What I Read: Sept ’18

(there are two themes this month, you’ll see!)

The Whole 30 and The Whole30 Fast and Easy by Melissa Hartwig: I really enjoyed these books and am looking forward to doing my first Whole30 soon!

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston: We read this for book club and I A D O R E D it so much. I know there are some criticisms, especially around the incredible short re-telling of the Middle Passage but I am so grateful to hear Cudjo’s story and his voice, preserved for those of us interested in listening.

Kindred by Octavia Butler: Another book club selection, one I didn’t quite finish before our meet up but know I wanted to make sure I found the time to finish. I’m really glad it did; it certainly made me think.

What are you reading? Any must-reads before the end of the year?

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18 Pans of ’18: Sept

Items Used Up: 12

Total so Far this year: 82

THREE of these were make up items, which is amazing to me. I’ve started wearing make up every day again and I continue to be surprised as how s l o w l y it goes to pan something. I’ve brought some new things into my collection lately and am trying to really actually use up some lip products – it’s so hard!

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12 Bakes of ’18: August

Does it count if I didn’t get a picture of a bake? Going to go with yes but it sure does make for a boring blog post (mostly just publishing this so I can continue my series)! I made a chewy chocolate cookie recipe and then whipped up a batch of buttercream and made them into cookie sandwiches. It was a big hit at work! I’ve got to order a bundt pan so I can try to make one of those for September/fall/Christmas.

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Baby C: 2 years old!

Likes: playing outside, dinosaurs, pizza

Dislikes: being told no, transitions,

Who You Saw: Grandma and Grandpa came down for Easter, and then everyone came back for your birthday!

Where You Went: Shawnee Lodge and State Park

Milestones: so many more words! You are getting better and better with coloring and are eager to keep trying!

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What I Read: Aug ’18

It’s Better than It Looks: Reasons for O by Gregg Easterbrook: I flew thru this and really enjoyed seeing all the science and history that things are, in fact, headed in the right direction. I would recommend this to anyone on either side of the aisle for a more balanced perspective.

Women, Food, and Desire: Embrace Your Cravings, Make Peace with Food and Reclaim Your Body by Alexandra Jamieson: This…was a tough sit. I really enjoyed it and feel like it is peppered with hundreds of little truth bombs. I don’t always want to hear them – but it is really challenging me to reevaluate my relationship with food and drink.

One more note – I read 50 books in 2017 and I’m currently at 25, which is 8 books ‘behind schedule.’ There is some panic there but if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. It’s a very different year than last year was in our house. No more pressure!

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18 Pans of ’18: August

Items used in July: 9

Totals items used (thus far): 70

Mostly skin care moved out this month. I am really struggling with foil packets and am cancelling the free samples I get quarterly from Walmart. It’s been really fun but I feel like it’s time to continue to reduce what I use. I am READY to get rid of more makeup…using up what you already own is hard!

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Evergreen, Mt. Evans, Brainerd Lake CO

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to spend nearly 4 days with dear friends in the mountains. Sorry/not sorry for the photo dump! We stayed in the cutest little hobbit house, nothing was level and everything was clearly built by the homeowner, cobbled together with what was there. There were charming features everywhere and we took great advantage of the hot tub! One day we drove up to the summit of Mt. Evans and then into Idaho Springs for lunch at Beau Jo’s. We also walked around the cute downtown for a bit before meeting a friend’s spouse back at Evergreen Lake to go for a walk and pick up some forgotten necessities (the goat cheese!). Another day, we spent it stand up paddle boarding and/or paddle boating on Evergreen Lake. And the last day, we drove up the long way to Brainard Lake before spending some time in Boulder and eating at Pasta Jays.

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12 Bakes of ’18: July

July baking is always ruled by the Ohio State Fair! This year I entered three classes and won 1st in the Gingerbread! I am so excited and I’ve already spent my $50 King Arthur Flour gift card fifteen ways to Sunday (not that it won’t be here until September…ha!). I’ll share the recipe once I can link to it in the Dispatch (!).

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