Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and October.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and October.

Ah, October—the perfect fall month. Pumpkins, fall leaves, apple picking, crisp air, chunky sweaters, boots, football games, chili cook-offs, and homemade soup. All the things I love except for one thing . . . October means Halloween and that means a month of horror movies at the theater and constantly running on television.

I’m the biggest chicken when it comes to scary movies. I can’t even watch the trailers. When those commercials come on, I plug my ears, close my eyes, and start singing “la-la-la” loudly.

I once dared to watch the movie Van Helsing and had nightmares for weeks. I couldn’t open the basement door without completely panicking before quickly turning on the light.

So, you know what I’ll be doing this weekend—NOT watching a scary movie.

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Memoir Project and finished Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? by Lorrie Moore. Not my favorite story of hers but still good. She has a way to delve into human psyche that is quirky yet real.

I also officially completed one of my 2017 reading challenges. Hooray! I completed the “Reading for Fun” challenge, am more than halfway through the “Reading for Growth” challenge (I decided to do both), and am one book behind my Goodreads 2017 reading challenge

I’ve been watching . . . The Voice, Will & Grace, and The Good Place.

As cheesy as The Voice is and as much as they milk out of stories, I don’t care. They focus on the positive and do things that make you smile. I am loving the cute factor of the show. Am so happy Will & Grace is back on. I didn’t think I would be but it still makes me laugh, and that’s what I need. I’m a little bummed about The Good Place. I liked it last year but this year so far, I’m not as into it. I’m not giving up on it yet.

I’ve been listening to . . . the Weepies, and, like many people, Tom Petty.


My very first album I bought with my own allowance was Rumors by Fleetwood Mac. The next album? Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I loved the song “Breakdown.” I mean what 6th grader didn’t? They played it at every roller rink back then. Thank you for the music Tom Petty—you were one of the greats in the soundtrack of my youth.

Have a lovely weekend.


(Photograph of leaves by Aaron Burden found here. Album cover found here.)

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