What I Read: Oct ’19

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead: This was a book club book and while I loved the Underground Railroad by the same author, I did not love this book. He really dove deep into the details and I just do not find elevators that fascinating! Stick with the Underground Railroad to really get a good taste of Whitehead’s work!

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandell: This is the November book club book and I listened to it as an audiobook. I felt the first third was too slow but once the narrative picked up, I enjoyed it more. One thing that stuck out to me; however, is that the racial naivety of the main character did not seem possible for a child in the Deep South in the late 1950’s.

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich: I purchased this signed copy at Erdrich’s bookstore after my father in law graciously took a big detour when we flew into Minneapolis last year. The premise is really intriguing and I’d highly recommend this piece of futurist fiction. Given the subject matter, I did not read it pregnant but listened to the audio book on maternity leave. It is read by the author, which made it 100x better in my estimation!

Halloween Happenings!

We did quite a lot to celebrate the season! We soaked up All Hallow’s Eve at the Ohio History Connection, which was very crowded but it was such a blast. We also spent a day at the Columbus Zoo for Boo at the Zoo. They really go all out for Halloween and we loved seeing our favorite animals playing with pumpkins. A good friend hosted a Halloween party and we had a lovely time carving pumpkins and we even won the costume contest! Big C picked his costume first and we built the rest of the family’s around him.

Project Pan: Oct ‘19

Used This Month: 17

Total for 2019: 70

The top photo is everything I really, truly used up and the second photo are items I was told to discard during a make up consultation I had with my mom and sister. For Christmas, my sister gave us this lovely afternoon with her hair stylist and he showed us how to do daily make up looks that better suit our face shapes and skin tones and also looked at our make up and had us pull things that were the wrong color. Despite my love for bright pink, my skin tone is much to warm for it! So these things are either too pink or embarrassingly expired.


What I Read: Sept ’19

Ohio by Stephen Markley: This was mentioned by the CIO at our all hands meeting and I checked out the audio book right away. I really enjoyed this contemporary novel and appreciated all the little, accurate references to Ohio. It was really satisfying to watch the six stories weave together.

The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane: I did not finish this one, my second DNF of the year. I found it to be incredibly repetitive and person who read it definitely lacked charisma.

The Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan: Oh man. I impulse purchased this during a trip to the bookstore to buy Big C some trains and I really relished reading it. It was such a good, solid piece of historical fiction and it really caught my attention. I think a few friends even picked it up on my recommendation! Yay!

What are you reading? Anything I can’t miss before the end of the year?

What I Read: Aug ’19

Educated by Tara Westover: Alas, no more fiction was read (well, completed in August) than in July! I really enjoyed this memoir and see why everyone was so into this book! It’s an interesting view into American fundamentalism. That said; boy-oh-boy are there some seriously hard scenes in Westover’s life story to sit with.

Ohio State Fair 2019

We were lucky enough to go to the Fair a few different times this year!

We went once the three of us and saw the Arts & Crafts building (featuring model trains!), the dairy cows, the beef cattle, ate some amazing totchos + pork tenderloin sandwich + the traditional Velvet ice cream, saw the butter cow and then walked over to the Natural Resource Center where C played in the sand box and the outdoor classroom while I rested (it’s hot out there for a 35/36 week pregnant mama!). A huge highlight was catching the daily parade – we were able to see the choir, the band, lots of clowns and big vehicles as well as the BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES all hitched up! We ended the evening with one of the Lumberjack shows which I’d never seen before but C ate up like candy. He even was given one of the demonstration pieces by the presenter!

That same weekend we went back with my parents and sister. We ate some seriously good hot dogs at Tracey’s and then had a funnel cake (well…I had most of the funnel cake, let’s be honest). After re-visiting the model trains, we took in the beekeeping tent, the sheep barn, saw the marching band again, stopped at the Ohio Beef Council before touring the Cox Fine Arts Center. After that, it was time to let C ride the rides – he had been asking none stop! He was really into the rides, rode several and then even went down the Giant Slide with Nana! On our way out, we rode the Skyglider for the first (and last) time as a family of three. It made me so incredibly happy.

M and I were both lucky enough to go back for lunch on separate days with folks from our jobs. Not surprisingly, we both ended up eating again at Tracey’s for those really good Chicago dogs! Here is a massive photo dump, see ya next year, on the Midway!

What I Read: July ’19

Never Get Angry Again: The Foolproof Way to Stay Calm and in Control in Any Conversation or Situation by David Lieberman: The first third or so of this book was really interesting – exploring emotion and the ego. However, it took a very religious turn that was unappealing.

Out East: A Memoir of a Montauk Summer by John Glynn: This was a book club book (one of my friends knows the author!) and I really enjoyed it. It’s a great adult coming of age story and I found it to be a very frank and open memoir.

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff: Honestly, I picked this up because I love their podcast! I found it to be just as heartfelt and honest as their podcast but more self-helpy than their other stuff – which I enjoyed! I expect this to hold up than a single podcast episode ever could.

…all that said, here’s hoping there is more fiction in August!