What I’m Into (November 2013 Edition)


Well the books are closed on November so it’s time to join up with others while gracious host Leigh Kramer brings us together for another month of “This is what I’m Into”

Month in review: November was a month of holding on tight and of letting go, a month where I said “I’m sorry” nearly as much as I said “thank you.” It was a white knuckled ride as we endure our strange rhythm and half paychecks and hang on until the new year.

We put up the last of the summer’s harvest, we hunkered down for the first snow and Kel and I took a trip to Virginia for a church planting conference. Then we celebrated Thanksgiving at home with family for the first time in years and ached for all those in Oklahoma with whom we’ve so recently shared Holiday tables.

Also, my favorite socks died.  RIP Brown sweater socks.

Month in Photos:

Best moments

snow, my bestie’s 30th Bday and a new train set. #allthewins

On My Nightstand:

The Dark Monk by Oliver Pötsch– The next book in The Hangman’s daughter series.  Totally entertaining read that felt a little bit like Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons because it centers around a Knights Templar conspiracy.

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth– If you’re wondering if you should read the book after seeing the BBC show the answer is Yes, you should.  It’s even better and contains a myriad of stories not shown in the show.

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On The Small Screen

The big news here was of course the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, which was awesome in a big, huge, teary, story and life changing sort of way. I didn’t get to watch it in one fell swoop because neither the kids nor the live UK stream would cooperate on the big day.  But when I did, it found a place in my heart and caused righteous anger that we have to wait so long for the next season to commence.  And I wore a fez.  Because fezzes are cool.

Other than that it’s just been more of the same right? Also If Meredith and Christina (Grey’s Anatomy) don’t get back together I’m going to have to start paying my therapist extra.


Best Bites

A long time ago Kel and I were obsessed with this ice cream called Graham Central station that can only be tasted in certain parts of the country if the menu stars align.  While we were in VA we each got massive bowls and threw such a spaz-attack that the ice cream slinger girl must have thought we’d lost it.  But wow, I still adore Graham Central station.

For thanksgiving I made a Paleo pumpkin pie using this recipe, I recommend it, but don’t bother with the crust, just make the custard and bake in little ramekins.  It’s the best part.  Then eat the leftovers for breakfast, because you can.

Also, I went public with my Banana Pancake recipe which uses only 1 ripe banana, 1 Tbsp of nut butter and 1 egg.  Truly, I make pancakes with these things only.  Mix them all in a food processor until smooth and cook on medium in a greased pan.  Bingo.  Guilt free pancakes for all.

In my Earbuds

Confession.  I’ve been obsessively listening to the pitch perfect soundtrack and I can’t get enough of their final performance.  It makes me cry, I have at least 7 theories on why, 4 of which are all about perseverance and redemption, my favorite things.

Also, this morning Noelle walked into preschool singing “price tag” and I felt 0 shame.  #truestory

This shouldn’t surprise anyone on the face of the earth because I’ve been a musical addict since the first time my Mom showed me Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

Non Verbal Creativity I wish you could all come over for a craft night complete with mulled wine and apple crisp.  

This month I figured how to make vintage garlands out of 5″ pieces of scrap fabric and twine.  Then we made them on Thanksgiving in-between turkey and pie.  They’re lovely.

Also I found the best, best crochet scarf pattern on earth. Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas?  Yup, this scarf.  (shown below)

Craft collage

Random PSA (new category)-   This month I finally started cleaning my makeup brushes weekly using baby shampoo and water.  And guess what?  My chin acne cleared up.  Stop rubbing grossness on your face.  Join me in this.

On the Blog

I started blogging about our church planting journey this month and also announced a new monthly Hymn printable feature.  I’m excited to do more with both.

This month on the blog felt a little bit like a therapy session and honestly?  I dug it.  Let’s do it some more.  I have thinks to share.

So what about you?  What have you been into this month?

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  • Mark Allman

    I still can not believe I waited until November to watch Dr Who. I really enjoyed the 50th special. I plan on watching it again. Two episodes I watched recently moved me and they were: the Christmas episode “The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe; and the one about Vincent van Gogh”Vincent and the Doctor” just wow. I still do not understand how to figure out when a new season will start and are we getting a new doctor? Help!
    I read To Kill a Mockingbird” for the first time and love it.

    • http://simply-rea.blogspot.com Rea

      New doctor…at the end of the Christmas special on Dec. 25th. New season? FOR.EVER. (Well, next fall…same thing.)

      • Mark Allman

        Thanks Rea.

  • http://simply-rea.blogspot.com Rea

    Hmm. I am out of cereal. I don’t have time to make ‘real’ pancakes tomorrow morning. I think my boys will be getting those banana pancakes for breakfast. We’ll see how they go over with the ‘super picky’ crowd. Also, I forgot all about Bruster’s. Now I am sad that we don’t have one. (Although it’s -4 here so I guess I don’t really want ice cream all that much.)

  • emmillerwrites

    I helped a friend make a similar rag banner this summer — I hadn’t thought about doing it in holiday colors for Christmas! Also, that ice cream sounds AMAZING.

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ Leigh Kramer

    Knights Templar vaguely intrigues me but I’ve never heard of that series so I’m wondering if I should give that book a whirl or not. Feel free to convince me. Pitch Perfect is the best! Your scarf is fantastic!

  • http://www.tanyamarlow.com/ Tanya Marlow

    Paleo pumpkin pie sounds good! and let me know if you can figure out a way of making good pancakes without the banana – I’ve tried coconut flour pancakes, but they’re more ‘cake’ than pancake…

    I’ve ejoyed reading your church planting journey – it’s good.