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Good morning all! I can’t believe I’m waking up on the last day of November here. Where did this year even go?
But I did want to pop in here at some point today to do a “Lately” post since it’s my way of documenting the in-between stuff too because those are the things we most often forget. Hope your month has been full of pie, love, and lots of beautiful memories!
Lately, I’ve been….
Brene Brown. I love how open and vulnerable she is and everything she writes in her most recent book, “Braving the Wilderness,” resonates with me over and over and over again. The theme of the book is “true belonging,” which – if you can imagine a brown liberal girl living in the middle of Appalachia – really hits my heart because I feel anything BUT a sense of belonging. This book was written around September 2017 so touches on a lot of the political divide in our country. And it honestly feels like my Bible some days because I reference it in an effort to feel inspired and connect with the community around me. This chapter title runs through my mind a lot. When things feel difficult. And when I’m met with extremely different views. “People are hard to hate close up. Move in.”
We have indulged in all sorts of goodies during the month of November. But I’ve jumped right back on the low-carb train since Friendsgiving was over and it feels really good to get back to a routine. This is one of my favorite dishes to make because it’s so simple, and yet, has so much flavor. Deconstructed egg rolls. Even Ankur loves them.
I ordered this board game from Amazon last week and played it with a few of my co-workers and, again, brought it to Friendsgiving to play with everyone there. It had us doing push-ups in the kitchen, nuzzling our neighbors like cats, and drinking a whole lotta wine. I highly recommend it for a ladies night in or, heck, even a ladies night out. Yes, I did in fact bring this game to the bar.
This past Sunday, Ankur and I sat down and watched the first two Harry Potter movies. Ankur has seen them a million times each, but this was my first time watching them! I’m a late bloomer to this Harry Potter thing. If you’ve been reading this blog awhile, you may remember that I only finished the Harry Potter series back in the summer of 2016. I enjoyed them so much and hope we can watch the next two over Winter Break!
I’ve been buying a few low-carb items to have on hand when the sweet tooth cravings strike. Good Dee’s baking mixes are made with sunflower seed flour and are sweetened with erythritol. These – along with my KNOW cookies – have been really helpful to have because they satisfy my sweet tooth, but don’t upset my stomach.
CHRISTMAS MUSIC!! I felt like I did a great job abiding by the holiday rules this year. Normally, I have my holiday music playing after Halloween and I’ll get our Christmas tree before Thanksgiving. But, this year, we waited until Thanksgiving was over to get our dear Winston Churchill and I turned on the Christmas music for the first time THIS WEEK. (Note: this was not an intentional decision. We’ve just been busy. Things will revert back to normal in 2018).
Questions of the Day:
- What have you been reading lately? Cooking lately? Listening to lately?