I tried so hard to post this in September so it wouldn’t get in the way of Vegan MOFO, but man I am busy. On October 1st I helped Alexa move into her new apartment (yey!) Earlier I went to a concert (yey!) and this week I have to go to my parents to help my Mom after knee surgery. So… yeah. Sorry about the break from food but you know how things get.
Reading: I really wanted to read The Whole-Brain Child since I heard about it. I put it off for awhile because- you know- I didn’t have a kid. So I guess there was a pitfall of it being over hyped. The book isn’t bad, but it isn’t anything drastically new information. Overall it is nice to hear the suggested ways to handle situations, but there is a lot of fluff page fillers.
Watching: TV shows are coming back again! Horray! So we are starting to watch the new seasons of This Is Us, Goldbergs, and Speechless. The Goldbergs are starting to loose some steam, I am just not finding it as funny more, but most comedies do that after 3-4 seasons anymore.
Jon and I watched the first season of The Magicians on Netflix. It is a really good series, but like all SyFy originals, it is really tacky in the beginning. The first episode should of been stretched into two (honestly) but after episode 4 I think you get sucked into the overall story arch. I also love how after many episodes they give help hotline numbers.
Crafting: Our shop is looking a little sad. Alexa (as mentioned) moved so she hasn’t been able to work on our logo, and my Mother (as mentioned) had knee surgery. But leading up to the surgery, her legs were so bad that she couldn’t even use the sewing peddle. Yikes! But you can see the AWESOME QUILT we made. Also if you want, you can favorite our shop and items. No pressure though. ^__~
Otherwise I’ve been picking up my Gwar needle point again. I started it over and over again because I kept miss counting. Finally I started from the bottom of the “T” and got a rhythm going. I think I finally got the hang of it. Whoo!
Listening: I picked up two albums from my library- Stars’ The Five Ghosts and Regina Spektor’s Remember Us To Life. As always Regina Spektor is awesome, and gives something that is refreshing from the all too similar modern pop music (no hate on specifically modern pop music, but it is all too calculated and running out of new melodies that fit the formula) But The Five Ghosts was surprisingly good! It was not what I was expecting from the album cover, I was expecting something much more melancholy. But it is catchy and upbeat.
I also recently went to a Hanson concert. Yup, you read that right. I am not a HUGE Hanson fan. The were my first concert when I was little. My Aunt and Uncle got us tickets, and I remember sitting the whole time, and my Aunt telling us that we could stand (like all the other screaming girls) But I remember sitting in a spot where you had a really good view of the stage, so I didn’t get why I would need to stand, and I felt awkward in front of family lol. ANYWAYS- I think Hanson is a really fun band to see live. They played on time (WHAAAAT?!) and it was super upbeat and family friendly. In fact I think I saw a total of 10 kids- 10 more than I’ve ever seen at a concert. The only downside is that I got the feeling that 99% of the fans were people who never stopped listening to Hanson as a kid. So they were much more intense that I was. Hands down the best part of the show as Taylor! Duh! I mean he had a cute butt and TRI-and-BI-CEPS that could crush a watermelon.
Podcast: Gastropod I love you. You are the BEST podcast on food. Sadly, not vegan, but they always have great historical context, sound editing, and scientific backing. Their more recent episode on Marshmallow Fluff really inspired me to do more with it. Maybe pick up some Ricemallow or try making my own with some aquafaba.
Another case of me loving how diverse my state/area is. Hasidic Judaism was something I was always familiar with as a child. Sometimes we would see families walking to and from church. Sometimes we knew when traffic would be bad on certain holidays, etc. So it was interesting to hear The Longest Shortest Time’s recent episode about Shpitzle’s Secret. The episode is about a woman who grew up in a hasidic community, and how she fought her way out for her son.
Garden: I dug up my one bush and finally put it towards the front of the house. But that is about it. My Mother in Law bought us some mums, and I placed them next next to our tombstone Halloween decor. Maybe I’ll get some tulip bulbs from my Mom to plant this fall for next year. *crosses fingers* maybe they’ll bloom?
CSA: Thinks have gone by so fast lately. My Mom hasn’t been able to watch Wolfie because of her knee, so I started to work Saturdays, which means I haven’t really been to my CSA to get the produce. But we are moving out of summer and into the fall foods. So I’ve been getting my last bits of tomatillos, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and raspberries. And we are getting more sweet potatoes, blue skinned potatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin, garlic (cured aka dried), kale, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, and onions again. It is nice to get more shelf stable good, and not have to panic to use all the produce by the end of the week. XD
Other Eats: Cakes. Cakes. Cakes. I think my husband will divorce me soon. lol
Other Shares: I found this article about the nutritional content of plants very interesting. A quick TL:DR; is that the rising temperatures and CO2 levels are making plants produce less nutrients and protein, and more sugars. Naturally this isn’t an attack on veganism, because we don’t know what it means for meat and dairy (they have to eat the same plants as we do- duh) Just another thing to worry about with global warming (or to counter arguments saying that high CO2 is good for plants.)
October 8, 2017 at 3:45 am
Oh Hanson… Mmmmm Bop! I was never the hugest Hanson fan, but I did enjoy their music a lot. I know a few people who went to see them when they toured in Australia earlier this year. It sounded like a lot of fun!
They have shown only the first season of This Is Us here in Australia, which I watched, but I am considering giving the next season a miss when it finally starts. The ads made it out to be the most amazing, heartwarming, groundbreaking show that ever was, and it is fine, but not that, so I always feel like it is missing something when I watch it.
October 8, 2017 at 11:01 am
Yeah, it is an interesting show, but I think the series Parenthood was more tearjerking. I think we mostly picked it up because we read lots of reviews from newspapers that really liked it. It is interesting and different but the commercials really do overhype it up (if the Australian commercials are similar to the American ones)
Funny thing about the Hanson concert was that Mmmbop wasn’t even the song that got the crowd most pumped. It was a song I didn’t recognize, one of their newer one. Funny thing is that my friend didn’t even know it either (she knows their newer stuff more than me)
October 8, 2017 at 5:19 am
A month of eating cake sounds good to me! I love Regina Spektor so much, one of my friends just saw her live and I’m wild with jealousy. I loved Hanson so much when MmmBop came out – I bought the album and everything. They’ve certainly done a good job growing up!
October 8, 2017 at 11:02 am
an apple pie was made in the middle of all these cakes. But it was possibly the best pie I’ve ever made!
Sarah @ Long Island Vegan
October 8, 2017 at 3:09 pm
OMG Wolfie’s sweet face! What a great picture!! I still love the idea of this post and love catching up on the things you’ve been enjoying. How fun to go to the Hanson concert! I went to some nostalgia concerts many years ago and even though I’m not a fan of them now it was still a really fun way to go back in time a little 🙂 What a beautiful view from your Grandmother’s home!
October 10, 2017 at 10:06 am
Technically it isn’t her backyard, but part of the retirement community she lives in. I had no idea that so many docks were in the back of some of the houses!
October 10, 2017 at 11:00 am
Wolfie and his cake face is so adorable! 😀
I read the Magicians books a while ago, I must get round to checking out the show.