Well, hey guys. Apparently I needed some time off! To be honest, the hardest part of coming back after an un-announced break is this paragraph. I have a pretty firm “no apologies” rule in place, because duh. This is basically an online diary with a strong home decor bent and if I don’t show up for a while, the world definitely keeps turning. But I still feeeel bad. Maybe it’s the thirteen years of Catholic education. The guilt. It is strong. Bless me people, for I have not blogged.
BUT! I have brainstormed lots of new post ideas. I worked on a fun design project that I’ll be able to share soon, and it’s November, so brace yourselves…holiday posts are coming. For now, I thought I’d catch up with a currently post for October.
Making: Myself stop looking at the adoptable dogs on the Austin Pets Alive website. No, Molly. No.
Cooking: Not sure I’ve actually spelled this out on the blog before, but I don’t eat red meat or pork. Since I cook most of our meals, Matt normally goes without (and without a single complaint.) It was his birthday in October, so I made him a steak following this technique and served it with twice-baked potato. Looked yummy 🙂 We also tried Blue Apron for a week and made catfish with yellow curry and basmati rice, pan-seared chicken over roasted apples and squash, and a kale and goat cheese quiche. Great recipes, but ultimately the service isn’t for us. We didn’t like the amount of waste created or that we had to commit to three meals a week.
Drinking: Tis the season for Malbec.
Reading: Book I read this month that I couldn’t put down even though it was kinda dumb: In a Dark, Dark Wood. Book I read this month that I couldn’t put down because it was so breathtakingly beautiful and thought-provoking: When Breath Becomes Air. Also! After 4.5 years of living in Austin and some prompting by a friend, I got myself a library card and can now borrow e-books and audiobooks (and regular books.) The ebooks are delivered straight to my Kindle (!!) and I listen to the audiobooks from an app on my phone. TECHNOLOGY! Thankful to have friends cooler than I am to guide me.
Wanting: It’s such a polarizing thing…but yall. My Ugg boots are 12 years old and I know, they’re Uggs and you think they’re awful and maybe you think I’m throwing them on over leggings with a big t-shirt as soon as temps fall below the 90s but you’re WRONG. I wait until we’re under the 70s. And I try to wear a long sweater instead of a t-shirt.
Enjoying: These amazing marigolds from Austin Flower Co. Those plus a few small pumpkins is the extent of my fall decor.
Listening: Young House Love Has A Podcast (DUH!), Invisibilia (new to me and so great!), and this song.
Needing: Still need a stinkin chair for the study. We need it to be low profile, armless, moderately comfortable, and I’d prefer a natural wood tone. Some examples: This (too expensive), this (too overdone?), or this (just right?) Thoughts?
Smelling: Our “fireplace,” which is what I call this wood-wicked candle that smells like campfire.
Wearing: These booties and this cardigan (dangit, sold out. similar here, on sale!) I mentioned these in AUGUST, and I didn’t purchase until this month. Evidence that I sometimes have willpower.
Loving: How hilarious Finn looks in his too-small raincoat that he insists on wearing.
Watching: Season three of The Fall- my favorite UK crime drama, now that Luther has forsaken me. Gillian Anderson is amazing. We’re also mid-way through Band of Brothers, an old HBO series following a U.S. Army company through World War II. To prove it’s not all serial killers and World War II, I should mentioned that we also watched Mascots, the new Christopher Guest mockumentary available on Netflix. Matt turned to me mid-movie as I was shaking with laughter and said, “So basically the weirder it is, the more you like it?” Yes.
Bookmarking: How to style open shelving, the best chicken tikka masala recipe, and holiday decor, natch.
Feeling: Less guilty. 🙂