What I Learned and What I’m Into {Fall 2014}


Hey friends! I’m sharing another monthly roundup (make that bimonthly–I missed posting for September!) with a whole bunch of other awesome bloggers. I’m joining Leigh Kramer to share what I’ve been into lately and Emily Freeman to share what I’ve been learning lately. So this post is a little more laid back, a little random, and a little reflective, but I hope you’ll enjoy and maybe be inspired to think about some great things that have happened this fall. 



What I’m Into


1. Wearing sandals in October

I’m stretching this out as long as possible.  But now that November has hit, I think it’s officially time to say goodbye. Or move to California. Oh summer, I’ll miss you! 


2. Binge-watching Gilmore Girls

Ah, why didn’t I ever watch this show when it was on? I completely fell in love with the characters and the story of Stars Hollow, and I got totally nostalgic for high school and college days. Lauren Graham is hilarious-as-ever, and I loved following along in the lives of the characters. It reminded me of the power of great stories, and it kind of made me want to pick some fiction reading up. Kind of.

  • “Boys do not like funny girls.”  -Mrs. Kim
  • “Hey, guys, go on over to the diner and have breakfast with your families, and then ask the nice man in the baseball hat and the flannel shirt to do sock puppets for you. And if he says no, just ask him louder. It’s part of the game!” –Lorelei
  • “Oy, with the poodles already!” –Lorelei
  • “I got kissed…and I…and I shoplifted!” –Rory
  • “It was the snow. You know how I get–it’s like catnip.” –Lorelei


3. Creating a travel log/photo book from my trip to Cuba

I haven’t written as much this month, but I’ve still been doing creative work. The photo editing process can be arduous, which I’m reminded of every time I take a trip or have a lot of photos to plow through. I’m creating a travel log e-book for the supporters of my trip and getting a hard copy printed myself, and I’m SO excited to almost have it completed!



4. Watching videos like this when I miss Cuba…




5. Good stuff–books, articles, videos, and podcasts

  • Serial Podcast–have you heard it? SO good. It’s like a 20/20 crime investigation, but more conversational and less Barbara Walters, and it’s told over the course of many weeks. I’m totally hooked!
  • Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know by Julia Sweig–a non-boring, balanced history book that I’ve been loving.
  • Jesus Among the Gang Members (Lemonade International Blog)–“God is not only in a temple. He is also in the streets where there is so much need.”  Beautiful article.
  • Bryan Stevenson on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart–I’m blown away every time I hear Bryan Stevenson speak. I love this interview (Jon Stewart behaves, so even if you’re not a fan of him, I encourage you to watch) about race and the criminal justice system (and his new book Just Mercy).
    *Some thoughts on the need for reconciliation, and the idea that racism was only something that happened in the past*

    • “We are all responsible for creating societies that are just and fair to one another. It doesn’t matter who did what to whom. It matters that we deal with the carnage, the legacy of that injury…there are festering injuries, and there’s trauma, and there’s suffering, and these violations can’t be ignored by any of us, black or white. And we all have an obligation to move toward something that is just, that is fair, that reconciles us to this history. That’s how we move forward, and we don’t do it by denying the pain of that.”


What I Learned


1. How (Not) to Make Spring Rolls

My husband and I love making Asian food together–it’s kind of our thing. But apparently, spring rolls are decidedly not our thing. I’ll spare you the pictures. It was worse than this summer’s debacle with grilled pizza.

 2. Late morning is a fantastic time to fly.

It totally could have been a fluke, but there was only one person ahead of me for baggage check (1 person!), and I got through security within 10 or 15 minutes.



3. On the other hand, flying from Miami to Cuba (90 miles) is practically an all-day event.

Our group leader told us to show up at 8:30 AM in the Miami airport for our 1:00 flight. Ummm, what? Is that just the earliest time we can arrive for check-in? Apparently, it’s kind of required because we stood in a check-in line that wasn’t moving for about an hour, and it seemed like nothing was happening. It was a pretty crazy process just to get on a flight that takes less than an hour!

 4. The set for Stars Hollow on Gilmore Girls is the same set for Rosewood in Pretty Little Liars.

Two of my favorites! It took me awhile to figure it out (I guess I’m not that observant), but when they showed the inside of the church on Gilmore Girls, I knew it had to be the same. So much awesomeness.

5. I’m pretty sure I bought a pair of men’s sunglasses.

So there’s that.


6. I still dig the window seat.

I feel like I’m supposed to not care as an adult. But I totally do.



Thanks for stopping by–I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

What are some things you learned this month, or things you’ve been loving lately?

What’s your favorite Gilmore Girls moment or quote?

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