This month I’m introducing a special guest who’s going to be sharing her favorites of every month as well: my wonderfully brilliant and supportive fiance Jen. So allow me to hand over the keyboard! Here she is…
Jen’s November Picks
Hey everybody! After an obnoxious amount of pressure, my fiancé has agreed to let me write on here! I get to do my very own list of “Best Of’s” once a month. I’m pretty pumped! 🙂
So, thank you so much in advance for humoring me and reading this, even though I know you’re here for the babbling blonde (I can’t blame you, she’s the most incredible writer I’ve ever read). Here goes…
Best Thing I Watched: Panel Discussion: “Racism in America”
This amazing, thought-provoking event was part of the Heinz Hall Speaker Series and featured Michel Martin, Jason Riley, and Morris Dees. Michel Martin and Jason Riley are both journalists (Martin for NPR and a Democrat and Riley for the Wall Street Journal and a Republican). Both are people of color, whose perspectives were deeply personal. Morris Dees is the founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the attorney who fought and beat the Ku Klux Klan in a very famous court case. Dees is white and a Democrat, and brought a really interesting perspective as someone who benefits from white privilege, but understands how damaging its existence is. The talk was so timely, taking place just a week after the election. It moved me and inspired me, and it was by far the greatest thing I watched in November. Sidebar: I’ll go ahead and let you all know now that I’m a giant nerd who is obsessed with politics.
Best Thing I Read: Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton
Full disclosure, I haven’t actually finished the book yet, which Beth may tell me is cheating, but I’m counting it! You guys, if you haven’t read this book yet, you have to. It’s funny and heartbreaking, and so insightful. Love Warrior is one of the most brutally honest memoirs I’ve ever read. It’s so well-written. And Glennon and I share an alma mater, so it’s almost like we’re friends. I mean…am I right?
Best Thing I Tasted: The Manhattan at The Summit
The Summit is this super hip bar on Mt. Washington in Pittsburgh that has such a cool atmosphere. The bar has the best hardwood floors, the seats are church pews, and each table has these really cute candles. Anyway, all of that is just bonus stuff, since this is the “Best Taste” category. The bartenders there made me the best Manhattan I’ve ever had. Now, I realize most of you are judging me and/or trying to guess my age. Don’t worry about that. Just go try it! You won’t be sorry!
Well guys, it’s been really fun talking with you, but my girl tells me I have to give the blog back. So, I guess I’ll see you next month. Stay sexy and don’t get murdered. Byeeee.
Beth’s November Picks:
Best Thing I Watched: The Crown, Netflix
We’re in a Golden Age of television right now, and the options for quality are almost on par with the options on quantity for the first time since I can remember. Post-election, Jen and I decided we wanted to escape the world of American and dive into the British monarchy for a tick or two. Now I’ll ashamedly admit (my future mother-in-law says this must be corrected pre-wedding) that I’ve never seen Downton Abbey, but I’m told by even the most diehard of fans that The Crown gives it a run for its money. I’d be acing world history classes across the board if they all presented historically accurate events in engrossing of a display.
Best Thing I Ate: “Just Because” Blueberry-Orange Pancakes – Home Chef
I’ve always enjoyed cooking. There’s something uniquely satisfying about filling your family’s tummies and knowing you’re responsible for providing them with something delicious. Cooking is an expression of love. However, as much as I like to cook, I’ll never claim to be particularly skilled at it. I can follow step-by-step directions, but I must use up all of my creativity on the written word, leaving none leftover for kitchen concoctions. Home Chef has been a lifesaver, allowing me to provide my girls with a variety of meal options and sending all of the perfectly portioned ingredients so I don’t waste any food. Mia loved these pancakes, and they even came with powdered sugar to sprinkle on top! You can sign up using my referral link to get a $50 free trial
That’s all for me this time around. What were your favorite things you tried in November? Let me know in the comments!
XO – Beth