Here’s the thing about October: it’s over tomorrow and I forgot to watch any Halloween movies. Last year I had much more Halloween spirit. I watched Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice and Double, Double, Toil and Trouble and The Nightmare Before Christmas! I gave kittens names like Pumpkin and Pie and Scarecrow! This year all I did was bake a few pumpkin flavored things and occasionally wear an orange sweater. Oh well, there’s nothing I can do now. Bring on the Christmas music!
BLOG POSTS & ARTICLES //
Emily Gilmore Vs. Lucille Bluth: A Six Bracket Battle at BuzzFeed – In honor of Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix.
How American parenting is killing the American marriage at Quartz – “Parents who do not feel free to express their feelings honestly are less likely to resolve problems at home. Children who are raised to believe that they are the center of the universe have a tough time when their special status erodes as they approach adulthood. Most troubling of all, couples who live entirely child-centric lives can lose touch with one another to the point where they have nothing left to say to one another when the kids leave home.”
Why Judging People for Buying Unhealthy Food Is Classist at everyday feminism – “I don’t want you to think I’m buying bad things. I just don’t have a way to keep the good things.”
survival of the fittest church by Kathy Escobar – “…yet another privileged argument about the scriptural interpretation of homosexuality while the poor are getting poorer and the grooves of oppression continue to get deeper and wider at home and around the world.”
Women in Bikinis by Sarah Bessey – “A woman’s spiritual depth or intelligence – let alone her value – isn’t indicated by how high her neckline or low her hemline.”
Dear World: Let’s Stop Giving Our Crap to the Poor at We are THAT family – “Perhaps we should look a little deeper into our hearts and wallets when we can say, I don’t have money to give to the poor, but I have a lot of stuff. Maybe we need to buy less stuff, so we have more to give?”
The Future Library: Why Didn’t I Think Of This? at 101 Books – “A tree farm for classic works of literature? Why didn’t I think of this?”
Open When You Are Confused by Osheta Moore – “Shalom is much, much deeper than problem solving. Shalom asks for and promises more than a quick fix.”
Signs Your Neighborhood Might Be Gentrifying by D.L. Mayfield – “Signs Your Neighborhood Might be Gentrifying: 1. Ethnic restaurants crop up by the dozens; however, no ethnic people appear to be eating there…”
“Everybody has imaginary friends.” at BumblesBooks – “When you look at someone, you look through the filter of your own perception…If you write for the person you see through that filter, you write for someone who doesn’t exist.”
A Momma’s Heartfelt Thank You at Not The Former Things – LGLP, man.
Shia LaBeouf by Elvis Mitchell at Interview Magazine – “I found God doing Fury. I became a Christian man, and not in a fucking bullshit way—in a very real way. I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really saved me.”
being outside while being a woman at Defeating the Dragons – “I can count on my fingers and toes the number of men who have looked at me and given a polite “hello” that wasn’t the precursor to insults and jeers. That’s not normal.”
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Here’s the thing about my 200 – “I weigh more than 200 pounds, too, which doesn’t surprise you if you’ve ever seen me in person. I’m not a small person. Which is totally okay. No, really, I mean it.”
MOVIES & TV SHOWS //
Downton Abbey on Netflix – Of course I’d heard of Downton Abbey and of course I’d thought about watching it and of course I finally started watching it and of course I watched it obsessively for a couple of weeks (it’s a little hard to watch obsessively though because you’ve really got to pay attention) and of course I fell in love with sweet William and cheered for Anna and Mr. Banks and developed my own feelings for Mary (blegh) and cheered again for Sybil and the chauffeur… but then my interest kind of pilfered out. I’m sure I’ll head back sometime soon but I became surprisingly bored by the Bates’s and I just really don’t like Mary so the fact that she gets to be with Matthew upsets me. I’m glad I met the chaps at Downton though, and I hope I stop by again soon.
