Howdy, friends. How is your weekend treating you? I was ridiculously productive on Saturday. (I even got out of bed before nine! NINE!). Which means I’ve been ridiculously unproductive today. I didn’t wake up until noon, and then it took me an hour just to decide what to have for breakfast, and another hour to make it. And now I’m ready for a nap.
So let’s get this random stuff list started because that nap isn’t just going to take itself, now is it?
1. It’s FINALLY feeling like fall here. Yesterday, I woke up to sixtyish degree weather which meant I was basically forced to take a long walk on crunchy leaves followed by a visit to the cider mill for donuts and cider. (FORCED, I TELL YOU!)
I think I’m about ten degrees away from going apple-picking (even though I can never eat all the apples I pick) and wearing ALL THE TURTLENECKS.
2. Speaking of fall, it’s time to put pumpkin, squash and sweet potatoes in ALL THE THINGS. I love this pumpkin granola recipe. These sweet potato and black bean quesadillas look amazing. And I need this butternut goat cheese dip in my life.
3. Have you done that three-fictional-characters-that-best-describe-you thing that everybody’s doing on the Facebook? I literally laid awake the other night trying to figure out who my three characters would be. The first one was easy: Liz Lemon from 30 Rock because cheese and DUH. But I couldn’t figure out who the other two would be.
I really wanted them to be super fancy and smart, like characters from a Jane Austen novel or Downton Abbey. Although I suspect I’d be Lady Edith because that’s what a Facebook quiz told me once and who, honestly, wants to admit to being Lady Edith?
But then I realized I needed some characters who were bit more socially awkward/cranky/antisocial, and I settled on Mary Catherine Gallagher from Saturday Night Live because I really love plaid and have been known to break out into jazz hands at inappropriate moments and Oscar the Grouch because GET OFF MY LAWN, YOU WHIPPERSNAPPERS.
I think I pretty much nailed it.
What are the three fictional characters that best describe you?
4. What are you watching on the TV right now? I’m still slowly working my way through Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix which I love, but can anyone tell me if Miss Fisher and the Inspector EVER make out or am I wasting my entire life in an endless state of hope???
I’ve also been watching some of the new fall shows on Hulu. I love The Good Place, with Kristen Bell as a really bad person who ends up in heaven by mistake.
And I really wanted to like This is Us, but, uggh, the way they treat the fat character is pretty much the worst. Hey, Hollywood, guess what? It’s entirely possible to be overweight and not completely hate yourself. It’s also entirely possible to not have your entire life revolve around the size of your pants — no matter what size pants you wear! It’s true!
(Excuse me while I start a petition to get Donna Meagle back on television where she belongs.)
5. I just bought twelve pairs of the same underwear online because I’ve become that person who basically buys the same clothes over and over again until she dies or until the company discontinues or changes the product and basically ruins my life. (I’m looking at YOU, Champion, for changing your sports bras.)
6. Okay, I did kind of break out of my usual clothing rut and buy two empire-waisted tops recently. I LOVE them because they feel like pajamas but are fancy enough for work. But I was a bit worried I’d be mistaken for pregnant and this would happen to me. Because, apparently, it’s still totally cool for people to make comments and assumptions about women’s bodies in public. Great.
7. I used to be one of those people who would very gleefully brag about not knowing how to cook because I thought that’s what being a feminist was about. Until I realized that it’s not really feminist to be proud of the fact that you can’t feed your own self. Plus, cooking is fun and leads to even funner things, like, EATING!
On a related note: Stop taking pride in not knowing how to do basic shit.
8. I love these quotes from famous women on being alone.
Especially this from writer, Susan Cain:
“In our culture, snails are not considered valiant animals — we are constantly exhorting people to ‘come out of their shells’ — but there’s a lot to be said for taking your home with you wherever you go.”
Be the snail, people. Be the snail.
9. As if I needed more reasons to love fall: cats wearing scarves while posing in piles of fall leaves.
Excuse me while I go learn how to knit George a scarf.
That’s all, friends. Let me know what fall dishes you’re craving, what your go-to clothing purchases are and how I can go about knitting a scarf for my cat.