I love the transition of September. I love welcoming the day with the slightest of crisp air, calling me to slip on a pair of socks or light sweater. I love that by mid-day, it has usually warmed up to the point where I can change into the same summer clothes that I’ve donned for the past few months. I love how I feel extra drawn to our home – to soaking up time in our backyard, to the feeling of nesting in preparation for cool weather, and in appreciating how the sunlight streams through our windows at nearly all hours of the day. I love how I feel motivation to get organized (maybe a lasting effect of all of my school years?). How I begin to re-look at our routine, and what changes I’d like to make. I love watching how nature begins to prepare for the seasons ahead – squirrels running around our yard in search of food to hide away for the winter; and leaves changing color, to eventually drop and make way for the buds that will emerge next spring. September, for me, is a month of both reflection and anticipation. After a summer of many carefree and spontaneous days, it feels good to wind down, reflect, and check-balance. Here’s how we spent our September, bidding farewell to summer, and welcoming fall.
In Seattle, we had some beautiful September days, and we seized them to their fullest. We visited our favorite beach parks, spent days tending to the garden and tinkering in our backyard water table, and took many walks to our neighborhood parks. Knowing that our warm sunny days were numbered, made each day feel a little more special than normal.
My mom comes up to spend time with Kian nearly every week, which means that Ricky and I are fortunate to have the opportunity to go on dates often. Usually, that means going to dinner after Ricky comes home from work, and we’ve all had a moment to wind-down and transition into the night. As much as I cherish every opportunity to get out as just ‘two’, I do miss having the opportunity to get out at different hours of the day, and to do different types of activities. This month, we were able to mix up our dating game, and it was really invigorating. One weekend we made it out for a Sunday brunch (SUCH delicious candied pork belly benedict), followed by a trip to the Ballard Farmers Market. On a weekday, Ricky took time off of work, so that we could get a pizza lunch and Kayak around Portage Bay/Lake Union.
Finding my quintessential fall sweater – between it’s dusty burnt orange color, thick rib knit, and shallow funnel neck, it makes me feel both cozy and put-together.
I bought this Baleen necklace after having eyed it for the past few months – and seriously, have not taken it off. It’s simple and versatile, wears nicely by itself or layered, and is affordable to boot.
I’ve been in a bit of a recipe rut lately, but this Asian Chicken Bowl – especially the sauce – was a major hit this month. I love a recipe that is healthy, filling, and that makes me excited for leftovers the next day. While I haven’t tried it yet, I image that this sauce will be delicious drizzled over some white fish, or used as a dip for fresh spring rolls. I certainly plan to find out. In the meantime, I’ve merely drizzled the sauce over brown rice, and topped it with sliced green onions, as a means to eat it often.
What started off as an almost irritating read, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, unfolded into a captivating and renewing story. It’s dimensional in a way that made me want to keep reading, and uplifting in the reminder that even the hardest of situations can improved with the help of caring people. I started reading the book knowing little about it, and was reminded along the way, how nice it can be to read (or watch) something without having an expectation for what it will do for you.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as the eight Emmy’s it was awarded should testify, is a truly fantastic show. It’s hilarious, fascinating (the 50’s was such an interesting era), endearing, empowering, and totally addictive. I don’t remember the last time that I whizzed through a show as quickly as this one, nor laughed as much as I did. The characters draw you right in, and the storyline keeps you coming back for more. I can’t wait to see where the story leads in season two.
Amazon original shows took the gold (or should I say, our time) this month. Ricky and I were avid 24 fans back in the day, and haven’t found an action show to fill the void since. Until, this month, and Jack Ryan. I’m not going to wax poetic about the show – because it certainly has it’s plot-line holes and cheesy/predictable moments – but it does a really good job of satisfying a desire for fast paced action that finds resolution along the way.