Time Slip Novels
A time slip novel is one where someone in the present discovers something about someone in the past (usually a grandparent or older person who turns out to be their grandparent), and the present person must do something to reconcile a hurt or solve some mystery for the person from the past. Once the present person’s story is established, we then slip into the past person’s narrative, and go back and forth for added suspense throughout the novel. Usually the present person falls in love, and all manner of wonderful things happen to them (not so much for the past person, but it’s ok, it was in the past).
I haven’t been able to stop reading time slip novels since I discovered them- I read all of Kate Morton’s books (highly, highly recommend), and now I am working my way through Melanie Dobson’s. They are somewhat formulaic and have truly terrible titles for the most part (Chateau of Secrets being the clear winner there), but I don’t really care- they have brought me great joy and many nights of reading past my bedtime.
Light layering pieces for fall
After nearly freezing to death last weekend in 37 degree weather, it’s back to the 80’s for Austin – although general consensus around these parts is that once the temperature dips, it’s safe to wear all manner of fall/winter attire regardless of the forecast until March comes. That may explain why, after a brief cold snap back in September, I bought this drapey sweater vest and this quilted vest from Old Navy (for $15!), and have been wearing them constantly ever since. I don’t know what it is about light layers without sleeves that makes me feel incredibly put together, but put together I feel! The sweater vest is sold out currently, but the quilted vest is on sale for $20 and comes in a bunch of cute colors- I highly recommend, it’s just as cute as it’s J Crew counterpart!
Up and Vanished
I was introduced to this podcast about a woman from a small town who went missing in 2005 by some friends during our weekend at the Frio, and we spent most of the 2 1/2 hour car ride home listening to the first few episodes. I encourage you NOT to do much research before you start listening to it – I know I just linked it, but think before you click because there are spoilers everywhere! If you liked Season One of Serial, you will likely enjoy this – it’s longer and I hear there’s more of a resolution at the end.
Stranger Things 2
I am only on episode 4 (realllly dragging it out this time), but it’s so good so far! I actually think I may like it better than the first season, but I will reserve judgement until I finish.
Soups in my crockpot!
I have no problem making soups in my crockpot year round as they are budget friendly and filling, but soup and cooked veggies in general sounded terrible during my first trimester, so I am glad to now have them back on the menu in time for fall. I made this detox soup (an old favorite) from Pinch of Yum on Monday, and it has fed us all week! It’s packed full of veggies, and has this perfect creamy texture with a tangy after bite. It does take about an hour of chopping to get everything ready, but then it goes in the crockpot for 6 hours and literally makes 10 servings. 10!!
Will and I were supposed to head out of town tomorrow for his uncle’s wedding, but he has contracted some kind of nasty virus, so we’re waiting to see how soon it’s going to pass (and whether or not I’m going to get it)… we’re in for an exciting 48 hours! Happy Weekend!