Yes, it is that time again – time for another monthly favorites! Time feels like it is going by super fast, which is how time tends to go when you want it to slow down a little. October has been good month, with a lot going on, so here are a few of my favorite things from the month. As usual, I am linking up with Leigh Kramer for What I’m Into.
fall colors // The leaves have been such gorgeous colors this year, and October is the best time to catch them. Soon enough they’ll be completely gone. I love seeing the streets lined with yellow, and orange, and my dog has been thoroughly enjoying picking a fallen leaf souvenir to bring home after every walk. Looking back on living in Atlanta, I’m not sure we really got fall, or at least fall colors. Some trees turn nicely, but for the most part the temperatures make it so the leaves essentially go from green to brown sometime in late November / early December.
books // Oh yes, my monthly favorites will always be full of books. This month I’ve enjoyed The Empathy Exams (essays / memoir) by Leslie Jamison, Men we Reaped (memoir) by Jesmyn Ward, Neck Deep and Other Predicaments (essays) by Ander Monson, Leaving Time (fiction) by Jodi Picoult, and I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You (fiction) by Courtney Maum. I highly recommend all of these books. I’m also currently on the hunt for some good reads for November. Already on my must-get list are On Immunity: An Inoculation (essays/memoir) by Eula Biss and Being Mortal (essays) by Atul Gawande. What have you enjoyed reading?
1989 // I am a Taylor Swift fan. There. I said it. In all seriousness, I do like T-Swifts tunes. Her albums are always catchy and fun to sing along with. Her latest dropped at the end of the month and it has been on repeat pretty much ever since.
Halloween // For the first time since starting graduate school, I don’t have a class on Halloween. Now, in my late (gulp) 20s, I am not one for dressing up and partying. Instead, Mr. Man and I decided to have a scary movie marathon at home. We watched Sinister, the original Halloween, and a couple of others. Halloween is also a great excuse to carve up some pumpkins, which is a Halloween tradition I can get behind 100%.
family FaceTime // One of the awesome things about technology is video chatting, and my parents have recently upgraded their iMac so they can FaceTime with me. I haven’t been home since April, so it is awesome to be able to see them every now and then, even when I can’t physically be in the same room with them. This month, my younger cousin got home from being deployed with the US Army in Afghanistan for the second time, and I was able to FaceTime with him, which was an awesome treat.
best fiends // Stop what you’re doing, and, if you own an iPhone, go to the App Store and download a game called Best Fiends. I have been absolutely addicted to this game all month. It’s kind of like Bejeweled or Candy Crush, but with evolving bugs and evil slugs. It’s equally fun and infuriating, and the best part is, it’s free. You will not be sorry if you download this.
the grind // and no, not the daily grind. The Grind is a coffee shop in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. My thesis advisor introduced me to it, and we’ve been having our weekly meetings there. It’s such a fun, relaxing space. Everyone there has been so friendly, the coffee is ridiculously good, and the environment is very chill. Finding The Grind makes me want to hunt down some more independent coffee shops in the area.
Those were just a few of my favorite things this month. What did you like in October?