October was a jam-packed with sunny days and preparations for Halloween. Getting back into the cozy cooking habits of the cooler part of the year was also a highlight!
What I watched, read, and listened to in October:
Searching for Italy on Max
After finishing Two Fat Ladies last month, I was feeling absolutely gutted (to borrow a term) that I had run out of episodes, and I was really yearning for a travel and food show with some charm. Searching for Italy scratched that itch for me well and good, and I enjoyed it so much that I kept looking for excuses to watch more episodes and eat more pasta. Stanley Tucci is the perfect low-key host. I need more hosts like Stanley Tucci in 100% of shows.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
I love to watch old movies, especially when I’m cooking, and many of my favorites were directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I had heard for a while about Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and kept forgetting about it, and this month I finally started to watch! Its a television show, each episode a short suspense thriller, hosted by Alfred Hitchcock himself. Some of the episodes are duds, which I think is part of the entertainment factor. And, there’s about a million episodes– I still haven’t finished season 1!
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving on The Gutenberg Project
I read The Legend of Sleepy Hollow a few Octobers ago, and now I always try to read at least a little bit of it every year. Eventually I will get my own copy, but last year and this year I read it on The Gutenberg Project , a collection of free e-books. (Did you know this exists? It’s pretty cool!)
The descriptions in this short story, especially of the landscape, manage to capture so many ephemeral things that I love about autumn and Halloween. Maybe the best descriptions are those of the Van Tassel’s Halloween party spread, with “the ample charms of a genuine Dutch country tea-table, in the sumptuous time of autumn”. I tend to hear the words in Bing Crosby’s voice, à la the 1949 Disney cartoon, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Unexplained on Podurama
In my never-ending search for spooky podcasts, I finally listened to Unexplained. I listened to it all day while I cleaned the house– it was yeti lore while I scrubbed the bath tub, werewolves as I cleaned the hood vent, and spring-heeled Jack during baseboard dusting. Unexplained has a satisfying blend of information and immersive story telling, and does cover topics other than cryptids, despite what my cleaning montage may have led you to believe.
Songs of October:
My Favorite Product This Month:
(Not sponsored, I just really like it!)
This is a dish scraper from Kohler, I’ve purchased two of them in the last five years, and everyday I live in fear that it’s going to be discontinued.
It is the best GD tool in my house and I use it everyday. it’s big enough to hold comfortably, its angles are appropriately shaped to fit pans, and the silicone side both scrapes bowls and squeegees excess water off the counter when I’m done with the dishes. Also, it looks pretty good sitting out by the sink!
Thanks for reading! See you next time for November.