serial, season 3
Like basically everyone else, I’m really enjoying season 3 of Serial so far. I wasn’t thrilled when I heard the theme of the season, since I tend to prefer novels to short stories (the analogy translates), but I think so far I prefer this to season 2. Sarah Koenig’s dulcet tones bring levity and human interest to what might otherwise just seem like a news story. I enjoy podcasts in general, but I especially enjoy the kind that I’m not embarrassed to be seen listening to (like Bachelor Party).
Ever since September 22nd (the first day of fall, arbitrarily according to me), I have happily strewn pumpkins and cinnamon brooms and eucalyptus around our house. Even though it’s still 90 degrees outside, I can feel the crisp energy of fall whenever I walk into my house. Part of that is our aggressive air-conditioning, but the other part is the pumpkins for sure. I painted this paper mache one to match the colors in our house. This would also be a fun painting project for little ones. You could make the paper mache pumpkins if you’re feeling ambitious, or you could buy the $3 ones from Target.
garlic and sapphires by ruth reichl
This is a nonfiction book written by Ruth Reichl, who is a former restaurant critic at the New York Times. Garlic and Sapphires probably falls comfortably under the category of memoir, a genre I don’t usually get too excited about. But I couldn’t resist the premise of this book- a critic goes undercover in various disguises at various NYC restaurants. She also included some favorite recipes, and I wanted to make them all. I should mention that I get 95% of the books I read from the library, and this is one that I would actually like to own. When I returned it, I recommended it to the librarian. It’s that good.
Last winter I spent what felt like seven straight months in the small confines of my living room. This year, I decided to not let the cold get the best of me, so we’ve started taking regular walks outside. The weather has been more than cooperative. Chances are, when winter does come, I’ll be much more hesitant to get outside, but at least this way I won’t be regretting the time I have had to enjoy fresh air. Plus, we’ve been collecting so many leaves and acorns that I have started to think our house is swarming with cockroaches when I walk into a room with the lights off. So that’s been fun. Here’s to a real Northern fall, where leaves change color and cockroaches are nonexistent.
I’ve been wanting to try making beeswax candles ever since I started staying at home. They make great gifts and are also fun to have around the house, especially this time of year. I got my supplies and recipe recommendations here.
My good friend Ali sent me some paleo granola for postpartum snacks after I delivered Joan. She sent me the link to this website where she got the recipe. Ever since she sent it to me I have been baking granola and shoveling it into my mouth like it’s candy corn. (This is a lot of shoveling.) I got all of the ingredients from Trader Joe’s (by the way if you haven’t tried their pumpkin cinnamon rolls, do yourself a favor and get them right now). I’ve made three batches of the granola since Ali sent it in the mail, and Joan is only 8 weeks old. I’m not good at math, but that seems like a lot of granola. Just do yourself a favor and try it. Then you can officially start telling people you’re eating paleo.