Currently//OCTOBER 2017

Happy Halloween! Well, almost. Did you dress up over the weekend? Grant and I went to a vampire-themed murder mystery dinner party. Like always, our costumes were last-minute and half-ass. The party was very fun, though.

We're vampires but you can't really tell.

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Here’s a rundown of what’s been on my mind and heart this October. Hope you have a spooky day tomorrow 👻

INSPIRED BY//

The #Last90Days is kicking my butt in the best way. Exercising every day (instead of 4-5 days each week) has changed my body already. I’ve also gotten a new gym buddy the last few weeks: my husband. After years of exercising intermittently, he’s getting his butt in gear with cardio and strength training. Who knew it was so fun to exercise together? (Literally everyone says this, but I’d never experienced it before!)

Going to the gym together feels different than hiking, the primary way we’ve exercised together. The gym isn’t to see the pretty sights or to check a fourteener off the list. It’s just to better our bodies and minds, and doing that together feels pretty damn awesome.

WATCHING//

This month has actually been marked by a remarkable lack of T.V. We didn’t turn the T.V. on even once while we were on vacation 🌈, and I’ve been making an effort to turn to reading more than anything else when I have downtime during the week. That means I’m not watching TGIT, and I think I’m fine with it. Maybe I’ll get the flu and have time to catch up someday, but it’s just not a priority.

We did watch S2E1 of “Stranger Things” on Friday, and you better believe I’ll be making time to watch the rest of that. #justiceforBarb

READING//

This month, I read and really liked “Purity,” by Jonathan Franzen. It’s a complicated family drama that is all centered around a woman named Purity. I love a thick book filled with multigenerational family drama, so this was right up my alley. Each section of the novel is told by a different character, and there are some excellent reveals.

I also reread one of my faves, “American Wife,” by Curtis Sittenfeld. It’s a fictionalization of Laura Bush’s life, and it is fascinating and funny and deeply introspective about the meaning of marriage and the responsibilities that come with it. Similarly to “Purity,” it takes a long road, starting with the “Laura” character as a little girl and strolling along to get to the White House. It’s a quick read with plenty of passages to think about and discuss.

ALSO, if you’ve ever noticed that basically every single hair and beauty blogger lives in Provo, Utah, here’s a fascinating article about how the Mormon faith fits well with that career path.

LISTENING TO//

I listened to the entire “Dirty John” podcast yesterday while I was running errands and meal prepping. If you’re into true crime, or liked Serial or S-Town, LISTEN. It’s excellent. I don’t even want to say more. Don’t try and read any more about it, just search in iTunes and LIIIIISTEN to this killer audio documentary.

EATING AND DRINKING//

The new Key Lime La Croix is SO delicious. It feels more like a treat than the other flavors that I’ve had countless times, so I’ve been drinking one a lot of evenings during my commute.

I’m VERY excited that it’s soup/stew/chili season! I made this golden lentil coconut soup yesterday, and it’s very good. I didn’t blend it, and I’ve been eating it without the rice on top. I also made our favorite pumpkin chili to have on hand for lunches this week. The pumpkin makes it a little creamy and adds so much nutrition. I made it vegan by swapping the turkey for more beans, and I did mushrooms instead of zucchini.

What did you love this October? I love recommendations.

Caitlin

Caitlin

Hi, I’m Caitlin! Thanks for reading. If you're new, here's a little about me: I'm a writer, editor, eater, and reader living in the Kansas City area. When I'm not working my 9-to-5, I'm cooking without a recipe, exploring the city, and probably procrastinating. I start from scratch each morning: progress is way more important to me than perfection.

Connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, and subscribe to The Fruitful Blog for tips on intentional living, meal planning, and more.
Caitlin

Author: Caitlin

Hi, I’m Caitlin! Thanks for reading. If you're new, here's a little about me: I'm a writer, editor, eater, and reader living in the Kansas City area. When I'm not working my 9-to-5, I'm cooking without a recipe, exploring the city, and probably procrastinating. I start from scratch each morning: progress is way more important to me than perfection. Connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, and subscribe to The Fruitful Blog for tips on intentional living, meal planning, and more.

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