Color Me Happy {November 2016 Edition}

Here's what's making me happy this month.

I cannot believe that November is coming to an end. I love the holiday season, but it always feels like it goes by too fast.

November was wonderful. We finally hit temperatures that were under 70 degrees. This always brings joy to my southern heart because it means we are probably going to make it through the end of hurricane season without any surprise storms. If you’ve been through one hurricane, you know that this is a serious issue. I also celebrated my wedding anniversary and Thanksgiving.

Geoff and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary with a low-key night in. He made red velvet pancakes for dinner (they are my favorite) and we spent some much-needed quality time together. Every year I learn so much from our marriage. I am truly blessed to get to spend each day with this man and growing into the wife God has planned for me to be.

We celebrated Thanksgiving with our families and ate so much AMAZING food that I think we will be full until the new year. Thanksgiving is always special for me because it’s a time of the year were I am kinda forced to stop and think about all the things in my life that I have to be thankful for.

What I’m Reading

This month  I read two books, Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue and Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Behold the Dreamers is about Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, that has come to the United States to offer a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. Jende gets a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, an executive at Lehman Brothers. When the financial world collapses, the Jongas are forced to make impossible choices as their marriage is falling apart.

Behold the Dreamers is beautifully written and the scenes are vibrant.  I loved being immersed in the African culture and seeing the differences between the American and African cultures.

Eat Pray Love was wonderfully insightful. Elizabeth Gilbert takes you on her personal journey of finding herself after going through a horrible divorce. This was the second time I’ve attempted to read this book and it really hit home for me this time since I have gone through divorce. If you are on a journey of personal discovery, I highly recommend this book.

What I’m Watching

Netflix is capturing most of my TV watching time lately. They have just released a series called The Crown which tells the story of  a newly wedded Queen Elizabeth and her journey to the throne. I am loving it!

Netflix has also brought back my favorite show! Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was released at the end of November and yes I took the day off work and binge watched it. The nostalgia factor was there and I loved being able to follow my favorite characters through another chapter of their lives.

What I’m Listening To

The Christmas albums are out, ladies and gentlemen. And they are amazing. Two must haves are Penny & Sparrow and Pentatonix. Both have beautiful renditions of all your Christmas favorites. The most notable for me is Penny & Sparrow’s Come Thou Fount and Pentatonix’s Hallelujah.

If you’re looking for something that is Christmas in tone, but has a much darker tone I suggest listening to The Killer’s Don’t Waste Your Wishes. Don’t let the upbeat music fool you. The lyrics are dark and not at all festive, but I enjoyed the album. With collaborators like Elton John and Jimmy Kimmel, it is bound to be enjoyable and little laughable at times.

Now that we have stuffed the turkeys, it’s time to start trimming the tree and wrapping presents. What are you looking forward to this Christmas? Let me know in the comments. Here’s to a wonderful December!

 

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