What I’m Reading
The Course of Love by Alain De Botton
Such an interesting book. De Botton is a philosopher who wanted to share his understand of how marriage works but rather than writing an academic book on the subject he turned to story and writes this beautiful and realistic novel about what happens after “happily ever after.” In telling the story of a couple as they move through the years of their marriage, the author inserts short paragraphs of outside narration that help explain the action of the characters. It sounds disruptive but works wonderfully in this story. It feels like a very honest but hopeful look at the complexities of marriage and I love the novel format to explore such a nuanced topic.
What I’m Watching
This is Us on NBC
Filling the Parenthood sized whole in my heart, this new show on NBC is clever and heartwarming in it’s storytelling. I won’t give away much about the plot because there are some fun twists in the first few episodes but so far I’m loving the characters, the writing and the complicated issues they’re tackling. If you enjoyed Parenthood, The Newsroom, or About a Boy then make sure to check out this new drama. I puffy heart love it!
What I’m Loving
I’m certainly not a trendsetter in this area since this company has been around for over a year and if you’re Facebook you’ve probably seen the development of the cult like following for their leggings. And yes, they really are as “soft as buttah” like everyone says. My fashion sense has always steered towards comfort over style but these clothes seem to find a mix of both. They are very comfortable and even better than that, I love the wide range of sizes and body types that they embrace and celebrate. The hype of the online parties and consultant business model makes it a little overwhelming to start with but I’ve had lots of fun starting a collection and the clothes make me feel good. I would recommend you find a local consultant if possible since the sizes tend to be quite different than your usual box store. Once you know your preferred sizes you can have fun stalking all your favorites online.
Amy Lynn Andrew’s Useletter
Such a great tool for those who are starting out in blogging. Since I’m diving into the deep end of the world of blogging without many swim lessons, I have found her newsletter and website to be a treasure trove of material on all those questions that I know I need to ask but feel silly doing so. Clear and concise instruction for those of us who are new to the digital landscape, you can’t go wrong with checking out her site for resources and signing up for her Useletter no matter what type of work you’re doing online these days.
My kids have a two week fall break at the beginning of October (part of a balanced calendar that I’m not sure how I feel about) and we decided to check out a new-to-us location for the 2nd week. I’ll be posting more about our travels but I can easily say that we loved this area of the Panhandle of Florida for it’s laid back charm and beautiful picturesque beaches. For a first trip to the ocean for my boys, we couldn’t have picked a better place or a better time of year. This 18 mile stretch of state highway (30A), between Destin and Panama City Beach, has at least half a dozen towns scattered along it and a fantastic bike trail that runs the length of it. A great deal on a condo through VRBO let us enjoy five nights of easy going, shrimp eating, sand playing fun and the whole family can’t stop talking about it, which in my book is the sign of a good destination.
What about you? What were you digging this October? What’s on your radar for the month ahead?