Transition to Winter

I don’t know about you but the transition from fall to winter seems much more natural than from summer to fall. It is probably because it starts to get colder so I just naturally start wearing warmer winter clothing. Also I think the holidays play a big role in a smooth transition. Halloween ends October and Thanksgiving follows in November. After Thanksgiving the hype for Christmas really starts. I still wanted to share some outfits that have been great for transitioning into the colder weather. Here in Utah we have already had a couple of snow storms and lots of cold weather so I am really feeling the winter vibes.

Outfit #1: For all of these outfits I really embrace fall tones while wearing warmer things like thicker coats. For this first outfit I also wore brown plaid Sperry boots which are perfect for those fall snow storms. In general plaids are good options for fall to winter transitions plus its around the holidays so it fits well!

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Coat similar, scarf similar, fleece Dudley Stephens, boots old Sperry (similar)

Outfit #2: L.L. Bean has such great fall and winter options. I have several plaid shirts from them and recently got this amazing vest that is perfect for this time of year. Bean boots are also great for the wet snow! I have both the mocs and the 8″ boots.

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Shirt L.L. Bean, vest L.L. Bean, shoes L.L. Bean mocs, coat Mark & Graham

Outfit #3: This last outfit was an easy one for work and the plaid blazer and brown teddy coat bring more fall vibes. I am not at all opposed to black though and embraced a black scarf and pants. The sneakers also make it a little less wintery.

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Blazer 1.STATE (similar), jacket last year Atlantic-Pacific (similar, another option), pants NYDJ (probably my favorite pants ever), sneakers Adidas, scarf similar

Let me know if you have any good ideas for transitioning outfits into winter. Thanks for reading!

Erin

Why I Committed to Posting Every Day for a Month

The month of October was incredibly hectic but I managed to post every single day. This has been a goal of mine and once I got started I was determined to do the whole month. The primary reason for this goals is that I have so many different things I want to write about and share but often don’t make the time to do it. By posting every day I forced myself to spend time creating posts about things I have really been wanting to talk about.

I love fashion, books, adventure, plus I enjoy sharing random lifestyle posts. Something that has really frustrated me in the blogger world is that everyone talks about “finding your niche.” I know that in order to be successful in anything you need to think about your audience and what they want to hear. When I listen to podcasts or read posts about how to be successful in blogging it seems to be a mix of talking to your audience and being authentic, but most importantly, finding your niche. You aren’t supposed to really focus about more than one or two things if you want to be successful. I really struggle with this because I love so many things and since I love them I want to share them with others. I don’t want to put myself in a box. I don’t want to just share my outfits or just share books. I love these things but can’t help but love other things just as much. This is part of the reason I struggled with making a decision about graduate school I felt like it would put me in a specific box and I would not be able to stray from that. I want to live a life full of many things, not just a few. I am not going to talk about my decision-making process for grad school in this post but it does give some insight into why I felt the need to post every day.

Since I did not want to write about just one thing, I needed to produce more of all the things I wanted to share. It does seem like talking about something different every week or month would not be as relatable to readers. People tend to look for specific advice from different people and if they don’t know what they will find from your site, why spend the time? My thought was that if I post consistently every week in each category that I am interesting in writing about maybe I can work around this. If your job is to blog this is feasible but as a grad student just the thought has been a little terrifying. I started posting every day at the end of September just to challenge myself and as we got through the first few weeks of October I decided to stick with it through the month. It felt good to be accomplishing a goal and I enjoyed dedicating some time every week to thinking about my blog.

Going forward I want to continue this as best I can but I do think I will be taking Saturday’s off. It is just a little too much to be focusing on both my blog and grad school every single day. I love them both but my health and relationships are definitely falling to the way side. I have been continuously sick since I left for Vermont (October 1st)… so the entire month. So I definitely admit that I am in serious need of some focus on my mental and physical health. Since I have been really liking the routine of posting everyday I am not totally giving that up right now, just giving myself one day to not think about posting. This may change in the future but I will probably do another check in around the holidays. I would love to hear any thoughts you have on the blogging world and how you have felt in response to the idea of committing to one or two things (in the blogging community and in life in general).

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Thanks for following along!

