I did a birthday hike with my mom at the beginning of September (pics on my Instagram here). The rain gave us a lovely fog over the river (the photos don’t do it justice). And it also gave me a lovely wipeout. So we stopped at Target for an outfit before heading out to eat. And then I had my first facial with dermaplaning and an eyebrow wax. Highly recommend!
And that was the highlight, lol. My web development course rather took it out of me. And I didn’t study extra like I needed, so this semester looked glum. Then I decided to be stupid and get on dating apps. And then did some other “research” on my looks and such involved with that. All of which served to make me crazy (and tended to get the “men are pigs” sentiment going quite nicely). Then as I was winding that catastrophic experiment down, I got covid (the week of our huge company walking challenge, which would have normally put me right in 4th or 5th place!). I got enough better according to the current policies to do training (downtown) most of this past week and half of next. All the while trying to get a seasonal weekend job.
I’ve been exhausted, but I’m mostly relaxing this Sunday, and trying to plan for a fun fall. I want to enjoy my favorite season!
I’m looking to see if I can get a spot in the next semester for web dev and spend this semester studying. I’ve got a part-time weekend job that should start this month. I’m almost done with training, which should give me about 2 hours a day back and make it easier to pick my exercising back up. I’ve got my race with my mom at the middle/end of this month (with hopefully a bit of exploring after), and then the last week I’ve got a staycation (hallelujah!). I think I’ll try and start that off with another facial!
I’m hoping I can get some fall decor and goodies next paycheck since, you know, it’s actually still fall! Hopefully it isn’t sold out since every season and holiday starts about two months earlier lately!!!!!
My mom dropped off apples, apple cider, and an apple cider doughnut this week, and my sister and I had our seemingly annual fall get-together with some childhood friends complete with plenty of pumpkin treats. I also managed to snag a couple jars of pumpkin (I still had plenty of molasses, it took me so long to find last year I made sure to grab several, but I think I might still grab some more this year). I’m also thinking of the cozy savory fall foods to have like saurkraut, potatoes, and sausages, yum!
I’m going to plan some more stuff for fall today, so to sign off, a video from the Autumnal expert herself.
Here’s to Autumn and all things Autumnal!!!!!!!
I didn’t do a great job at tracking everything, so I may have missed a few things, I feel like I watched 10 Things I Hate About You somewhere in these months.
The Makeover (Hallmark)
“If I belonged to a younger generation, I would say,’Dang, he is fine!'” “Might I remind you that is the exact generation we are trying to rescue from such phrases?”
The Terminal List. Um yeah, skipped a lot, probably should have stopped it early on. Beyond morally questionable. Went from understandable targeted vigilantism (but with unjustifiable methods, aka torture!) to “sucks if you are in my way.”
The Expanse. Dad has been obsessed with this show since it’s been on Amazon, and so after the above show, I opted to try it. Less overtly, over the top violence, but still I can’t deal with that “amoral” and actually immoral, zero sum, dehumanizing choices and viewpoints. I didn’t pursue past the first episode or so of season two (wasn’t interested in the new people either). I was burned out with moral ambivalence (to put it generously) and violence.
Cranford and Return to Cranford (a family friend/dad said there is also, “Sick of Cranford”). I got Britbox again, and after stupidly trying some violent shows (Rachel, do you ever learn?). I finally settled on fairly relaxing. I’d had these on my list for forever (aka, mainly because of Tom Hiddleston, hello). Wow, there is a lot of death though, but when I honestly thought about it, in the real time period, there actually probably was more! The last season felt really rushed.
What If. I’d seen this on a post of Olivia’s and added a few from her list to my TBR. But sometimes those just sit there. I was searching for funny or something on Amazon Prime, and this popped up. And wow, this is a new comfort rom-com (up there with Leap Year, Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You). My sisters make fun of me for rewatching my favorites very close together, but I seriously might just turn around and watch this again. Super cute and funny and minimal of the stupid miscommunication drama (and when it happens, real grown-up apologies from both parties). Just happiness and comfort. Also, side note, I might actually get a tattoo, I didn’t realize/hadn’t seen, actually feminine ones before. We’ll see. Who is this woman talking?!!!
More Boy Meets World. I needed some funny, comfort, so I tried to pick up about where I left off in the Spring.
