Due to my book review slump (reading but not getting the reviews out), I’m enjoying this weekly meme by Bookishly Boisterous. I’m not posting weekly, but checking in every few weeks is working out nicely.
1.The highlight to my bookish year was attending an evening with Gloria Steinem and Roxane Gay. Steinem was in Chicago to discuss her new memoir My Life on the Road and Gay was there to ask her questions, lead a discussion and also talk about her book Bad Feminist. It was an incredible night with an electric audience, inspiring conversation, politics, feminism, activism, laughter, tears, all of it. I left reeling. Now that would be an amazing candidate ballot!
2. Pumpkin everything. It’s that time of year but my favorite treat next to chocolate is anything with cinnamon. Here’s an excellent and easy recipe for apple crisp using a slow-cooker. Being apple season, you have your pick on which apples to use. The recipe calls for Granny Smith but I’ve also used Mackintosh and Jonamac and they both work nicely. Also, I’ve doubled the amount of apples in the recipe without doubling the ingredients (but you can do that too) and it delivered. You’ll want to double it because seconds are a must. I’ve topped it off with vanilla ice cream, homemade whipped cream and my seasonal favorite…cinnamon ice cream.
3. I posted Monday that I will be participating in Nonfiction November for the first time and really excited to read some nonfiction books I’ve had on my TBR list. Nonfiction has been basically nonexistent and I’ve only read 10 books in the genre this year. I don’t know why that is but this month will hopefully kickstart my love for information.
4. Speaking of Nonfiction, have you seen the book, Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist? Of course you have, I’m always late to the cool stuff. My friend bought it for me as a housewarming gift (with the appropriate beverages) and it’s so clever and funny. Ever see something and wonder why you didn’t think of it? I mean, “Bloody Carrie”, “Gin Eyre”, “Tequila Mockingbird”, “Are You There God? It’s Me Margarita.” I’m not creative enough to think these up but wish I had. The drink titles, the illustrations and the narrative are all hilarious in equal parts. I think a book group reading these titles with the corresponding drink is a must. Maybe I’ll start one.
5. Nature and I are having a full circle moment. Actually it’s laughing at me. I was always that kid who saved little injured or abandoned animals. As an adult I have a “foster failure” (my beloved cat I was fostering is now a part of the family). Before we moved I found a little family of mice in our window well and couldn’t stand to see them attempt over and over at their escape. So I sent in reinforcements to help collect the little buggers and fed them until they were big enough to release at a nearby forest preserve. Almost everyone, OK everyone, thought I was nuts but hey, the kids loved it and I felt a small sense of satisfaction. Well…in the new house we found mice in the basement and they decided they are not moving out. We even set up a camera to see where they were coming in and they basically gave us the middle finger. This time I HAD to buy traps and I’m not happy about it but I’ve lost the war. Karma got it VERY wrong! They owe me!
And my furry son is not doing a very good job.