Erin

Week in My Life No. 6

I have been so work focused this week that I honestly can’t really think of what I have been up to on specific days. That is definitely not a good thing and is reminding me to balance more. I basically went to work around 8:00am everyday, came home around 4:00pm and worked from home until I needed to sleep. Yeah it seems a little crazy and it was but I have a bunch going on right now and am definitely feeling the pressure. Oh yeah I also have not fully recovered from being sick so when I was not working I have just felt so tired and have needed to sleep way more than usual.

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Last Sunday we went to Herm’s Inn for brunch and order a cinnamon pancake which was way bigger than I could’ve ever expected!
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The leaves were so gorgeous this week but had almost entirely dropped by Friday. It has been pretty cold here.

On Thursday evening we did go to a pumpkin patch to find pumpkins to carve today. It was a big bummer though because there was basically nothing good left so we ended up getting a couple from Walmart.

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Such a gorgeous sunset from the Smith’s parking lot! This photo definitely does not do it justice.
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Sad pumpkin patch feels. I am guessing most of the pumpkins were rotted now because we had such cold weather at the end of September and throughout most of October.

We did make Trader Joe’s mushroom ravioli for dinner last night and it was amazing. I love all their ravioli but this might be my favorite. It is in the frozen section and you heat it up in a saucepan. I am also 100% obsessed with their Harvest pasta sauce.

Interesting articles:

What to read, watch and listen to based on your enneagram. I had to include this since I just liked everything they recommended.

Carly’s Shopbop sale roundup. Such cute pieces and I am definitely having to put my foot down to keep from breaking my no-shop October!

Upcoming books from around the world. Such a good list of  books released in 2019 from around the world. This kind of thing definitely gets me out of my comfort zone and into other perspectives.

Atlantic-Pacific NYC capsule collection. I shared some of my favorites from this yesterday but still wanted to include up in my article round up since I just love it.

Kate’s Style Guide. Just love this. Kate Middleton is definitely a style icon of mine and I love that Lauren is sharing her best looks and giving similar options for all price ranges.

Fashion industry climate report. This is a great article bringing light to how companies are actually reaching goals and committing to change. It did make me really sad that Nordstrom is so low. They have great features on their website that allow you to shop sustainably but if they aren’t trying to change things it makes me disappointed.

Reading the right book. A great reminder, especially since I have been in a bit of a book slump.

New York Times best weekend reads. A round up of interesting articles and the news that we all should be reading.

A two quad figure skating routine. This 15 year old did had a stunning and historic performance. Truly beautiful!

Watching: I have been a little all over the place with show and have not been watching very much. Yesterday I did start re-watching The 100. It is a classic apocalyptic show and I love it. We also did watch all the Halloweentown movies last weekend. They are a definitely must every October. Totally nostalgic and perfect for Halloween (plus they are kid friendly!).

InstagramRachel Martino is absolutely killing it on the Halloween Instagram game. Her costumes and recreations are so amazing and have been even more excited for Halloween.

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On Friday I was the only one in the lab for most of the day so I went for a comfy look.

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Erin

First Snow

The snow finally stuck! I love snow and although it feels kind of early I am so excited about out first real snow. So it did snow a couple of times throughout the past month but it never really stuck here in town. This weekend we had some crazy weather. It was so windy, rainy and snowy on Saturday evening. A big branch actually broke off into our driveway. Sunday we decided to take a drive up Logan canyon to enjoy the leaves, the snow and try to hike (we weren’t sure what the trail conditions would be like). The trail we wanted to do is pretty steep so we decided against it but did explore some little trails. It is so beautiful right! I truly love that transition from fall to winter.

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I hope you had a fun weekend and got to enjoy some fall weather!

Erin

Halloween Spirit

Halloween is my favorite holiday. I am not sure why but I just love everything that goes into it. The pumpkin carving, corn mazes, baking, great movies, caramel apples, dressing up etc… The holiday is just made up of so many fun activities that all take place in the fall, which is my favorite season. I thought I would give some ideas for fun Halloween outfits. This is not a costumes post but just ways to make an everyday outfit feel more Halloween ready. For me it is definitely about embracing orange and black. There is definitely a way to wear those colors together without feeling like it is too much.

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Midi dress (I so wish this was in my budget right now), pumpkin body suit (a little more costume-like but still great for getting in the Halloween mood), booties, pumpkin sweater (number one on my wishlist so I had to include it), bag (comes in a perfect orange as well), skull sweatshirt

Here are some outfits I have been wearing that are Halloween inspired:

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Happy October! Let’s fully embrace the Halloween spirit!

