So, October is over and I thought I’d write up a final list of things that made me happy as the month drew to a close.
The spotlight on female comedians like Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Sarah Silverman as this election season amped up and wound down. Bravo to these funny ladies!
Absolutely Safe, a documentary by Carol Ciancutti-Leyva that looks at the controversy over breast implant safety. We watched this on Friday in the body image class and while there were moments when we had to shut our eyes, it ultimately really opened our eyes about the topic.
Rachel Maddow. I enjoyed having her voice on panels during the primaries and convention coverage on MSNBC and was thrilled to see that she landed a show on MSNBC. Come to think of it, let’s add Campbell Brown to this list. Loved, loved, loved her on Weekend Today with Lester Holt and happy to see her reappear on CNN. Hooray for political shows with women in the anchor chair.
Soup season! I heart soup– could eat it twice a day, I think. My favorite soup right now is tortellini and white bean and I add a splash of apple cider vinegar right before turning off the burner. Yum.
Homemade Halloween costumes. My little town has a parade down Main Street on Halloween where all the Main Street shop/business owners hand out candy to the kids (and restaurants pass out food to the parents– very smart!). We headed to the parade with Lola and sat along the route watching all the kids come by (and Lola sat patiently and let every single little kid- and big kid- hug and pet her. Good girl!) . My favorite costumes are the homemade ones. My awards go to the following:
in the father and son category– the dad and 3 year old ish son who were both dressed as Indiana Jones.
in the brother and sister category– the 4 year old boy dressed as a fireman with his 2 year old sister dressed as a Dalmatian
in the Preteen category– the boy who was out with his dad and two young siblings who had crafted a Cadillac Escalade out of a tv box
in the wee one category– the 2 year old boy decked out as Mr. T, complete with mohawk.
And in the nepotism category– my sister outfitted my niece and nephew as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat. She even knitted their hair!