Of Note — November 9
Homecoming was last weekend, Election Day was on Tuesday, Chapel Hill was without water so we were forced to work from home for a couple of days. It’s been a bonkers week. I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend. The holidays feel like they’re right around the corner. That’s not exactly “relaxing,” but they are filled with so much joy that I absolutely can’t wait. Best time of the year!
I finished reading (slash listening to) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and I loved it. My experience of it was definitely enhanced by the audiobook; the narrator did an excellent job of portraying different moods and characters. Eleanor is...kind of an asshole? But she’s been through unbelievable trauma, so thinking of that makes me feel like kind of an asshole. It’s a fascinating look at friendship and loneliness. The book proves to be both hilarious and heartbreaking, often in the same sentence. Eleanor is an outstanding debut novel from Gail Honeyman, but I wish it wasn’t her debut because I already want to read even more of her work.
Hamilton — again!! The tour started its month-long stay at the Durham Performing Arts Center this week, and season ticket holders went this week. Honestly? It was even better the second time around. Hamilton and Washington were better in Chicago, but Burr, the pals, and the Schuyler Sisters were all better in Durham. I cried way more in Durham (it didn’t help that it was the 2 year anniversary of the 2016 election). I love this show and cannot wait to see it in New York in April (yes, I’m a maniac).
I have spoken before about my love of the podcast Forever35. It’s like listening to two of your friends talking about skincare, friendship, books, pop culture, and politics. I want to give a very special shout out to the podcast for the last of those topics. On their most recent episode, they said that they had received some feedback asking them to tamp down their political beliefs and/or feature some guests with more conservative points of view (I’m guessing the feedback probably came after Rebecca Traister, brilliant feminist writer, was a guest). And they, respectfully, told those people to GTFO. Both the podcast and they as individuals hold progressive values; they will not shy away from them and they will not give a platform to people who believe certain (non-white, non-straight, non-cis) people aren’t entitled to their fundamental rights. I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Kate and Doree, but it was a bold and beautiful statement and made me an even bigger fan.
My roommate and I did the paleo family dinners from the local restaurant The Root Cellar again! We’ve had some tasty stuff, and we learned what sweet potato noodles are. We thought we got the wrong noodles last time, but when we had another meal with sweet potato noodles and the same things arrived, we figured they couldn’t be wrong twice. Sweet potato noodles aren’t like zucchini noodles (aka spiralized sweet potatoes). They’re made of, essentially, starch and water so are kind of cellophane-y and are often used in Asian cooking. The more you know!
Top of the Hill, the entire cast of Hamilton, Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, Beto O’Rourke, Aloha shirts, sautéed kale, autumn leaves, writing out to-do lists, Yes Way Rosé, my new Google Home Mini, working from home.