November has been a happy/stressful time in my personal life (my daughter was born; I’m writing a novel in a month) and a traumatic/stressful time in our country. To ease the stress for both me and you, I am reinstating a series of posts listing the little things that are making me happy. I used to call this “What I’m Into;” some bloggers call it “What’s Saving My Life Right Now.”
This list is all of those things. It’s the good stuff in life.
I’m dreaming about… these Tieks.
I’m not buying them just yet- their price tag is a bit too high for my maternity-leave pocketbook- but just knowing they’re out there, in this gorgeous clover green (my “signature” color), is making me happy. I’ll buy in the spring, maybe, or when I go back to teaching next fall. (If you click through to the main website, play with the color scroller to find your favorite shade. So fun!)
I’m listening to… The Babysitters Club Club podcast.
Not making this up: it’s a podcast where two guys (guys!) discuss each BSC book for a full episode. It’s funny, it’s nostalgic, it’ll take you right back to 1989, sitting on your shag-carpeted bedroom floor, devouring Kristy’s Great Idea. I thought I was the only 35 year old who kept a box full of BSC books in a secret “shame” carton under her bed. But I must be wrong, because there’s a whole world of adults out there still loving, reading and podcasting about this amazing series.
Why haven’t you downloaded it yet???
I’m watching… This Is Us.
I don’t watch a lot of TV, so the new fall lineup doesn’t typically excite me. But this show was raved about by at least three different writers I know, so I paid attention. If a writer likes a show, I know the script is going to be good. So I watched the first episode. No spoilers, but you will gasp and you will cry about one minute before the end. (Don’t read the episode guide before you watch!)
It’s on NBC, and last I checked, you can still get the first episode on demand.
I’m eating… Blue Apron.
My husband and I have had a Blue Apron subscription for awhile, but I’ve only gotten truly hooked recently. We first tried the three meal per week option for couples, but found that we didn’t have three nights available to cook a full meal. Over the summer, we decided to try the two meal a week “family plan,” which would provide us with leftovers (the three meal option often didn’t, and the family plan wouldn’t either if our 4-year-old consistently ate “adult” food, but he’s only halfway there). We get our box on Saturdays, because we’re most likely to have two nights to cook between Saturday and Monday or Tuesday.
We often skip weeks because we’re too busy on a weekend, or because the cost adds up. But on the weeks when we do get a box, I always feel extra cared-for and well-fed. The meals are delicious, the ingredients always super-fresh, and they even show you how to plate it beautifully. My husband, who does almost all the cooking in our household, enjoys making the meals. I enjoy eating them. And we both enjoy not having to figure out dinner plans for the week.
I treated myself to… these pencils.
It was an inexpensive purchase. But I use pencils constantly for my planner, and these make those small moments even more “charming.” (Get it?)
What’s making you happy this month?