The Best of October

I love roundup blog posts.  This post revisits some of my favorites that may have been buried on my social media feeds and mentions a few new finds.  Here are some of the highlights of what I've been watching, reading, eating, and enjoying this month:

Links I've pondered:

  • How the ultimate information source came to be: You can look it up: The Wikipedia story
  • For fellow font geeks: Scrambled eggs and serifs
  • Maybe I am changing my mind about voicemail only being inefficient: You're wrong about voicemail
  • Once you get past the splashy title, this article does have a point. We have forgotten how to formulate good questions: Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines


Recipes we've devoured:

  • Yam and peanut stew with kale
  • Two-layer raw brownies
  • 10-spice vegetable soup
  • Quinoa paella


Books I've loved (or tolerated):

Stay tuned for reviews on the 15th of each month and follow me on Goodreads to see my ratings

  • Bread & Wine
  • A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years
  • The Divorce Papers
  • Big Little Lies
  • Jesus Feminist


Shows we're inhaling:

  • Like the rest of the country, we have Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Parenthood, and The Good Wife on our DVR.
  • We want to see Dear White People but have not made it to the theater yet.  Has anyone seen it? 


Products I'm enjoying:

  • Lulu's Chocolate

    • This stuff is so expensive but so good.  It's probably my favorite chocolate of all time, and that is saying something, considering how much of a chocolate snob I am (drug store chocolate never cuts it).  Every so often, the brand will put its sampler boxes on sale, and I will treat myself.  The chocolate is fair trade, the ingredients are organic, and workers are paid a living wage, which explains the high price tag--and calls me to think about the real (hidden) cost of more affordable chocolates on the market.  Try it: it's worth the splurge.
  • Skineeez dog toys

    • My friend Julia turned me on to these stuffing-less dog toys.  We rarely give Gigi stuffed toys any more because we hate trailing her around the house to pick up little bits of cotton.  With this toy, she can manage to bite off bites of fur, but she makes no where near the mess she does with regular stuffed toys.  I'm also torn between deeming the toy's shape hilarious or disturbing.  The animal is long and skinny--imagine that--and it really does look like she is carrying a dead animal around in her mouth.
  • Jillian Michaels Hard Body

    • My workout routine is probably not too interesting, but I will mention this video because I find it to be exceptional.  I don't use many workout videos because I find them much too easy (I hardly break a sweat), too lengthy (I don't want to spend 90 minutes watching someone exercise on TV), or too high impact (which makes me too prone to injury).  Jillian's videos are challenging but doable.  My heart rate stays up, I get in cardio and strength, and she incorporates enough variety so that I do not get bored.  You need minimal equipment and space and get a decent workout, all in a reasonable time frame (I think this video is about 45 minutes or so). 
Emily Rowell Brown