Oh dear God, I've gone CRAZY for pumpkin! Remember the other day when I mentioned making some pretty amazing pumpkin waffles? I think I actually used the phrase "breakfast nirvana". Well, I've made them a few more times. Like...every day. I highly recommend them. I've just been using a Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancake mix, but here's a recipe if you have no Trader Joe's near you, or if you have a prejudice against mixes.
Since then, I had to go back to the Trader Joe's for more mix, and ended up filling my cart with even more pumpkin treats. Many, many pumpkin treats. I even got pumpkin dog treats for Fancy! I'm telling you, either of these...
...with some Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread? Heaven!
Jude is once again running Cross Country this fall. He loves it. I'm telling you, it's just the BEST sport! So...pure and simple. They just run. And run and run. I highly recommend it to you parents out there. And it's an equal opportunity sport. Everybody runs. And of course we all cheer for those phenoms who always come in first or second, but we cheer even more for those kids who always come in 75th! You look at a kid and think "My God, that little 10-year old girl just ran a mile and a half! She didn't give up and she finished strong." It's sort of a life lesson, you know?
Fall TV Season
I'm afraid I'm feeling a little "meh" about this new tv season. I have to admit that I haven't watched that many of the new shows, but I've been pretty unimpressed by most of the ones I have watched. I thought Hostages was going to be fab - great cast, lots of good reviews. But I watched the first episode and had absolutely no desire to watch another. I was all excited about Ironside, because, well, what's not to be excited about when you've got Blair Underwood involved. But the writing was just so heavy-handed and dull that there's not much that poor Blair could do to improve it. And according to Fox, Sleepy Hollow is the "hit of the season", but for me, it's just the most egregious example of the ever popular cop/wacky-but-brilliant-and-sexy civilian sidekick gimmick. It was hard enough to believe the Hot FBI Agent/Hot but Eccentric Forensic Scientist pairing, and even harder to believe that the Hot NYPD Detective/Hot Mystery Writer pairing. But Hot Deputy Sheriff/Hot Revolutionary War Veteran Who Has Been Summoned Back to Life From a Watery Grave By Some Unknown Supernatural Force to Track Down the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is just thiiiiiiiis much too silly for me to buy. I will, however, give it another try, as it's from the producers of Fringe, and I may yet get hooked.
And speaking of Fringe, I'm kind of looking forward to the premiere of Almost Human, which looks like it could be fun, and I love my JJ Abrams.
So far, the only show I've really gotten hooked on is The Blacklist. What fun! James Spader is fabulously charming/slimy. In fact, the acting is quite good across the board, and you don't really know what's going on, it keeps you guessing. Of course, here is yet another wacky law enforcement pairing, this time it's Hot FBI Agent/Slimy But Strangely Hot Known International Criminal. But the writing's so good that you don't care.
Ruffian Fox Hunt Nail Lacquer
Another groovy find from my Birchbox!
My new favorite Autumn nail color. It's called "Fox Trot", but I'd describe it as Neon Pumpkin. Cool!
For three years now, I have been saying I was going to do this, but this year I am determined to make it happen. The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power has a rather wonderful program called Million Trees LA, through which any LA resident can get up to SEVEN FREE shade trees. All you have to do is fill out a short survey and promise to plant the trees on your property. The idea is to green the city and to save on electricity. Pretty great. And apparently, Autumn is the perfect time of year in Los Angeles to plant trees. My only problem (aside from having to dig some big holes) is that I can't decide which trees to get. I want to get three or maybe four trees, and have narrowed it down to...
Help! Which trees should I get?
I am loving Stephen King's book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Usually, I think of Autumn as the time of year to read scary or mystery books - something you'd want to curl up with a cup of tea and read. So I thought it was apropos to read a book by the King of Horror, even if it is non-fiction. Part autobiography, part lesson on the craft of writing, I am finding this extremely readable and engrossing, and full of important lessons for the writer. I think King has always been underrated as a writer because of his commercial success, but he really has a tremendous love of language and what he calls "the art and craft of telling stories on paper". I definitely recommend it.
Okay, that's all things Autumnal around Second Blooming this year. Don't you DARE leave without clicking on the links below, and checking out our other Autumn Spin Cycle contributors!
It's not too late to add your post on "Autumn" to the link below. It will be linked both here and on Lemon Drop Pie!
Come back on Monday when Ginny Marie of Lemon Drop Pie and I give you our next Spin Cycle topic!
Share your spin!
Highlight the code.
Copy to your HTML.
Et voila! Linked!