Mamma Mia on DVD – I saw this one in theaters and was kind of disappointed that I had paid money to see it. Watching it at home for free while grading papers was a slightly different experience. It’s a little silly, of course, but it’s fun.
The Voice – I got to watch one glorious episode of The Voice on an actual TV. It was awesome and confirmed my suspicions that if I had a TV with cable I would never get out from in front of it.
Raising Hope on Netflix – Netflix has a new season of Raising Hope so I thought I’d go back to the beginning and watch ’em all but (as I already knew from watching it in real time) they just aren’t as good after Season 1. Sigh. Oh well.
Once Upon A Time on Netflix – On Sunday I bought a puzzle and I wanted some good background noise. Of course I’d heard of Once Upon A Time (like I’d heard of Downton Abbey), but I wasn’t a fan of Dr. Cameron when I binge-watched House (eh hem, twice) I didn’t think I’d like it. My roommate assured me I would and guess what? I do! It’s perfect for watching while puzzling. I use the need-to-pay-attention moments to rest my eyes and my back. I hate that David had to break up a marriage to be with Mary Margaret (and what is with these names?) but it’s magical and pretty and I actually love Emma (Jennifer Morrison aka Dr. Cameron) so no worries there. Also, is there anything more precious than the (albeit adulterous) Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White? Fairest in the land, indeed.
VIDEOS & MUSIC //
The Onion Reviews ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ – Just watch it.
Kopecky Family Band – I have Spotify again, which is great because the Kopecky Family Band only has like, five videos on YouTube. They’re spunky and fun guys. I’m digging bands with a fella and a chick leading the way (see: Of Monsters and Men’s My Head Is An Animal on repeat for all of September).
Ed Sheeran – I’m a little late to the bandwagon, but I think there’s room. Ed’s precious. I’ve been listening to all Spotify has to offer of his.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – Holy crap. True stories from a slum in Mumbai. Commentaries on the distribution of opportunity and extreme poverty. Please read it.
Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingslover – After two books, I think it’s safe to say Kingslover is one of my top ten favorite authors.
Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw – This one isn’t super well written, but Shane is a great guy (from what I’ve seen on the internet) and his is a great cause to support. Also, this book is straight up laugh out loud funny if you’re looking for a pick me up.
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann – Something I like to do is write about characters without naming them. Which is something McCann likes to do too, I gather. It was nice seeing that technique used by a pro. I picked up a few pointers. I also picked up some pointers on narration because this guy is really good at it. There are various narrators in this novel and the story flowed seamlessly from one to another. It was clear from sentence structure and vocabulary and you know, feeling, when someone different was narrating and who they were. And all of their stories wove together and centered on this one event and bumped into each other and passed each other on the street and there was never an, “OH! That’s who she is!” moment but rather several, “Of course, mmhmm,” moments that are much harder to communicate and much gentler to receive. I’d love another Colum McCann book in my life.
Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – I started this one very optimistically. I had seen the movie and loved the story and despite its intimidating length, I moved through the first few chapters quickly. But now he’s out of prison and I’m bored. So I’m reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy instead and putting the Count on hold. It’s on my list, so I’ll go back and finish it eventually (because I can’t just leave something crossed off a list!!) but for I’m moving on.
WORDS OF WISDOM //
“This is what He does. He’s always doing things like that. God takes the worst of us, the most shattered and damaged and rebellious and prideful, and reverses our entropy into pulsing life. He sees a desert and says, “I see a garden.” God can take a miserable sinner like me and you and breathe something brand new into these jagged veins. This is the work of Christ, shaping us, connecting us, healing us. He loves even us, dear friend.” – J.S. Park
“Sometimes God ordains the desert. Sometimes it’s not because of sin or disobedience, but because He puts us out there. Even if we do all the right things God might not bring us out of the desert. God takes us to the desert to kill things inside of us so He can do a great work in us. He takes us there so we get tired of ourselves and so he can speak tenderly to us. During the desert times is when we realize God loves us.” – Matt Chandler, Approaching the Divine
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