“Feeny with an earring.”
. . .
“Shawn, he’s on to us, he singled us out on the first day.”
“No, Cory, he singled you out on the first day, you singled me out.”
I decided I needed to get back into doing these! Link here.
My mom started our homeschooling with 5 in a Row, which I believe is based on the Charlotte Mason method. In middle and high school some of our history was the Beautiful Feet curriculum which is also I believe based on the Charlotte Mason method. So we had a rich experience with good books starting with wonderful illustrated classics. Either these books were part of the school program (either read to us or assigned to us) or they came from learning about the author from a different book we were assigned. I’ve included some of the stand-outs in the kids (so many other great ones though).
- Miss Rumphius
- Blueberries for Sal
- A New Coat for Anna
- Calico Bush
- Mara, Daughter of the Nile
- The Eagle of the Ninth (first Sutcliff, feel in love with these novels and Roman Britain)
- Warrior Scarlet (first books I remember crying over, granted I think I was already emotional at the time but still)
- Black Ships Before Troy (Sutcliff’s writing with Alan Lee’s Illustration, y’all!)
- The Wanderings of Odysseus (same as above)
MayRewatched both Princess Diaries. Always a comfort duo.Breakfast Club. So, maybe this was ground breaking at the time (?), but I was bored and unimpressed.Miss Congeniality. Hilarious, also, wow Benjamin Bratt was super attractive, I was trying find other things he was in near that age that I’d be interested in watching.Only You. Young Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei. Cute and funny. I’m not sure I’d even heard of this before I found it from someone’s Insta story (I think).
JuneIf I watched anything I didn’t document it.
JulyTop Gun, original, I enjoyed it.. Now, I need to watch the new one.Rewatched The Magic of Ordinary Days. Super sweet, sometimes a little to raw real, and awkward.Persuasion 2022 (wrote about that in detail here).Rewatched Love Comes Softly. First time I’ve seen it since I watched it over 15 years ago. Raw emotion that it’s hard to watch.Tombstone. Cheesy, Kurt Russell’s character irritated me. Also, didn’t scare me that much (except for the dark, rainy night part, anything predatory like that scares me). I didn’t feel much at most of the deaths.Juno. This popped up free on Youtube, I already knew the story, I didn’t know how cute and funny it was. Also, because I knew the story I skipped through almost everything with Mark in it.
I didn’t grow up with movie Anastasia. The first time my family watched I was a teenager and grounded (!), so I missed out; I’m not sure I watched it until I was an adult. My little sisters did grow up with it. And one of them (L) went on a Northeast trip in 2016 or 2017 and saw the/one of the original Broadway casts, and she came back head over heels for Derek Klena. I, of course, already loved Ramin Karimloo from the Phantom, and I wish I’d just splurged and immediately gone to NYC just for that. I’d 0nly heard bits and pieces from youtube, but I think more of my sisters listened to the whole thing.
For my 30th I bought tickets when it came to Louisville in 2020. Literally the week before my date (I think they’d done a few performances), our state shut down. It got delayed and delayed and then cancelled. I was dreading driving downtown (I’d only driven twice maybe in my life), so I wasn’t super disappointed (and this is why I miss out on stuff). But my sisters saw it was coming back this year (I’m not sure if this would be the cast that was traveling in 2020 or not), so all of us sisters and my sister-in-law bought tickets. We all dressed up, some buying dresses especially for the event, and I on a budget and because I’m me, made mine, finishing it the evening of and running late to meet the sister I was riding with. Classic.
So, as I mentioned I wasn’t familiar with the Broadway version, my sisters said it didn’t have Rasputin and that it was attempting to be more realistic (although yes, the magic part was unreal, but there was something unnatural/supernatural about what it took to kill the real Rasputin). L also thought that the replacement bad guy (Gleb) had a lot more singing because of Karimloo. So, yes, while they didn’t literally reenact the murders (thank the stars above), it was artistically displayed with dancing, shots, and the Red Army. I was holding back tears.
