Weekly Recap - First Week of November

We had a really fun Halloween at our friends' house. I dressed up as Frida Kahlo for my daughter. Last April we had gone to see the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera exhibit and she was absolutely transfixed and hasn't stopped talking about it, so I decided to dress up like her artistic hero, which worked out very well. Here is a picture.

This week I made this really yummy and easy quinoa recipe that I saw in this video. It was as good as I hoped and we ate it for several days.

My husband and I had trouble adjusting to the time change, which resulted in us getting up at at four in the morning and watching this episode of Frontline about Syria. We both realized that we knew absolutely nothing about what is going on over there, and were horrified at our own ignorance.

I made travel plans to go see my family in Delaware and Philadelphia for Thanksgiving, so I am really looking forward to that in a couple weeks. I haven't been up there in two years and I really miss my grandmothers and cousins and extended family up north. There should be plenty of Nasty-Assed Recipes.

That got me thinking that I need some boots, since I'll be in cold weather, but I have no idea what kind I might like. Living in Florida, I only have flip flops. My shoe situation is a little sad. Suggestions?

I really like this song, Riptide by Vance Joy, and I keep hearing it on the radio. It's fun to sing with, which is a little meta of me if you listen to the lyrics. The video is pretty cute too.

On Friday, some of my girlfriends and I got together and made this homemade sugar scrub with essential oils. It was really fast and easy and I think I'm going to experiment and make some more for Christmas presents. I like anything that smells good.

Last night we took our daughter, who is five, to see the new Peanuts movie, but I didn't love it. It had a lovely message for sure, and there were a couple of sweet moments and a few laughs, but it was a little on the boring side and my daughter got really antsy in a few parts. I never liked the Snoopy Red Baron stuff as a kid either.

I really, really want this plaid dress (though I hate how they accessorized it in the photo), but I cannot imagine spending that much on one thing! I need to write a lot of best selling books so I can afford my own taste, I swear.

Yesterday I suffered the ultimate in First World Problems when I lost my Fitbit in Costco, and before I could find it, someone had already deactivated it from my account and registered it to theirs. I was completely distraught. I mean, how would I know how many steps I took without it?? Luckily my husband bought me a new one for my birthday, since we were at Costco anyway and now I have a few wristbands that have snugger snaps. My old one had a loose snap, which is why it fell off.

Today I watched John Leguizamo's Ghetto Klown. He's always been one of my great literary heroes. He was the one who first inspired me to write about my family after I saw Spic-o-rama when I was nineteen and it completely blew my mind into smithereens. In his latest one man play, he actually talks about how he began writing and this revelation he had when he started reading plays. He says "I learned that no matter how fucked up your life is, that you can put that shit down on paper." Check out this interview with the great John Leguizamo where he talks about Ghetto Klown and his career as an artist.

I'll leave you with that. I plan on having lots of adventures this week since my birthday is on Tuesday!