October seemed like a short month for me. I spent over half of it -16 days- in the Southwest on a road trip. Joe and I drove from Washington through Oregon and Idaho and on to Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and back home. For the rest of the month I pretty much just ate out with friends in anticipation of doing Whole 30 again for the month of November.
I finally made it to Country Village in Bothell, WA. It’s a cute little shopping center and I found the S.S. Pen Pal, a tiny store in a boat on a little pond (seen below) run by an older Russian gentleman who makes the most beautiful pens. And you can make your own pen at no additional cost. Sadly the whole shopping center will be torn down in April so I have to go back before then to make one.
By way of sweat and tears (not really, I just wasted 20 minutes stalking ticketmaster) I finally got tickets for the live show of the podcast My Favorite Murder on the 20th. They were funny, the stories were great, and it went by entirely too fast.
Without really knowing much about it, I went to see First Man. Ryan Gosling usually doesn’t do a bad movie plus I grew up in Florida so I have a soft spot for anything Space-Center related. It ended up being an emotional, terrifying (why does anyone want to go up in a space shuttle!?), and fantastic movie. I’m taking Joe when it makes it way to our local second-run theater.
Possibly the highlight of the whole Southwest trip was going to Ernest Hemingway’s grave on the very last day. We drove three hours round trip out of the way because I figured, when am I ever going to be in that area again? Turns out Ketchum, ID and the surrounding area is beautiful and Joe and I hope to go back! Maybe on our way to a road trip in Montana/Wyoming next year.
I hope everyone also had a great October. So far November holds for me two author events (one of them is a really big deal!!!) and a few friend dates. What are you looking forward to?