- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson ~ This one took me a little longer to fall into than The Sky Is Everywhere, but it turned out to be no less miraculous. She is a wonder.
- Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham ~ A little disappointing for me, truth be told. I still love her, though.
- Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding ~ Somehow I missed that the third Bridget Jones book came out a few years back. I think we can all agree that both the second book and movie are best ignored, but I thought this one was quite delightful.
- The School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer ~ I guess I’m making my way through the entire Eliot Schrefer catalog? He’s a really good writer. This book is dark. But I liked it.
- Black-ish is my favorite new comedy. Whoever cast these kids is a genius, and I love Tracee Ellis Ross and always have, since her days as Joan on Girlfriends.
- Firefly ~ Rewatching it. It holds up so well. I love it so much.
- Jane the Virgin ~ I loved Ugly Betty so much, and I’ve missed it. But now we have this! It’s so funny and sweet and great.
- I’m re-in love with Josh Ritter and have decided The Temptation of Adam is the best song in the history of the universe? Hearing my brother play this at the beach this month brought me a lot of joy. A LOT.
- Latest faves - Serial – obviously. I also really liked the WTF with Andre Royo (Bubbles) and the You Made It Weird episodes with Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael (this one was particularly good), Jon Hamm, Ray Romano, and when Chelsea Peretti interviews Pete. And when worlds collide and Pete interviews Maron. My favorite YMIW thus far, though, might be Pete’s interview with Emily V. Gordon, with whom I am now semi-obsesssed. Also – the Chris Kelly episode of Beginnings. I do not remember how I discovered Chris Kelly, but I think he is great, and I am so excited about his movie. And I continue to listen to every podcast ever recorded that features Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. I am in deep denial about Playing House and its apparent fate. I cannot cope. My latest Jessica St. Clair fave appearance is on Lady Shakes.
Favorite things on Internet:
- This video about the Paper Towns movie.
- This great post about this wonderful scene in Transparent.
- Martin Short on falling in love with Gilda Radner.
- Allison makes me laugh.
- I always like what Kate Spencer writes.
- This is the best … “Going from crying to laughing that fast and hard happens maybe five times in your life and that extreme right turn is the reason why we are alive. I believe it extends our life by many years.”
- Actually, I think this may be the best.
I have loved this show for what feels like all my life, but I’ve never gone to see the tour until this year. It was opening night, and I cannot lie, it was spectacular!
October marks our annual family vacation. We ventured to a different beach spot this year. It was beautiful but strange and foreign. Awesome, but strange. I don’t think we felt like we quite fit in. But there was fishing and splashing in the surf at sunset and turning pruney in the pool and strumming guitars and all of things that make me love this crew of weirdos so much.
Old friends and new also also ran away to New Orleans for a birthday party. We stayed at a cute B&B and sat around a pool at midnight and drank good beer at a new haunt and it was pretty sensational overall, as fall weekends in NOLA usually are.
Best Food Eaten:
Oatmeal from Raw & Juicy on my last morning at the beach. I ate this then lay on the beach on my back in my clothes while passing through our old stomping grounds before stopping to visit with S. on my way out of town and thought about all the times walking down those beach stairs from the beach tower to that sand and those waves with people I love. And of course about everything in between last October and this October. I can’t wait to go back and hope we will go back forever.
Flowers, Plants, and Trees:
Fall. It is here.
I thought I would run a half-marathon to mark the one year anniversary of last October, but that proved a ridiculous goal, so I ran a 10K instead. Actually, I walked it. And came in last. But it was still really fun. The course was lovely, I saw my dear friends, one of whom was putting on the race and others who now live just down the road, gloriously. And at the halfway point, I had lots of deep thoughts about life. “Here. Turn.” and “Turn. Here.” Where is here? Where am I turning? WHERE ARE WE GOING? Etc.
Pets Still Alive:
Both. Old and barfy and rickety, but here!
Bullets Being Bitten:
I flew to to the midwest, to a place I had never been, to meet someone I had never met. I don’t want to say more than that now, other than I think it went well and that my dear and hilarious friend from First Descents drove hundreds of miles to be there with me. Which reminds me that I still want to sit down and write about First Descents. Anyway – in this place we visited it was already winter. I thought about Ray Kinsella and his dad playing a game of catch. And I am hopeful.