I couldn’t remember if it had “Back to December.” It did and several other songs from the movie as well. My sisters didn’t think that Anya (at least some of us thought she had better voice than the original Broadway singer) and Dmitry (no Derek Klena) had much chemistry, but she sure did with Gleb (Ben Edquist). But then, wow, he kind of stole the show. My sister-in-law ventured to say he might be better than Ramin Karimloo, I don’t know about that but I think I preferred his voice. And oh, he knew he was good, he was sending kisses to the audience at the end! For him alone this is worth going to!
We had so much fun, and we are hoping to do more events like this together in the future. It’s just so fun to dress up and go places (when I’m not driving).
10 TROPES We Hate About Rom Coms. This channel is just so good. I just love their breakdowns of various tropes, relationships, character development, etc. in entertainment.
So here is another. Relationship Therapist Ranks Disney Romances. I so appreciate the breakdown of Tangled, love, love that movie, and this makes me love it more.
A huge round of applause for this influencer acting out how awful movie Harry and Ginny were compared to the book. She does more book to movie differences, too.
The Five Stages of Gender Reveal Parties. I’m crying. The headline.
Ancient Roman Bust Found at Goodwill. Absolutely wild.
For when you need the warm fuzzies, Top 5 Katniss and Peeta Moments. Those moments in Catching Fire always get me (they missed a few). They didn’t top those in the last (of course Peeta got wrecked by the author, so that kind of wrecked that).
See post on Classic Club here.
When did you join the Classics Club?
Looking through my old posts, it looks like I’ve been part of it since the first year, 2012 (I was not quite 22 at the time of my first post). I didn’t finish my first list, I forgot about it/fell off from it, and since I moved my blog, when the new moderators cleaned up their links, my old ones were removed since I didn’t update the links. Classic procrastinator.
What is the best classic book you’ve read for the club so far? Why?
I don’t think I have my old list saved any where (stupid, I need to remember to preserve this one in a post), so I’m going by the reviews I did manage on my blog. I started the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries and fell head over heels for him. I don’t care for all of the novels, but the ones I do are now on my comfort reads list.
I see that I tried Jeeves and Wooster again (I didn’t get it when I tried for our church bookclub), and this time it stuck. Definitely another comfort read for me.
What is the first classic you ever read?
I can’t remember, I know my dad read Narnia to us when small. I know I loved Little Women as a tween and teen. And then later more of Alcott and LM Montgomery. My first “grown up” classics that I can recall was Pride and Prejudice at around 14 or 15, I believe (my mom borrowed after we watched the 95 version with friends, both the film and the book were a touch beyond my total comprehension at the time, but that started my JA novel/movie obsession of the time). I think I’d skimmed the Bronte novels, but I didn’t read the two most famous in their entirety until I was 19 I believe.
Which classic book inspired you the most?
I feel like the introduction to Jane Austen as well the homeschool classics blogging world as a teen as well as few years later as being part of a church book club got me more into the classics; my reading/focus ability crashed and burned due to some OCD or some mental break as a teen, all this slowly helped me back.
What is the most challenging one you’ve ever read, or tried to read?
Lis Mis was challenging in it’s length and tediousness. Same for Brothers Karamazov. Also, the philosophy of the latter was beyond me.
Favorite movie adaptation of a classic? Least favorite?
2022 gave me an easy least favorite, Persuasion. Favorite is harder. I’ve many Jane Austen adaptations, and some are more accurate than others, but in the last several years Emma 2009 has become a comfort movie for my sisters and me. I think that Emma herself is one of the least accurate, but the overall movie is peaceful (excluding Box Hill) and hilarious and the scenery is beautiful, the music is wonderful, and I just love the costumes.
I grew up (at least teens I think) with the 1994 Little Women, so although the Laurie Jo plot still infuriates me to this day, nostalgia, you know?
A childhood favorite was the 80’s made for tv Heidi. I watched that obsessively, and in my tiny heart crushed on Peter, envied Klara her boots, and called milkmaid braids Heidi braids until I learned as an adult they were already named milkmaid braids.
I’m sure there are more (like I said, favorites are harder), but this is off the top of my head.
Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving? Respecting? Appreciating?
Middlemarch was a dark house, and it was a slow start, but then I really got into it. I need to reread it. Talk of underwhelming adaptations and underappreciated classics.
Also, after a couple other Russian tries, I was pleasantly surprised to find when starting Anna Karenina (I’d skimmed as a teen and maybe early twenties, not ready for it then, so I did know a lot of the story), that I enjoy it.