Erin

Monochromatic Looks: Fall Edition

I have always wanted to challenge myself to embrace the whole monochrome thing. I never really felt like I would be able to pull it off but I have never tried so this is my attempt to wear different colors in monochrome. I definitely chose colors that I was comfortable in and that are perfect for this time of year.

Camel/brown: The perfect color for fall is easy to make monochromatic. There are so many shades that work well together. I really think there are so many ways to wear browns and camels that it could never get old in the fall!

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Coat Mark and Graham, fleece Dudley Stephens, pants old (similar), boots Sam Edelman, crossbody Madewell, hat old (similar)

Pink: It might not be considered a traditionally ‘fall’ color but I love pink so I really wanted to include it in this outfit round up. I will also be doing a post on Thursday about wearing pink in fall. It will focus on pink as more of an accent in fall outfits so it might be much more applicable. I wanted to choose two outfits for this since one is rather formal and the other is kind of athlesure.

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Dress Atlantic-Pacific, heels old (similar), sunglasses old (similar, also I am so loving these)

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Top Nike, leggings Lululemon, Sneakers APL

White: This one is also not traditionally fall but I think most people have accepted white as a year round wardrobe addition. I added this grey bag and a beige coat to add to the fall feel.

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Sweater Everlane, sunglasses Amazon, jeans Madwell, sneakers Adidas, bag Cambridge Satchel Company

Green: My all time favorite color always deserves a spot! There are so many great shades of green that work for anytime of year. My outfit here is a forest green and is perfect for right now but there are some lighter greens that could be a great addition to a fall outfit. This one is not necessarily monochrome but relatively close and I do love the hints of color.

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Sweater Madewell, pants old (similar, here is a cheaper option), bag Madewell, booties old (similar)

Navy: Navy is also a classic color that can be easily found year round. I was on the fence about including it in a monochrome post since I don’t wear a ton of navy (or at least I didn’t think I did) but while I was going through my closet I found a ton of navy staples that I wear, especially during fall.

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Vest Barbour, top old (similar), jeans old (similar), sneakers Adidas

Thanks for reading and have a great Tuesday!

Erin

Fall Movies

Last year I did a post on my favorite Halloween movies to watch and this year I decided to share my favorite movies to watch during fall (in general). Cozying up with a cup of tea and a blanket on a chilly fall evening and watching the perfect fall movie is a great way to end a day.

fallmoviesYou’ve Got Mail: An absolute classic New York City fall movie. If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend giving it a watch this fall. It is such a sweet romance about two bookshop owners and their love story. Books, romance, fall… what more could you want?

Stepmom: I have not seen this one in quite a while but for some reason I always think fall when I think about this movie. It also has Julia Roberts which always makes things worth watching.

Election: A classic Reese Witherspoon movie. There has to be a back to school flick on this list considering fall and ‘back to school’ typically go together!

Charade: This one is not necessarily a fall movie but it is a classic Audrey Hepburn. We watched it the other night and absolutely loved it. It is highly entertaining and takes place in Paris.

October Sky: Another very classically fall movie. I also haven’t seen this one in a while but it is a classic true story and beautifully made movie. It is so inspiring especially as a scientist!

Others that I am looking forward to watching: Sleepless in Seattle (yep another Nora Ephron with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and I really haven’t seen it yet), Autumn in New York.

Town and Country did a longer post on recommendations for this time of year! I found it just as I was finishing up this post and many of these are on my list so they definitely nailed it!

Erin

 

Vermont Travel Diary

I flew out on Wednesday morning and spent pretty much the whole day traveling. There are definitely no direct flights form Salt Lake to Burlington so I had a layover in Newark and there was lots of weather there. I didn’t end up getting in until 12:30am. So my trip in Vermont really starts on Thursday!

Day 1: We stayed the night in a hotel in Burlington since I got in so late. Because we were in town we went to breakfast with my brother at Sneakers in Winooski. Apparently it is usually very crowded but we got there just at the right time and I was really glad we went because they had some amazing vegetarian options. I feel like there are often only a couple of veg options on menus but there were so many options! From there we dropped my brother at his class (he goes to UVM) and went to Church street to check out Crow Bookshop (of course). On our drive to Middlebury we stopped to taste maple syrup at the Dakin Farm store (so delicious and I highly recommend it). My uncle works at Middlebury College so we met at the school to see his office and then his house. We all drove to Snake Mountain for an absolutely beautiful hike. The drive was gorgeous and the hike was even more spectacular. We drove back to town and had dinner at Two Brother’s.

