What I’m Into :: November 2013

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?

I read: 

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 mean, the CUTEST!  (Gentlemen, she's single and ready to mingle).
I mean, the CUTEST! (Gentlemen, she’s single and ready to mingle).

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.

Just a glimpse of the tapas! tapas! party.
Just a glimpse of the tapas! tapas! party.

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!

xo, c.

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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10 thoughts on “What I’m Into :: November 2013

    1. There are so many authors in this family! Not that it’s written by a Meredith, but James SR IMPLORED me to start reading Sons of Mississippi, so that’s next on my list.

  1. Mmm… tapas. I have Stitches on my to-read list! And I’m always up for another John Green book. I should add that to my library queue now so next time I’m read for a good, fun, *random* read, it will be there waiting for me! Have fun decorating your new house for Christmas. =)

    1. Love me some John Green, miss Sarah! The house is just getting started in the Christmas decor – I think a Michael’s run is in order very soon now. 🙂

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  2. When I read An Abundance of Katherines, I wondered how Green came up with the plot. It’s so inventive! I cracked up over the caption under the picture of us. Hello, handsome fellows… 😉 You’ll win all the prizes if that works. So glad we got to meet up!

    1. Grrrrrrl, I got your back. My eyes are open, even if they’re narrowly slit towards the HB-fellows. 🙂 Feel free to rig the contest. I won’t tell.

      Cara Meredith

      be, mama. be. carameredith.com

  3. Lucky you meeting Anne Lamott. I’ve read one of her novels – The Blue Shoe – and have Bird by Bird. Can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to it yet!

    I read The Signature of All Things this month, too. I never thought of the parallels to the Pray and Love parts of EPL. I got bogged down with the botany part of the story line a few times and was sorely tempted to skim – but I didn’t. Alma saved the book for me. I grew so attached to her. And even though we didn’t get to know him well, or for long, I loved her Dutch uncle too. Oh – and Beatrix. What a woman. Her sense of practicality appealed to me – maybe because I’m so very NOT that down-to-earth and realistic.

    1. Shana, I’m not a huge fan of her fiction, but her NF (Bird by Bird included, although it’s different from her more well-known memoir stuff) is fabulous. And seriously – how much do I love our little book club discussion online?! Too many times I read books, write a little blurb, and then never have anyone to talk to about it all. This must change. As per Gilbert’s book, I actually read it via Audible, which perhaps helped with all the botany jargon; I was rather intrigued by the whole storyline and loved the redemption of her character that happened only through age. Maybe it’s the same for each of us?

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