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currently: november 2016

Well, as Ned Ryerson would say…November was a doozy! Feels like we packed a lot into these past thirty days — an emotional election, the demise of the Longhorns, GILMORE GIRLS, oh and Thanksgiving. Honestly though, if you haven’t finished the Gilmore Girls revival yet then I kindly ask that you step away from this blog post and go fire it up. I am delusional, but not delusional enough to believe that I’m more important than Gilmore Girls.

No one is.

Anyway. On to the post:


Making: Christmas cookies, and learning that it was a mistake to make them this early. They’re just sitting there. In my freezer. Begging to be dunked in a cup of coffee.
Cooking: I tried a bunch of new stuff this month and really enjoyed it all. Chicken tikka masala, tomato risotto with pan fried Barramundi, balsamic chicken with roasted veggies, and for balance: sticky buns. I also made these stuffed mushrooms for a Thanksgiving app — subbed turkey sausage for pork and they were still a hit.
Reading: I listened to A Man Called Ove this month through my library membership (::pushes glasses up nose::) and it was really, really sweet. 
: To stop loading up a catapult with my money and flinging it at the internet, but these deals yall. Good news is that I’m mostly done with my Christmas shopping AND I pulled the trigger on a chair for the study!! I hope it works out! (OH MY GOD the chair just showed up in a huge box as I’m writing this and I feel like the dad from A Christmas Story. “Frah-gee-lay! Must be Italian!!” Except it’s from West Elm but you get it.) 
Enjoying: The glow of the Christmas tree as I sit here writing. It’s still undecorated because Matt’s been working some crazy hours, but I’m looking forward to dressing it up this weekend. I’m sure Matt is counting down the minutes.
Listening: Going full holiday: this playlist, the Nutcracker all the way through, Kelly Clarkson singing O Holy Night somewhere around fourteen times in a row, you know…the usual.
Needing: For everyone to understand how excited I am that Leif (our fiddle leaf fig) has sprouted FIVE new leaves in the last month. I’m so proud of that lil guy.
Smelling: It’s our first truly cold night — supposed to get down to 42 degrees. I’ve got the windows open with the cool air blowing in, and I’m smelling someone’s fireplace. Heavenly. 
Wearing: Some things I nabbed during recent sales for the upcoming season: these sweatpants, these leggings, this basic sweater, these sparkly earrings, and I finally got a new pair of Warby Parkers (ended up with these and I love them!) To clarify: not wearing all of these things at once right now as I write this. Just the sweatpants and the sweater. 🙂
Loving: (See the next one.)
Watching: How…how do I not make this whole part about Gilmore Girls? Other people have written about it more thoughtfully than I will, so I’ll point you to some of my favorite pieces. This, this, and this about sum it up. I loved it so much. Should have known I’d cry the whole time. Other notable things: The Crown was amazing, Westworld is blowing our minds, and if you want to ease into Christmas movies with one of my terribly guilty pleasures, I’ll point you towards Just Friends which is now on Netflix.
Bookmarking: For when I want to make sticky buns the hard way, my favorite gift guide, and Young House Love bought a beach house, yall!!

luke's paper coffee cup



  1. Heidi Falkenstein Heidi Falkenstein

    I also LOVE JUST FRIENDS – so many hilarious moments. Thought I was the only one! We must be related?

    Loving you and your blog!

    Auntie Heidi

    • ::takes one sip of water:: “I’m…STUFFED.” <-- my very favorite part. Chris, Sarah, and Mom love it, too. Love YOU!

  2. Meredith Meredith

    Molly Ringwald, you Christmas-y son of a gun.

    Firstly, if you liked ‘a man called ove’, you should read ‘my grandmother sends her regards and apologizes’, or, if you’re european ‘my grandmum sends her regards and apologises’…err, something like that. i may have talked to you about this already, but it was such a great book and is the first one that made me cry, other than maybe, Harry Potter. i legit bawled in some spots of the MGSHRAA though., in the best way.

    second, what is this choco goulash that is in the avatar of this internet post? i didn’t see any mention of a sweet treat in the post!

    i am loving the crown and deep into the season. i highly suggest watching ‘one missisippi’ and ‘atlanta’…two of the best shows of the year. not on Netflix, fyi. high production value, great writing, and super acting.

    so i scrolled back up to your that a picture of the STICKY BUNS? jayzus, i want to be smothered in those buns!

    can’t wait to see that chair.

    xoxoxoxoxoxxxxxooookisses meredith

  3. Yesss, I remember you telling me about that book! My mom recommended it too, and we laughed about how much you “get” us. Here it’s called My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry. I’m adding it to my library list. 😀

    Also, I watched One Mississippi. Gobbled that shiz up. Love Tig Notaro so much. I need to check out Atlanta, though! Thanks for the rec!

    And yas, queen. Sticky buns they are. It’s not chocolate, it’s caramel. Getchoo some in that new kitchen of yours!!

    <3 you oodles!!

  4. That LUKE’S cupware gets me right here (points to the spot in heart that only Gilmore Girls can fill). I feel like there should be a local GG’s happy hour/talk non-stop about this show type of gathering. Thanks for the articles on Gilmore Girls to further feed my obsession with this show.


    • Yes. If there is some sort of old school AOL chat room I can join to discuss GG to my heart’s content…I need to know. ALSO I heard you get to see my precious tiny buddy Lincoln (and his parents) tomorrow!! Have so much fun!

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