It's Wednesday, but I have no what I wore for you. Take comfort in the fact that I actually have been wearing clothing, I'm just coming up short in the time department and outfit pictures were the first to get dumped from last week's To Dos.
It is, however, the end of the month, so let's play around with some What Are You Into, shall we?
What I'm Into :: NOVEMBER 2011
On My Nightstand: Books a'plenty, but I'm still in my reading-other-people's-words-avoidance stage. Because of, you know, the book writing.
Want to Read: I promised myself that as soon as we get the manuscript submitted, I would finally start the Harry Potter series. I've been looking forward to this with delicious delight for so long. I absolutely cannot wait to dig in!
T.V. Show Worth Watching:
- Once Upon A Time: I'm dying over this every week. So much to think about. So much to ponder. I'll say it again - it's the best thing on TV right now for me.
- New Girl and Revenge: Still loving.
- Psych: Kyle and I are wrapping up season 5 on Netflix. This show, you guys. This is hilariously awesome. Where have I been for the past few years? Oh, that's right. I never watch the USA Network. But for Shawn and Gus? I will make big, huge exceptions to that life rule. ADORE.
- Happy Endings: My sister insisted that I start watching this, and thanks to Hulu, I've been able to catch a few episodes. It's so funny and well-written. I feel like I never hear people talking about it though. Highly enjoyable.
Movie I've Seen (in or out of the theater): I took the girls to see The Muppet Movie. I might have skipped it except for the fact of: Jason Segel. You know, for his sake, I really, really wanted to like the movie. No, I wanted to LOVE it. I want it to be a huge success for him since the Muppets have been such a lifelong thing for him. I'm sad to say that while I thought it was cute, I was a bit disappointed in it. It felt like maybe they reached a little far with every plot point and left so many things undeveloped. I don't know. I liked it. I didn't love it. Even the girls were a little meh about it all.
In My Kitchen: I'm doing things again! In my kitchen! I have told you before that since we moved to a more low-carb diet, I've been kind of uninspired. Then, as I've been sucked into the writing vortex, Kyle pretty much took over on evening meals, so I've been pretty uninvolved in the kitchen for a while.
But I do have to say two great things have happened in there lately: 1) I've been making my own Greek yogurt and it is THE BEST (using this recipe with a few slight adjustments) and 2) roasted Brussel sprouts which are just DIVINE. Kyle and I eat them like potato chips. One pan of them lasts about 15 minutes between the two of us (the girls are not yet entirely sold on the concept) (more for us!).
In My Ears: She & Him Christmas album, Mumford & Sons, and a jazzy holiday Pandora station that I concoted with Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel "Baby, It's Cold Outside" as the root seed, then added in Vince Guaraldi Trio, She & Him, Diana Krall, Glee Cast Holiday, and Norah Jones/Willie Nelson Holiday. If you dig a jazzed-up holiday mix, let me know in the comments and I'll email the link to you!
Items of Note:
- 12 Causes of Christmas: Born from Joy Bennet's desire to show how various relief and restoration organizations work together (rather than being in competition, which is sometimes the perception people are prone to believe), 12 Causes of Christmas highlights amazing, incredible, empowering, redeeming, life-giving work being done around the globe. I'm having trouble bringing up Joy's blog right now, but you can check out my friend Emily's contribution at Deeper Story today. (Mine will be up there tomorrow!)
- Advent: Last year, the girls and I did Ann Voskamp's Jesse Tree to mark the days of Advent. I L-O-V-E-D it, but I had to edit it down quite a bit for my littles to understand. When I saw Amanda White's Advent activity guide Truth in the Tinsel, I knew it would be a better fit for my girls right now. They love it so much! Dacey is especially into it, and the first thing she asks every morning is what today's ornament will be. It's really good, y'all.
- Birth story: I adore a birth story. They never fail to bring me to tears of wonder and worship. I have to tell you that Arianne's story of the home birth of her long-awaited daughter is probably one of the best ones I've ever read. It's just ... wow.
What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
If all goes as planned, this time tomorrow, our book manuscript will be in the hands of our editor. GLORY! HALLELUJAH! Thank you so much for all your prayer and many words of support. It means the WORLD to us. We still have the editing process and much more ahead of us, but to have the manuscript completed is just ... words cannot describe.
Fellowship, friends, community, Christmas, chilly temperatures (me? yes!), just everything. I love you, December. Come here and let me give you a huge hug and a big ol' kiss right on the lips. I've got the mistletoe waiting.
So, dearie dear ones, what are YOU into this mighty fine November?