Hi, everyone! How are things going now that it’s November? I’ve been on the road a little bit, since it’s Fall Tax School season. I was in Carbondale last week – hadn’t ever been there before! Had a fun dinner at quirky Underground Pub one night, and a delicious cappuccino and sandwich for lunch one day at a great little spot called Cristaudo’s. And I’ve been in Moline the past couple days and you guys. I think I really like the Quad Cities. We’re staying right down by the river and there are cute bars and great restaurants and the John Deere pavilion with all kinds of fun tractor-y things and a massive gift shop. The last couple times I’ve been here (always for work), we’ve eaten at a phenomenal little Thai place called the Lemongrass Cafe. Last night, we ate (and drank) at the Bier Stube and my jaegerschnitzel and German potato salad were amaaaaahzing. I think there’s a lot to do here. I might need to come back!
While I’ve been gallivanting, Aaron has been hard at work prepping an area by the porch for a patio. We’re going to concrete some of it, and then paver the rest of it. Aaron has been getting the forms up and getting things ready to pour concrete. TBD whether that will happen before or after winter. Since it feels like winter might actually be here, I’m thinking that will get poured in 2020. Use your imagination for now, won’t you?
Now, on to some things I think you might like…
–> I find myself fascinated and TERRIFIED of the idea of investing. Like, actively investing, not just putting money into my retirement account. I really enjoyed this article/interview with Sallie Krawcheck, who started Ellevest. If you’re like me and are looking for some information (and honestly? motivation) to start down this path, I highly recommend taking a few minutes and glancing through this. <<Read it here.
–> Today’s podcast recommendation is Dolly Parton’s America podcast. It’s still releasing new episodes, but you can listen to the first 4 right now. Episode 2 was such pure perfection that I can’t even describe it. You just have to listen. You can listen from their website or from whatever podcast app you use. Just…be sure to listen cuz it’s great.
–> I started doing these little lists/recommendations/roundups/whatevers because I love reading them. And I’m not alone! Anne Helen Petersen (who is amazing to follow/read) loves them too and did a combo “here are things I love” and “here are things I recommend you read” in one of her latest newsletter and it’s super fun. Highly recommend. <<Check it out here.
By the way, if you don’t already use the pocket app, get on it! It’s on mobile and desktop and it’s basically a way to save content you want to read later in one place. So when you see a headline and think “I don’t have time to read that now but really want to later,” then BOOP add it to Pocket. It’s a game changer.
–> THIS IS SO FASCINATING. Story of crazypants doctor Friedrich Ritter who, among many other things, removed all his teeth before moving to an island in the 1920s. <<Read the article here. And if you think “this sounds a little bit familiar?” it might be because it was in a hilarious and wonderful episode of My Favorite Murder.
–> Girls’ Night In. It’s a fun weekly e-newsletter that I look forward to each Friday. Self-care tips and recommendations for a night in and book suggestions and so much more. Subscribe so we can talk about the things they share!
I think that’s all I’ve got for now. I hope you have a great Friday and a great weekend and a great November.