Life Lately | October 2017


+In My Head

I was folding laundry last night and had queued up my Jefferson Airplane station on Pandora and Buffalo Springfield came on with For What It’s Worth and as I was listening to the lyrics I thought, man, you could easily just transport that to the last couple of years and it would easily apply to current times. I guess Beyoncé is our protest music these days?

+Watching
I may have binged season 2 of Stranger Things last weekend. And it was still just as good as season 1 and incredibly high on the 80s nostalgia. I recommend a good binge—it’s only 9 episodes so it doesn’t feel as drawn out as a 12-15 episode binge. Do it! BINGE!

Outlander….oh Outlander. I was really loving this season for the most part but I for the life of me cannot figure out how they are going to cram the rest of the book into the remaining episodes without screwing some things up. I was upset with this latest episode because they screwed with some things and that episode was the very first time I looked at Jamie and didn’t like him. Usually, despite his outlaw Highlander ways I could find a way to forgive him because he’s been dealt a bad hand, but how they wrote his character for the episode made it hard to empathize with him any longer. And they gave Claire some crappy lines. I have a lot of mixed feelings right now!

Big Bang Theory is going well this season. I was wondering why Bernadette was pregnant again but the actress is pregnant in real life so it worked as a plausible scenario. Still a good show!

This is Us has been bringing their A game as well but I don’t like where they are going with Kevin. Is this a treatise on the current opioid epidemic?? I just hope they don’t screw with that storyline too long.

Movie wise I found Miss You Already on Amazon Prime last night and really enjoyed it. I mean, Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, not much wrong about that. I may have spent the last 30 minutes crying soooooo, get Kleenex if you watch it!

+Outside My Window

Currently it is raining but we needed a bit of the wet stuff as it has been a while. Last weekend was our first really chilly weather, down to the mid-30s, but the only thing I saw with any kind of damage was the sweet potato vines. They were volunteers anyway so I didn’t particularly care. Otherwise, we’re back to our typical seasonal weather of lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s or low 80s. My kind of weather!

+Making

I’ve been working on two crochet projects the last month but haven’t actively done much with them in the last week. The first project is going to be a ripple crochet rug for my studio using a backlog of acrylic stash yarn I have. The second is going to be a scarf, I think, with some yarn I bought on clearance recently. I need to get back to both of those projects this week as well as start some holiday crocheting soon.

+In The Garden

Honestly, I haven’t been doing as much in the garden and the recently cold weather has had me huddling inside. I’m also enjoying just letting autumn do its thing, letting the garden senesce a bit, and letting the leaf litter pile up a little. The leaves are good in the garden anyway as some extra winter protection. I do need to finish up mulching the edible garden paths and get back on getting the flower garden paths weeded so we can get a new layer of decomposed granite laid down.

+Reading

I’m on the last chapter of What Happened. I have so many thoughts about this book and I’m debating whether it deserves its own blog post or keep it with my monthly reading wrap-ups. I honestly wish I had a copy of my own because there was so much I wanted to highlight. The best part about reading this book was it showed me that I really didn’t know a lot about Hillary. I mean, I knew about her, but life from her perspective, the very difficult life her mother had, and all sorts of things in between. Being as she was updating this with new information up until it was sent off to the publishers, there were some things in there that have obviously changed—like we’re managing to get somewhere with the collusion investigations with the indictments over the weekend.

Like I said, so much to process that I’ll have to come back with more later! Very much worth reading if you’ve been thinking about adding it to your to-read pile.

+Loving

My friend Chel has been writing her Hurricane Irma story. She lives on Marco Island and due to some health issues with her husband was unable to leave the island. They chose to ride the storm out in her parent’s condo and hope for the best. Marco Island was incredibly lucky with the storm surge and unfortunately the more economically depressed area of Everglades City and Chokoloskee took the brunt of it. It was good to read her perspective, though!

I’ll be chomping at the bit for daylight in January but right now I’m loving that it is dark early. I’ve been doing some workouts and yoga in the evenings while Forest plays and I’m hoping I can start doing some studio time as well. Chris has been nursing a really bad upper respiratory infection the last week so I haven’t really had much off duty mom time so maybe I can get a little bit of that soon. Time change is this coming weekend so it will be dark even earlier and we’ll have to escape outside before dinner for a few minutes if we want that play time and garden time!

What’s up with you?

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2 thoughts on “Life Lately | October 2017

  1. My MIL was watching Stranger Things when we were in Denver this weekend … it intrigued us, but as I keep saying, we like to wait until shows are completely over so we can binge watch since we are never watching things live. We plan to do that with Big Bang Theory when it’s over!!! I will probably do that with This is Us too.

    Enjoy the pleasant temps!!

  2. chel says:

    I know EXACTLY what you mean by the music thing- the other day Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” came on and as I was singing along with the lyrics I realized “holy crap, this song could have been written *this* year.” Especially the lines:
    “Some folks are born silver spoon in hand
    Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh
    But when the taxman comes to the door
    Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes
    It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no millionaire’s son, no
    It ain’t me, it ain’t me; I ain’t no fortunate one.”

    And pretty much all of Rage Against the Machine’s first album, which came out in 1991 (I think) is perfect for right now- I’ve been listening to it constantly. I’m starting to think about history a lot and see if there is a cycle that happens repeatedly- I think I’m hoping tof ind some evidence that there’s going to be a change in our country soon in reaction to the nonsense that’s been going on for far too long.

    We’re in the middle of rewatching Stranger Things’ first season, this time with Grace. She loves it. We’re doing on episode a night, and I’m psyched that Season 2 is ready to go. It’s just so good.

    Thanks for reading my hurricane story. One thing that surprised me is how many local families took it upon themselves to get out to the areas that really got hit hard and do something about it, especially since there was no sign of any state or govt support in the days after the storm. There was a huge local effort to raise money and supplies- we tried to help as much as we could by bringing all our stuff over when I did that giant house cleaning, and we sent in a bunch of Ensure and some hygiene supplies. It never feels like enough, though. It’s hard to think about the reality of that situation- they get hit so hard by all these storms, and at some point it’s just going to be uninhabitable, especially if they get no help with rebuilding infrastructure after Irma. But families that have lived there generations will stay because it’s their home and they love it and don’t think it’s right just to give up on a place just because the government has decided that there’s not enough money flowing through there to give it a second look.

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