I actually just finished The First Rule of Punk and it gave me all the feels! I love a story about a kid that marches to the beat of their own drummer. And I love stories about multiracial kids (I wish there were books like that when I was younger!). And I love stories about kids that have to fix their messes. This book also sparked my long forgotten love of ‘zines!
Just started The Sun is also a Star and I can tell I am going to LOOOOVE it. Late to the Nicola Yoon train (she wrote Everything, Everything which was made into a movie with Amandla Stenberg) but that is okay, so are most of my kids at school. This one is a love story about two teens who meet on a crowded street in NYC. Natasha is 12 hours away from being deported and Daniel is the son of immigrants who is trying to live up to his parent’s expectations. Loving it.
Guys, I need to clean up my house! I think a lot of people would look at my studio and think, oh you don’t have that much clutter. But I am from a family of purgers and simply cannot have too much junk in my house!
After Halloween’s processed food and sugar fest, I am feeling ready to rest and recharge! Put the candy down! I want to take some long fall walks, drink lots of Trader Joe’s new Winter Tea, maybe some knitting with a new TV show? I am really excited for Alias Grace on Netflix. I remember loving that book and Margaret Atwood is really having a moment!
When I was in St. Louis, my friend Emily told me about a book by Food 52 that helps you with meal planning for the week. It is a beautiful book, I loved just looking at it. But while I knew I wouldn’t cook anything in it, the baking was inspiring enough for me to dust off my Kitchen Aid mixer and make an applesauce cake.
While I was baking a nagging feeling kept on coming back. “Girl, you are not doing well with your weight watchers, should you really be baking?!” Ugh, we can be so mean to ourselves! I often find myself putting things I love on the back burner with the idea that I can do them when I loose the weight, wear my sunny yellow top (it fits, but I wanted to wait so that I could celebrate with it later), bake breakfast cakes for me and Trent, go swimming at the Y, etc. But then it hit me, what am I waiting for?? You can’t spend your life waiting for things to be perfect!
So this morning for breakfast I had a small slice of my breakfast cake topped with yogurt and applesauce. Then I flipped though the rest of the book for more inspiration!
I highly recommend all of the cookbooks by Food52, but really love A New Way to Dinner, maybe enough to buy it!
I try to go to mass most Sundays, and I have been especially enjoying it ever since my priest has returned from sabbatical and has been using the books that he has read in his sermons. He doesn’t know it, but he is a really good book-talker! Today he talked about a moment in one of his favorite books, The Brothers Karamazov, when Alyosha helps a woman who is in despair with the state of the world and loses her connection to God. He says that if she goes home and loves the people in her life completely and concretely she will start to find a way to be closer to God because God is love. I am paraphrasing. But isn’t that beautiful? And terribly difficult? Speaking of difficult, now I am considering to attempt the book! That would be quite a winter project!
This work week is going along well after a fun and classy weekend Instagram photos below!
- Listening to Beethoven’s 7th Symphony at the Louisville Orchestra
- Fuzzy selfie
- Complexions dance company reminding me that I like ballet and David Bowie music
- Banh Mi with Sunny at Pho Ba Luu (really really really good)
I am finding more and more spots to take out of town friends and family thanks to dope people like Sunny helping me find nice cheap places and getting free tickets to classy ballet performances.
So I am refreshed and back at school, reading Halloween books to kindergarten kids that complain that my books aren’t scary enough. I mean, how scary do they my books are going to get? But this one is a crowd pleaser:
Books written and/or illustrated by Bob Shea are HILARIOUS and make me sound hilarious when I read it out loud. If you want a funny and adorable book for Halloween look no further!
Got this cool book about Sandwiches in the library which is part cookbook, part food history, and totally cool looking and fun
It got me thinking about how good sandwiches are in Buffalo and how I haven’t found Italian/Buffalonian style amazing sandwiches in Louisville yet. But I mean, that is a very high bar to set. The best sandwiches in the world are at my Nana’s house, she always has the deli plate ready when I get there!
And then I thought about how the next time I am in New Orleans I will have to don my hipster finest and go to Turkey and the Wolf. Recently named “best restaurant” by Bon Appetit and is rumored to have a killer fried bologna sandwich.
I spent the weekend reconnecting and crafting with dear friends in St. Louis. My friend Emily lives there and my friend Sarah lives in Des Moines and we carved out a weekend to meet up, craft, eat ramen, watch Moana and stay up late telling stories. In fact I am still catching up on my sleep! We had a lot of free reading at school today and I am hoping to go to bed early, falling asleep while I watch old episodes of West Wing.
Also, the Moana soundtrack is amazing! Very late to the game, I know, but I have to say, Jermaine Clement’s Shiny is everything!