Classic/s you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
Well, hopefully most of the ones on the list I don’t get to this year, since my end date is next September. I’m currently almost done with Anna Karenina, about to start Count of Monte Cristo, and hopefully will start War and Peace after that.
Favorite memory with a classic and/or your favorite memory with The Classics Club?
I love rewarding myself with film adaptations after finishing a novel. I did read a lot (but very repetitively) as a child, but I struggled as a teen, and I’m not naturally drawn to super long novels, so finishing a novel that is a bit harder to get through and then getting to watch a film is fun.
I also of course love learning about new favorites to add to my comfort reads.
I’m 32 today. This came out the year I turned 22, a DECADE ago 😭.
- ~~~~~~~~~“Fortunately I keep a secret key logger on my computer.”“I’ve never appreciated your distrust in me more.”~~~~~~~~~“Well, we talked. Moz told me about his Detroit days, he’d been running street cons since he was a kid.” “Hm notice my lack of surprise.”~~~~~~~~~“I’m a gem expert.”“That’s true, and you asked to keep your distance from the FBI, I was doing you a favor.”“Oh, by conversing with my arch rival.”“Everyone’s your arch rival, Moz.”~~~~~~~~~“The FBI has a gem vault and you didn’t tell me?”“Why give an alcoholic a drink?”~~~~~~~~~Caffrey holding a printing plate for hundred dollar bills.Peter “I’m not comfortable with this.”“Really, you’re not comfortable? I have the men in black bobsled team breathing down my neck.”“These treasury agents are a little skeptical; you look like a twelve year old who just found the lingerie section of a Sears catalog.”~~~~~~~~~“Neal, if ever you do decide to grow up, you should realize this one thing, you can either be a con or man, you can’t be both.”~~~~~~~~~Peter relegated to the sidelines with a suspect’s daughter who asks, “What’s that thing on his leg.” “That’s a tracking anklet.”“I have an anklet. Wanna see?”“Yeah, oh cute, where’d you get it?”“My grandpa.”“Where’d he get his?”“It’s part of a Federal Release work program where, uhh — I gave it to him, it’s so I don’t lose him.”“Are you his grandpa?”“Weren’t you supposed to go to your room.”~~~~~~~~~“Remember when I said things were getting back to normal between me and Peter?”“Yeah, that’s sweet. One sentence in and I already hate this conversation.”~~~~~~~~~“Does the Vulture have a partner with expensive tastes?”“I have a partner with expensive taste.”Later, Peter to Sally and at Neal, “So whoever spent the money almost got you shot?”. . . Neal to Sally “I apologize, but the plan drew out Brower, that should count for half a win.”Peter, “I’m going to get us the other half . . . “We leaked security photos from your shopping spree.”Neal, “That way Brower takes his next shot at me, sounds fun.”Peter, “I love how we’re always on the same page.”Later, “What’s the plan if Brower doesn’t show up at the PO box.”“You spend 90 million dollars in 36 hours, he’ll show.”~~~~~~~~~“Send out the handsome one.”Neal starts getting out.“The one in the back.”Mozzie, “Consider that a lesson in modesty.”~~~~~~~~~
- Why Didn’t They Ask Evans. This was so good. Just the perfect length and loved the scenery, wanted to steal some of Frankie’s clothes (well the dress she stole from her mother).“Frankie, I hope you won’t be offended if I tell you I’m not quite ready to kill myself over you yet.”~~~~~~~~~White Collar. I watched this in April and May I think. I loved this, then it turned sour for me at the end of season 2, beginning of season 3, I wasn’t expecting that so soon. I dislike that the build up of maturity and trust got torn down and reset. Terrible plotting, and I just felt the writing got weaker. After I sulked I came back and watched a bit more of season 3 in June, it bounced back a bit. I didn’t get back into it the same way, and I’m not sure how much more I will watch since I know there are other things I won’t like (Neal’s love life, I’m Neal and Sara forever, also felt like they rushed that a bit in season 3 considering how 2 left off).This show has such snappy dialogue, I love it. I got lots of quotes, and I think I could have got more. I’m splitting this into two posts. I think I accidently mixed up some of the chronology though.