Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Monthly Medley (February 2023)


I have an article about Barton Springs Mill in the January/February issue of Texas Living Magazine - on newsstands now! 

I need to take a bit of time in March to bolster my list of pitches. As I embark on this endeavor, I thought I'd ask the question here..what would you like to read about in a Texas-themed magazine? Articles can focus on one specific establishment/entity - restaurants, hotels, parks, shops, museums, businesses, products, people etc. - or cover a themed collection, like "the best college town restaurants" or "fascinating inventions by Texans." Shoot me a message at erinlferris at yahoo dot com if you'd like to learn more about a particular subject and want me to do the work!


I had to return my book to the library before I made it to the end. 😩 I'm really hoping I can get it back and finish it soon...


Hallie and I watched two new Netflix romantic comedies this month. First, Your Place or Mine, starring Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher. It was a little slow and a lot predictable, but that didn't stop either of us from enjoying it. Second, Look Both Ways, starring actors I didn't recognize because I'm old. This one was sweet and endearing, and I really liked how (slight spoiler alert) both storylines played out and ended.

On the heels of Echoes, a dark and twisted drama I couldn't quite follow, I watched The Stranger, another dark and twisted drama...but thankfully, one I could follow. I always appreciate when the many different storylines converge in a way that makes sense and the twists are explained, if not to the characters, at least to the viewer. I highly recommend this one, so I won't share any additional details lest I accidentally spoil something!

Listening To

This month I stumbled upon Full Body Chills, a podcast - by the creator of Crime Junkie - that makes you feel like you're sitting around the campfire listening to ghost stories. I've listened to all of seasons one and two, but I'm saving season three to listen to come October and the arrival of the Halloween season.


It seems that most people I know first found Cheese Gal not because of her love for and knowledge of cheese (she's actually an accomplished entrepreneur who created a wildly successful charcuterie board business in Nashville), but because of "The Story." Find Cortney LaCorte on Instagram at @cheesegal and start with "The Story" (followed by "The Story 2"), which is saved to her highlights...I promise you won't be able to stop listening. And then once you've finished "The Story," you can check out her recipes and drinks!


Wearing, Trying, and Using have all come together this month, as I swapped out my Fitbit for an Apple Watch. I'd never really considered an Apple Watch, given how much they usually cost. But when my mom stumbled upon a good deal when she was switching cell phone providers and buying a new phone, she offered to buy it for me and I decided to give it a try. It's been a bit of an adjustment, but so far I like it! On the positive side, I like being able to see all sorts of different messages in their entirety, controlling my podcasts, checking the weather, and paying for my coffee from my wrist. On the negative side, I miss being able see my step count on my wrist, and the Apple Watch has a terrible battery life compared to my Fitbit.

For a couple of days I wore both my Fitbit and the
Apple Watch, just so I could make an informed decision
about which one I wanted to use. I looked super cool.


This month I made a couple of busts, including a green chili enchilada recipe that I wanted to love but just didn't. The Lads seemed to enjoy these Birthday Cake Bars (scroll down to #10) though!

On the packaged front, this Trader Joe's Pesto Pasta was a huge hit with Tom and Will...so much so that they ate two full packages of it before Hallie and I made it home for dinner.

Feeling Good About

Hope your February was great, and that the month ahead of you turns out to be a good one!

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