Hello, friends. This has been a monumental week for our family, so let's get right to the news. We have officially sold our lake home... the closing happened Thursday. We were not present for the bittersweet event (documents all signed beforehand) but it certainly marks the end of era. If all goes smoothly, we will close on our new house later this week.
Finished this week//
by Lori Gottlieb
narrated by Brittany Pressley
I've been raving about this book for the past week or so and was truly sorry to reach the end. Lori Gottlieb is a therapist and in this book she tells the story of five therapies - four patients, plus her own. [She begins therapy with "Wendell" after being blindsided by a breakup with her long-term boyfriend.] I thought it was fascinating to observe the process play out from both sides of the couch!
Each story pulled me in right away and I looked forward to popping in my earbuds each morning before heading out on a walk. Flashes of insight occurred throughout the listening experience... insight into my own feelings, motivations, and interactions with those closest to me, as well as with casual acquaintances.
The audio production was excellent and I highly recommend listening. It was well worth the audible credit! Brittany Pressley has narrated hundreds of audiobooks, but this was my first time listening to her. It will not be the last.
by Cara Wall
This book was on display with the new fiction at the library. I'd added it to my wish list last summer after several reviewers compared it to Wallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety, an all-time favorite. I couldn't just leave it there! Very good so far... more soon.
On the blogging horizon//
Nonfiction November is my favorite blogging event of the year - five weeks, five topics, five hosts, and an Instagram photo challenge, too. The details are here... it all starts next week.
In the kitchen//
It doesn't feel like fall here, but I decided to try a couple of fall-like recipes anyway. Both were keepers. Stuffed Delicata Squash with Sausage-Mushroom Stuffing from skinnytaste was so good! The Italian chicken sausage and savory mushrooms perfectly complemented the sweet flavor of the squash.
I also made Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad (minus the quinoa) from pinch of yum for lunches last week. Basically, I roasted sweet potatoes and chick peas, and added walnuts coated with maple syrup for the last five minutes. We ate it over baby spinach, sprinkled a few dried cranberries on top, and drizzled a simple Asian vinaigrette. Delicious!
The week ahead//
We're finally going to see the Downton Abbey movie this afternoon and maybe grab an early dinner afterward.
The closing on our new (to us) house here is scheduled for Friday. We have meetings with the insurance agent and contractor scheduled early in the week. Keeping our fingers crossed it all goes smoothly! I also desperately need to schedule a hair appointment this week.
How was your week? What are you reading today?
The Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz.