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Happy Sunday! We made it another week, so you deserve a break, some Great British Bake Off, and a chocolate muffin.
We’re getting in the groove with our back to school routine (which I’ll share a bit more about below), and I’m trying not to have a panic attack about the impending cold weather. I taught my Buddha bowl class at my local food co-op last week and it was so much fun! I always meet the loveliest people at these classes, and it’s so much fun to empower them with the joy of cooking.
On a business note, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes here to get my website cleaned up. I’m deleting outdated content, updating old posts, improving the look and organization of the site, and more. I’m hoping to change up the way I send emails soon, so if you’re on my list just be aware that my emails might look a little different but will hopefully be better suited to fit your needs.
I’m telling you this because I’m doing it all for YOU and I especially welcome your feedback. If you find any of these changes useful, frustrating, or downright ugly please shoot me an email, direct message, or leave a comment somewhere. I value your insight!
Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:
I’ve been a tiny bit eyebrow obsessed lately. I happened to realize that eyebrow styles have changed since I started plucking them in the 5th grade (imagine that!).
As a result I’ve been trying to let mine grow in a tiny bit to look more natural. It’s a pretty wonky looking process and I don’t know if I’ll be able to hold out plucking. I also purchased a couple new products, the Brow Flick and Boy Brow from Glossier, as well as a brow mascara from L’oreal.
I absolutely love the brow flick (I bought it in brown after extensive deliberation) but the boy brow is a little too much for me. I might have been better off buying that in clear or blonde (I bought it in brown), but I wish they had more of a honey/amber color.
I’ve been using the brow flick in conjunction with the L’oreal, and sometimes filling them in a little with a brow shadow from Cover Girl I bought on clearance (I’m so fancy). I think I’m pretty happy with the combo, we’ll see how my natural brow shape looks once they fill in a bit.
All this to say if you see me in my Instagram stories with crazy looking eyebrows YOU NEED TO TELL ME because sometimes I’m too close to the crime to be able to tell.
2. French Jazz / Bossa Nova
I love listening to all different kinds of music, but for some reason French bossa nova has eluded me until now! It creates such a lovely atmosphere for moving around the kitchen. I’ve been listening to this playlist on Spotify.
Side note, I’m a super weirdo who can’t listen to music, podcasts, or anything when I’m writing, photographing, shooting a video, or doing any kind of creative work. That part of my brain just totally shuts down. Anyone else experience this?
Homeschool has always been an ever changing journey for us, and this year is proving to be the biggest of all. We signed up for an online charter school, not really knowing what to expect. There wasn’t a lot to tell us what it would be like ahead of time, so we just dove in and tried it.
Turns out, it’s not for us. I went through a lot of work registering, organizing the books, and trying to figure it all out only to discover that it took way more time than we were used to, was super frustrating, and kind of took all the fun out of homeschool. It also maybe isn’t great for homeschoolers with more than one kid doing different kinds of work.
We decided to back out of that and go back to a bit of structured unschooling. The kids are hitting all their regular courses, but we’re working through workbooks, reading, and having discussions as a way of learning rather than following a strict curriculum. It works for us, and the kids really seem to learn a lot.
Are you homeschooling this year? I want to encourage you not to worry about what others are doing and just do what works for you. It is SO hard not to compare or wish you could do the things someone else is doing, but ultimately you’re homeschooling because you don’t fit the mold, and that’s ok.
4. Fries for Dinner
If it’s going to insist on getting colder outside, I’m going to insist on eating fries for dinner. Here are a few that look good!
- Loaded Mediterranean Street Cart Fries
- Greek Style Loaded Fries for Two
- Mexican Street Corn Loaded Fries
- Loaded Vegan Taco Fries
I have had way too much time for tv lately, so let’s catch up! I binged through Euphoria on HBO. I can’t possibly recommend it because it’s pretty heavy on the adult content, but it was really good.
I appreciate seeing different kinds of people on tv (sorry, white men) and it was a truly terrifying glimpse of what it means to be a teenager today. If you are, in fact, a teenager, I’m begging you to tell me if this is what it’s actually like because it is so outside my high school experience that I am terrified for my children.
Thanks to Euphoria I also wish I were 15 years younger so I could wear glitter eyeshadow all the time. Like, I’m too old for that, right??
I also did a quick binge through Killing Eve, which is a BBC show. Again, different bodies, accents, people, yay! This is where I picked up my French bossa nova kick!
Succession started out SO slow for me again, so I kept putting it off. As soon as things started to hit the rails this season I haven’t been able to stop watching it. It’s so uncomfortable! Like, what is Geri even doing??!
One new show I’ve started is On Becoming a God in Central Florida on Showtime. It gets a big thumbs down from me on the name, but I’ve loved Kirsten Dunst since we were children, and I will watch anything with Alexsander Skaarsgard.
I’m not sure I actually like Dunst’s character, but the show is pretty entertaining to watch. It’s kind of alarming how much pyramid schemes have in common with blogging. Yikes!
Not tv, but I also watched Booksmart which was super fun. I loved the movie Can’t Hardly Wait as a teenager, and this felt like that movie for this generation. Bonus points for so many eyebrows to appreciate! Beanie Feldstein is a national treasure, you should definitely listen to her interview on Armchair Expert.