October 2014 Favourites

Wow, October. What a busy but fun month! Our weeks were jam-packed and so were our weekends: we took a trip to the New Forest to celebrate our 5th anniversary. The weekend after we hosted Thanksgiving. The weekend of the 18/19th we had my friend M. visiting from Croatia (and the two of us went to our first-ever supper club). And finally this past weekend saw one of my BFFs, (another) M., and her husband visit all the way from Edmonton! It was a fantastic weekend and it gave me a chance to be a tourist in London again, and reminded me that while we have had MORE than our fair share of “downs” in this city, it truly is one of the best in the world, and we’re lucky to be able to live here. πŸ™‚

β—Œ This video has been all over the blosphere but just in case you haven’t seen it, do watch. Made me laugh out loud!

β—Œ Food52’s fall cookbooks roundup….oh if I had the money!

β—Œ Roundups: 10 zucchini noodle dishes (yum) and 15 healthier spins on mac & cheese (want every single one).

β—Œ Love the idea of an articles club. Although as most of my smartest and bestest friends live so far away, I’d have to make it a Skype club. πŸ˜‰

β—Œ Is brunch for jerks? I don’t totally agree, but I am not a fan of brunch for a couple of reasons: I get up early, so I don’t like eating my first meal around 10 or 11; I like lingering over meals but I’d MUCH rather do it in the evening; and it’s very difficult to find a decent table in London for brunch if you don’t book ahead.

β—Œ I was saddened to hear of the death of Oscar de la Renta. My grandmother, who has been gone now for nearly 3 years, was a HUGE Oscar fan and always wore his perfume.

β—Œ Netflix movie suggestions.

β—Œ Pairing Bordeaux wine and food from one of my favourite food writers.

β—Œ On a recommendation from my parents, I devoured Happy Valley. Anyone into crime fiction or shows will love it — and the Yorkshire scenery is stunning (the show is available on Netflix for Canadians).

Big Ben & Parliament from the Eye!
Big Ben & Parliament from the Eye!

 

Finally, I am going to try an experiment over the next week or so that may lead to some radio silence on the blog. I am going to try to take as much of a social media “detox” as I can. I won’t be completely ignoring it, but will be making a conscious effort to spend as little time on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and Instagram as possible. My reasons for attempting this are many. One, it’s reading week next week, which means no teaching for me, and more time to devote to my own work. Tomorrow is also the start of Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo) which is a month-long, largely social-media (the irony!) supported and fuelled dedication to greater productivity and progress in academic writing — a cyber “knuckling down”, if you will. Finally, while this past month has been very rewarding and a lot of fun, it’s been overwhelming for me in many ways, and I think a mini break from technology and the feeling to be up-to-date on social media would do me good. πŸ™‚

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One thought on “October 2014 Favourites

  1. MeaghanC 01/11/2014 / 12:11 pm

    Good luck on the detox! Lovely photo from the Eye πŸ™‚

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