20 Hours in Louisville

We made a super whirlwind trip to Louisville a few weeks ago for a show. We saw Raye Zaragoza and William Elliot Whitmore at Headliners. Before the show, we had dinner at Harvest – it was the best meal I might have ever had, ever. I ordered the lamb ragu over pasta with a butternut squash cream and we split the beer cheese appetizer. They were competing in a bourbon cocktail event so I ordered one and it was a wonderful showcase of Rabbit Hole straight bourbon. The next day, and after coffee at the charming Please and Thank You, we did a tasting at Angel’s Envy (named for the angel’s share) and took a quick tour around the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory before heading back north.

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18 Pans of ’18: Oct

Items Used This Month:  7

Total This Year: 89

This month felt hard, panning wise. And I’ve got nothing that looks close enough to finish about before the end of the year either – we’ll see how far I can get!

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What I Read: Oct ’18

The Opposite of Hate by Sally Kohn: I picked this up for book club and I appreciated it. There have been some accusations that she misquoted individuals in the book and that sort of casts a pall on the rest of the book.

Lomelino’s Ice Creams by Linda Lomelino: This book made me want to buy an ice cream maker! So many great ideas!

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic: This was a gift last Christmas and I finally sat down and really read it rather than just flipping thru the pages. I loved it and love learning more about Harry Potter!

Appalachian Cooking: New Traditional Recipes by John Tullock: I picked this up off the new shelf at the library and I am so grateful I did. So many great ideas I cannot wait to try.

Cherry by Nico Walker: Ah, the best for last. M suggested this book when we were on a date to the book store and I devoured it. Walker is inventive, evocative and spins a yarn of love, drugs and war that is powerful and missable.

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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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