Monday, October 01, 2007

September Round-Up

What books and/or magazines did I read this month?
Summer is a time for reading, but I haven't been doing as much of it as usual. I did start re-reading the Wrinkle in Time series as well as the Dark is Rising series (coming out as a movie in winter). Both quite good, but in my search for a Harry Potter replacement, they both come up lacking.

As for magazines, it's pretty much a broken record there, though I did add Detroit Home to the list.

What movies and/or TV shows did I watch this month?
Not much in the way of movies (though I do have a ton sitting in the Tivo from a free HBO and Showtime weekend).

As for TV, well in case you didn't know, the fall premiers are here! I've picked up all my favorites (Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Men in Trees, Ugly Betty, plus all of the crime dramas), plus the new Grey's spin-off Private Practice and I'm trying out Big Shots and Dirty Sexy Money. My sister swears that Reaper is crazy funny, so I'm gonna check that out too.

What special days did I celebrate and how?
I was going to say that September is a quiet month for celebrations, but then I thought about it and there are quite a few special days - here's the run-down:

September 1 - My sister and BIL's anniversary (woo-hoo, six years and two kids later!); Pearl's Birthday; and for the morbid, the anniversary of Purdy's passing (that still gets me...)
September 12 - M's b-day, she's 46 and still one hot mama!
September 28 - my Aunt's b-day, not sure how I always manage to forget it, but I do!
September 29 - our wedding anniversary, that's right - 11 magical years together!

What gifts did I give and/or receive?
Nothin' - well my dad did bring out a bunch of goodies (real sourdough bread and some great dry salami - just can find those things out here), but I don't count those as gifts - really I can't survive without them and since I can't get them here...

As for the anniversary, well we bought each other a chai latte at Starbucks, does that count? Is eleven years the "chain coffee store" anniversary?

What illnesses or health concerns did I have?
Clean bill of health for both, though now that J & M's kids are back in school I'm sure that we'll becoming down with something sooner or later.

What fun things did I do with my friends and/or family?
Well the big event was Dad's visit. He was here for a week and a half - I think a good time was had by all! We went to the Henry Ford and hung out at the beach, we had a couple of nice dinners with J & M and the kids, we went to the Tiger's game (some what anti-climactic, given that they were already mathematically eliminated.) and went apple picking on a perfect fall day.

Other than the visit it was actually a quiet month, though we did enjoy a dinner out with J & M and the kids for M's birthday.

What new foods, recipes or restaurants did I try this month?
Nothin' - I've said it before and I'll say it again, I just don't cook much in the summer. And since it was a quiet month for going out, we didn't try anything new either!

What special or unusual purchases did I make?
Not much, but I did put 2 great jackets on layaway at TJ Maxx - though maybe that really counts for October? Either way, I'm super excited about them.

What were this month's disappointments and accomplishments?
Nothing more that usual, really.

Anything else noteworthy to record?
While Dad was here he kept busy, building me a cool little shoe rack in the front hall. Also, he and Scott built a really nice little cabinet in the basement. We still have to paint it, but it's a nice display space and I'll put my junk storage cabinets on the back side of it!

Current Music: Baby, It's a Fact - Hellogoodbye


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