~~~~~~~~~“What, you need me for this? You’re uncomfortable around the six year old.”“I don’t speak that language.”“I do?”“Yeah, you do, Peter Pan. Come on.”~~~~~~~~~“He’s . . . odd?”“In a good way.”“Who is this guy?”Later, knocking“Mrs. Suit, I take it.”~~~~~~~~~“Ok, I don’t have it.”“Look at that, telling the truth, did it hurt?”~~~~~~~~~“Isn’t that the place where you put Neal when he was first released.”“They have an interesting no heat policy.”“I don’t need amenities. Just give me a wall, a tv, and a bed and I’m happy.”“Are you serious?“Yeah.”“Peter mi casa su casa.”“Su casa is not even su casa.”Later“I’ve got to check into my hotel.”“No, no, no, motel, motel, with an ‘m.'”~~~~~~~~~“You’re letting the pantsuit use you as bait to catch Wilkes? Doesn’t that strike as insane?”“I’m going to a club, the feds will be outside”“This is the same Wilkes that wants you dismembered right?”“Dismembered is slightly overstating it, you are being paranoid.”“Paranoia is a skill, the secret to longevity.”My thoughts precisely.~~~~~~~~~“Mozzie still won’t tell me what he does for a living, do you know?”“I know enough not to ask.”~~~~~~~~~“What’s your plan a gun in the glove compartment?”*Pause*“That’s your plan, a gun in the glove compartment!”~~~~~~~~~“Admit it Peter, we’d make a pretty decent team.”“Bank robbers.”“I see you smiling, come on the infamous Caffrey and Burke, we’d be legends.”“Yeah, I can see the wanted posters right now but it would be Burke and Caffrey.”~~~~~~~~~“I want this guy.”“Hell hath no fury like a Fed scorned.”~~~~~~~~~“Stay here and read it. ‘There are many things which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.'” “Emmerson.”“Very good. ““‘All of your quotes are getting on my nerves. Peter Burke.'”~~~~~~~~~“What are you doing in a Federal building dressed like Truman Capote?”~~~~~~~~~“What exactly is the nature of your relationship with Gina?”“Intellectual, literal, ongoing.”“Is he stalking her?”“I’d have to look up the legal definition.”~~~~~~~~~“I haven’t slept since this whole thing started.”“Stomach hurt?”“A little bit.”“Got that parched thing happening.”“Yeah, my mouth’s a little dry.”“Hold on to that feeling. Remember it the next time you decide to infiltrate the den of a mobster on a whim or something equally cockeyed.”~~~~~~~~~“Neal came by; we had a nice little chat.”“Is he in one piece?”“Yes, I left him whole.”“Good, I prefer him that way.”~~~~~~~~~“She has three known alias, she knows how to hide someone. Come on Peter, if you went on the run.”“I wouldn’t go on the run.”“Yeah, but if you did.”“Yes, I’m sure it’d be your fault.”~~~~~~~~~“You stole one of Stan’s Murciélagos?”“We commandeered it.”“You G men and your manifest destiny.”“Mozzie how would you like to participate in a government sanctioned con?”“Involving a dirty Marshall, Stan, and one of his prize Lamborghinis, how about yes.”~~~~~~~~~“It’s hard to picture you at a big financial firm. Been a life changer.”“That’s true.”“In some alternate universe you’d be wearing corporate ties, doing power lunches, flying corporate jets.” “Doubt we’d have ever met.”“Well, maybe, under different circumstances.”“Well, that’s true. You might’ve have robbed the company.”“Yep.”~~~~~~~~~“I’m not working on anything.”“Which means Mozzie’s working on it.”~~~~~~~~~“I hope I’m not interrupting.”“Oh no not at all, you are but a welcome and striking reprieve from the bureaucratic oppression in my midst.”~~~~~~~~~“Hey, let’s make this quick, I need to get back to the office.”“Oh, first week and you are already a corporate shill. My condolences on your recently departed integrity.”~~~~~~~~~“No.”“Come on, Peter.”“No, no. The FBI is not gonna pay for your combat training.”“Think about what I could do for you guys if I knew how to fight.”“No, No, I’d rather not. New York is safer is if Neal Caffery is lacking in at least one skillset.”“Yeah what about self-preservation?”“You’ve done pretty well with the whole running away thing.”~~~~~~~~~
Life must be hard for Anthony Bridgerton what with managing family finances, micromanaging his siblings, cold-bloodedly shopping for a suitable bride, drinking, whoring.
