Weekend Favorites


November first, y’all! Can you really believe it? It’s about that time for every weekend here until Christmas to become non-stop craziness. We’re almost finished with our half bath renovation, much to the delight of my husband! There may have been an incident with spray paint and an expensive light fixture that ended up being broken prior to any testing of that light fixture. You don’t want the details, but let’s just say never buy anything electrical when Mercury is Retrograde. And always, always ALWAYS test something out before you deface it! Lesson learned. In addition to weekend company arriving Saturday night (which I’m so excited for!) you’ll also find me curled up with a good book and listening to weepy music. It just feels like that kinda weekend. Here are my favorites! Happy weekend!

Eleanor & Park. I picked this book up on a whim for my Kindle (it was and still is $1.80). I sometimes enjoy reading books I know little about and having an open mind. I started reading some reviews for this, and I’m excited to dig in this weekend. It’s technically Young Adult Lit, but don’t let that scare you off.  It takes you back to those early days of your first love. It’s intense. It’s emotional. And, it’s most likely doomed. You know what the outcome is going to be yet the words on paper keep you hopeful. Bonus – there’s 80’s music and family dysfunction. Give it a try!

Passenger: Let Her Go. I will tell you up front, I’m not typically a fan of mainstream radio. My music taste is what my husband calls as schizophrenic as you can get. Country is on my radio non-stop in the summer, and I switch between Classic Rock, anything 70’s, Dance & Techno, Heavy Metal, Miley, Britney, and Rap all in a week’s time. Lately however, I’ve been in the mood for something completely different, songs I had not ever heard before. Enter Top Hits! When Let Her Go came on, the waterworks started rolling. It’s touching and beautiful in that sad, stomach-twisting way. You know what I mean!

Anthropologie Leather Sleeve Pullover. I’m starting to think I have a leather addiction. This sweater from Tracy Reese is fantastic! The stitching, the supple leather sleeves with zippers, the gold button detailing. I’m seriously swooning over here. This is thee Holiday sweater!  And in keeping with the sad theme (sorry guys) it’s way out of budget. However it has inspired me to add some details to a few old sweaters I have in my closet, give them a refresh. Maybe that will tide me over for now?

Pork and Tomatillo Stew. Is your mouth watering yet? It should be! Stews and soups are my food groups come fall, but this gives your normal, ordinary stew a bit of a kick, literally. We will be mixing this up for Sunday dinner, paired with a bottle (or two!) of Zinfandel. Zins are the perfect match for mildly-spiced food. They lack firm tannins like other bold reds, which can sometimes fight with the spice instead of complement. Now I just need the perfect dessert…

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  • Sahra
    November 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    lovely post! I’ve been SUCH a fan of that song “Let Her Go” for months; it’s beautiful! and that sweater looks delectably cozy!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

    • jenn.specketer@gmail.com
      November 5, 2013 at 8:03 am

      That sweater would be perfect for today! If only I had a sugar daddy….Thanks for stopping by!