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

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

Around the Web

Happy October! It is now truly fall and I can really get into my halloween movies and pull out my favorite sweaters. I can’t wait for some pumpkin carving, cider making and walks on those crunchy leaves.

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With all the fall excitement however I do want to acknowledge the tragedy that struck Las Vegas. There is so much injustice across the world and I could never cover them all largely because I do not understand much of the conflict and its history. What happened in Las Vegas is tragic and I cry for those effected as I do for those all around the world. When it happens so close to home it really wakes me up and reminds of how far away we are from being a great country full of freedom and justice. So many people are not free, not even close. The biggest realization for me is how much we should work to help and support those who are in need, all across the world, because there is so much hate. Love is the best way to fight hate. I needed to address this because it has all I have thought about since it happened, by no means is this event more important or tragic than many others in the United States and across the world. A Cup of Jo did a short post inviting people to comment and share their feelings, they also linked How to Help which lists things you can do right now to help if you feel like you need to be active about it now (eg. donating, writing to senators etc…).

I also included the above statement because it is much of what is flooding the news here (rightly so) and therefore seemed appropriate for this Around the Web post. Now I will move on to some lighter topics. The following are the internet reads which caught my eye over the last week:

The College Prepster’s 20 Fall Outfits: Carly chooses her favorite fall outfits over the years and they are fantastic classic looks with many pieces that really bring the prep. I definitely got lots of inspiration by browsing her looks.

Friend Dates on the Cheap: Coming up with fun things to do with friends that are within budget can be a challenge. This article gives some great ideas of things to do with friends that won’t break the bank.

Events Through the Eyes of Trees: This New York Times article (and photography) highlights trees is significant locations throughout human history. Trees don’t speak for themselves so understanding there story is incredibly difficult, they have ‘witnessed’ many human stories unfold. I had not really though of this before so it is a very interesting read and the photographs are beautiful.

Podcasts for that Commute: This list of 10 podcasts for your commute gave me some great ideas for new podcasts that might intrigue me. I have got into podcasts recently and am trying to come up with my list of favorite podcast. I still feel like I don’t really know what is out there though because there are so many great ones. I had not heard of any on this list so it was a really useful one for me.

A few travel articles: So now is definitely not prime travel time but it is the off season which means it is possible to do trips for significantly cheaper. I found this article on traveling on a $1000 budget which can definitely be a stretch but reading it did give me some ideas on saving money on future trips. I also found this one which is just a fun post on Instagram poses and pictures for traveling. It is a great read if you are looking to up your Insta game.

Fall Centerpieces: I wanted to end with something that circles back to our gorgeous fall inspiration. I have been trying to come up with some easy ways to decorate for the season without spending much. I couldn’t find the article I was looking at earlier in the week but this one also has some great fall decor.  From simple to extravagant these photos are sure to give plenty of ideas on spicing up your home and table decor for the season.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks internet round up! Please feel free to share any other thoughts and ideas. Once again, happy October.

Erin