I haven’t posted here in quite awhile. I’ve thought about it a lot but I haven’t really done any big projects at home since my life is pretty much dominated by just surviving since there are now five of us to worry about and it never felt like there was anything to really share. So I decided to shift my content a little and just do some quicker posts that don’t require any fancy photography or in-depth investment. This is about as much as I can give in terms of creativity investment at this present time, so it is what it is!
Anyway, this forces me to post here at least once a month. I’ll just share what things I’m listening to, reading, wearing, buying, eating–whatever it is that’s floating my boat at the moment. Kind of fun to share what’s getting my creative juices going but I think it will also be interesting from a personal standpoint to look back and see what I was doing each month. Kind of like a journal, except more public and less personal (so less juicy, whomp whomp). So, without further blathering, onto October.
October is probably in my top three months (maybe number one?). I fucking love October. The weather, the leaves, the foods, the clothes, Halloween–ugh, it’s SO GOOD. It makes me feel happy and nostalgic and nesty and I JUST LOVE IT. I get that some people hate it, the shorter days are a big bummer, but I am not one of those people. October, you are the best and here’s what I’m doing to celebrate you.
This song isn’t new but I’ve been listening to this and her a lot lately. Her voice is so beautiful.
My husband has been listening to this on repeat for awhile now so by extension I’ve been listening to this a lot. This song is the best on the album. I can’t believe someone hasn’t used it in a movie or commercial yet. Really underrated.
Over the Garden Wall If you’ve never watched this series, do yourself a favor and give it a try. It’s really well done, beautiful, funny, and overall wonderful. It’s one of my fall must-watch things. For whatever reason, all my fall must-watches are movies for kids: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Paranorman. Must be that nostalgic feeling I get. I also kinda want to rewatch Stranger Things so that’s right in that same nostalgia fest.
Hereditary This movie wasn’t scary in the traditional horror movie sense, but it was deeply unsettling. The ending was a bit cheesy, but the acting was solid and, holy smokes, there are some uncomfortable, off-putting scenes in this movie. I felt a little traumatized by how messed up it was, so I would not rewatch, but a solid choice for Halloween spookiness.
Stephen King- The Outsider
I actually listened to this on audio book because I don’t have a whole lot of time to sit down and read an actual book and I do have a lot of time in the car driving back and forth to work. The first two thirds of this book is really awesome. Super spooky build up, didn’t want to get out of the car when I got to my destination. But the ending was a bit anti-climatic for me. Overall, however, it’s a solid supernatural horror read for October.
Song Exploder If you’re short on time and can’t invest hours into listening to podcasts, this is a solid choice. Most episodes are under 20 minutes long and there’s a lot packed into that 20 minutes. Each episode allows an artist to explain his or her process in creating a song. It’s SUPER interesting to see how a song goes from an idea into a finished product. I love seeing behind the scenes into other people’s creative process so this really appealed to me.
Dr. Death Want to listen to something spooky to get into the Halloween spirit but don’t like fiction? Well let me help you out. This podcast tells the story of one of the most incompetent doctors in the U.S. and how he killed and paralyzed a whole crapton of people. And that’s not even the scariest part.
It’s Inktober! I’ve been trying to keep up with making something for every day this month, but we’ll see how that lasts. I haven’t done any of the prompts, instead choosing my own theme which is Basic Baddies. It’s classic Halloween spooky creatures doing the most basic bitch fall stuff, like picking apples or drinking pumpkin spice lattes. I’ve posted a few here, but the full collection is on my Instagram.
Can’t get enough mustard yellow, camel, rust and corduroy. Fall is my favorite clothes season and I cannot wait to bust out the stuff I’ve bought for it! A few items here:
I started a fashion Instagram, too, just for fun. Find me at NormalPersonWearingStuff.
I am not a huge pumpkin spice fan (it’s fine in pumpkin pie, but like, I don’t want to drink pumpkin pie) but I do lurve chai spice. So this is chai latte season for me. I feel like that’s just as basic, if not more so, but whatevs.
In the next few weeks we’ll be making our annual trip to Bengston’s which is my favorite pumpkin patch of all time. I dunno why, I just fucking love it. We’ll follow that up by heading to a local German restaurant. I also LOVE this place. It’s cute and cozy inside and the food is pretty solid. Always a good time.
The past month has also meant a lot of hiking for me. I’ve gone to the Morton Arboretum once or twice a week for about a month now. It’s so relaxing to just walk through the woods and it’s good exercise to boot. I can’t wait to hike pretty much every day the next few weeks as the trees start really showing their colors.
And that’s it! Can’t wait to see what other fun stuff this month brings!