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Crow Bookshop on Church Street has a really great collection of used books.
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An amazing farm with delicious maple syrup and yummy cheeses. We had to make a stop along the way. 
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View from Snake Mountain!

Day 2: Our second day started with pastries from Otter Creek Bakery and homemade breakfast. We spent the day driving around and stopping at orchard’s for cider donuts and apples. Vergennes was the first top (such a quaint town) and then we went to Boyer’s Orchard (amazing donuts). We drove around the countryside for a while longer, enjoying the foliage and stopping at more orchards. From Bristol we took a drive up 17 toward Mad River Glen to really see all the leaves in full color. It was truly beautiful. We stopped back in Bristol for lunch at Bristol Cliffs Cafe. I think Bristol is the town I would want to go back and explore a little. It is tiny and would only take a couple of hours but the shops were so cute and we had to kind of rush back since my dad had a meeting at UVM. My mom and I checked into our hotel and then went down to the shop, Common Deer, to meet up with my brother. The rest of our family (uncles, cousins) met us at Foam for drinks. It is close to lake Champlain and the sunset was beautiful. I also just highly recommend Foam because they have a great atmosphere (and music!), lots of beers and some great local ciders. We ended the day with dinner at Daily Planet.

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Mom and I at a park in Vergennes. The weather overall was much colder than I was expecting!
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First cider donut of the trip at Boyer Orchards. They might be the best cider donuts I have ever had. So fresh and the perfect texture.(I know I know that porta potty really adds to the fall vibe).
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Amazing views and foliage from the top of the pass at Mad River. My dad and I actually started a little hike but the trail was really wet and we were not wearing great shoes.

Day 3: We drove down to Perkins Pier in the morning to see my friend who was working a boating event. It was very random but I actually really enjoyed it! We stopped for breakfast at The Spot before really starting our day (great breakfast plus not too expensive and the breakfast burrito was amazing). The next stop was Shelburne Orchard for more fall adventures. This is by far the orchard with the most to do (of the ones we went to). There was bourbon tasting (so good), gorgeous views of the lake, donut ice cream sandwiches, tons of pumpkins and much more. We started with the bourbon tasting and then went to pick apples (they also have such a big picking area). Just before leaving with tried their cider donuts. From there we drove back to Burlington to watch the men’s UVM soccer game (fun to watch but I won’t talk too much about it). After refreshing at the hotel we headed to my brother’s fraternity house for their family weekend social. We finally made it to dinner at Bleu Northeast Seafood. That dinner was so fun and both the food and the service were probably the best of the trip.

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Grapevines at Shelburne Orchards (we did not get to do a wine tasting here but that is on my list for next time).
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This door at the orchard is amazing. Also the dead bird symbol above it is the logo for the bourbon company.
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Another day, another delicious cider donut. These were probably my second favorite cider donuts.
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Pumpkins pouring out from the Shelburne Orchard farm store.
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Family dinner at Bleu.

Day 4: While the whole trip was amazing this was the day I was definitely the most sick. My mom and I met a friend of mine at Feldman’s Bagels for breakfast. They have a little bookshelf that made my day. We spent the rest of the morning/afternoon walking around downtown Burlington with my brother. There are some amazing stores. We ate lunch at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill (number one favorite place for brunch and right in Burlington). My mom’s flight was in the evening so we said goodbye to her and I drove to my friend’s house in Addison. That drive as absolutely gorgeous! I would really do it just for the drive. She lives right on Lake Champlain so while she had a dinner I got to enjoy the beautiful views!

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The book cart at Feldman’s Bagels had some real gems.
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Lunch at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill. It actually started to sprinkle on us!
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Shopping on Church street. Monelle and Ecco were my favs.
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Pumpkins on the porch in Addison getting me psyched for Halloween.

Day 5: My last day in Vermont! Ahh I was so sad to leave. It is just such a beautiful place with so much local food and drink. I had a delicious breakfast with my friend before driving back to Burlington. I stopped along the way to pick up some things from Dakin Farm Store and to check out the Vermont Flannel Company. It was pretty so rainy! I headed back to spend some time with my brother before flying back to Salt Lake. I was able to eat at the Skinny Pancake in the airport before flying out. It was good but they hype gave me pretty high expectations so it was not my favorite.

