>>> we went to a pre-screening of mockingjay a few weeks ago, and then got to see it once more over break. i feel like catching fire will always be my favorite of the series - but mockingjay was super well done! also, team gale forever. and ever.
>>> we started the "serial" podcast on our drive back from boise, and guys, I CAN'T STOP. we are addicted! (it's essentially un-earthing a poorly executed murder case from 1999, delving into the sketchy details week by week.) i've been reading articles upon articles about adnon and jay and the case appeal that's currently underway. if you haven't listened already, get on it. i love podcasts & this may be the best one yet.
>>> while in boise, i snuck away to have dessert with one of jordan's friends from high school, who is quickly becoming my current obsession. i love when you can talk with people for hours and not even be aware that the time is passing - i can almost hear an audible "click" into place whenever we hang out. friendship is just the greatest, and i wish she lived closer. (and the picture of us is the one with 2 old-lady photobombers in the back. HAHA.)
>>> one of the books i read over thanksgiving break was sophia amoruso's #GIRLBOSS. although i have approximately zero percent interest in being an entrepreneur, the book was really motivating in other ways. she talks a lot about how your positive attitude plays in to your success - that positive thoughts will bring about positive results. i especially love the idea that we should have the strength to throw away anything detrimental to our success. i am so not good at this. i obsess over things gone wrong, relationships that have faded, mistakes i've made, the "could have been's." but having the fortitude to say 'oh, well' forget about it, and move forward with the things that have gone right - i think that would serve us all well. i also love her raw motivation - she is unapologetically herself - i want to be more like that.
>>> other girlfriend adventures this month included: a) an afternoon at the bijou market with some cute mama's and cute babies. and b) jordan went to a jazz game last week, so some girlfriends abandoned their nights to meet me downtown and gush about boys and marriage over cheesecake factory fried mac n cheese. (you guys - this fried mac n cheese. it is a game changer. and just fyi - goodwood bbq, buffalo wild wings, and corner bakery cafe all whip up a mean bowl of cheesy goodness, too!)
>>> i have been rocking the greasy top-knot a lot these days. (i blame it on dry shampoo. it just works so darn well. the bottle talks to me, it tells me i can make it one more day without washing my hair. seriously.) i tried out the"half-up top knot" a few times, and it somehow got named "mulan hair." i love getting snapchats from friends now, captioned, "mulan hair today!" i don't know. this makes me happy.
>>> i had some wonderfully deep conversations with my mother in law last week while we cooked. (well, she cooked and i did what she instructed me to do.) she told me the entire story of her brother's death over a pot of boiling mashed potatoes, and we were hugging with misty eyes by the time the story was over. it was one of those "click" moments. anyway, i confided in her my lack of maternal skills and fear that the "mother" is not in my make-up. now - caryn is like, mother of the year. her entire life revolves around her kids, all while juggling a lot of community involvement. she never misses a volleyball game or an opportunity to teach her kids. she told me that for years, she wasn't even sure if she wanted children at all. her, not wanting kids? i was floored. it was a tender mercy though, and something i needed to hear. if she didn't even desire kids at one point, and then totally tapped into her motherly instincts, there's no reason i can't do the same. ya know?
>>> other happy things this month included some lingering fall weather, smart cookie, birthday dinners with friends, and so much spotify christmas music. so much. we're only 3 days into december, but it's already pretty grand. december, you're all right. let's do this!