Currently: October

I love October. It's when fall starts to really feel like fall. The chill in the air has me happily reaching for a cardigan and a salted caramel mocha, but it's not cold enough yet to make me cover myself with 17 blankets, plug in a space heater, and tell Aaron I'm never leaving the house again. (Winter and I, we're not close.) 

I'm linking up with Anne and Jenna for their monthly Currently linkup. Here's what I'm up to now. 


Smelling - Okay, so I do have a complaint about fall, and that's allergies. Mine have been making smelling a bit of a challenge, so let's go with "listening to" instead.
   
Listening to - hymns. I like to sing to Jona at night before he goes to sleep, but some nights I'd rather just listen to music. I have a few lullaby CDs, but I wanted to add some variety to the lullaby repertoire. As a child, one of my favorite things to listen to at night was a tape of hymns by B.J. Thomas. I found this Amazing Grace album on iTunes and it had all the songs I remembered. Poor Jona, he has to listen to his mother crooning along with B.J. as he's trying to fall asleep. 
Loving - red wine. When the weather starts to cool down, I make the all-important switch from white wine to red. Some people pair their wine with food. I pair mine with the weather. 


pumpkin past / last year's [lazy mom] Halloween costume for Jona

Planning - fall adventures. This weekend it's the American Royal Barbecue here in Kansas City, and I'm hoping Aaron will get his school work done (he's working on his Master's in Counseling) so we can go! Other plans in the works: a trip to the pumpkin patch, a wine and cheese party, and maybe a mini trick-or-treat session for Jona on Halloween.


Baking - chocolate chip cookies. My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is Jacques Torres's Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies, and it's been a while since I made them. I cheated on the ingredients (just regular AP flour, and no fancy chocolate) but they still tasted delicious. At least that last couple of cookie sheets did. I wouldn't say I burnt the first batch, but let's just say they were more "brown" than "golden".

Jona's first Royals game

Celebrating - the Kansas City Royals!! We beat the Oakland A's last night in a 12-inning Wild Card game to advance to the playoffs. What an exciting game! The last time we were in the post season was 1985, and we won the whole thing. Lets do it again Royals! 

16 comments:

  1. Love that you make this official wine switch - but you're right, it just is the season to move on to reds. We've found a couple we really like lately... have you ever tried a Barolo? Italian and lovely :) And yay for your team - what a fun thing to get to add to the celebration category today.

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  2. Awwww... KC... How I miss it! I'm currently in St. Louis, but I've been following the Royals and the start of the Chiefs season closely! How bout that game last night! :) I hope to get back to Kansas City someday, but for now, I'm stuck in redbird country!

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  3. No, I haven't tried that one but I'll definitely have to. My last wine purchase was a couple of cheapies at Trader Joe's :) And it's funny about the celebration, because I had something else entirely written up for that part, but after they won I couldn't help but go back and add it. (Besides, I was already up late, what's a few minutes more?)

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  4. Crazy, right!! Hopefully you'll make it back here sometime. We went to St.Louis on a mini-getaway this summer and had a wonderful time though. We actually saw the Royals and Cardinals play--that's a pretty fun stadium too! And I love the food here in KC, but St. Louis had some amazing eats as well. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  5. I saw the Royals won and I knew you'd be excited! And I am planning to bake cookies too. Also, I love that you pair your wine with the weather - I'd agree, red wine and cool weather are a great combo!

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  6. Thanks Beth! You'll have to let us know what you end up baking. Fall just calls for some cookies, right?

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  7. aww, such happy photos :) i'd love to host a wine and cheese party -- such a good idea!

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  8. Thanks! I really hope I actually do it...I always have the idea to host a party, but then I never do. Party hosting stresses me out!

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  9. I love that you pair your wine with the weather! I tend to do that, too. So sorry that allergies have been bothering you! Feel better soon!

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  10. Thanks Jenna! I'll take fall allergies any day though over a winter cold :)

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  11. i need to start that idea--pairing wine with the weather! ;)

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  12. Other than maybe a cup of hot cocoa, nothing warms me up like a glass of red wine!! And in the summer, white is so refreshing :)

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  13. Oh, Jona is a doll!!! I remember BJ Thomas. He sang "Rock and Roll Lullabye" right? T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  14. Thanks Tina! I'm not sure--the only songs I know are the ones off this album I have. They're all gospel songs/hymns.

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  15. THESE COOKIES LOOK AMAZING! Perfect mix of chewy and chocolatey.

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