Hi friends! Welcome to a Wednesday that feels like a Tuesday in a week that feels like it will never end. Dramatic, I know. Post-vacation blues have got me bad.
Speaking of vacation, on our trip I read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟) and Adnan’s Story, which surprised me with how good it is! If you didn’t listen to “Serial,” this won’t make sense to you, but: the book is by Rabia, Adnan’s best friend’s sister who you may remember from the podcast. She’s a lawyer and advocate for Adnan, and she brought his case to Sarah Koenig. Rabia goes into the details of the case and brings up a lot of stuff that “Serial” left out. She’s a great writer, so this book is worth your time, especially if you fell under the “Serial” spell as hard as I did in 2014.
If you’re looking for a dishy crime read where the bad guys are lawyers and the victim is a PTA mom and the case is truly bonkers, read this from the L.A. Times.
I can’t wait for a little chill to pop up so I can make this carrot and sweet potato soup with Thai flavors from KC blogger Cookie + Kate.
I loved this profile of Elizabeth Smart. While we all remember her for her kidnapping and rescue, she’s now an advocate for changing the way we talk to children about sex and purity. Fascinating to read her perspective as both a survivor and a Mormon.
Now that we’re home, the reality of our engagement is sinking in: We have to plan a whole wedding. As much as I love planning, I do feel like I’m in over my head with this one. This article from A Practical Wedding helped a little:
“In the end, we come back to where we started: people are the most important thing (which very much includes the two of you). Your people, however many there are, care much more about seeing you happily married than they do about personally liking the color of your bridesmaid dresses. If aesthetics are your thing, go ahead and throw yourself in headfirst. But if they’re not? Remember that it’s pretty hard to go wrong with candles on white tablecloths—because everyone looks amazing in soft light.”
I instantly ordered both Practical Wedding planning books. Fingers crossed!
If you have wedding planning resources that you used and loved, please, please, please share.
See you Friday for a new meal plan ✌