Favorite Things October 2011

1. Graphic Image Weekly Planners.

I have been uhb-sessed with Graphic Image ever since I first laid eyes on them in a fancy stationary/book store back home called Warwick’s. I have typically purchased silver or gold, as I’m a sucker for¬†metallic, but was having a hard time choosing between them this year. ¬†As I stood in the middle of Warwick’s, surrounded by rich people, I decided 2012 was going to be a good year. A great year, in fact. And so Kristin’s 2012 planner is the greatest of all colors: purple.

2. Lost and Found and Women, Food, and God by Geneen Roth.

I have the FABULOUS Andie over at Can You Stay for Dinner {I kind of feel like she and I should be blogging bff’s} to thank for referring me to Geneen Roth’s books. A woman who writes about freedom, spirituality, and food? Yes please! I zipped myself over to the library and promptly checked out both of the books mentioned above. You should do the same. Seriously. Go.

There are some “spiritual” elements to these books that are a little too ‘touchy-feely/be your own god’ for my Jesus is the Way, Truth, and Life heart, but there are also serious truths spoken. And since I believe God speaks to us in all sorts of ways, whether His name is directly linked to it or not, I believe God used Women, Food, and God to speak Truth to me about fear, freedom, feelings, and food. Those words all started with F. Hmm.

I am sure I will write more about this in the coming months as I learn how to be fully me in these areas and not let fear control my life {a recent revelation!}… but for now, you should really just read the books. Then we’ll be on the same page. Mmm-k?

3. Barkeeper’s Friend.

I have used Barkeeper’s Friend before, but never the way I saw it used last week when I was home. Jessica had, as many of us do, crisped one of her All Clad Stainless Steel pans until it was completely coated in black. As you know if you have stainless steel pans, they are awesome, but no amount of soaking or scrubbing will get that black gunk completely off. Unless you use Barkeeper’s Friend. It has made my stainless steel pans, my sink, and my white Le Creuset that was covered in a rainbow of splotches SPOTLESS. It takes a little elbow grease, but it’s worth it to see my reflection when I’m sauteeing onions.

4. Coin Collecting.

Nerd Alert! I have recently started collecting the State Quarters and it makes me beyond giddy. I refuse to cheat and trade in dollar bills for bunches of quarters at Chick-fil-A. I also have never seen the Guam quarter so if you have, call me. I can get you a free chicken sandwich. I have connections, people. Big time.

5. Southwest Airlines.

There are many things I am grateful to Southwest Airlines for, but this month it was having a hugely massive sale, inspiring my mother to call me out of the blue and offer to fly me to DC for a visit. This prompted me to call my best friend/college roomie out of the blue and convince her to meet me in DC while I’m visiting. There is going to be nothing but love and fun happening the second weekend in December in the Washington DC area, and its all thanks to Southwest Airlines.

Happy November, friends. Can you believe it’s here??!!

~Kristin