Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Monthly Medley: October 2023


Better late than never, right? 



I'm on a Jody Picoult kick right now. After loving both Mad Honey and Wish You Were Here in recent months, in October (and slightly into November) I devoured A Spark of Light. Like the first two books of hers I read, A Spark of Light is crafted around a difficult and controversial topic. And like in the first two books of hers I read, Picoult approaches the topic from many different perspectives and with a level of sensitivity and compassion I rarely see. 


I'm still watching Suits, and I've decided to stick with The Irrational and Found through the first half of the season. I'm also looking forward to catching up on the third season of Only Murders in the Building and fifth season of Virgin River over Thanksgiving break!

Listening To

I didn't start any new podcasts in October, so I'll use this opportunity to reshare one of my all-time favorite podcasts, which deserves to be listened to in November and/or December. It's a Wonderful Lie - dreamed up by Audio Chuck and Crime Junkie creator Ashley Flowers along with comedians Holly Laurent and Greg Hess - is fantastically funny. Give it a listen...and then send the show an email and beg these three to bring it back for another season.


I recently started following Hadley Vlahos (@nurse.hadley on Instagram). She's a registered nurse, with a focus on hospice/end-of-life care, who has in recent years authored a NY Times bestseller called The In-Between and founded a nonprofit organization. I have learned so much from watching her videos about both hospice care and the end-of-life experience, and I can't wait to read her book. 


I think I've probably shared this "toy" before, but I'm resharing it because it's a perfect holiday gift for kids of all ages. Will and Hallie still, on occasion, pull out our Air Fort, and I just bought one for one of my nephews for Christmas. 

I use my phone A LOT over the course of Nutcracker week, to the point that I run the battery down at least once every day. I can't be without my phone while it charges, so in years past I've kept my phone in one back pocket and my charger in the other back pocket, and then connected my two back pockets with a cord. But not anymore...these external phone chargers plug directly into the phone and are going to work so well during that crazy week!

The strap to one of my favorite bags wore out, so I replaced it with this one. It was VERY affordable and I love how it "dresses up" my bag. 


Also for Nutcracker week...check out my new headlights. 😂


I've made quite a few versions of White Chicken Chili in the past, but this one turned out to be one of my favorites. The only edit I made was using regular cream cheese - I didn't have reduced fat cream cheese on hand. 

These Asian-Inspired Lettuce Wraps were also delicious. I wouldn't say they're better than those at P.F. Chang's, but a close second.

Feeling Good About

See you in a few short days for November's Monthly Medley! 😂

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