October 3, 2016

Currently (October 2016)

Hello, my darling internet family! I hope you are well.

Y'all know I love October with all my heart, my favorite month of the year - autumn is here in the Midwestern United States. The leaves haven't quite turned yet, but the cool, blustery, rainy days are here in full force, along with my big cozy sweaters and boots and hot chocolate and my boyfriend's killer gumbo. Cajun boy knows how to cook!

Since I don't have a recipe this week (more coming soon), here's what I'm...

Reading:
It's Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives it Shattered by Don Yeager and Mike Pressler, not a book I would typically find myself reading. It's a study of the "Duke Lacrosse Case," which was one colossal mess, and that's a very, very tame term for it. Innocent until proven guilty did not happen in this instance.

I'm not going to go into all the gory details here, but for a clean summary: In 2006, three members of the Duke University men's lacrosse team were falsely accused of rape. It was a media frenzy, and the media was content to ignore the evidence and the facts, declaring the players guilty anyway. Long story short, after more than enough lives were destroyed and the exposition of corrupt officials and plenty of lies, all charges against the young men were dropped and they were declared innocent.

As I said, it was a mess. And one of those things that makes my journalist skin crawl, and makes me want to scream "THAT'S NOT RIGHT! WHY CAN'T YOU SEE THAT'S NOT RIGHT!?" Those students were crucified by the media before even giving the investigation time. Blargh. Anyway.

I was 12 when this incident took place, and I didn't pick up on the story when it happened, but even with all the blind injustice, it was a fascinating read.

Now, for more happy things.

Watching:
Well in YouTube land, GMM, obvs. Good Mythical Morning, if you're unfamiliar.
I've been watching these two since they started yeeeeeears ago (that sounds creepy), and there is something just wonderfully enjoyable about watching two almost 40-year-olds who have been best friends in their whole lives goof off on YouTube and do stupid things like make random commercials  in minutes, or taste test crazy sushi and try to guess the smells they're smelling. Good clean fun. Go look them up.

I haven't been watching much of Netflix lately (ain't nobody got time for that), although I did just discover that season 5 of Person of Interest is now available there... so I'mma have to get me some of that.

Eating:
In my mind, fall is soup weather. Or gumbo weather, since my boyfriend is from South Louisiana and he makes an amazing gumbo. I may have mentioned this once or twice. Oh my stars, it's amazing.

But other than feasting on heavenly gumbo deliciousness for the past week, I've been eating lots of soup, one of which is a recipe my mom made often, and one that I love. I plan to out a handful of soup recipes on the blog over the next few months for the colder weather, but as for what's in them? I'm not going to spill any beans. (Or did I just do that? Oooooooh.) But be aware, soup is coming.

Here's some of my soup recipes to hold you over:




Playing:
Before I met Jacob and started spending every available waking moment with him, I never played video games. Not that I disapprove of them, it just wasn't something that I did. Well, Jacob gave me Pok√©mon games to play on the Nintendo DS a while ago, and I really enjoyed playing through one and a half of them. 

A few weeks ago, Jacob introduced me to Skyrim, which is my new love in the video game world.
I love it. It's an open-world game (you can run around pretty much wherever you want to in a giant virtual world) that takes place in a medieval-ish fantasy world. There are elves and humans and cat-people called Khajiit who are much less creepy than that sounds - there's magic and hand-to-hand combat and DRAGONS. You actually get to fight dragons! It's a beautiful game graphically, and the exploration possible in all the little nooks and crannies is so much fun.

And now, dear friends, because it's almost midnight on Sunday and I am exhausted and cannot properly function without at least 7 hours of sleep, I bid thee farewell. Until next week.
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