Saturday, December 05, 2020

Ending My Autumn To-Do List

December is here!  December is here!  I've waited a whole year for this month!  And man, it has been a looooooong year, hasn't it?

This picture is brought to you by my getting to go out and see Casablanca (1942) in the theater with some friends last month.  We all dressed up in as close to period-correct clothing and so on as we could.  (This picture also brought to you by the Keto diet, thanks to which I have dropped 15 of the pounds I picked up after my gall bladder removal a few years ago.  I finally have a jawline again.)

Anyway.  Because December is here, that means it's time to wrap up my autumn to-do list and see what I got checked off.  All book and movie titles linked to my reviews where applicable.  All pictures are my own, and most are from my Instagram account.

~ Write a short story Semi-fail  A couple days ago, I did get an idea for a short story sequel to One Bad Apple, and I've started it, but it's not nearly finished.

~ Start writing my Beauty and the Beast retelling Check!  It doesn't have a real title yet, though I call it Schoen und Stark just because I hate writing things without a title.  But I know that won't be its final title.  I've got three chapters done and will start on the fourth as soon as I finish the aforementioned short story.


~ Read Roverandom by J. R. R. Tolkien Check!  It was enchanting -- my review is here.

~ Participate in Heidi's read-along of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien Check!  It's still going on, and I'm still participating.


~ Finish reading Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome aloud to my kids Fail.  Other books distracted us, plus we've had less reading time the last few weeks.  But we're still working on it!

~ Read 1 other title for my Classics Club list Check!  In fact, I read SEVEN more classics!  They were:

~ Read 7 other books off my TBR shelves  Check!  I read TWELVE books off my TBR shelves besdies Roverandom.  They were:

~ Read 2 books from the library Check!  I read three: 
~ Read at least 1 book each month about/by someone who is not white Check!  I read:
~ Watch 4 movies off my TBW shelves Fail.  I only watched three: Manhattan Melodrama (1934), Mamma Mia! (2008), and season 3 of Leverage (2010).

~ Finish the blanket I'm crocheting for my 8-yr-old's bed Check!  I'm so pleased with it, and so is she:


~ Make a new fall wreath Check!  I love how it turned out, too:


~ Go hiking Check!  We went hiking while on our staying-in-Virginia vacation this fall.


~ Toast marshmallows Check!  We did that on our vacation around a fire pit, and we've toasted them in our fireplace too.

That's all, folks!  I'll make a winter to-do list and share it soon, but for now, I'll leave you with this picture of my hairdo from my evening at the movies last month because I did it myself with no help, which can be hard when your hair is 4 feet long, but it came together at last:



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  1. You look amazing!! How was the experience of seeing Casablanca on the big screen? (I'm jealous, lol--one of my most favorite movies.)

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    1. Thank you, Eva! It was fabulous, as you might expect. I always kind of forget just how handsome Bogie is in it.

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  2. That hairstyle is amazing
    My hair's only a little longer than shoulder length, and I have trouble styling it now.
    And I love that nature picture. Hiking is one of my favorite hobbies, though it's been awhile since I've actually done it.
    You did really well on your goals. I hope your December goes well.

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    1. Thank you, McKayla! It's really just a big coil held on with a hairband, and a beaded scrunchie to set it off, but it looks cool and complicated!

      I love that hiking is something you can still do during a pandemic. We have done quite a bit this summer and fall.

      Thanks! I'm pretty pleased. So far, December is off to a great start -- I've got all my Christmas shopping done and am now wrapping up the gifts that need to get sent through the mail. Loving it!

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  3. I love your outfit! Very classy!

    That blanket is so pretty, it reminds me of the blue ocean.

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    1. Thank you, Katie! It's a dress I wore in a friend's wedding a few years ago, and I fit in it again! It kind of made me look like a femme fatale, but since we were doing a '40s look, that worked!

      My daughter chose the colors and pattern for the blanket because it made her think of the ocean!

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  4. SUCH productivity! And you look great! Both truly very inspiring. :)

    (Yeah, this definitely all brought a big smile. :D <3)

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    1. Heidi, yeah, it was a busy autumn. I'm expecting a more relaxed winter :-)

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    2. Oh, and yay! I'm glad my post made you smile :-)

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  5. Seeing Casablanca on the big screen sounds incredible! Your outfit is awesome. That is such a lovely wreath, too! You have some skills.

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    1. MC, it was really cool to see on the big screen. I'm so glad I got to go. And thanks! I've been making wreaths for years, and this is definitely my best one ever.

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  6. You look so elegant. And wow, you are a diligent person.

    I read one book, actually just finished one book, didn't even start it this month. I think that was 4 books during the fall.

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    1. Thanks, Livia! I do like to get things done, heh.

      Four books read is better than no books!

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  7. Adore the dress! You look Amazing!!

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    1. Thank you, Skye! I really like this dress -- it has a knee-high slit with a ruffle all around it, which I couldn't get a picture of. I wore it in a friend's wedding 7 years ago and am so glad I hung onto it because it was perfect for this outing!

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