Boy, has November ever been a tough month! I’m not even American, but the election results left me dispirited and demoralized on a lot of levels, and I’m still not over it. It’s pretty hard to find the strength to hope, which I suppose puts me in just about the right frame of mind to observe Advent. At any rate, I still found moments of joy and distraction in the middle of it, and here are some of my favourites. I am, as usual, linking up with Leigh Kramer.
As a fun, light read I blazed through the City of Legends Trilogy by Cheyanne Young. There were a few typos that marred the reading experience for me, but overall it was an enjoyable superhero-inspired read. I tried reading a few chapters of Keith Donohue’s The Motion of Puppets and, while it was gorgeously written and I loved the descriptions of Quebec, it got a little creepy for my taste and after peeking ahead to see if the ending would fix things I had to return it to the library unfinished. I suppose I should have expected creepy from a take on Orpheus and Eurydice. And finally, my favourite read of the month as Liz Braswell’s As Old As Time, part of a series that examines alternate endings to Disney princess stories. This one was easily my favourite in the series so far, with a whole backstory on the kingdom and the enchantress (Belle’s mother) that I really enjoyed.
Like probably everyone else in this link-up, I watched through the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix. And yes, it catered a little to nostalgia, but I don’t mind that in the least. Rory is as insufferable as ever, but otherwise I enjoyed seeing the return of so many beloved characters (though I’d have preferred more Sookie), and I personally would have gladly watched an entire summer episode composed only of scenes from Stars Hollow: The Musical. Otherwise, I’ve been following the usual shows. Jane the Virgin is probably my favourite in the current rotation.
In terms of live theatre, we went to see Come From Away, a new musical about all the planes that had to land in Gander, Newfoundland on September 11th when US airspace closed, and it was spectacular. One scene in particular, where a Gander resident communicates with someone who can’t speak English by pointing to verses in their Bible, brought me to tears. It was just the tribute to hope and love and generosity in the face of tragedy that my soul needed. It’s playing in Toronto until January, and it moves to Broadway in February. I hope it does well there, and I definitely recommend seeing it if you’re in the right city at the right time.
I found a few recipes this month that I really loved. This beef, Guiness, and blue cheese pie, for instance, was just phenomenal, and these roasted baby potatoes in a creamy mushroom sauce totally converted me to cooking with more than one type of mushroom at once (I thought it was a hassle, but it was so worth it). I also tried roasting a chicken upright for the first time (I didn’t have an upright roaster, so I used the insert of a tube cake pan, a substitution I’m particularly proud of). It was pretty bizarre-looking.
As usual, you can find all my favourite recipes of the month on my monthly What I’m Into Pinterest board.
After spending September and October church-hunting, we’ve been attending the same church all month. It’s nice to feel like we can start to work on putting down roots again. We’ve landed in a lefty Mennonite church with an age-diverse congregation and a great social justice emphasis, and we’re feeling like it could be a good fit. We’re still learning all the new hymns, and I might even know how to read music eventually.
I also tried another paint night, and was reasonably pleased with the result, especially when I didn’t look at the instructor’s painting for comparison.
That’s about it for me for the month. Be sure to head over to Leigh’s blog to see some other link-up contributions.