So September is over and I’m taking a break from looking at my to-do list for the term and panicking to share a few things that I’ve been into this month. I am, as usual, linking up with Leigh Kramer.
After months on the waiting list, I finally got to borrow Eligible from the public library. I enjoyed it a lot (and I particularly thought it was ingenious to break Wickham into two characters), though I do think the casual sex detracts from the Austen-ness of it all to be honest. I also read and loved Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger, and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys time travel fiction. I’d completely forgotten until this month to borrow the last book in Keira Cass’ selection series, and I totally called Eadlyn’s final choice. It’s not a particularly deep read, but it’s fun. And finally this month I read through Jojo Moyes’ One Plus One when I was fighting a cold and needed a break from work. I suspect if I knew more math it would have driven me crazy, but it was a nice light read. This coming month, I’m hoping it might finally be my turn to get my hands on Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and I can’t wait.
I’ve been in search of a new show to watch while cross-stitching and, now that I’ve exhausted Netflix’s better offerings, Scrubs mostly does the trick. I’m super over the idea of serial sexual harassment being played for humour, though, so I’m hoping we’re not stuck with Todd for the entirety of the show. I’ve also started watching through Black-ish and I’m really enjoying it. Diane is my favourite. Finally, I decided to try following This Is Us in hopes that it might fill the void Parenthood left. So far I’m loving Randall’s arc, but deeply unhappy with Kate. It would be nice if there could be more layers to her character besides “fat and unhappy about it.” Like, we haven’t even learned what she does for a job yet, or whether she has any friends she hasn’t met through Overeaters Anonymous. I’ll keep giving the show a chance for now, but I’m really hoping it gets better.
All Great Big Sea, all the time lately. I don’t know if I’m feeling homesick for the East Coast or just like the catchy tunes, but I’ve listened to literally nothing else since we heard some buskers in Stratford play The Night that Paddy Murphy died.
When I got back from Europe in early September it was ridiculously hot, so I had to get creative with my dessert experimentation. I decided to give panna cotta a try (topped with a cinnamon plum compote). It was super easy! I have yet to try dairy-free panna cotta made with coconut milk, but I think that might work quite nicely also.
I also took advantage of the fact that concord grapes have started arriving in store to try making this amazing concord grape cornbread with rosemary whipped cream, and it did not disappoint.
As usual, you can see all my favourite recipes of the month on my monthly What I’m Into Pinterest board.
September has been a month of transitions for us. Our church went through a very difficult leadership change earlier in the year, and over the summer we came to the realization that even though we love the people, we were not sufficiently on the same page with the remaining leadership to serve effectively, and so we made the difficult but necessary decision to leave. Which means that we’re now in full church hunt mode, trying to find a place where we can fit well and serve well. It’s a bit of a challenge. I was already an odd duck for an evangelical four years ago when we moved here, and my theology has liberalized a fair bit since then. We’ll probably spend most of the fall trying out churches in the area. We’re committed to maintaining our friendships from our old church, though, and they seem to be weathering the transition fairly well.
September has also been a month of trying new things for me. I tried sushi for the first time, went to my first ceilidh (Irish dance gathering), attended my first paint night (where an artist walks you through making a painting step by step), and tried my hand at a new embroidery technique called bargello thanks to a free workshop at the public library. I’m trying to be a bit more adventurous with my free time, and I’m enjoying it so far.
That’s it for me for the month, be sure to check out some of the other link-up contributions over on Leigh’s blog.