Monthly Round-Up: September

Halloween, 2008: Meg Griffin and Lorraine from MadTV (aka my sister)

It’s the end of September, already! Here comes October – I’m gearing up to celebrate my 12th wedding anniversary, the coming of cooler, more comfortable days, and of course, Halloween. I’ll actually be home for it this year, which means I’ll be able to attend my best friend’s Halloween party, which means I’ll be dressing up! I have a costume planned (it’s actually been planned for the last 3 years, but circumstances have kept me from being able to use it) and if you want to see it, make sure to follow me on Instagram! Believe me when I say it’s absolutely perfect for me – even more perfect than 2008’s Meg Griffin – and I can’t wait to finally put it to use!

In the meantime, here’s a round-up of some fun things I did in September.


Reading

Back in January I posted about how I’d been watching You on Netflix, and at that point I hadn’t read the book. But during a productive book-shopping trip earlier this summer I picked up both You and its sequel, Hidden Bodies, and I can now say with 100% certainty that as good as the show was, the book was 4,000 times better. I read it over the course of a weekend spent traveling – between the flight to and from Shreveport (with layovers in Atlanta), and with a few stolen hours in the hotel room here and there, I plowed through this book and loved every word. My previous opinions of Joe himself still stand – yes, he’s psychotic; no, he’s not a hero anywhere but in his own mind. But dare I say there almost came a point where he had me convinced that he wasn’t a bad guy? I’m not sure I want to admit that. I’m going to credit the writing talent of Caroline Kepnes over any shortcomings in my own psyche. Let’s just end it by saying it was a really good story, the show cut out way too much, and I am now one of those people totally confused by the show’s ending.


Listening

Flashing back to another previous post – in July 2018, I talked about a podcast surrounding the mysterious death of Natalie Wood. Well, that podcast is back in 2019, and this year they’re discussing the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Part of me feels a little guilty listening, since even if she was murdered I don’t think anything will come of it and this is being dredged up for no good reason, but the royal watcher in me can’t resist. I’m not 100% sold on it – it has a sensationalism vibe that the Natalie Wood podcast didn’t, or maybe it’s just that I wasn’t as close to it and didn’t notice it – the rehashing of the troubles between Charles and Diana feels a little cheap at times, and I’m not convinced they’ve stumbled across any kind of “truth” about Diana’s death. But I’ve learned some things I didn’t know before, and if this is something you’re interested in, you might enjoy it too.


Cooking

It’s still warm out, but that won’t stop me from pulling out the crock pot and making chili, soups, stews, and everything else cool-weather! My first real cool-weather recipe was this creamy white chicken chili from Cooking Classy. I tweaked it a bit to suit my own personal tastes, and the ingredients I had on hand – why go out and spend money if what I have will work just as well? Especially when using it makes room in my cabinet – and it turned out delicious. I served it with a green chile cornbread, made from a mix that had been hanging out in my pantry for a few years, and they were the perfect complement.


That’s all for September! What did you do?

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