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Oct 5 – 11

Friday night, I picked up two of my high school girl friends for a late dinner in the Short North. We had such a good time talking and catching up (we hadn’t spoken since early August!). Due to a kitchen goof, they comped our pizzas so it was even an affordable night out! Saturday, M and I headed down to Cincinnati to go to Ikea. As always, we got lunch there and spent way way too long looking at everything and deciding what we wanted. They didn’t have everything on our list – but given this was our first Ikea trip in three years, we didn’t do too badly! We stopped at the outlet mall on the way home but didn’t have much luck on that front.

Sunday morning, we met two of his coworkers and headed down to the Ohio Renaissance Festival. We had such a fun day – the weather was gorgeous. We took in several shows, did a little shopping and had plenty of traditional turkey legs to last us another year. My favorite was the jousting!

Monday 10/5 – beefy tortellini skillet
Tuesday 10/6 – lemon chicken with broccoli (gosh, I need to blog this!)
Wednesday 10/7 – roasted veggie pizza
Thursday 10/8 – gnocchi
Friday 10/9 – dinner out with girlfriends
Saturday 10/10 – buffalo cauliflower
Sunday 10/11 – stir fry

What I Read: Sept ’15

The Wet Nurse’s Tale by Erica Eisdorfer: This had been on my to-read list for so long, I can’t remember why I put it on there. I really enjoyed this piece of historical fiction, especially as it was set Victorian England that wasn’t about those living ‘upstairs’ but rather a working class woman. Susan Rose is strong willed and determined to make her own way in the world and I was glad to go with her on this journey.

What I Watched: A Walk in the Woods, The Master of Disguise, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Season Three (this is a MUST WATCH), Sleepy Hollow

Weekend Recap / What We Ate Sept 28 – Oct 4

Such a bananas week! I flew out to Chicago Wednesday morning for work stuff. I was able to catch the early (read, only) express train out to the western suburbs to see one of my longest bestest ladies, L. We went for our traditional tapas, at a new place – where we had such a blast, we ended up double tipping. Oops! We had such a good time catching up and really connecting, like you can’t over the phone!

Thursday was back in the office and I met another girlfriend, G, for a drink at Three Dots and a Dash – which ended up being closed! We scraped our plans and headed back up to her house for Revolution beers and a home cooked dinner. Her hubby sweetly marinated the chicken for us and then I put it in the oven while she manned the corn.

Friday afternoon, I headed out to the conference center where our annual company retreat / all hands meeting was being held. It was a long but fun filled weekend of reconnecting (or just connecting!) with coworkers and learning about what we’ve got going on.  I flew home on Sunday and we headed over to my folks house for steaks as it was my little sister’s 25th birthday! Happy Birthday Sister ~ 25 is a good year!

Fall ’15 Bucket List

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I guess I’m just a fall girl! Or it’s this time of year that makes me want to make lists, define some big projects and work on making life more homemade, more cozy and undertake self improvement projects as well. September is like another January in that sense. I did a fall bucket list last year (and boy, won’t it be great if I could manage to do one of these sucker each quarter?)

And hilariously, my list this year, very closely matches the one from last fall!

  • go apple picking & make apple chips
  • spend a day sewing (have several projects I need a deep dive on)
  • take a long motorcycle ride and enjoy the fall colors
  • start a freezer cooking club
  • get our new apartment cozy for the holidays (bedrooms + bathrooms in October, living, dining + kitchen in November)
  • go to the Renaissance Faire
  • sew a new costume for Halloween