A day late and a dollar short? Never. In an effort to not flood your inbox, although a day late, I’m linking up with Lovely Leigh for all that happened in the month of November. So, what did happen?
Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair (Lamott), 5/5: I definitely liked this one better than the last couple she’s put out, and perhaps – just perhaps – it’s because she wrote this from a place of brokenness, in not knowing what else to do BUT hope.
The Daily Coyote: A Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming
(Stockton), 3/5: If you are a dog lover or, I suppose, a wild animal coyote-lover, you should probably read this book; it’s a Coming-of-Age memoir for grown-ups discovered through loving the most unlikely of furry beings.
Dinner: A Love Story: It all begins at the family table (Rosenstrach), 5/5: Now this takes the cake for food-memoirs, as Jenny’s interweaving of story and dinner captures hearts in the simplest of ways. And, bonus, although I’ve only tried one of the recipes (Pork Shoulder Ragu with Pappardelle), it was amaze-balls.
An Abundance of Katherines (Green), 4/5: I just want to sit in a room with John Green and pick his brain as to how he comes up with the most amazingly brilliant and random of plot lines.
The Signature of All Things (Gilbert), 4/5: I definitely felt like I was reading the ‘pray’ and ‘love’ parts of her famous memoir, with added themes of intellectualism and science, set in the 1800’s. Wildly creative, none the less.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays (Enhanced Edition): 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations (Drummond), 4/5: I mean, how can you not love P-dub? While I liked the book (and have already made a couple of the recipes – fabulous, as usual), it did feel rather repetitive.
The Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers (Nouwen), 4/5: must. chew. thru. slowly. so. good.
I’m reading: Eleanor & Park (Rowell), God with Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas (Wolfe), The Book Thief (Zusak), and Grace Based Parenting: Set Your Family Free (Kimmel).
I met: Leigh herself! My mentor I’d never actually met before, Anne Lamott!
I saw: the HBH’s side of the family and dear Nashville friends in Alabama, Cari-friend and the east bay crew in Moraga, and our dear friend, Lily, off from San Francisco to Seattle.
I ate: 10 different tapas! tapas! at the Cooking Club dinner, blackberry margaritas and watermelon salsa at an “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” mama of an afternoon, and good ol’ chicken pot pie with our friends Russ and Linda.
And, we moved, which as y’all know, is pretty consuming in and of itself – so with that, I’m going to spice this place up with a little holiday cheer and enjoy the peace of a napping bubs!
What about you? What’s the best thing you’ve read, seen or cooked lately? And, more importantly, who wants to join me for a scoopful or twelve of watermelon salsa?
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