Wednesday, October 17, 2018

WRWE: Beginning of Fall

“My favorite poem is the one that starts ‘Thirty days hath September’ because it actually tells you something.” ~Groucho Marx

Well, thirty days for September plus seventeen for October were not enough for me to get the Watching, Reading, Wearing, Eating post that I was planning done. In my defense, the first half of October was a little crazy.  We made another trip to Busan for my husband’s Change of Command ceremony, for one thing, though we didn’t have time to check anything else off the bucket list. I have also started homeschooling Lilly and Wyatt (again — I used to homeschool when we lived in the States), and that required a whole lot of my time to get the ball rolling.  

I thought about just skipping it for September except there are two particularly important items I wanted to mention, plus the fun stuff for wearing and eating.  Also, we are doing a film fest in October that I can’t wait to tell you about — next month! 😉

So here it is. I can’t really call it the September edition, so the WRWE “Beginning of Fall” edition.

Watching:  the hands-down best thing we watched in September was the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? about Fred Rogers.  I’m usually the last one to see stuff, but if you haven’t watched this yet, why not?! It’s so good. I cried all the way through it — but also laughed more than I expected to.  It is the most inspiring thing I’ve watched in a while, making me so badly want to a better neighbor — not just to those living literally next door but in the broader sense of the word— and also a better friend, better wife, better mother.

Reading: I read a couple fun light and fun fiction books in September at the recommendation of Janssen Bradshaw at Everyday Reading. One was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and the other The Summer I Turned Pretty, both by Jenny Han, which took me back to my high school days.  (Check out Janssen’s reviews for them here and here.) 

I’m glad I read two more or less lighthearted books before taking on Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal Al-Sharif.  This is a very important and bravely written book, but gosh, it was hard to get through.  I feel physically ill when I read or hear about children being hurt, and this book addresses many things including child abuse and female circumcision. So you can imagine the state I was in reading it. I’ve read and learned quite a bit about Islam in college and since, besides being born and spending my childhood in a predominantly Muslim country.  But this was still eye-opening and informative to me, so I can imagine most everyone would learn something. The overall message is so inspiring and hopeful. I highly recommend it. 

Wearing: September had the most wonderful weather. Seriously, if you’re thinking of a trip to South Korea, September might just be the perfect month for it! I started reaching for jackets in the mornings and evenings, though — just lightweight ones like this sueded-knit moto jacket from Old Navy. 

 I love these moto jackets so much, I actually have two — this and a fleece one I traveled with this summer that was just perfect for places like San Francisco 

and the California coast, 
which can still be very cool in the summer.  Both of mine were purchased last year, but you can find similar ones here and here.

Eating: Sometimes I just want a quick lunch. But I’m vegetarian.  I don’t always want PB&J, and I’m trying not to eat much cheese for several reasons, including that dairy, it seems, is not a friend to my complexion.  I came across this recipe for a sort of tuna salad redux, and then I simplified it even more.  I take a can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drain and and mash them up coarsely using a potato masher.  Then I add two tablespoons of vegan mayo, one tablespoon of Dijon mustard, one tablespoon of minced onion, and a tablespoon or two of minced dill pickles and stir it all up. It’s delicious, and easy- chickpeasy. (Too corny? Sorry.)

Anyway, I have some fun posts planned, and hopefully now that we are finding our groove, I’ll have them up soon! In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you! What have you been watching, reading, wearing, and eating?


  1. Would love to read some of your recommendations. We recommend the movie on Mr Rogers, too. Astonishing the criticisms he got. Reminds me of the Farside cartoon where God is sprinkling jerks onto the earth “just to make things interesting.”

  2. Exactly! ��
    I liked how the movie talked about his feelings of inadequacy and failure. It’s not what we typically think of, but it’s comforting and inspiring to know he struggled with that too and pressed on anyway.

  3. We saw the Mr Rogers and RBG documentaries this summer. Of the Mr Rogers documentary, my 14 year old said she thought it was the “most important movie” she’d ever seen.

    1. I’d have to agree with that! It’s wonderful!


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