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The rainy view from my friend’s porch.
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Vermont Flannel Company for the win. Their flannels are so so soft.

Vermont is amazing and I definitely recommend visiting when you can! I would love to go back even without the foliage.

Erin

Books to Get in the Halloween Mood

This time of year is the best! I just love everything and probably talk about it way too much. Halloween is such a fun holiday and I love embracing October as that season. Give me all the pumpkins, corn mazes, costumes, witches, etc… A big part of what influences my mood are books. I love theming my books to get me excited and even more into that season. So here I am listing books that give me all the fall/Halloween feels. Most are mysteries but my criteria are just books I either love to read at this time of year or books that I always pictured set during October. I have not read a lot that would probably be on this list so I am just giving a disclaimer that I am only including books I have read or am reading now.

The Seven and a Half Death’s of Evelyn Hardcastle: I am reading this now and am really enjoying it so far. I can just feel the crunchy leaves, forest paths and cool air. It is the perfect choice to get me in the mood right now.

Harry Potter (any but especially the first book): It is true that I could read Harry Potter any time of year but the best time to read it is October through December. I just love all the holiday scenes and it goes perfectly with a cozy blanket and cup of tea.

Murder on the Orient Express: Agatha Christie is a fantastic writing and this classic story lives up to the hype. I first read it for a project in eight grade and it has been a favorite ever since.

Sherlock Holmes: I have loved every Sherlock Holmes mystery that I read. They are relatively short, interesting and great for October evenings. I also enjoy great detective stories in general!

Magpie Murders: A great murder mystery (involving a editor) that has great twists and is perfect for Halloween.

A few books I am looking forward to reading: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, The Women in the Window by A.J. Finn and Serpant and Dove by Shelby Mahurin.

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I would really love to hear about any books you love for this time of year!!!

Erin

Great TV Shows for Fall/Halloween

Because I am such a big fall person and I love Halloween I wanted to do a post just for TV shows I watch around this time of year. I am going to start with 5 that are more general but great to watch now.

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1. Stranger Things: You have probably been living under a rock if you have not heard of this one but I have to include it since it is one of my favorite shows ever it is a perfect one for Halloween. I would not even know where to begin with explaining this one. Basically it is about some kids in rural Indiana and their encounters with the supernatural. It sounds a little odd if you haven’t heard of it but I highly recommend trying it out even if you are not into anything supernatural.

2. Dark: We finished this show a couple of weeks ago and I so wish the next season was already here. This one has to do with a seemingly normal group of people and there interactions with time. That is all I will say because I really don’t want to give anything away (plus I am not sure how to explain any more than that without giving too much away). I will give a heads up that this is a German show dubbed in English so it takes a little getting used to.

3. Broadchurch: This is an incredible show about English detectives solving a complicated crime. It is a little dark but I really liked it and am not usually into things that are too dark or scary.

4. Sherlock: The classic murder mystery show. It truly lives up and is overall amazing. The cast is incredible and the story line intriguing. Since I love reading so much I do have to mention that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as some great stories that are definitely worth a read.

5. Twin Peaks: Another intriguing mystery drama. I have not fully finished this one but it has some great fall/Halloween vibes. It is quite strange, takes place is a small town and has some interesting characters.

The second 5 are shows that truly are perfect for Halloween (mostly involve witches):

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6. Sabrina the Teenage Witch: It is a very cheesy show but I think it is entertaining and fun. I will say that I have not watched all episodes but am working through it from the beginning now. There is something so compelling about a teenage witch and her struggle as both a high schooler and a new witch.

7. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: This is a take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch that is much darker but still fun. It is much more progressive as well since it is new. This is my favorite of the Halloween shows right now.

8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: This is the only non-witch show although it is definitely a classic show that brings all the Halloween vibes. I also have not watched all of this one but always enjoy when I do watch an episode here and there.

9. Bewitched: This is a much older show about a witch who is a housewife. I definitely have mixed feelings to say the least buy I wanted to include it since it is a classic show about a witch. It paved the way for lots of others!

10. Charmed: I used to love watching this show, especially around Halloween. It is about three sisters and their adventures as witches in a modern world (modern as in early 2000’s). I have not watched the recent CW remake of this show so I can’t say much about it but I will probably end up trying it in the next few weeks.

Let me know what you are watching this October.

Erin