“Did you tell the viscount about the bee?” Oh, he knows, he knows very much about the bee sting.I just . . . like . . . how everyone is so either “discerning” if they notice or just gradually “putting it together” that Anthony actually likes *Kate.* As if he isn’t smoldering at her all the time. Yes, I’m sure the reason why he’s staring at Kate 90% of the time its out of hatred, and that other 10% when he can’t, he’s being boring and insipid with (the boring and insipid) Edwina because he cares for Edwina. Right.Oh. And he’s reeeeeallly, reeeeeeallllly fighting off his feelings too. That’s what following her around, staring some more, shoving aside any other men, etc. That, that is what that means.I just don’t get that he thought they wouldn’t immediately have an affair when he married Edwina. I mean if his this “restrained” now. That maybe, just maybe, possibly, just might be more scandalous than a simple breaking off of a courtship. Nope, let’s propose to the sister he doesn’t actually want. Let’s go and try and marry her and look at her sister. Because of “avoiding scandal” and “being honorable.” Honorable my eye. Honorable, because affairs are honorable. Yep, breaking an engagement, fleeing a wedding would totally be more scandalous than coming home from a super quick honeymoon and having an affair with her sister.And then once the wedding is off they have to do this farce and dilly-dally. Seriously run away and marry her. The extramarital stuff with a lady is 10000% worse than anything you’ve yet done dude. Also made NO sense for her. None. She had WAY too much self-respect for that. This scene and the weird shilly-shallying instead of getting married rather a buzzkill. Y’all we know they had the hots for each other. Avoiding a scandal would have them GET married.Honestly the book (which I skimmed and which is super disgusting, also Kate is a pushover) part where they have to get married because of the bee sting part (which . . . is just an absolute gem of scene in the move) would have made much more sense. He keeps saying he is a gentleman (I do not think that means what you think it means). And dude, when has that stopped you?It’s funny, this season had less actual sex scenes but WAY more thirst ones.
- Bridgerton, both seasons. I’ve written about season 1 already. I’ve got thoughts on season 2 coming up.Lady Bird. Rather sad.Silver Linings Playbook. Extremely difficult to watch. Also, what the heck exactly? I need to ask my medical sisters (sister 2 is a nurse (all nursing students have a psychiatric nursing course plus anything in their experience in hospitals), sister 3 works in a children’s psychiatric hospital and just got her public health degree and is going to start a nursing program, and sister 4 is working in a downtown hospital and is in nursing school) their opinions, they mentioned this movie among others when talking about mental illnesses, I think sister 2 said it was accurate?Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. I watched this after watching a Topher Grace interview. On his side it was cute, he’s quite a funny actor. I don’t find it inspiring or fun to watch the dumb innocent, essentially bimbo girl role.Brooklyn 99. I watched up to season 3 before getting bored. I realized I think oftentimes I need more going on in my shows. For example in Castle, Psych, and White Collar, the characters are solving intricate crimes AND are funny AND there is romance. Whereas here, it seems the focus in mainly on the humor which for me doesn’t always hit and isn’t enough for me and the romance is not the greatest. In addition to getting bored Amy’s sycophancy is rather triggering and just really not funny. However, some humor that I did enjoy was Gina and Boyle. I feel like that could have gone on longer or maybe even been a “thing.” (I realize I wrote on this show for Feb as well, oh well.)Rewatched some New Girl. I think I was mad the first time that Coach got replaced (even though he was only in one episode) that I don’t think I fully realized how hilarious Winston is. 2 great moments. 1) His earring phase and Nick’s reaction. 2) When he takes his car without realizing the stowaways in the back and is singing “Popular” in a really high voice and then discovers said surprise in the back.Started a few episodes of Kim’s Convenience. I got distracted by other shows, plus I find domineering fathers personally triggering. I think I might try more, since thanks to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings I have crush on Simu Liu.Derry Girls. I think I tried this in March or April, again, also would like to watch more. I think I only got a few episodes in.